VISIT VILLANOVA

St. Thomas of Villanova Church

We're thrilled you're considering visiting our campus! We've compiled a list of transportation options, local attractions, accommodations and restaurants to help those planning to come to Villanova.

TRANSPORTATION

Villanova University is 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia in the heart of the historic Main Line. Located near the intersection of two major interstate highways, I-76 and I-476, Villanova's campus is easily accessible by car, commuter train, trolley, or bus. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located 20 miles from campus.

Campus Address:
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Interactive Campus Map | Printable Campus & Parking Map

From New York and New England: Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 6 (Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) Exit). 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 and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just under a half mile to St. Thomas Way and turn right for parking.

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).  Follow I-476 South to Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids).  At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just under a half mile to St. Thomas Way and turn right for parking.

From the South: Take I-95 North to Exit 7 (I-476 (Blue Route) North-Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 (Blue Route) North to  Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids) Lancaster Avenue) to Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster Avenue. At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just under a half mile to St. Thomas Way and turn right for parking.

Via Regional Rail: Take SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line to Villanova Station - located directly on campus.  Take the pedestrian tunnel under the tracks and walk up the hill through the walkway under Mendel Science Center and proceed to the top of the hill, passing Old Falvey on your left.  When you reach the brick pathway, follow the diagonal path around the fountain and through the Campus Green to the Office of Undergraduate Admission in Austin Hall.

Via Trolley: SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line travels between Norristown and 69th Street Terminal. You may get on or off the trolley at the Villanova Station. Walk north toward the twin spires of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church (pictured above).  Proceed across Lancaster Avenue toward the Church.  Once in front of the Church, turn right and walk past the Augustinian Cemetery on your left, following signs to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, located on the ground level of Austin Hall.  Austin Hall is the second building to the right of the Church.

Arrange to fly into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is located approximately 20 miles from the Villanova campus. From the airport you have several options:

Rental Car: (or other private transportation): When leaving the airport, follow the signs for I-95 South. Take I-95 South to Exit 7 (I-476 (Blue Route) North-Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 (Blue Route) North to Exit 13 (US 30 - St. Davids/Villanova). At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just over one-half mile to Ithan Avenue and turn left.  Proceed half a block north on Ithan Avenue and the University Main Gate will be on your left.

Train: Ask the attendant at the airport baggage counter to direct you to the train station. SEPTA Airport Line trains stop at all Philadelphia International Airport terminals, and reach Center City Philadelphia in approximately 25 minutes. Fares can be purchased prior to boarding via a kiosk in the airport using a credit card (more info). Fares purchased on-board trains are cash only and be sure to tell the conductor your final destination (Villanova Station) when you are paying your fare. Plan to have approximately $10 for each passenger. If you intend to take more than one trip that day, your best value would be to purchase a one-day Independence Pass from the conductor ($13 individual or $30 family-good for up to 5 people traveling together), which is good for unlimited rides on all trains, buses, subways and trolleys for that day only.

At 30th Street Station, change trains and board the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line train to Villanova Station - directly on campus. See further instructions above.

Taxi: All taxi services can be accessed at Zone 5 outside of each terminal baggage claim area. You should expect to pay $50 or more for a trip to Villanova. All taxis accept credit cards.

Uber: Uber airport pick-up will depend upon which vehicle type is selected. Please click here for more information. Estimated rates from PHL to Villanova University: UberSUV ($94-121), uberX ($31-40), uberPOOL ($32-33)

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Numerous businesses are within walking and driving distance to Villanova's campus. Places like Lancaster Avenue, Suburban Square in Ardmore and the Villanova Center adjacent to campus offer countless options for sipping coffee, grabbing ice cream, shopping and more.  

Ardmore and Suburban Square

Suburban Square, located in Ardmore, is a pedestrian-friendly, densely packed retail area. Suburban Square is home to many different businesses including a Farmer’s Market, Trader Joe’s, a 70,000 square foot LifeTime Athletic and countless retail stores and restaurants. There is plenty of outdoor seating which allows for family-fun events including Ardmore Restaurant Week, Oktoberfest and a chili cook-off.   

Ardmore’s signature Clover Market is held three weekends in the spring and two weekends in the fall featuring vintage goods and artisan wares. 

Ardmore can be accessed via the Ardmorestop on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line.

Bryn Mawr

The town of Bryn Mawr runs along Route 30 in the heart of the Main Line where you'll find many family-owned businesses, boutiques, restaurants and more.  

