Taking SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park for Phillies Games – The Best Ways

SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park


This is the view of downtown Philadelphia, from the perspective of the parking lot at Citizens Bank Park, during a typical Phillies game. It illustrates not only how far - regrettably - the ballpark is from Center City, but how congested the parking lots are. That's why we recommend that you take SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park!


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The best way of getting to a Phillies game, is to take SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park. With every game a sellout, and with other events often going on elsewhere in the South Philadelphia sports complex at the same time, SEPTA - absolutely - is the way to go for baseball. Leave the car at home - or drive it to Center City, and take SEPTA from there.

Here are the best ways:


NEW - Our Driving to Citizens Bank Park Guide - Several Ways To Go

If you've decided to drive your car to Citizens Bank Park, and/or you find it easier than taking SEPTA, and/or you're still considering the decision as to whether to drive or take SEPTA, we have completed a Guide to Driving to Citizens Bank Park - which outlines the fundamental ways of getting to Citizens Bank Park by car, and the advantages and drawbacks of each method.



Important Note: You Will Ultimately End Up on the Broad Street Subway - Also Known As the Broad Street Line or the Orange Line - No Matter Where You Are Coming From

To illustrate -

If you are already somewhere near to Broad Street, you can just get on the Broad Street Subway at any station, and head south to the southernmost end of the Orange Line, known as Pattison. This places you at the intersection of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, three blocks from Citizens Bank Park, which is at roughly 11th Street and Pattison Avenue.

(During the 33 years - 1971-2003 - during which, the Phillies resided in Veterans Stadium - the predecessor of Citizens Bank Park - there was literally no walk at all. The Vet - as it was affectionately known - was at the intersection of Broad and Pattison - and so, the subway put you literally at the gates of the stadium. But nowadays, you have to walk three blocks east.)

We place great emphasis on this fact, because you need to understand that all of the other transit lines will ultimately connect you to the Broad Street Subway, at some point. The Broad Street Subway will undoubtedly be the last leg of your journey; however, it may be the first one, also. It depends on where you're coming from... which is where we turn next, and evaluate each option.

AT&T Station and Pattison Station Are the Same Place - SEPTA Sold the Naming Rights For $5 Million

In August 2010, SEPTA officially renamed Pattison Station, bestowing the new name of AT&T Station, in exchange for $5 million from the telecommunications giant.

But it's the same place - Pattison and AT&T Station are interchangeable. Please bear in mind that the name "Pattison" will probably never fall out of general use, and if you ask someone "how to get to AT&T Station", there is the overwhelming probability is that they will not recognize that name. Ask "how to get to Pattison Station", instead.

Taking the Broad Street Subway to Citizens Bank Park

Regardless of where you get on the Broad Street Subway, you want to end up at its City Hall station, at Broad and Market Streets. Even if you don't get on at City Hall, you will be passing through it, for example, if you get on at Fern Rock, you'll pass through City Hall. (The only exception is if you get on at Walnut-Locust, heading south, which we discuss below.)

The reason - SEPTA runs special Sports Express - also known as "Phillies Express" trains, on the way down to (and on the way back from) Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park. Of course, this brings us to the next question - how do you get to the Broad Street Subway, if you aren't already near Broad Street?

Usually, Three Phillies Express Trains Run Prior to Every Game, In the Hour Before First Pitch at Citizens Bank Park

They start about an hour or so prior to game, from Fern Rock Station, its northernmost stop.

While SEPTA has the right to change the schedule whenever it wants, as a general rule, you can expect that there will be three Phillies Express trains leaving Fern Rock, on any given day. Since they will be skipping most of the North Philadelphia stops, they will take only about 17 minutes, to reach City Hall.

So here's how you plan:

Phillies Night Games Generally Start At 7:05 PM

If the Phillies are playing at night (which is most of the time) the games start at 7:05 PM.

Consequently, the first Phillies Express will leave Fern Rock at 6:08 PM, and arrive at City Hall at around 6:25 PM. The second will leave Fern Rock at 6:18 PM, and arrive at City Hall around 6:35 PM. The third will leave Fern Rock at 6:28 PM, and arrive at City Hall at around 6:45 PM.

