Travel Information


Bryn Mawr College is easily accessible by car and train, and there is a rail link from Philadelphia's International Airport to Bryn Mawr via Center City Philadelphia.

Traveling by Train

Amtrak has frequent service to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and from there you can transfer to a direct commuter train to Bryn Mawr on the area's mass transit provider, SEPTA. However, Bryn Mawr College will be providing transport to and from 30th Street Station for those participants who will be taking either one or both of the following trains:

Arriving Monday 6/04/01

Train number 145 departing from Springfield (MA) at 10:00AM and arriving at Philadelphia 30th St (PA) on Monday at 2:58PM. The total fare for an Unreserved Coach Seat (one-way) is $49.00

Departing Friday 6/08/01

Train number 56 departing from Philadelphia 30th St (PA) at 9:25AM arriving at Springfield (MA) at 2:40PM. The total fare for a Full Fare Coach Seat (one-way) is $49.00

Please be aware that Amtrak fares are subject to change without notice. It is also possible that the only seat left at this fare is currently being booked by another passenger or that the train may sell out and tickets may be unavailable at the time you choose to book. For further information, please visit

If you choose not to avail of the following services the following information will help you get to the college.

R5 Paoli/Thorndale Local

Buy your SEPTA train ticket before you get on the train if the ticket office is open, otherwise you could be charged an extra $2.00 on the train. From Philadelphia's Market East Station (11th and Market Streets), Penn Center/Suburban Station (16th Street and J.F.K. Boulevard), or Amtrak's 30th Street Station (30th and Market Streets), board SEPTA's R-5 Paoli/Thorndale Local or Bryn Mawr Local train to Bryn Mawr (19-22 minute ride). The train schedule, if you want to pick one up at the station, is the royal blue R-5 Paoli/Downingtown schedule. It runs from 6:15 am until 12:15 am on weekdays and from 7:45 am until 12:15 am on weekends.

The campus is a five-minute walk from the Bryn Mawr train station. You need to be on the side of the station without the ticket office and the bank and will not have to cross the tracks as you get off the train if you are coming from Center City. Take the stairs by the station under the track if you're on the other side. From the Bryn Mawr station, walk north on Morris (straight ahead as you get off the train) for two blocks. You will cross Montgomery Avenue (take the lights seriously - traffic travels very fast here) - the Bryn Mawr College sign will be on your left.

Cost, one-way, is $4.25 peak and $3.75 off-peak. If you have luggage and wish to take a taxi from the Bryn Mawr station to the College, you may call Bennett Taxi Service at 610-525-1770 on a direct-line phone located on the train platform. The taxi service operates 7 days a week from 5:30 am until 12:30 am.

Traveling by Car

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike:

Take Exit 25A and follow Route 476 South to Exit 5 (St. Davids/Villanova). Bear right on the exit to travel toward Villanova.
Follow Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) through Villanova for 2.4 miles.
Turn left onto Morris Avenue after the Bryn Mawr Municipal parking lot. Please note that the street is called "Elliot" on the right and "Morris" on the left ­ and the Morris sign is hard to see. There is a Starbucks on the right and a Sunoco gas station on the left at the intersection. Note: there is NO sign for Bryn Mawr College on Lancaster Avenue in this direction; watch carefully for the landmarks.
Follow Morris Avenue as it curves left under a train-track bridge and then bears right. Cross Montgomery Avenue (at the traffic light) - the BMC sign will be on your left.
Turn left onto Yarrow St.
Take the first right onto Haffner Dr. (no street sign) and follow Haffner into the Upper Wyndham Parking lot.

From the New Jersey Turnpike:

North of Philadelphia

Leave the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 6 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). Drive west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 25A. See the instructions above for directions to the College.

South of Philadelphia

Leave the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 11 and follow Rt. 322 West to the Commodore Barry Bridge to I-95 North.
From I-95 take Exit 7 to I-476 North towards Plymouth Meeting. Then follow the directions below for "From Washington, D.C. and other points south."

From Center City Philadelphia

Join Route 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway) and drive west following the Valley Forge signs.
Take the City Avenue exit (Route 1 South). Once on City Avenue, travel about 2.5 miles and turn right on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30 West).
Travel about 4 miles to reach the center of Bryn Mawr. Turn right onto Morris Avenue - a gas station will be on your right and a Starbucks on your left, and you will have just passed a Barnes and Noble on your left and a Staples on your right.
Follow Morris Avenue as it curves left under the train track bridge then bears right. Cross Montgomery Avenue (at the traffic light) - the BMC sign will be on your left.

From Washington D.C. and other points south

Via I-95 approaching Chester, Pennsylvania, take Exit 7 (476 North towards Plymouth Meeting).
Follow 476 North approximately 12 miles to Exit 5 (St. Davids/Villanova). See the instructions under "From Pennsylvania Turnpike" for directions to the College.


We suggest you park at the Upper Wyndham parking lot, accessible from Yarrow Street. If full, proceed to the Erdman parking lot.

To get to the Erdman lot from the Upper Wyndham lot, first follow Haffner Dr. to the front of Wyndham (to the right) and then turn right onto Merion Ave. Go to the end of Merion Ave. and turn right onto New Gulph Rd. Turn right at Morris Ave. stoplight. Take the first right and climb the hill to the upper Erdman parking lot.

Traveling by Plane

There are several options for reaching the College once you arrive at Philadelphia's International Airport, including train and a limousine service.

SEPTA (Local and regional rail service)

SEPTA's Airport High Speed Line has 4 stops within the airport (at terminals A, B, C/D, and E). Take the Airport Line (also known as the R-1) to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Catch the R-5 commuter train to Bryn Mawr as instructed above in the By Train directions. When you get on the train at the airport, tell the conductor that your final destination is Bryn Mawr so you don't get overcharged when you change trains at 30th Street Station. And hold onto your ticket receipt - you'll need it to change trains! Travel time from the airport to Philadelphia: 20-30 minutes; from Philadelphia to the College, 19 minutes. Cost, one-way, is $6.00. Further information is available at

From the Airport by Car

Follow the signs from the airport to I-95 south (towards Delaware). Take Exit 7 to Route 476 North. Follow 476 North approximately 12 miles to Exit 5 (St. Davids/Villanova). See the instructions above under from Pennsylvania Turnpike for directions to the College.

Limousine Service

If you need a ride from the airport to Bryn Mawr College please call Bennett Main Line Airport Service: 610-525-0513 (or within PA 1-800-427-3464). The cost is $33 round trip, not including gratuity.

For further assistance, feel free to contact Conferences and Events at 610-526-7329 or email