30th Street Station (ZFV)

Train Station
University City, Philadelphia
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  • Hannah
    "FREE red cap service!"(5 Tips)
    Christina S.
    "Old Nelson by the regional rail lines"(4 Tips)
    Emily V.
    "My favorite station - just beautiful architecture."(9 Tips)
    Frank S.
    "Come early & get a shoe shine to look sharp before your trip!"(3 Tips)
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  • Idus D.
    Idus DavisSeptember 15
    Beautiful interior. Check out the monument to the members of the Pennsylvania Railroad who gave their lives in WWII.
  • Ming Y.
    Ming YiMay 19
    Don't stand outside while you wait for someone to pick you up. Tons of panhandlers will come at you pressuring you for money and swearing they're not on drugs.
  • Ming Y.
    Ming YiMay 18
    Just very old and nostalgic looking, I guess. Not the clearest signage and a lot of things on the premise are broken. At least the Amtrak staff is polite and will point you in the right direction.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DavisMay 7
    Been here 100+ times
    Good food selections, never too crowded, orderly. Awesome Amtrak lounge.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsApril 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty train station. Has an old-fashioned feel to it.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MoyerJanuary 17
    Very friendly helpful staff to help you find your way
  • Simona O.
    Simona OzomováOctober 7, 2016
    Beautiful piece of architecture, take your time to see it before your train is due!
  • David H.
    David HowlandAugust 28, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    2nd busiest train station in the Amtrak system. Cosi is the best food option in the station.
  • Paddy
    PaddyJuly 23, 2016
    Handy Amtrak/SEPTA hub in Philly. Discount bus lines operate from just outside 30th St station.
  • Eugene S.
    Eugene SongJuly 11, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Avoid Avis! Their employees don't even open or close on time! Twice now I've been screwed bc no one was there to help me pick up or drop off my car.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJune 26, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The main hall is reminiscent of historic train travel--beautiful interior
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RamseyJune 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Being the first person in line for your train doesn't matter since they let you down to the track before the trains show up
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    At least you can appreciate the great architecture while you wait for your train.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ScarcelleFebruary 9, 2016
    Memories from childhood still preserved within the walls
  • David B.
    David BouchardNovember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is massive!
  • Claude H.
    Claude HarrisonOctober 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you use the Amtrak app on your phone be sure to have a screenshot of the ticket as the app doesn't always function
  • Mark G.
    Mark GraciaAugust 5, 2015
    Great Dunkin Donuts
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WardJuly 19, 2015
    Beautiful Architecture ;)
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LeliiMay 13, 2015
    Old school train station!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MooreApril 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the old school train status big board
  • Jan S.
    Jan Shaw-FlammApril 2, 2015
    Something so exciting about a real city train station.
  • Jacob R.
    Jacob RosenbergMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Pretty station. No especially decent food here, but the architecture is very nice.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HoughFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I hope they never replace the information board. Love the sound of it!
  • A M.
    A McFebruary 14, 2015
    Ok so if your getting picked up allow getting lost time... to many doors lol
  • RC
    RCFebruary 13, 2015
    Tip: if you needs train seats together with your family or friends, get the Red Cap luggage to take you down early before the rest of the people board. Costs a few bucks but worth it.
  • Scott T.
    Scott TaftFebruary 13, 2015
    Junk food galore and coffee!
  • Conrado G.
    Conrado GuerraJanuary 19, 2015
    So beautiful
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDJanuary 17, 2015
    Absolute beautiful station!
  • Mat C.
    Mat CollisJanuary 10, 2015
    Shake shack! Beautiful station too
  • Amandeep G.
    Amandeep GillDecember 14, 2014
    Lots of food choices inside the station, also see the food truck just outside!
  • Amandeep G.
    Amandeep GillDecember 14, 2014
    Supermarket across the road (next to Irish pub), if you want to stock up on snacks for your trip.
  • Gilles B.
    Gilles BoeykensDecember 13, 2014
    I wouldn't mind if I'm 2 hours early and have to spend those hours here!
  • A. M. L.
