Contact & Directions

Directions

The Wistar Institute is located in University City in West Philadelphia. If you are planning to visit, please refer to this page as a guide to using public and private transportation.

From the Philadelphia International Airport

By SEPTA Airport Express Train

The Airport Express Train leaves 9 minutes after every half hour, and will take you to the University City Station on Convention Ave. The fare is $7.00 and the ride takes 18 minutes to the University City Station.

By Taxi

A metered taxicab costs about $30.00 and the ride takes about 20 minutes.

By Car from the Airport

Visitors driving from the airport should take I-95 North to the I-676/Center City Philadelphia exit, approximately seven miles north of the airport. Follow I-676 West (the Vine Street Expressway) to I-76 East (the Schuylkill Expressway). Follow I-76 East until Exit 346-A (old exit number 40)—South Street (a left-lane exit). Turn right onto South Street to enter the Penn campus. South Street becomes Spruce Street at 33rd Street. The Wistar Institute is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets, which will be on your right.

By Car

  • From the Northeast via the New Jersey Turnpike South
    Use Exit 4. Bear right out of the toll following signs to Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Bridge. After crossing the bridge take I-676 West to I-76 East (the Schuylkill Expressway). Follow I-76 East to Exit 346-A (old exit number 40)—South Street (a left-lane exit). Turn right onto South Street to enter the Penn campus. South street becomes Spruce Street at 33rd Street. The Wistar Institute is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets, which will be on your right.

  • From the West via the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    On the PA turnpike, use Exit 326, the Valley Forge Interchange. Take I-76 East for approximately 17 miles until Exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. South street becomes Spruce Street at 33rd Street. The Wistar Institute is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets, which will be on your right. 

  • From the North via I-95 South
    Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit. Follow signs to I-676 West (the Vine Street Expressway). Take I-676 West to I-76 East (the Schuylkill Expressway). Follow I-76 East to Exit 346-A (old exit number 40)—South Street (a left-lane exit). Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. South Street becomes Spruce Street at 33rd Street. The Wistar Institute is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets, which will be on your right. 

  • From the South via I-95 North
    Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit (approximately 7 miles north of the airport). Follow I-676 West (the Vine Street Expressway) to I-76 East (the Schuylkill Expressway). Follow I-76 East to Exit 346-A (old exit number 40)—South Street (a left-lane exit). Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. South Street becomes Spruce Street at 33rd Street. The Wistar Institute is located on the corner of 36th and Spruce Streets, which will be on your right.

  • Parking in West Philadelphia
    There are ten public pay parking facilities located within walking distance of the Institute. Metered pay parking is available on many city streets.

Arriving by Amtrak

All Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains stop at 30th Street Station. From the station, the Institute is a fifteen-minute walk. A metered taxicab costs about $8 including tip and takes about 5 minutes.

Arriving from 30th Street Station 

The SEPTA No. 30 bus runs from the station to University City. The fare is $2 and exact change is required. The ride takes 8 minutes and stops at the Civic Center Boulevard and University Avenue.

From 30th Street Station, one may take the R1, R2, or R3 railroad lines, the distance of one stop, to the University City Station (behind the Penn Tower Hotel).

Arriving from Greyhound Bus Terminal

The Bus Terminal is located at 11th & Filbert streets in Center City, Philadelphia. Exit the terminal and walk 1 block south to Market Street to board the Market/Frankford subway, to 34th and Market Streets. The fare is $2. (Exact change is required.) From 34th and Market Streets, the Institute is a 10-minute walk to 36th and Spruce Streets. Alternatively, you may transfer from the Market Frankford Line at 30th Street Station to the Subway/Surface trolley (routes 11, 13, 34 or 36) and stop at 37th and Spruce Streets. The fare is $2 (exact change is required). A metered cab costs about $12.00. From 30th Street Station, one may take the R1, R2, or R3 railroad lines, the distance of one stop, to the University City Station (behind the Penn Tower Hotel).

Mailing Address

For general information, please contact:

The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-3700