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Staying at Wharton in Philadelphia

Most Wharton Executive Education programs are offered on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Need to reach someone on campus? Send or receive a package? Have questions about the dress code? Find answers to your logistical questions below or in our FAQ’s.

Wharton Accommodations

Wharton Executive Education AccommodationsAll programs for individuals and most programs for organizations include hotel accommodations. If accommodations are included, Wharton Executive Education will handle these arrangements for you. Most participant accommodations are at the Steinberg Conference Center (SCC), our full-service hotel and learning complex in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus. The SCC serves as home base for any program delivered on campus and includes a vast array of amenities to facilitate the learning experience.

  • Participants at the SCC have all the amenities of a hotel, such as private bath, linens, television, hair dryer, alarm clock, and daily housekeeping services. Laundry services are available for a fee with same-day service when dropped off at the front desk by 8:00 a.m.
  • Check-in is available after 3:00 p.m. the day before your program begins unless otherwise communicated. Please refer to the pre-program communication you will receive for specific information and call your coordinator if you need an earlier check-in. Check out is required prior to the beginning of class on the last day of your program.

Based on space and availability, Wharton Executive Education may make arrangements for your stay at a nearby hotel on campus, often The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel. Wharton will confirm your accommodation location in your pre-program materials.

Program fees include all program materials, meals, and accommodations for the participant. We regret that we are unable to accommodate family members. If you plan to bring a guest with you when you attend a Wharton program, we will be happy to provide you with a list of convenient hotels. Fees are not discounted for participants choosing to make separate accommodation arrangements.

For accommodations before or after a program, we suggest one of the hotels near campus in the University City area or in Center City, Philadelphia. A complete list of hotels is available through Visit Philadelphia. The staff at the SCC can also assist you if you have any additional questions after arrival.

Meals During Your Stay

The majority of your meals will be served in the Steinberg Conference Center or held in venues off-site as part of your program experience. Open-enrollment program fees include all meals throughout your stay for the duration of the program. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinners are served either buffet or à la carte. Beer and wine are available with dinner. Please contact your program coordinator if you have any special dietary needs, and he or she will communicate this to our executive chef.

Traveling to Philadelphia from the Airport

  • Ride Share Services: Uber and Lyft ride shares are always available and will cost about $25.00 and take about 26 minutes.
  • Taxi: A metered cab ride will cost $28.50 and take about 20 minutes. There is a flat fee for all trips to and from the airport.
  • Shuttle: A van costs $10.00 to $12.00 for a one-way trip. Several firms stop at the University campus with frequent service.
  • Executive Sedan: To reserve a sedan from Boston Coach in advance, call +1.800.672.7676 (inside the U.S.) or +1.610.521.0500 (worldwide). Philly Shuttle is also available. To make a reservation, call +1.215.333.1441 at least two days in advance.
  • Airport Express Train: The SEPTA Airport Line train departs every 30 minutes and takes you to 30th Street Station. The fare is $8.00 on weekdays and $7.00 on evenings and weekends, and the ride takes 22 minutes.
  • From Amtrak’s 30th Street Station: Philadelphia is a major stop on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor lines. Schedule and fare information is available by phone (+1.800.USA.RAIL) or on the Amtrak website. From 30th Street Station, a metered cab ride costs about $7.00 and takes about five minutes.

The Wharton team was very client centric, and we could feel it. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

Susan Somersille Johnson Chief Marketing Officer, SunTrust Banks

The Wharton staff took a lot of the stress out of the logistical concerns so I could really focus on absorbing the course content.”

Megan Kiernan Business Management, NextEra Energy Resources


  • Bus or Rail: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has bus and rail lines throughout the city and suburbs of Philadelphia. Schedule and fare information is available at +1.215.580.7800 or on the SEPTA website.
  • Car Rentals: If you want to rent a car for a day, all major rental agencies are located at the airport, and Hertz, Avis, National, and Budget are located near campus in Amtrak’s 30th Street Station.
  • Taxi: Taxis are abundant around the campus. The Steinberg Conference Center front desk staff will call a cab when requested.
  • Parking: The nearby lots charge approximately $25.00 per day and accept payment by cash and credit card.

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