With over a dozen trans-Atlantic flights departing from Philadelphia (PHL), I think it’s no secret that Philly is a big connection point for many travelers around the United States. Lately, I’ve been seeing more questions about connection times in Philly. As a Philly native, let me help.
- Can I travel downtown for a cheesesteak?
- Will I make my flight if I have to travel from Terminal A to Terminal F?
- Can I get to the airport from 30th Street Station in time for my flight?
All of these are questions I’ve seen and hopefully, this post will clear some of these up.
Do you have time to go into town and grab a cheesesteak?
With no traffic, it will take you 20 minutes by taxi/rideshare to get from the airport to my favorite cheesesteak spot — John’s Roast Pork — located in South Philly. You’ll need a solid 30-45 minutes to order and consume your meal. As such, I’d budget two or more hours if you’d like to venture away from the airport.
You DO NOT need to go into Center City for a cheesesteak. Those places are a waste of your time. Oh, and in case your wondering, Philly natives don’t go to Pat’s or Geno’s, but if you really want to know — Pat’s is better.
If you can’t leave the airport, Terminal F has a Geno’s Steaks for your convenience.
How long is the walk to Terminal A from Terminals B/C/D/E/F?
Rule of thumb is to allow 10 minutes walking time between each terminal. It will take you less, but better to be safe. An airside shuttle is also available to Terminal F from all of the other terminals. The signs in the airport are surprisingly easy to follow so just look out for them.
Which lounges are available for Amex Platinum and Priority Pass cardholders?
Unfortunately not many. There is a Centurion Lounge for Amex Platinum cardholders located in Terminal A-West. Other than that there are Minute Suites available for Priority Pass cardholders and a Delta Sky Club located in Terminal D (but only if you are flying Delta that day).
Which flights leave from Terminal F?
Terminal F is the regional terminal and is home to the fleet of regional jets that serve PHL. If you are landing in Philadelphia and connecting onward to places like Allentown, State College, or Norfolk, then Terminal F is where you will need to be.
Make sure you factor this into your travel plans.
How much time should I allow for International-to-Domestic connections?
When you arrive on an international flight you’ll most likely disembark at Terminal A-West, at which point you will have to clear customs and then go through domestic security. I would give yourself at least 1 hour for this portion. It will be less if you have Global Entry, but normal customs lines at PHL can be very lengthy. It’s important that you budget time for this! (Thanks Joe)
Very important – if you are arriving on an international flight from a city that has a TSA pre-clearance facility and you have already cleared customs, you won’t have to go through security again.
Having lived in Philly all my life I like to consider myself an expert at navigating PHL airport. If you have any specific questions, go ahead and comment below!
Featured image via Eric Salard on Flickr