Phillies Day Games, Mostly Sundays, Generally Start At 1:35 PM, Although Occasionally Earlier, At 1:05 PM, During the Week

If the Phillies are playing during the day (i.e., Sundays, for the most part), the games usually start at 1:35 PM.

Consequently, the first Phillies Express will leave Fern Rock at 12:28 PM, and arrive at City Hall at around 12:45 PM. The second will leave Fern Rock at 12:38 PM, and arrive at City Hall around 12:55 PM. The third will leave Fern Rock at 12:48 PM, and arrive at City Hall at around 1:05 PM.

Since after Walnut-Locust, it won't stop again till Pattison, it takes only several minutes. Remember, though, that you still need to allow time to walk the three blocks to Citizens Bank Park.

Also, you can still take a local subway train from Center City to the ballpark, if you want to go earlier, or if you're running late. (Given the attractions of Citizens Bank Park, there's a lot to do if you get there early.)

The only difference will be that you'll have to stop at all five of the local stops, en route to Pattison. It will only take about 11 minutes, just a few minutes longer than the Phillies Express. However, in addition to taking slightly longer, it isn't as much fun to take, as you don't barrel through all the stops in a blur.

All Phillies Express trains will stop at City Hall, which is where we recommend that you board the subway.

They also stop at Walnut-Locust, one stop south of City Hall. That is the final stop for a Phillies Express train - the next stop is Pattison. It's actually a lot of fun, too, once you get rolling, as you zip through several stations as a big blur of orange signs zoom by.

Of the two, we would strongly recommend, that you get on the Phillies Express at City Hall, rather than at Walnut-Locust. The reason being that since the vast majority of fans are getting on there, if you wait to get on at Walnut-Locust, you probably won't get a seat.

That having been said, if you're already in Center City and you're closer to Walnut-Locust, by all means, just get on there.

After the game ends, you will walk back and find Phillies Express northbound trains, ready and waiting to zip back to Walnut-Locust, City Hall, and eventually back to Fern Rock. Be cognizant that if you want to ride a Phillies Express, you will need to leave immediately after the game concludes, as they don't run them indefinitely, afterward.

If you want to stay longer (and there's a lot to do at the ballpark), you can, of course, just wait and take a local train back to Center City. It just takes longer.

Safety Concerns, Especially After a Night Game

Be cognizant of the environment that you're in, at all times on the Broad Street Subway. On the Phillies Express trains, you generally will be fine, as there will be tons of other fans. (But make sure that nobody attempts to bump you, or try to take a bag, for example. If you decide to wait a while, after a night game, to take the subway back, recognize that you will be on the subway for several stops before you get back to Center City, and be observant.

As a general rule, riding a local train from Pattison back to City Hall is less perilous, than riding a local train north of Spring Garden Street, back to Fern Rock. Accordingly, if you find yourself on a local northbound train, above Spring Garden, you need to be much more careful, than when you're riding through the South Philadelphia stops, between Pattison and Walnut-Locust.

Likewise, when you're making your way back from City Hall to Suburban Station, be aware of your environment. But once you're on your Regional Rail train, you can relax, as the Regional Rail trains are, generally, completely safe, even late at night (just use common sense, of course).

Taking the SEPTA Blue Line - Also Known Officially As the Market-Frankford Line, and Unofficially, "The El" - to Citizens Bank Park

If you can get to a SEPTA Blue Line stop, you can quickly and easily connect with the Broad Street Subway at City Hall.

Determine which direction takes you to the Blue Line 15th Street Station. If you are coming from west of 15th Street, you want a train heading "Eastbound to Frankford"; if you are coming from east of 15th Street, you want "Westbound to 69th Street".

When your el car arrives at 15th Street Station, be ready to jump out immediately. Follow signs in orange and white for the Broad Street Line / Orange Line. This will take you to the City Hall station - it's a free interchange, with no transfer, and it just requires a walk through the system - pay attention to the signs.

