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Travel

If arriving by plane

Arrange to fly into Philadelphia International Airport, which is located roughly 15 miles southeast of Villanova University.  From the airport you have three options to reach the University: train, rental car, or taxi.  Details are provided below.

(1) Airport to Villanova University by train

At the airport, ask the attendant at the airport baggage counter to direct you to the train station.  Purchase a combination ticket to the Villanova Station.  Take the Airport Line to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.  At 30th Street, change trains and board SEPTA’s Regional Rail Line (Paoli/Thorndale Local) to Villanova Station – directly on campus.  Follow signage from Villanova Station to the West Campus Apartments.

Link to SEPTA Regional Rail Schedules: http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/index.html

Link to Airport Line Schedule: http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/pdf/air.pdf

Link to Paoli/Thorndale Schedule: http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/pdf/tho.pdf

The estimated cost by rail is $10 (one-way).  Note that the trains run less frequently on the weekends.

(2) Airport to Villanova University by taxi

You do not need to call or make a reservation for taxi service from Philadelphia International Airport to Villanova. From the baggage claim area, simply proceed to the dispatch booth in Ground Transportation Zone 5 (staffed 24 hours a day) where
cabs are available at all times. To arrange return transportation from Villanova to the airport, you may call one of the companies listed below, or any of your choice.

Main Line Taxi:  610-664-0444

Bennett Taxi Service:  610-525-1770

The estimated fare for a taxi is $65-$70 (one-way).

(3) Airport to Villanova University by rental car  

When leaving the airport, follow the signs for I-95 South. Take I-95 South to Exit 7: I-476 North-Plymouth Meeting. Take I-476 North to Exit 13: St. Davids/Villanova.  Traveling East on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue), make a left turn onto Route 320N, also known as Spring Mill Rd.  (Note: There will be a gas station on the far left corner.)  Proceed about 0.20 mile, cross over the railroad bridge, and take the first right turn to West Campus. At the train station, turn right, under the bridge to the entrance to West Campus, which is marked by a guard booth.  Immediately after the guard booth bear left at the first fork, and turn right at first entrance into parking lot. 

If arriving by car

Note that your final destination depends on whether you are commuting to the conference daily, or staying in the guest apartments.  Below, we give directions to the general campus area, followed by more specific directions to your intended destination.  

General directions to the campus area

From New York and New England:  Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 6: Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276).  Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) Westbound to Exit 20: Mid-County Interchange/ I-476 South/Chester. Follow I-476 South to Exit 13: Villanova/St. Davids.  At the bottom of ramp turn right onto Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster Avenue.  Proceed east on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) to the Villanova campus.

From the West:  Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) to Exit 326: Valley Forge.
Take I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) to Exit 331A: I-476 South/Chester.  Take I-476 South to Exit 13: St. Davids/Villanova.  At the bottom of ramp turn right onto Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster Avenue.  Proceed east on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) to the Villanova campus.

From the South:  Take I-95 North to Exit 7: I-476 North-Plymouth Meeting. Take I-476 North to Exit 13: Villanova/St. Davids.  Turn right onto Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster Avenue.  Proceed east on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) to the Villanova campus. 

Directions to a specified destination

For daily commuters, your desired destination will be the main Villanova parking lot.  Traveling East on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue), make a right turn onto Ithan Avenue, and soon thereafter a right turn into the main parking lot.

For travelers who are checking into the Villanova guest apartments, your desired destination will be Gallen Hall on West Campus.  Traveling East on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue), make a left turn onto Route 320N, also known as Spring Mill Rd.  (Note: There will be a gas station on the far left corner.)  Proceed about 0.20 mile, cross over the railroad bridge, and take the first right turn to West Campus. At the train station, turn right, under the bridge to the entrance to West Campus which is marked by a guard booth.  Immediately after the guard booth bear left at the first fork, and turn right at first entrance into parking lot.  The four buildings before you will be (in order) Farley, Gallen, Jackson and St. Clare Apartments.  Proceed to the Gallen Hall lobby to be checked into your apartment.

Campus Map

Campus Map

For GPS systems, our address is:
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085