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Student flights from the UK to Philadelphia

Boston and Washington D.C. aren’t the only cities in the US with a lot of history—Philadelphia has plenty of US history as well! From the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to smaller Revolutionary sites, Philly is the perfect city for any history lover. Plus, the city is still home to many buildings with colonial architectural designs and cobblestone streets and sidewalks. Sometimes a trip to Philadelphia can feel like taking a trip back in time to America’s beginnings.

If history isn’t your thing, Philadelphia definitely has more to it than its Historic District. Philadelphia is just about the only place on earth that treats a cheesesteak sub as a delicacy—but once you try a Philly cheesesteak in the heart of the city, you’ll understand why! Head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or take a Rocky movie tour to see another side of this cultural city.

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What are the main Philadelphia airports, and how do I get from them to central Philadelphia?

There is only one airport in Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport. It’s located around seven miles from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport.

Philadelphia International Airport: Philadelphia International Airport is well served by a number of transportation options. SEPTA (the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) runs train services from the city centre to the airport, as well as connections to other regional rail lines. There are also three SEPTA bus routes that run to the airport. A single ride will only cost you $2.50 (£1.80). Taxis are also available.

How to fly from the UK to Philadelphia

Flying from the UK to Philadelphia is simple. You can catch a direct flight from London Heathrow or Manchester, as well as connecting flights from other major UK airports such as Edinburgh, Birmingham and other London airports. We partner with a number of airlines that operate flights to Philadelphia including Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines and American Airlines.

Cheap flights to Philadelphia
from London Heathrow (LHR)

Average flight duration

8 hours, 15 minutes

Number of daily flights

around 34 (nonstop) per day.

Cheap flights to Philadelphia
from Manchester (MAN)

Average flight duration

7 hours, 45 minutes

Number of daily flights

around 8 (nonstop) per day.

When is the best time to fly to Philadelphia?

The best time to visit Philadelphia is between March-May, when the winter weather has warmed a bit and the spring cherry blossoms blanket the city in picture-perfect blooms. Summers can find the city a bit more crowded, particularly at major tourist attractions, but also offer big events (like the summer music Fringe Festival) and holiday celebrations (like the 4th of July). Winters can be quite cold and snowy, so be prepared if you’re visiting between November and February!

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Philadelphia?

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Why do British students love visiting Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is a hub of activity and a great city for students to study in. You’ll be joining other students from across the globe studying at some of the best universities in the USA and the world.

Philadelphia universities and campuses

Philadelphia universities and campuses

Philadelphia has a number of universities, from the Ivy-League University of Philadelphia to well-known schools like Drexel University or Temple University, or smaller, liberal arts schools like Swarthmore College and Haverford College. There’s plenty of options for whatever you’re looking to study or whatever you’re looking for in a university. The city is buzzing with students throughout the year, plus it’s just two hours from NYC—great for weekend trips without having to pay New York prices.

Philadelphia lifestyle and culture

Philadelphia lifestyle and culture

Philly is a great place to visit: an All-American city, close to many other must-sees in the US and easy to explore on a budget. Philadelphia manages to pack in a lot of small town charm! It’s a very walkable (or bike-able) city, so whether you’re staying for just a week or coming here for school, you’ll have plenty of transportation options if you don’t have a car. Philadelphians also love their sports and local sports teams, so if you’re a fan of hockey, football, baseball, basketball and so on, you’ll find plenty to love in Philly. Come summer, waterfront parks like Spruce Street Harbor Park become happening spots, offering pop-up cafes, outdoor games and hammocking areas, events and more.

Exploring Philadelphia on a student budget

Exploring Philadelphia on a student budget

Philadelphia is a great city to discover on a student budget. There are lots of free things to see and do around the city, making it easy to spend less but get maximum exploring done. Budget food and drink options are also easy to find, with cheap eateries and markets all over the city. And even transportation doesn’t cost the earth! Besides, numerous parks and gardens, outdoor concerts, yoga on the pier, summer festivals and more means there’s always something going on—without having to break the bank to enjoy.

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