Hotel and Travel

Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the upcoming 2019 Philadelphia Marathon and will be managing the hotel reservations.  When you book in the official room block you are ensuring low rates and many additional benefits.  Plus you can still earn points in your hotel membership/loyalty programs.

Benefits of booking in the Official 2019 Philadelphia Marathon block include, but are not limited to:

  • The lowest room rates available for 2019 Philadelphia Marathon participants
  • Ability to waitlist online for extra nights needed at your preferred hotel
  • No prepayment required to secure your reservation

Hotel information will be available for our 2019 event soon- please check back soon!


By Car: Philadelphia is conveniently located just 2 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Washington, D.C. Major access routes include I-95, I-76, I-476, along with the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes.
By Rail: Amtrak operates from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia with service along the Northeast Corridor. 30th Street Station is just a few minute cab ride from Center City.
By Air: Philadelphia International Airport is served by most major airlines. Several new discount air carriers provide affordable and convenient flights into Philadelphia. A cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City takes approximately 20 minutes for a rate of $30. Or, take the high-speed SEPTA train departing the airport every 30 minutes with service to Center City. One-way train fare is $7.00.

The Philadelphia Marathon will begin and end near our world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art at the head of the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway- right in front of those famous steps that Rocky sprinted up, inspiring countless imitators ever since.

Center City is compact and very walkable. However, if your feet get tired, we encourage runners and spectators to use public transportation on race day. Philadelphia's mass transit system, SEPTA, offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city. Several SEPTA buses (Nos. 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48) currently serve the Museum area. 

Please check with SEPTA at (215) 580-7800 for information about schedules, drop-off and pick-up locations, and route detours. Also, if you're planning to do a lot of "running around" on race day, please ask about SEPTA's unlimited access one-day pass.

Runners and fans should be aware of street closures taking place throughout the city on Race Weekend. 

No on-street parking is allowed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning on Saturday, November 23, but there are several parking lots and garages conveniently located in the area. Below are several options. Call ahead as rates and availability may have changed.

Paid Lots

23rd & Cherry Streets, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 772-1511
22nd & Walden Streets, Central Parking System, (215) 563-3650
19th & Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia Parking Authority, (215) 683-9813 
23rd & Arch Streets, Central Parking System, (215) 563-3650

Paid Garages

222 North 20th Street, Standard Parking, (215) 448-1391
1815 Cherry Street, LAZ Parking, (215) 496-1070
16th & Race (Sheraton Hotel), Standard Parking, (215) 448-2000
1815 JFK Boulevard, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 405-0790/ (215) 772-1511
1901 JFK Boulevard, Central Parking System, (215) 557-3721
36 S. 19th Street, Standard Parking, (215) 215-561-1187
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Windsor Suites, (215) 569-0899

The Philadelphia Marathon has no direct relationship with any of the companies listed. Some lots are available for parking despite no attendant upon entering, with payment upon exit.

Here’s why we say that coming to the Philadelphia Marathon just may be the best time of your life: there is so much to do here. Whether you are an athlete, art and music lover, history buff, outdoor adventurer, food and wine connoisseur, or a kid who just wants to have fun—or all of the above—there’s plenty of everything for all to enjoy. If you're running in this year's race, encourage your friends and family to come along. They’ll be glad you did.

If you're looking for an authentic Philly cheesesteak, remarkable museum collections, endless tax free shopping on shoes and apparel, tours of Independence Hall, or vibrant nightspots, you'll find some terrific recommendations and information at the official visitor site for Greater Philadelphia,