When you're on the City Hall platform, make sure that the subway car that you board is a Phillies Express - or at minimum, that it's a regular local train going to Pattison. Do not get on a northbound subway car to Fern Rock - we place great emphasis on this point. And just follow the instructions above, once you're at Pattison.

Taking the Purple Phlash Trolley to Either the Broad Street Subway or the SEPTA Blue Line, To Go To Citizens Bank Park

You can take the purple Phlash Trolley to not only City Hall, but also a variety of Blue Line stops. Also, the fact that the Phlash only runs from May 1 to Halloween doesn't matter, for the most part, because the Phillies' season runs only from April to October. (So you can't use it in April, but otherwise, you're fine.)

Just get off the Phlash at a stop near City Hall - or take the Blue Line to City Hall - and follow the directions above.

(Note: be cognizant that the Phlash generally stops running around 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM, depending on the stop and the circumstances of the day. So if you're counting on the Phlash to take you from some other point in Center City over to City Hall or the Blue Line, make sure you know when the last Phlash leaves your location. Granted, we'd recommend that you get to the ballpark early, anyhow - in other words, if you're missing the last Phlash to City Hall, you're already leaving too late to have the full, unalloyed, incredible Citizens Bank Park experience. It's so hard to get tickets, so if you're fortunate enough to get them, get there early and make the most of the ballpark's incredible ambience.

Taking SEPTA Regional Rail to Citizens Bank Park - There Are Two Different Ways

Taking SEPTA Regional Rail to Citizens Bank Park - The First Way - Suburban Station to City Hall Orange Line Station - We HIGHLY RECOMMEND This Way - The First Way

If you are coming from one of the city's outlying neighborhoods, or from the Pennsylvania or New Jersey suburbs, you can in fact take SEPTA Regional Rail service to Citizens Bank Park, via an easy connection with the Broad Street Subway.

Here's what you do-

Nearly all inbound SEPTA Regional Rail trains make a stop at Suburban Station - which is located at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. You can go underneath the concourse, and take the Broad Street Subway from its City Hall stop, at Broad and Market - it's about a two block walk, underground.

When you get off your train, go to the SEPTA Regional Rail ticket window in Suburban Station, and purchase two tokens for each member of your party (you'll need one to go down, and one for the way back). You can buy SEPTA tokens at any SEPTA Regional Rail ticket window, even though you can't use them on the trains.


NEW - Added Tuesday, September 14, 2010...

Tip: If you buy them at the window, the tokens will be sold to you in a small plastic bag. And since you're going to be using your tokens right away, immediately take them out of their small plastic bag, and throw the bag in the trash. Your goal: minimize the amount of time in the Broad Street Subway, for efficiency and safety.

What you should do, instead:

Take the tokens, that you'll need immediately, hold them in your hand or in a convenient pocket, while you walk to the subway. That way, once you're there, you head straight through the turnstile by dropping the token in the slot. This way, you don't have to extract the tokens from their bag, or your own bag, zippered pocket, etc. Just keep on moving! It could mean the difference between making your subway train or missing it. Have the token(s) ready!


Also, if you're unfamiliar with the process of how to buy, or use, SEPTA tokens, take a look at our Guide to SEPTA Tokens - which covers the most commonly asked questions about where you can buy them, how you should use them, and their benefits to you.

With the tokens, just follow the orange-and-white signs for the Broad Street Subway. Drop your token at the turnstile, make sure that you follow signs for "Southbound to Pattison", and follow the directions above.


NEW - Added, Thursday, October 14, 2010 - Even More Improved, Landmarked, Directions From Getting From Suburban Station to the Broad Street Subway, And Back Again

These are an improvement upon the September 14, 2010, directions, discussed in the section, beneath this one. We recommend using these October 14, 2010 ones - the impetus for the change was SEPTA's subsequent decision to put two small signs for "AT&T Station" up in the Concourse...

So here's what you need to do, once you come up from your train platform:

When you come up from the Suburban Station platform, you will see the BOOKS FABER NEWSTAND on the left, and the first of two Dunkin’ Donuts on your right.

Go straight between them, till you reach an au bon pain croissant shop on the left, a McDonald’s on your right, and some clear/white illuminated pillars.

