I'm considering flying to Devon this year. From SEPTA's website, I see that I can take the train from the airport to center city, change trains, and get to the Devon station. Has anyone actually done this, and is it a reasonable choice during normal daylight hours? Alternatively, any idea how much cab fare from the airport to the horse show would be? Thanks in advance!
I grew up in Devon and rode SEPTA often. This is definitely doable. The show is across the street from the station and during the show there are police officers directing traffic across the busy street.
I take that train line (the R5) frequently when I'm in the area - daylight and at night. Although, SEPTA has some glitches, like any major metro public transit system - so if you need to be there at a particular time, I would not stay in the city and plan on going back and forth. (My 45 minute commute once took 2 hours.)
Just a little background on the area which answers your original question- Devon is one of the beautiful towns outside of Philly, together with it's neighbors- known as "The Main Line" . These towns developed as they did, and have the status that they do- because of their easy access by train into the city center.
PHL to Devon will be easier than Devon to a nearby hotel without a car, presuming you're staying overnight. I went to college on the Main Line and am not sure if any of the hotels around there (I mostly stayed at the Radnor Hotel during move-ins) offer shuttle services - and cabs can be absurdly expensive in the suburbs.
Last edited by Natalie A; Mar. 18, 2013 at 03:37 PM.
I have taken the train to the airport from further out in Chester county as well as to Devon so I didn't have to fight the crowds. Both are very straightforward and I would think easier and cheaper than a cab.
It's easy to do, but it's going to take you at least an hour and a half and one train change, so plan accordingly. You'll have to take the airport line to 30th street and then get the paoli/thorndale line to devon. The whole thing probably won't cost more than $15. The philly regional rail trains are safe and reasonably clean, unlike the subway
I grew up further down the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale line and my best friend and I started parking at our home train station and riding the train to Devon, instead of trying to park there. Worked out pretty well for us! Obviously Grand Prix night is going to be rather busy afterwards, but no worse than the gridlock.
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Couldn't be easier to take the R5 from Philadelphia to Devon. Straight shot from the main stations in Philly (Market East, 30th Street, etc.) and just get off at the Devon stop and walk across the street.
I'm staying at the Sheraton in Valley Forge, so that part would have been tricky. Turns out I'm driving this year, but thank you all for your helpful input. I'm sure you've helped other people reading and I will file it away for future reference!