Philadelphia International Airport, Newark Liberty Airport, and all New York City airports are accessible to Curtis. Below are travel suggestions from airports to Curtis.

  • From Newark Liberty Airport or New York, we recommend taking an Amtrak train to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
  • Alternatively you can take New Jersey Transit in combination with SEPTA Regional Rail, changing at Trenton. This itinerary will cost less than Amtrak but will probably take longer. More information is here.
  • When you land at Philadelphia International Airport you have transport options for continuing to downtown Philadelphia, where Curtis is located.
    • Taxi: The fare from the airport is $30 (including tip).
    • Train: SEPTA Regional Rail trains leave the airport every 30 minutes for Suburban Station. The one-way fare, if purchased at the airport station, is $6.50; if purchased on the train (cash only), it’s $8.00.
    • Rental Cars at Philadelphia International Airport
    • Philly Car Share: (215)730-0988
    • Shuttle service: 
        • Delaware Express – A shared shuttle van service with an online reservation form.
        • Airport Shuttles.com – On this website, add the airport and the address to which you’re going (in this case, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA), and it will pull up several different options and price ranges. Most options from Philadelphia International Airport are private car services. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation has posted the rules on flying with musical instruments:

https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/final-rule-musical-instruments

https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/air-travel-musical-instruments

Driving from the Philadelphia Airport to Curtis generally takes 20 to 45 minutes, depending upon traffic.

Click here for driving directions.

Driving and walking directions from 30th Street Station:

  1. Exit station and proceed east on Market Street (toward Center City skyscrapers, 0.8 mi).
  2. Turn right onto South 17th Street (0.3 mi).
  3. Turn left onto Locust Street .
  4. Lenfest Hall is on your right at 1616 Locust Street.

Taxi fare from 30th Street Station is $10 (including tip).

Click here for google directions from 30th Street Station.

Walking directions from Suburban Station:

  1. Exit station at John F. Kennedy Blvd. and 17th Street.
  2. Head south on 17th Street.
  3. Turn left on Locust Street.
  4. Lenfest Hall is on your right at 1616 Locust Street.

Click here for google directions from Suburban Station.

The Curtis area of Center City Philadelphia has limited two-hour street parking.

Chancellor GarageLatimer Garage and Parkway are frequently used by Curtis guests.

There are websites with more parking garages here and here. Please contact garages directly for overnight rates.

International applicants attend Curtis Summerfest on a tourist visa.

There is no language requirement for international applicants. For the best experience, however, we suggest a basic understanding of conversational English.