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King of Prussia

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King of Prussia

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King of Prussia is a small town in the greater Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania. It is northwest of Philadelphia proper.

Get in

The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) takes you right to it on the way to Philadelphia.

Get around

By bus

While it may seem like the only way to see anything is to drive your own car, this turns out not to be the case. This traveler was pleasantly surprised by the SEPTA (SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority) buses and trains. Bus 125 runs from KoP directly into the center of Philadelphia. You can catch it along Gulph Rd. You will arrive near the train station at 30th St and Market St; from there, you walk a few feet to the station itself and get on the eastbound subway towards the Old City and other attractions. As of 2008, the bus fare is $2 per trip. The buses run every 20 minutes during peak hours and every hour off-peak, during the weekdays, and the trip takes around 40 minutes.

While taking a bus may seem inconvenient, you will save time and hassle by not driving into Philadelphia yourself. Relax and let the bus driver fight the traffic. You will save even more time and money since you don't have to find a place to park your car in the city!

In the reverse direction, the last bus leaves Philly (again at 30th and Market) at about 10 pm, on weekdays. Check the SEPTA website [6] for specific information.

By train

There is a train station in neighboring Conshohocken, at Washington and Harry. Regional Rail R6 will take you to the city center. The train ride takes about 30 minutes, and the fare is $5 if you buy tickets on board ($4 if you buy in advance). Check SEPTA's website for timetables.

The station has a park-and-ride lot, but spaces may not be available to tourists.

There is also a train station in KoP, on Gulph Rd southeast of the mall. However, it would be a long and dangerous walk from the mall area, and there may or may not be short-term parking there.


  • King of Prussia mall -- a very large shopping center, with all the usual American mall shops. It is the largest mall in the country in terms of leasable retail floorspace.




  • Desi Village is a casual Indian/Pakistani restaurant on Gulph Rd south of Dekalb (near the mall). The food is good and there are vegetarian offerings. $20-$30 for two people.
  • Seasons 52, 160 N Gulph Rd Suite 101, 610-992-1152, [1]. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Fresh grill and wine bar offering a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list.



  • Best Western Inn at King of Prussia has clean and comfy rooms, and is right next to the mall. In addition, the 125 bus into Philly is directly outside the parking lot.
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites - King of Prussia, 260 North Gulph Rd, 610-768-9500, [2].
  • MainStay Suites - King of Prussia, 440 American Ave, (484) 690-3000, [3].
  • Sleep Inn - King of Prussia, 440 American Ave, (484) 690-2000, [4].

Stay Safe

Traffic in this area is thick and fast-moving, especially during rush hours (7-9 am and 4-6 pm). Expect the interchanges to be backed up to the point where there are lines of cars winding around the nearby neighborhoods. Try to familiarize yourself with the traffic flow before you try driving in it, because if you are in the wrong lane trying to get onto one of the freeways, you will probably not be able to move over and will have to go the wrong direction and take a detour. Gulph Rd and Schuylkill River Rd are winding, steep, and have suprisingly high speed limits even though there are houses on them. Watch out for hidden driveways and sudden stops.

Be careful walking around the town. There are few crosswalks or pedestrian signals. Near the mall, you will be forced to jaywalk if you want to get anywhere on foot. It is not a pedestrian-friendly area by any means.


Get out

Routes through King of Prussia
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BRAND NEW Hyatt Place - Philadelphia/King of Prussia, 440 American Ave, (484) 690-3000, [5]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. NEWEST HOTEL IN THE GREATER KING OF PRUSSIA AREA!!! Opened August 17, 2010. The Hyatt Place Philadelphia/King of Prussia hotel provides both business and leisure guests with casual hospitality in a well-designed, high-tech and contemporary environment. For the business traveler, this hotel is within close proximity to Valley Forge Convention Center, Philadelphia Expo Center, AmerisourceBergn, Universal Health Services, UGI, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, AT&T, Saint Gobain, Unisys, SunGard Data Systems, GSI Commerce, Pfizer, Merck, J&J Companies, and many more Fortune 500 Companies. For leisure travelers, the Valley Forge National Park is minutes away. You can also enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to the area’s finest shopping at the King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia Premium Outlets, QVC Studios/Tours and Byers’ Choice Ltd. Only a short 30 minute drive and you’ll find yourself in the middle of downtown Historic Philadelphia, home to the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House. HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS: Complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access Complimentary continental breakfast buffet 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks Specialty espresso coffee drinks Self-service check-in/check-out kiosks Complimentary newspaper Complimentary parking Audio visual equipment Complimentary 24-hour Stay Fit® fitness center with Life Fitness® cardio equipment Indoor Pool