Philadelphia Wheelchair Access Travel

Philadelphia, often known just as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, and the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. The city is known for its arts, culture, cuisine, and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia wheelchair access is quite good, allowing all to participate in the civic life of the city and the nation.

Attractions and Opportunities

Academy of Natural Sciences

African American Museum

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Fairmount Park

Independence National Historical Park

Liberty Bell Centre

National Constitution Centre

Old Reading Terminal Market 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Zoo 

Please Touch Museum 

Reading Terminal Market

Smith Memorial Arch

State House (Liberty Hall) 

Washington Square 



Philadelphia’s subway consists of two lines, the Broad Street Line (BSL) and Market-Frankford Line (MFL). Only a portion of BSL and MFL stations are wheelchair accessible. The BSL and MFL makes connections with the city’s subway-surface trolley lines, but these are not wheelchair accessible due to the age of the trolley vehicles used.


The Big Bus Company makes it easy to get around Philadelphia using their wheelchair accessible Hop-on Hop-off tour buses. You can enjoy hassle-free transportation, while listening to an audio tour during the journey.

Private Vehicle Rental

There are two companies we are aware of.

Mobility Works
925 South Trooper Rd. Norristown, PA 19403
Phone: 610-666-9100
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Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals
3520 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 717-932-6060
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