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Philadelphia International Airport - All Information on Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

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Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport, 8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA
+1 215 937 6937
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Philadelphia International Airport - All Information on Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, FAA LID: PHL) is the primary airport of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is also considered one of the busiest passenger terminals in the world.

It is 11 kilometers from the downtown area. Currently, at least 25 airlines operate in the facility providing hundreds of daily departures to more than a hundred domestic and international destinations, including Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Established in 1925, it has four runways and covers an area of 2,598 acres with annual passenger traffic of 17.8 million in 2021. It sits 11 meters above sea level at 39°52′19″N and 075°14′28″W.

Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport

History of Philadelphia International Airport

In 1925, the Pennsylvania National Guard used the present site as a training airfield. It continued to operate until the completion of the terminal building in 1940.

It used to have shorter runways in the '50s until modernized to meet airline requirements for bigger passenger planes in the following decades.

In the 1980s, PHL hosted several hubs, including US Airways (USAir). Subsequently, the airline became the dominant carrier at PHL in the 1980s and 1990s.

In 2019, the airport’s busiest international routes were London–Heathrow, United Kingdom, Toronto–Pearson, Canada, Cancún, Mexico, Dublin, Ireland, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Montréal–Trudeau, Canada, Doha, Qatar, Frankfurt, Germany, and Rome–Fiumicino, Italy.

The busiest in 2021 include Orlando, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Florida, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Tampa, Florida.

It has 3,254,354 square feet of terminal space, seven terminal buildings, and 126 total boarding gates.

Transfer Services at Philadelphia International Airport

The airport provides safe, affordable, and efficient commute to/from Philadelphia International Airport. Rental cars, taxis, rideshares, shuttles, trains, and public buses.

Before leaving for a trip, know what items are allowed in your carry-on bag, what you can pack in your checked baggage, and what items are prohibited.

Finally, travelers should only transact at the airport counters and other legitimate establishments for their safety.

Rental Car Services at Philadelphia International Airport

Car rental companies have offices at ZONE 2 (Rental Car Shuttles) of the airport. See and compare all rental car companies at Philadelphia International Airport.

For added convenience, customers can take the shuttle vehicle located near all Baggage Claim areas.

When ready to return your vehicle to the car rental center, drive back to the airport and follow the Rental Car Return signs as you near the terminal. Remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle.

Allow plenty of time for your drive to the airport. If you’re not sure where to go or experiencing some technical problems, please contact your service provider.

Ride Shares at Philadelphia International Airport

Meet your rideshare vehicle at ZONE 7 (Ride Share App Service) of Ground Transportation Center.

Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver.

Taxis at Philadelphia International Airport

Taxis pick passengers at ZONE 5 (Taxicabs). It is near the South Commercial Roadway of the Ground Transportation Center.

This city uses a Flat Rate taxi fare scheme. For example, the flat-rate fare from Center City Zone to Philadelphia International Airport is $28.50 regardless of the number of passengers in the vehicle.

For passengers requiring transportation outside of the city area, please consult your driver for rates.

Most taxis in the area will accept either cash payment or a major credit card, but it is helpful to ask in advance. It is also customary to give the driver a tip (15-20% of the base fare) for a good service. More about taxis to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

Trains at Philadelphia International Airport

Trains have platforms at the Philadelphia International Airport terminals: Terminal A (East), Terminal B, Terminal C/D, and Terminal E/F, and move passengers between the airport and Center City on a regular basis.

Please prepare the exact amount of $2.50 for a one-way fare. More about train services at Philadelphia International Airport.

Buses at Philadelphia International Airport

Bus Routes 37 and 108 pick-up and drop off passengers at ZONE 1, Ground Transportation Center. A one-way fare is $2.50. Please prepare the exact fare amount.

  • Bus Route 37: South Philadelphia to Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Bus Route 108: PHL to 69th Street Transportation Center

More about bus services to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

Hotel Shuttle Services at Philadelphia International Airport

Many hotels in Philadelphia provide courtesy shuttle services. Please confirm with your local hotel if this is available at their property.

Hotel guests can meet their vehicle at the Ground Transportation Center.

Parking at Philadelphia International Airport

The airport provides onsite and offsite parking options 24/7. Shuttles are available to transport customers to/from the location.

As of this update, there are two options for parking at the facility: Long-term and Parking Garage, which cost $24.00 per day.

