Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Philadelphia airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your PHL Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.


I am traveling from London to Philly via BA and transit to Phoenix via AA. I have a layover of 1:50 mins. Is that enough to complete immigration.
I am traveling from Buffalo. AA 5002 lands at PHL at 20:10 hours at Terminal F. My next flight AA 1874 leaves from Terminal A at 21:25 hours. Do I have enough time to change the flight?
Hi I'm arriving from Dublin at 1 30pm on sat 24th and leaving for Vegas 6 05pm have I plenty of time to travel into the City. Do I have to go through customs and security again
You pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. In Philadelphia you can leave the airport and when you come back you just have to go through security.
What is the quickest way to get from terminal F to B? Are we able to run or walk very fast inside the terminal without going though security?
Yes, you can run airside or take the shuttle. if you want to run, then run.
on dec 4 i will be traveling from ALB to PHL with a 1hr 38 min layover to MSY. will i need to collect baggage and recheck in before taking off to MSY?
You don't have to do anything with your bags in PHL.
Hi, I am a Canadian citizen flying from Montreal connecting in Philadelphia, and I have 55minutes to connect to my next flight to go to San Juan in Puerto Rico, is that enough time? For checked in luggages, do I have to pick them up and go through customs? Thank you
Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal so all you have to do in Philadelphia is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Thank you for the information
I'm flying from qatar and landing in philly at 8:40 a.m. my flight to toronto leaves at 1:40 p.m. Within that time, is it possible to tour independence hall and the liberty bell?
No, that's not really enough time considering you'll have to clear Immigration and Customs first.
I am a Canadian citizen. Would that somehow change immigration times? If so, does the above response change?
Does being a canadian citizen change anything?
Flying in from Manchester, UK landing PHL on a Sunday at 13:25 (Aug 06). Is this enough time to leave airport to visit the Liberty Bell, pick up food at Reading Terminal Market and return within 5.5 hours?

I've worked out the following schedule:

Sunday 06 August 2017

18:54 GMT American Airlines MAN to PHL Terminal A

Layover 5 hours 29 mins

13:25 Arrive PHL Terminal A
13:45 Immigration
14:00 Collect Bags
14:15 Bag Drop

Train Airport Line Terminal A depart time: 14:41, 15:11, 15:41

14:41 Travel to Liberty Bell
14:41 Train 31 mins or Taxi 15 mins

Train Jefferson Station arrive times: 15:10, 15:40, 16:10

If arriving on 15:10 train then that give 2 hours and 10 minutes to explore

15:12 Walk to Liberty Bell from Jefferson
15:30 1 Hour at Liberty Bell
16:30 Walk to Reading Terminal Market (15 mins)
16:45 30 Mins at Reading Terminal Market
17:15 Walk to Jefferson Station

Train Jefferson Station to PHL Airport Line Terminal A depart times: 16:50, 17:20, 17:50

17:20 Travel to Philadelphia Airport Terminal A Airport Line
Train 30 mins from Jefferson Station or Taxi 15 mins (UberXL $36-$47)

Train Airport Line PHL Terminal A arrive times: 17:17, 17:47, 18:17

17:47 Arrive Philadelphia Airport (1 hour 7 mins before departure)

17:54 Customs
18:24 Depature Gate
18:54 Flight departure
Sounds good. Just one correction. You will go through Security when you return to the airport, not Customs.
I will be arriving at 4:00 pm from Barcelona on October 19 on American, with a proposed flight to LAX at 6:27 pm on the same day (about 2 1/2 hour layover). Is this adquate to clear customers, recheck bags, clear security, etc? I don't run that fast.. I am 65 years old.
That should be plenty of time.
HI THere,
I'm travelling from St. Martin to toronto with a connection in Philadelphia. I've got 1h and 10 minutes between connections to Toronto. I'm travelling on American Airlines and will have baggage. i've got global entry/nexus, but am wondering if this is enough time to make it onto the flight to toronto. Do american airlines connect in the same terminals
That's not a realistic amount of time to make your connection if you have checked bags. Without checked bags it's only barely possible and then only because you have Global Entry. American uses all but one of the terminals in Philadelphia.