Just beyond the white pillars, will be purple pillars. One purple pillar will have a small, hastily added white sign reading in dark text:

“To AT&T Station and Sports Complex” with a directional arrow.

(“AT&T Station” being the new official name for Pattison, although all the other signs still say “Pattison”.)

Follow the directional arrow on the AT&T Station sign on the purple pillar. You will see a restaurant on your left side, with neon red Coors and Budweiser signs in the window – PC’s Restaurant.

You will see a tall kiosk in the corridor – a directory, reading at the top, “Welcome To Two Penn Center”. SEPTA has placed the same “To AT&T Station and Sports Complex” sign on the right side of that kiosk. (Not where the pedestrian can see it easily- that is to say, on the front! Instead, it's on the side…)

So just look for it, and continue past the kiosk.

There will be the second Dunkin’ Donuts on your left (commuters love donuts, clearly), and a Pizza Hut Express on your right. When you get past those two restaurants, make a left turn.

You will now have a Taco Bell on your left, and a Church’s Chicken on your right. Keep going. You will have the U.S. Post Office on your left, and the SEPTA Store on your right.

At the Post Office/SEPTA Store "intersection", there will be a big overhead sign reading:

Broad Street Line ^ (straight directional arrow)
Market-Frankford Line -> (right directional arrow)

You want the Broad Street Line. So keep going straight.

You’ve now entered an illuminated, wide corridor. You can see open air in front of you. Keep walking. When you come to the end of the corridor, you have two choices:

One choice is that you can either go up a flight of steps into open air – which is the City Hall courtyard. You don’t want this option.

The other choice is to look left, and go down a flight of dilapidated steps, that have seen better days. That’s the choice you want.

Go down those steps, as you’ll see orange signs for the Broad Street Line. Once you’re there, drop your token in the turnstile. Veer left out of the turnstile, toward orange signs that say “Southbound To Pattison”.

Coming back can be more intimidating, especially because the Concourse will be less crowded.

Go up the flight of dilapidated steps, and make a right turn into the wide, illuminated corridor. Go back past the Post Office and the SEPTA Store.

You will see on your right, overhead, a gigantic sign in caps reading:

TWO PENN CENTER PLAZA

Shoot the gap, so to speak, under that sign – with the Pizza Hut Express on your left and the Dunkin’ Donuts on your right, this time.

As soon as you go under that sign, you’ll see the au bon pain sign directly in front of you, a distance away – use that as a beacon or a lighthouse, like a sailing ship would. Just keep going, till you get to au bon pain.

Congratulations. You’re back in Suburban Station. Just find the right train platform, and head home.

Should you get lost, there are very large concourse maps around the area of the pillars, which are described below in the September 14, 2010 version of how to do it. There are two of those maps, in fact, along the wall... next to each other along a corner and corridor, just past the McDonald's, in the corner...


NEW - Detailed, Landmarked Directions On How To Switch From Suburban Station to the Broad Street Subway, Through the Underground Concourse

Added, Tuesday, September 14, 2010...

We've decided to expand this section, as the underground concourse beneath Suburban Station and the Broad Street Subway can be extremely confusing, and sometimes intimidating, especially at night, and/or if you're aren't familiar with it...

Here's what to look for, once you're off the train at Suburban Station:

You'll come up the stairs from the train platform, and buy your tokens at the SEPTA Regional Rail window. There is a logical reason for this; when possible, you'd like to purchase tokens (and handle your cash) in the more sedate environment of Suburban Station, than the somewhat decrepit environment of the Broad Street Subway's City Hall Station.

Once you've bought your tokens, here's how you do the walk:

There will be dark burgundy signs with white letters, in the concourse, pointing you to various streets and other SEPTA lines. You want to look for, and follow, any signs with "Broad Street Subway" or the orange Broad Street line icon on it.

You will see a Dunkin' Donuts on the right, and go past it. You'll see an au bon pain restaurant straight ahead of you, a Hallmark gift shop on your left, and a McDonald's restaurant on your right.

You'll also see what could be described as illuminated pillars, part of SEPTA's efforts to better light and sign the concourse.