With the closure of Philadelphia International Airport's economy parking lot which used to handle 7,000 vehicles, authorities encourage travelers to use public transit systems whenever possible. More about parking at Philadelphia International Airport.

Other Services at Philadelphia International Airport

Wi-Fi at Philadelphia International Airport

The Airport offers free Wireless Internet access, provided by AT&T, to everyone, every day. To utilize this service, users must have a device with built-in Wi-Fi technology or a minimum 802.11b network interface card.

ATMs at Philadelphia International Airport

There are ATMs at all terminals in this facility. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are traveling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.

Currency Exchange at Philadelphia International Airport

Travelex has Philadelphia Airport exchange offices in Terminal A-West, the International Arrivals Hall, Terminal A-East, and Terminal D

Nursing Stations at Philadelphia International Airport

They are located on the secure-side walkway between Terminals B and A-East. Nursing mothers can access a Mothers' Nursing Station private room free of charge for the first 30 minutes.

Travelers are advised to be aware of TSA policies regarding breast milk.

Restrooms at Philadelphia International Airport

Accessible restrooms and Unisex Restrooms are situated throughout the airport.

Food and Beverages at Philadelphia International Airport

There are food and beverages shops throughout the airport terminals. Most food concessions operate on varying schedules.

Shopping at Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia Airport has seven terminals and 126 gates. You won't be bored with shopping options at Philadelphia International Airport.

Smoking at Philadelphia International Airport

Smoking is NOT permitted inside the Airport. The use of e-cigarettes is also banned. Please follow smoking regulations.

Lost and Found Section at Philadelphia International Airport

For items lost on the aircraft or at the gate area, please contact the respective airlines lost and found.

If you lost an item in any other area at the airport, including the security checkpoints and shuttle buses, please contact the Lost and Found Office at +1 215-937-6888.

You can also complete the Lost and Found process at the Airport Communication Center between Terminals C & D on the Departures Road. The Center is open 24 hours a day.

When leaving your details for lost items(s), please include your full name, contact details, phone, email, and a description of the item(s).

The airport will keep all lost and found items for a considerable time at least 30 days. After said period, the property will be deemed abandoned. Please talk to the airport representative at the counter.

Airport Communication Center at Philadelphia International Airport

Airport Information Counters are located in all seven PHL terminals. They provide paging, including visual paging for the hearing impaired, language assistance, information, and passenger guidance.

For general airport, airline information, and language assistance, the Airport Communications Center located between Terminals C & D is available 24/7.

Phone: +1 215-937-6937 or TDD: +1 215-937-6755.

Pet Relief at Philadelphia International Airport

Passengers traveling with a service animal can request an escort from their airline or Travelers Assistance to the pet relief area outside the Baggage Claim buildings.

Animals are not permitted in the terminals at the airport unless they are in proper pet carriers or being used to assist disabled individuals.

Airline policies regarding pets vary widely. It is highly recommended that you contact the airline before making a reservation.

Baggage Claim at Philadelphia International Airport

Please retrieve your luggage at your designated Baggage Claim area. Walkways are connected to their corresponding terminals (A-West, A-East, B/C, D/E, and F), and access to the parking structures.

Carts are available to assist passengers with any luggage or special needs.

In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline or their airline ticket counter. Passengers can also inquire from the Information Center for further assistance.

Airport Lost and Found Phone: +1 215-937-6888.

When leaving a message, include your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item(s).

Disabled Passengers at Philadelphia International Airport

The airport is fully accessible to passengers with special needs, and wheelchairs may be taken to the gate and aircraft door.

Travelers with disabilities or medical needs who have questions about the policies or procedures at security checkpoints can call +1 855-787-2227 for the TSA Helpline.

Additionally, they may notify the airline, travel agent, ticketing agent, flight attendant, or gate agent when carts, wheelchairs, or medical transportation is needed.

Things to do in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia International Airport Contacts

Address: 8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA
General Phone: +1 215-937-6937
General Email:
Lost and Found Email:
Lost and Found Phone: +1 215-937-6888
Official Website:

Local Information

Drive on: Right
Electricity: 120V/60Hz.
Plug: A, B
Currency: USD, US$, $
Wi-Fi at Airport: The Airport offers free Wireless Internet access provided by AT&T.

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