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Directions & Parking

Eastern State Penitentiary is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130. There are many transportation and parking options available to you.

Use Google Maps for customized driving, walking, cycling, or transit directions to the penitentiary.

While we do not have our own parking lot, there is a parking lot neighboring us at 22nd St & Fairmount Ave. Parking costs vary. For exact pricing, please call Parkway Corporation at (267) 765-3665.

Additionally, you can find parallel parking bordering the penitentiary. Eastern State is so large that it occupies one full city block. Bordering Eastern State on the west (to the left if you are facing the entrance) is 22nd Street. On the Eastern State side of 22nd Street, parallel parking is free and unlimited. The same is true of Brown Street, which borders our back wall. Again, parking is free and unlimited only on the Eastern State side of the street. If you choose to park anywhere else in the neighborhood, just exercise caution and read all signs.


Bus service to Eastern State Penitentiary is convenient to SEPTA bus routes 49, 48, 43, 33, 32, and 7. Use Google Maps for customized public transit directions to the penitentiary.

Big Bus / Philadelphia Trolley Works

Both the Big Bus and Philadelphia Trolley Works vehicles stop directly in front of Eastern State. Show your ticket stub from these tours and save $1 on your ESP admission.


The Phlash vehicles stop directly in front of Eastern State Penitentiary. More information about the Phlash, including a full map of stops, is available here

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