Once you're past the pillars, you'll see a large map of the concourse, on the right wall, with a helpful "YOU ARE HERE" button on it. You want to continue to follow signs for the Broad Street Subway and/or the Orange Line icon.

You're going to walk down for a while, and you'll pass a U.S. Post Office on your left. Keep following the signs. You'll notice, for lack of a better term, that the grunginess of the station has increased markedly, when you get to the Broad Street Subway area.

You'll go down a set of steps, and you'll have arrived at the entrance to the Broad Street Subway. There will be a silver-and-blue "TOKENS" machine at the entrance, but since you've already bought your tokens, you just take your token and drop it directly into the slot on the top of the turnstile. It will say on the screen, "Thank you"...

Look up, and you'll see a orange sign with white letters, reading "Southbound to Pattison". Walk directly underneath the sign, and there will be a flight of steps to the platform. You're in the right place, now.



Why Should I Bother With SEPTA Tokens? It's Not To Save $0.45 Each Way! You Don't Want To Have To Pay Cash After The Game, Due To the Crowds!

If you are planning to take SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park, the tokens are a virtual necessity. Aside from the added convenience and safety of SEPTA tokens, which we describe in the aforementioned Guide, you cannot imagine how much longer it will take you to board the subway, after the game is over, without the tokens.

You will need to pay cash, and stand in an extremely long line, in order to do so. In sharp contrast, if you have a token, you just drop it in the turnstile, and you're on your way. Having that SEPTA token for the return trip, is a major time savings. So, make it easier on yourself - buy the tokens in advance!

Another Option - Driving to Center City, Parking Your Car on the Street Or In A Lot, and Taking The Broad Street Subway To Citizens Bank Park

You can also drive to Center City, park your car on the street, or in a commercial parking lot, and take the Broad Street Subway from there. This is a particularly good option, if you don't live near a SEPTA Regional Rail station. Another benefit is that especially on a weekend, if you want to go out on the town after the game, you don't need to be concerned with catching the last SEPTA train home.

In the downtown Philadelphia area, you can board the Phillies Express at the following stops: Spring Garden, Race-Vine, City Hall, and Walnut-Locust. So what that fact means, is that you want to park your car somewhere near one of those Broad Street Subway stops, and walk to the subway.

While you will have an easier time parking near Broad and Spring Garden Streets, that neighborhood is more dangerous than the neighborhoods surrounding Race-Vine, City Hall, and Walnut-Locust. Be cognizant of that fact, if you decide to try to park there.

Also, try to avoid leaving anything valuable (or anything at all, for that matter), in clear view, in your car, while parking on the street. There's always the chance that someone could try to break your window in order to take something tempting. And that can happen, even if you're parked in a commercial lot.

Parking on the Street, In A Metered Spot

During the weekends, especially, you will have a reasonable chance of finding parking on the street, near the Race-Vine and City Hall stops, in particular. As a general rule, it's easier to find street parking west of Broad Street and City Hall, than east. That area is more commercialized, and when the business district begins to empty out at the PM rush hour, you often have a good shot at parking on the west side. Also, the further west you are from Broad Street (i.e., the numbered streets are rising, 15th, 16th, etc.), the more luck you'll have finding a spot.

If you do decide to do this, make sure that you pay extremely close attention to the parking meters and signs governing where you park your car. Nothing will ruin your fun day or night at the ballpark, more than returning to your car to find an expensive parking ticket. And under the worst case scenario, you can even find your car gone, having been towed to the city impoundment lot in South Philadelphia. And to recover your car, you'd have to cab it down there, and pay an outrageously expensive fee to get it back. You won't enjoy the experience.

Bottom line - take an extra two minutes, and make sure you read those parking regulations carefully!

The parking rules are another reason why driving to Center City and parking there, are more practical during the weekend. The regulations vary, but there are usually fewer restrictions on parking on the weekends - in some cases, you might arrive at a spot and learn that on Sundays, the meters don't need to be fed at all, or on a Saturday, that you don't have to feed them after a certain hour, often in the late afternoon.

