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Directions & Parking

Location:

2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (corner of 22nd & Fairmount)
Just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Directions from the North or West:

  • Take Interstate 76 (the Schuylkill Expressway) to Exit 344 (Old Exit 38), which is Interstate 676, also know as the Vine Street Expressway.
  • On I-676 take the first exit, "Benjamin Franklin Parkway/ 23 Street."
  • Take the first left onto 22nd Street.
  • Pass the Philadelphia Museum of Art (on your left) and continue five blocks north, to Fairmount Avenue.

Directions from the South or East:

  • Take I-95 to Exit 22 (Old Exit 17) and follow Interstate 676 West.
  • Get off at "Art Museum/Benjamin Franklin Parkway" Exit.
  • At the top of the ramp, turn right onto 22nd street.
  • Pass the Philadelphia Museum of Art (on your left) and continue five blocks north, to Fairmount Avenue.

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On-Street Parking:

There is ample on-street parking surrounding the Penitentiary. While the parking is unmetered, some streets do have a two or three hour limit.

Parking Lot:

There is a public parking lot right next door. Parking costs generally range from $3.00 to $10.00 depending on the length of your stay. For exact pricing, please call Parkway Corporation at (215) 569-8400 x4023.

Public Transportation:

Bus Service to Eastern State Penitentiary is convenient to SEPTA bus routes: 48, 43, 33, 32, 7.

  • Take the 7, 32, or 48 to 22nd and Fairmount Avenue.
  • Walk east one block and the entrance to Eastern State Penitentiary is on the left-hand side of Fairmount Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets.
  • Take the 33 to 20th and Fairmount.
  • Walk west one block and the entrance to Eastern State Penitentiary is on the right-hand side of Fairmount Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets.
  • From the 43 bus, get off at 21st and Spring Garden Streets and walk north.
  • Fairmount Avenue is the next major street, parallel to Spring Garden Street.

Big Bus and Philadelphia Trolley Works:

Both the Big Bus (Stop #9) and the Philadelphia Trolley Works (Stop #9) routes have a stop directly in front of Eastern State Penitentiary. Show your ticket stub from these tours and save $1 on your ESP admission.

The Phlash:

The new Phlash route has a stop directly in front of Eastern State Penitentiary at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue. More information about the Phlash, including a full map of stops, is available here.

Philadelphia Bike Tours:

Permaburn Society’s Philadelphia Bike Tours bike and moped tours allow you to see Philadelphia in a leisurely pace with the added convenience of delivery at pick up at your hotel. Several full and half day tours include admission to Eastern State Penitentiary and other area cultural attractions.