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Getting To Philadelphia, PA
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International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport – PHL »

Distance from the Westin Philadelphia:
9 miles/15 kilometers (approximately 21 minutes).

Driving directions »

The Westin Philadelphia does not provide shuttle service.

Taxi: Taxicabs are readily available. There is a $28.50 flat-rate charge (one-way fare, airport access fee already included) to travel to Center City Philadelphia.

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Currency, Exchange and Banking Services

U.S. currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills. Coins are the penny ($.01), the nickel ($.05), the dime ($.10) and the quarter ($.25). While 50 and 100 dollar bills are available, some stores are cautious about accepting bills larger than $20 because of counterfeits.

We suggest you convert funds into U.S. dollars before leaving home as you may obtain a better rate of exchange from your own banking institution.

Banking services, ATMs, and currency exchange offices are available near the Westin Philadelphia; please ask the hotel concierge for directions.

Major travellers' cheques are accepted in places that accept credit cards, but are not universally accepted as cash. Most stores and restaurants accept Visa and MasterCard and some accept American Express and Discover Card. You usually get the most favourable exchange rate by using your credit card. Most ATMs are networked to Cirrus and Interac and accept major credit cards.


Electrical outlets in the United States are 120 volts (60 cycles). They are of two types: type A (2 pins) and type B (3 pins). If your appliances are designed for a different standard, you will need to use an adapter.

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Getting Around Philadelphia

Philly on foot

Year after year, Philadelphia is rated as one of the best walking cities in the country. And it's no wonder why – the city layout is simple to master and our neighborhood streets are filled with fun and diverse shops, restaurants, museums, parks and people.

Colorful directional signs called "Walk! Philadelphia" have been added throughout Center City that will help you navigate even better. Center City District, the organization responsible for "Walk! Philadelphia," also populates the streets with uniformed goodwill ambassadors who act as strolling concierges. These ambassadors answer questions, give directions and stay in radio contact with Philadelphia police to promote public safety.

Public transportation

Aside from walking, Philadelphia's excellent transit system is the best way to get around town. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation's fifth-largest transit system, is the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter-rail system in the United States. SEPTA's vast network of bus, subway, and trolley commuter services will get you anywhere you need to go — or at least very close.

Philly by bike

Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the country with dedicated bike lanes on city streets, hundreds of miles of trails and a growing number of bicycle commuters.

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Taxis can be found all over town and are great ways to get to various destinations throughout the city if you're in a hurry. Cabs are easy to find at transportation hubs like the Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Station, but you can also hail one the old fashioned way on most busy city streets.


Road signs and speed limit:
The United States uses the English system of measurement, so speeds are indicated in miles and gas is sold in gallons. Road signs are in English. Please observe and obey all road signs and traffic signals throughout the metro area.

Cell phone and driving:
The use of a hand-held cell phone that does not have a "hands-free" function is prohibited by law while driving.


If you are renting or driving your own car into Philadelphia, you'll want to be familiar with the city's street parking. Access the link below to learn more about Parking in Philadelphia.

Parking in Philadelphia »

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Getting To Philadelphia

An international destination, Philadelphia is easily accessed by land and air.

Driving distances...

  • New York City: 97 miles / 156 kilometers
  • Baltimore, MD: 106 miles / 171 kilometers
  • Washington, DC: 139 miles / 224 kilometers
  • Richmond, VA: 249 miles / 401 kilometers
  • Boston, MA: 310 miles / 499 kilometers

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English is the official language of the United States.

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You can send packages and buy stamps at any United States Post Office. To find post offices near the Westin Philadelphia, visit the USPS website: or ask the hotel concierge for directions.


Philadelphia restaurants bring together Iron Chefs (Garces and Morimoto), James Beard winners (Solomonov), Top Chefs (Elmi) and more (Vetri, Vernick and others) into a melting pot of global cuisines. Whether you want to treat yourself to a sure-to-be-unforgettable gourmet meal, chow down on the city's trademark cheesesteak or try something new and different, the Philadelphia dining scene is diverse enough to suit every taste.

The Concierge at the Westin Philadelphia will be able to make recommendations, or you could check out the following websites:

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Smoking is prohibited in most all public establishments, including bars and restaurants. Please make sure that you inquire at your location regarding their policy before smoking.


The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sales Tax Rate is 8%. This is the total of state, county and city sales tax rates. The Pennsylvania state sales tax rate is currently 6%.

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You may purchase prepaid phone cards in different denominations at most convenience stores or pharmacies. If you are traveling to the U.S. from abroad, check with your cellular provider to see if your phone can be used in the U.S. and what the charges would be. You can also purchase prepaid cellular phones from the many cellular providers in the Philadelphia area.

Useful numbers:

  • Directory assistance: 411
  • Operator: 0
  • Emergency: 911
  • Police Non-Emergency number: 311

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Service is generally not included in restaurants. It is customary to give restaurant waiters and waitresses a tip representing 15 to 20% of the total before taxes. In bars, the tip tends to be offered as you pay for each drink or round. Taxi drivers also normally get a tip of 15% as do those who render personal services such as haircuts. Hotel porters generally receive $2 per bag. Many counter service establishments have a tip jar: whether you drop in a bit of change is entirely up to you.


Average temperature mid-September in Philadelphia, PA can range from 60°F (16°C) as a low to 80°F (27°C) as a high. Be sure pack a variety of clothing for various temperatures. To check weather conditions for Philadelphia, visit:


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