But you can do it on a weekday - just make sure that you have the meter sufficiently paid through the expiration time, so that you don't get ticketed or towed.

In terms of the cost - between feeding the meters and your tokens, it might be somewhat cheaper, than parking at one of the lots at Citizens Bank Park. (It depends on how much you have to feed the meter, and how many people are in your party - more people, more tokens). The primary benefit is the speed and convenience of not having to drive to the ballpark, itself, and the ease of which you can shift from baseball to partying, afterward.

Parking In A Commercial Lot

The same is true, when parking in a commercial lot. Most lots have deals on the weekends, and/or after 5 PM, and you should not have trouble finding one, near any of those four subway stops. While it may be cheaper than parking at Citizens Bank Park, the same dynamic is true - it depends on how expensive your commercial lot is, and how many people need tokens. The main benefit is the convenience of not having to fight traffic down there, and back.

One cautionary note, especially on a weekend night - make sure that you know the latest time that you can leave your commercial lot, before it closes for the night. Ask the attendant, and make sure you're back in time. You don't want to get stranded in town, and not be able to drive your car out of the lot, late at night!

If speed is a concern, it will generally be faster to pay a few extra dollars and just drive into a commercial lot, park, and be on the subway, as soon as possible. It may take a while to find a spot on the street, and if you just want to get to the ballpark quickly, go with the first commercial lot that you see, that's close to Broad Street.

Taking SEPTA Regional Rail to Citizens Bank Park - The Second Way - Some (NOT All!) Regional Rail Trains Stop At Fern Rock Transportation Center, Where You Can Easily Transfer to the Orange Line

The second way of taking SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park, via SEPTA Regional Rail, is by taking your Regional Rail train to Fern Rock Transportation Center. By getting off there, you just follow signs for the Orange Line - Fern Rock is its northernmost station. You can then ride the Phillies Express all the way To Pattison, its southernmost stop on the Orange Line.

Before we go further, however - you need to figure out if your SEPTA Regional Rail line stops at Fern Rock, before it stops at Suburban Station. Because if it doesn't, you have to use the first way of taking SEPTA Regional Rail to Citizens Bank Park.

If your SEPTA Regional Rail line does, in fact, stop at Fern Rock, prior to Suburban Station, there are some advantages to doing it this way.

It's Less Confusing.

Once you disembark from your train at Fern Rock, you just follow very clear signs directing you to the Broad Street Subway. You will get off your train, and the platform will have a giant sign reading "To Broad Street Subway". You'll follow the sign, go up a flight of steps, continue to follow the signs, and you'll be on the Fern Rock subway platform. The transfer walk you need to complete, is far shorter, than the Suburban Station to City Hall Station walk described above, and is also easier to follow.

Also, you don't have to be concerned about getting on a subway train going the opposite way - you can only go southbound from Fern Rock! It's the top of the line.

You're Guaranteed To Get a Seat on the Subway.

By boarding at the top of the line, you're guaranteed a seat, whereas if you get on at City Hall, it will already be jam-packed with fans. (Granted, it's only a several minute ride from City Hall, though.)

Coming Home, Especially From A Night Game, It May Permit You To Catch Up To Your Regional Rail Train, and Not Have to Wait An Extra Hour, For the Next One.

This is a very nuanced point, only for those of you who are very familiar with SEPTA.

After the Phillies game ends, and you're still at Citizens Bank Park - you may find yourself trying to get on a SEPTA Regional Rail train that leaves, say, in 20 minutes. Since the walk from the Orange Line platform at Fern Rock, to the Regional Rail platform at Fern Rock, is shorter than the City Hall Station to Suburban Station walk, that could make the difference between your catching your Regional Rail train, or having to wait an additional hour at Suburban Station.

Accordingly, if you're cutting it close, you might find it wiser to remain on the Phillies Express, beyond City Hall, and let it race you up all the way to Fern Rock, where you can catch your Regional Rail train.

However, an important warning, is that if you try this and you miss your train, anyhow, you're then stuck at Fern Rock for another hour, till the next train comes. And you don't want to be stuck up there for an hour, especially late at night. Trust us. You don't. It's not a safe neighborhood.

