Where can I get free Wi-Fi in Philadelphia?

Published: 29 May, 2020

From Philadelphia Magazine
By Victor Fiorillo

Here’s several ways to find and access free wi-fi around Philadelphia.

Xfinity On Demand Pass
Here’s how it works.

If you try to attach to an Xfinity hot spot in Philadelphia and you’re not currently a Comcast customer, Comcast will offer you the option to buy a pass that will allow you to connect for a variety of durations. Maybe you want a one-day pass. Maybe you want a month-long pass. But there is an option for a free pass.

You only get free wi-fi access in Philadelphia for one hour per month with that pass, and that’s 60 consecutive minutes.

100 Percent Free Hot Spots in Philadelphia
Some more prominent spots that offer free wi-fi in Philadelphia:

Dilworth Park
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia International Airport
Science Center in University City
Reading Terminal Market
Comcast Campus
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Franklin Institute
Wells Fargo Center
Xfinity Live
All Wawa stores
Cherry Street Pier
Race Street Pier
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Blue Cross RiverRink
Spruce Street Harbor Park

Approximately 150 SEPTA stations (including all the major hubs) offer free wi-fi, and some PATCO stations do as well.

Free Wi-Fi on SEPTA Buses
There are 1,400 or so SEPTA buses on the road, and about 340 of them offer free wi-fi.

According to SEPTA, some 6,000 bus passengers use free wi-fi on an average workday, with an average usage of 28 megabytes per client, per session.

Free Philly Wi-Fi at the Library
While the Philadelphia public libraries are currently closed, when open, every single location of the Free Library of Philadelphia will let you get on wi-fi for free. There’s really only one catch: You need a library card and the PIN that goes with it. It’s easy to get a library card in Philadelphia, so that helps.

Free Philly Wi-Fi at KeySpot
The city offers free wi-fi at about 50 community centers, park and recreation locations, and neighborhood nonprofits through its KeySpot program, which has been around since 2010.

Free Philly Wi-Fi Via LinkPHL
You may have noticed kiosks popping up in Center City. These are known as LinkPHL, and you can use these kiosks to access free wi-fi in Philadelphia.

The first of these were activated in December 2018. The city said there were plans for about 100 of the LinkPHL kiosks in total. As of right now, there are 15. Here are the addresses of the active LinkPHL kiosks:

1515 Market Street
1650 Market Street
1700 Market Street
1835 Market Street
2000 Market Street
2104 Market Street
99 North 20th Street
1515 JFK Boulevard
51 North 15th Street
1 South Penn Square
1880 JFK Boulevard
1701 Arch Street
1724 Arch Street
2130 Arch Street
5704 North 5th Street

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