Bryn Mawr can be accessed via the Bryn Mawr stop on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line.

Wayne

Wayne is one of the many wonderful shopping and dining towns along the Main Line. Located in Radnor Township, guests can stroll around town and enjoy a wide selection of fashion boutiques, restaurants, spas and other merchants. With more than a dozen restaurants and bars located along Restaurant Row, there is something for all palates. 

Wayne can be accessed via the Wayne stop on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line.  

King of Prussia Mall

The King of Prussia Mall is the second-largest shopping mall in the United States and located just six miles from Villanova. Featuring a diverse mix of over 450 stores, the King of Prussia Mall has something for everyone. Additionally, a variety of dining options are available at three food courts and multiple sit-down restaurants in and around the mall.  

The King of Prussia Mall is located at the junction of Routes 202, 76, 422 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike and can also be reached via public transportation.  

King of Prussia Town Center

King of Prussia Town Center is a retail center located at The Village at Valley Forge, a large-scale development project comprised of Wegmans, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and five new residential developments. 

Major retailers including Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, REI and LA Fitness surround a vibrant Main Street lined with a mix of dining, retail and service providers. You can find open green space with various outdoor events throughout the year at the Town Center.

Valley Forge Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site of the third winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War which took place from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. Today, the National Park Service preserves the site which sits on 3,500 acres of land and contains historical buildings, recreated encampment structures, memorials, museums and recreational facilities. The Park has over a million visitors each year and provides 26 miles of hiking and biking trails that are connected to a robust regional trails system. Wildlife watching, fishing and boating on the nearby Schuylkill River also are popular.  

Valley Forge Park cannot be accessed by public transportation. 

Philadelphia

The birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia is full of museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites and famous food. Take time to check out a Phillies baseball game, visit the Liberty Bell in Old City and try Philadelphia’s most famous cheesesteaks! 

Philadelphia can be accessed through various public transportation outlets via SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line, the Norristown High Speed Line and various buses. The Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line provides the most direct access to Center City Philadelphia.

Manayunk 

Located 10 miles from Villanova, Manayunk is nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River, the Manayunk Canal and Tow Path. The commercial district is lined with renovated Victorian storefronts and mill buildings giving visitors an urban experience with small-town charm. Manayunk is home to countless restaurants and shops and known for its fun outdoor events such as the Street Food Festival, Dog Days of Summer, Manayunk Arts Festival and more. 

ACCOMMODATIONS

As you plan your visit to Villanova, you may need to reserve a hotel room or two. There are plenty of options in the area. Stay awhile!  

The Villanova University-owned and operated Inn was recently renovated and offers our guests a setting that is fresh and comfortable with the gracious hospitality that is a Villanova tradition.

The Inn at Villanova University
(not open to the public in Fall 2020)
601 E. County Line Road, Radnor, PA 19087
Phone: 610-519-8000


*Please check each business for operation information during COVID-19. A listing does not equal endorsement from the University.

AIRPORT--PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL (PHL)

Marriott Philadelphia Airport

1 Arrivals Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport

9000 Bartram Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153

DoubleTree by Hilton

4509 Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Renaissance

500 Stevens Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19113

Quality Inn

600 S Governor Printz Blvd., Lester, PA 19029

Sheraton Suites

4101 B Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

 

BROOMALL

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

100 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA 19008

 

CONSHOHOCKEN

Marriott Philadelphia West

111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA 19428

Residence Inn by Marriott

191 Washington Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428

 

RADNOR

The Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, PA 19087

 

WAYNE

Courtyard by Marriott

762 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

Wayne Bed and Breakfast

211 Strafford Ave., Wayne PA 19087

Wayne Hotel
139 E. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19097

 

KING OF PRUSSIA

The Alloy – A DoubleTree by Hilton

301 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Best Western Plus

127 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Crowne Plaza

260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Fairfield Inn by Marriott

258 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Hampton Inn

530 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Home2 Suites by Hilton

550 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia PA 19406

 

PLYMOUTH MEETING

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Philadelphia West

640 Fountain Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

RESTAURANTS

There are plenty of restaurant options close to Villanova that cater to all types of palates, price points and atmospheres. 

 

Campus Resources
Villanova has numerous resources to assist your child during their time at the University. Below are selected departments that are frequently visited by family members.

Villanova Uniersity entryway

Office of the Vice President for Student Life
Dougherty Hall, Second Floor

Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.