The Bottom Line Is This... We Recommend The First Way - Get Off At City Hall and Walk to Suburban Station

Even if Fern Rock were perfectly safe, there is absolutely nothing to do there, to kill time. Regardless of when your Regional Rail train gets to Fern Rock to take you home, you'll have a layover of five minutes to an hour, and the only thing you can do at Fern Rock is stand on the train platform. And how boring is that?

Instead, take your five minute to one hour layover, and spend it around Suburban Station. Go to Tir na nOg (yes, it really is spelled that way, it's Gaelic for "Land of Eternal Youth"), the fine Irish pub, literally next door to Suburban Station, while you wait for your train. Why bother going all the way to Fern Rock, just to wait there? Why not have some fun in the meantime?

Taking SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park - From Amtrak 30th Street Station

If you are visiting Philadelphia via Amtrak, and your first stop is a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, you are not only in luck - you have a great way to get there, thanks to your Amtrak ticket.

The odds are overwhelming, that you'll be getting off the train at the architecturally magnificent 30th Street Station - located at 30th and Market Streets.

You could take a cab from 30th Street down to Citizens Bank Park, as cabs are plentiful, right outside the station. However, that cab ride would be expensive - and it would also be slow, as most Phillies games take place at 7:05 PM, requiring you to travel during PM rush hour traffic.

However, your Amtrak ticket is valid - on the same day - for rides to and from both Suburban Station and Market East Station - which is located further east, at 11th and Market Streets. In your case, you want Suburban Station... so just follow these directions.

When you get off your Amtrak train, go to the SEPTA Regional Rail area of 30th Street. Ask a SEPTA employee to direct you to a SEPTA Regional Rail train which is going eastbound to Suburban Station. It is unlikely that you will have to wait long, as most trains stop there.

When you're up on the platform, double-check before you get on the train, asking the SEPTA conductor - "Does this train go to Suburban Station?" If so, you're fine, and climb aboard.

Suburban Station is the next stop, only five minutes away, so don't even bother to sit down. Once you've gotten off the train there, follow the directions above, and you'll be on your way to Citizens Bank Park...

Taking SEPTA To Citizens Bank Park from 30th Street Station Via the Blue Line - But We Emphasize That This Is NOT For Out-of-Towners - Or Anyone Unfamiliar With SEPTA!

This is a relatively sophisticated use of SEPTA, so please don't try this, if you are a visitor to Philadelphia, fresh off the Amtrak train.

It will only save you a few minutes, at best.

And the chance of your getting lost is far too high, to make it worth the risk!

So if you're from out of town, please only take SEPTA to Citizens Bank Park, the way we describe above - SEPTA Regional Rail to Suburban Station to the Broad Street Subway.

We issue this warning even to native Philadelphians, if you aren't fluent with SEPTA, so to speak.

So, this is only for those of you with a good working knowledge of SEPTA. Here's another way...

If you happen to find yourself near 30th Street Station, you can leave Amtrak 30th Street Station, and board the Blue Line, at its own 30th Street Station. (Yes, the Amtrak and Blue Line stations are both called "30th Street Station", and it's one of the reasons why you shouldn't try this, unless you know what you're doing!)

Once you're in the Blue Line 30th Street Station, look for the platform reading "Eastbound To Frankford." You will be on that el for about one minute, as the next stop after 30th Street is 15th Street Station. So don't even bother to sit down - be ready to get off the el train immediately.

Once you're at 15th Street Station, just follow the same directions above, for free interchange with the Orange Line City Hall Station, for the Phillies Express trains.


NEW - September 8, 2010 - Take a Look At Our Citizens Bank Park Guide

Now that you know everything you need to know about getting to Citizens Bank Park - we'd like to recommend that you take a look at our new Citizens Bank Park Guide - which encompasses everything that you need to know, in order to fully enjoy your Phillies experience at the ballpark. An example is our most recent addition - a full-scale review and guide regarding Harry the K's Restaurant - a place that we highly recommend that you experience, during your visit to Citizens Bank Park.




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