    A. M. LEWISDecember 11, 2014
    Nothing like treating yourself to an awesome shine for your riding boots before you travel!
  • Noel G.
    Noel GreenDecember 5, 2014
    Nice train station actually cleaner than most I've been too
  • Adam C.
    Adam CernyNovember 29, 2014
    Expansive food court and spacious bathrooms!
  • Niffy S.
    Niffy SpectorOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    When en route to NYC, don't bother waiting in that long line for train. You always end up waiting on the platform for awhile. Wait until it's the actual time to board. Then go down!
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Clean, well managed. Easy to find where you needed to go
  • Mike B.
    Mike BOctober 8, 2014
    This train station is actually nice compared to the others.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenSeptember 16, 2014
    Beautiful train station. It makes me wish that trains were a more common way to travel.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrandtSeptember 11, 2014
    This is how Train stations are supposed to be.
  • Anne D.
    Anne DSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Ladies, avoid the restrooms next to Wendy's. It's gross 99.9% of the time.
  • Marjorie W.
    Marjorie WSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There are not a lot of food options open late here.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Spacious, has a food court, access to many points via train
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 27, 2014
    Public bathrooms. Plentiful bike parking.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cosi is about the best food option here.
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DunnAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Easy to get almost anywhere from here! Great food places too!
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 7, 2014
    If you have some time to kill, head out to the Porch. It's a plaza just outside the station facing Market Street. Great views of the skyline, nice seating options, and free events. Food trucks too.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MeulsteeJune 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a layover and feel a little famished, explore beyond the Jersey Mikes, Cosi, and Saxby's, theres some good food back there.
  • Steven P.
    Steven PattersonJune 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Use the quick trip if you just want a ticket or have a reservation.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CMay 20, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Be punctual! Remember: People wait for trains, trains don't wait for people.
  • Christina S.
    Christina Schweingruber GiangiulioMay 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Old Nelson by the regional rail lines has awesome breakfast and a good variety of other things no matter what time of day it is.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PApril 14, 2014
    Watch out for the birds.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChaoApril 4, 2014
    High ceilings
  • Francis L.
    Francis LeRoyMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    It looks like there is a cell charging 'station' at the end of the ticket windows. A bench and bunch of outlets.
  • Matt T.
    Matt TalmageFebruary 23, 2014
    There's a Taco Bell here.
  • Myheartmap C.
    Myheartmap ChallengeFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Visit the hashtag furniture near au bon pain! @penndefibdesign
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BJanuary 31, 2014
    Don't get the dunkin donuts iced coffee- it's too watery
  • Emily V.
    Emily Van VlackDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite station - just beautiful architecture.
  • Carly T.
    Carly TokarskiNovember 6, 2013
    Download and sign up for Uber on your phone before 10/8 and get $20 off your first ride!! Just use promo code UBERPHL20!!
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThornburySeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Less if a tip, more of a plea. Please add more bike docks. It's a constant competition every morning.
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Amtrak ticket office closes at 9:30pm. No way to redeem a travel voucher after that. But hey Dunkin Donuts is open late so you can drown your sorrows in a latte.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KilgoreSeptember 9, 2013
    I think the bar here should be open later
  • Nathaniel H.
    Nathaniel HammittSeptember 4, 2013
    Buying SEPTA tokens? The sales counter is all the way in the back down the northwest hallway.
  • Roshan S.
    Roshan SadananiAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Really well-organized and wide open. Take a lap around the food court before deciding. Plenty of extra seating away from all the tracks and near the food.
  • sweetpearacer
    sweetpearacerAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware that a lot of restaurants in the station close before 8 PM, earlier on Sundays. If you're taking a late trip, be prepared.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SchenckAugust 23, 2013
    Hangout front cafe style
  • Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva
    Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn DivaAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Even if you're running late, when you run in the front door by the taxis, the trains are at the bottom of the stairs and signs are really clear. Know your train name, number & destination!
  • Edison M.
    Edison MannJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch the tramcar, please.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa StinnettJuly 20, 2013
    Beware the cab drivers! Our driver pretended he didn't know where he was going and drove in a circle back to the station. When we threatened not to pay he suddenly knew where he was going without gps.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    so beautiful inside
  • Maria M.
