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Mar 22, 2010 11:39 AM

How to get to Reading Terminal Market from 30th Street Station?

I will be in Philadelphia for just 5 hours and wondered from the 30th Street Station, how do I get to the Reading Terminal Market? I assume I can just catch the subway, right? And are there any other landmarks I could check out while just using the subway?

Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA

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  1. Many of the regional rails head in the direction of Market East, from that station, the terminal can be gotten to without exposure to the weather.

    1. Yes, you'll take the Market-Frankford Line (aka the Blue line) East from 30th St. to the 11th Street stop (the 13th St. stop would be OK too). The market is a block or two north of the subway stop, between 11th and 12th.

      City Hall is right there, if you look west down Market St. when you come out of the subway you'll see it. It's pretty impressive (on the outside).

      If you've got 5 hours to kill, the RTM won't keep you busy that long, it's a great place but it's not all that big. You could walk east about 6 blocks after you're done at the RTM and you'd be in Old City, where the Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc. are located. The blue line has a stop at 5th and Market you can use to get back to 30th St. when you're ready.

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      1. re: Buckethead

        You can also walk westbound after RTM down Walnut St to through one of the nicer shopping districts towards Rittenhouse Square, a great outdoor park. From there you can head up 19th or 22nd St and pick up the green line westbound (enter north side of street) back to 30th St. There are multiple green line routes but they all stop at 30th St.

        Since you'll be taking the subway at least twice, you should buy tokens from the machine at 30th St--it's cheaper than the cash fare and you don't need exact change.

        1. re: barryg

          I second the token suggestion. Tokens are currently $1.45 each. A one way fare (on the bus or subway - blue or green lines NOT Regional Rail) is $2 exact change each way. I am not sure what the RR would be, sorry.
          Depending on when you are comming to Philadelphia, you can also ride the Phlash bus around town. If you buy the Independance Pass from the Septa Office at 3oth Street Station (you can get tokens there too) for $10 you can ride ALL forms of Septa (including Reginal rail which is way nicer than the blue or green lines) AND the Phlash bus all day on one ticket. You can get a nice view if the city from the Phlash bus and many of the drivers are very knowledgeable and will share cool, insider info with you. I have often just hopped on and rode around the city when I had an hour or so to kill.
          HTH some. Enjoy RTM!

      2. are you coming in on amtrak? the rule used to be that you would get free travel on the regional rail btwn 30th street station, suburban station, and market east. Much more pleasant than the subway, IMO. and actually, it's pretty rare that they'd take your fare before you reached market east - where you'd get off, for RTM.

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          1. re: Bob Loblaw

            They don't collect fares until you're well outside the center city area. I've used the commuter tunnel rail lines frequently to get from Market East (Reading Terminal market) to 30th St. free of charge. For an out-of-towner, just make sure you're headed in the right direction before boarding a train.

          2. Yes, SEPTA's Regional Rail is the easiest and, as others have noted if you're arrived on Amtrak, it's free between 30th Street Station and Market East Station. As info, Market East is the second station once you leave 30th Street eatbound; the first will be Suburban Station, a.k.a. Penn Center.

            At 30th Street, Amtrak and and SEPTA use different platforms. Amtrak's paltforms are beneath the station concourse and waiting area. SEPTA 's platforms are elevated. Upon arrival on Amtrak, once you reach the concourse go to the west end of the station and you'll see to your right, a wide corridor to your right heading up toward the SEPTA platforms. Check the monitors to determine which track has the next Eastbound train and get on it.

            At Market East try to exit the platform to the west end; this will put you closer to the Reading Terminal Market. In fact, iirc, if the weather is bad you can stay completely out-of-the-weather by existing from Market East into the old Reading Terminal Headhouse (under which the station extends) and from there down a corridor to Filbert Street, which is protected from the elements by the grand hall of the convention center (what used to be the Reading Terminal's train shed). The Reading Terminal is on the other side of Filbert Street, also under the former train shed.

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            1. re: rlibkind

              The train monitors do not indicate westbound or eastbound, they just show the final destination of the train. I THINK that tracks 1 & 2 go eastbound; any train on those tracks would stop at Market East. You can ask the conductor before boarding if the train stops at Market East. There is also an information desk in the station where you could ask. Trains that say Warminster, West Trenton, Doylestown all go the right way, but so do others.

              We have probably totally confused the OP; it might just be easier to pay the $2 and ride the El where the signage is simpler. I doubt the weather will be so terrible that the short walk between stations will be a problem.

              1. re: barryg

                Thanks you guys for all the responses. A friend of mine invited me to take a trip on the mega bus to visit Philly for a few hours on April 24th, and I just wondered from our arrival destination, could we get to Reading Market Terminal easily and I can see from your responses I can, so thanks again for responding.