    Maria MejiaJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you have a long break before your next train, relax outside on "the porch" facing Market Street. During summer, catch shows or people watch. During winter, head to Bridgewater's Pub. Free wifi.
  • Aimee P.
    Aimee PotteigerJune 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Italian sub shop beside dunkin donuts is the absolute best! Lots of food for the money and delish!
  • Luca S.
    Luca SalviJune 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    don't forget to look at the statue in the hall, it's a piece of art
  • Billster
    BillsterJune 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    SEPTA allows all bikes off peak but not peak. Not the case on AMTRAK, but folding bikes with smaller wheels are considered as luggage on all carriers at all time.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeisJune 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the amazing bas relief sculpture near the bathroom!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OCMay 24, 2013
    Terrible wifi
  • Michele A. V.
    Michele A. VannMay 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Nothing like a train ride to ease your trouble mind! Relax, sit back, and let the view take you to wherever!
  • Eslam M.
    Eslam MohammedMay 16, 2013
    Nice, I loved the architecture :)
  • Genna D.
    Genna D.May 15, 2013
    Cosi food = the best = try their traditional cheese flatbread pizza, so yummy!!!
  • Lizzie B.
    Lizzie BrennanMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The American Buffet surprisingly has plenty of vegan options!
  • James G.
    James G.May 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the KAWS sculpture for PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts).
  • Robert M.
    Robert McNeilMay 1, 2013
    ATM Wells Fargo at NW end of Station
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew A.April 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy this beautiful station and dream of a day when rail travel was king in America.
  • Nikhil K.
    Nikhil KanekalApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good choice of food+drink in and around this station. Charming building.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MesiarikApril 19, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you want to avoid a long taxi queue use the Uber app just before exiting your train.
  • Colleen L.
    Colleen LindsayApril 13, 2013
    So much better than New York Penn Station, which is hell on earth.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen L.April 12, 2013
    Construction has blocked the only (limited) bike racks here. Instead, use the racks inside the office bldg (Cira Center) parking garage next door.
  • carolina v.
    carolina vargasApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Place to wait for your train, Im still question me If this station is the same at the My Best Friend Wedding?
  • Timmay B.
    Timmay BarlowApril 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times customer service evah! Helped me with a lost ticket and with 5 mins before departure on a Friday rush hour...still made my train to Lancaster! Well done.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OrtizApril 5, 2013
    Don't touch the railings.
  • Sairam R.
    Sairam RajagopalApril 4, 2013
    Ooh! High ceilings!
  • David M.
    David MApril 4, 2013
    Unless you're a Dunkin Donuts coffee fan, you might want to grab a coffee before you get here. The options are limited.
  • Dave B.
    Dave BrownMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you've got time to kill, head over to Cosi and rock a chicken parm. Tasty like UB40.
  • DeVon G.
    DeVon GoldsmithMarch 8, 2013
    Get there early if you want a seat.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BellizziMarch 7, 2013
    Great place to sit!
  • DK F.
    DK FilmiFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always grab a DoubleD coffee here... Wish ny penn was like this spot!!!
  • April M.
    April MillinerFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    On a nice summer night waiting for the train on the outside platform, the view from the building is beautiful and peaceful
  • UrbanDiva G.
    UrbanDiva GlamFebruary 10, 2013
    Get here a few mins early because their watches are trains arrive early and leave early!
  • Nigel R.
    Nigel RichardsJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the center of the main hall and rock the smooth floor surface with some wild head spin dance moves. Be sure to leave a hat aside for tips.
  • Mollie U.
    Mollie UmaJanuary 16, 2013
    You catch Amtrak and regional rail in the station, but have to leave the station and walk across the street to catch the Blue and green lines.
  • Ira D.
    Ira DaJuly 18, 2016
    Лучший вокзал
  • Xavier T.
    Xavier TreviñoJanuary 13, 2014
    Como deberían ser todas las estaciones y CETRAMs: un área central cómoda y bonita que distribuya pasajeros a los andenes.
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