Student Guide to Off-Campus Transportation

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) – Philadelphia’s public transit system – includes bus, trolley, elevated train, subway and Regional Rail lines. For maps, schedules and fare information or to check out the easy Trip Planner option available online visit

For quick tips on how to use SEPTA’s four main modes of transit–rail, bus, trolley and subway – check out these How to SEPTA Philly videos, featuring locals who use SEPTA like pros.

An Independence Pass is a great option for suburban students coming into the city for the day; for $12, you can ride every SEPTA bus, subway, train and trolley line for 24 hours [$5 more if traveling to or from New Jersey].


The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop is a quick and convenient option for traveling to 22 Philadelphia attractions and cultural institutions. The purple busses provide daily service between April and September, with stops every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. At just $2/ride or $5/day, the PHLASH is also easy on your wallet! SEPTA pass holders, children under 4, and senior citizens over 65 always ride FREE! Use the mobile site to track the vehicle closest to you.


An inexpensive and popular way to get around quickly! Visit for safety tips, bike lane maps, and favorite routes on The Circuit – our regional trail network – plus information on taking your bike on the bus or train.


Philly taxicabs come in all different colors, but the experience inside is standard – all take credit cards and charge the same clearly posted rates: $2.70 to start (“flag drop”) plus a fuel surcharge (around $1, changes monthly). The meter runs for every 1/10 mile traveled or time spent idling, and tip is not included. Find more information at this link.

Car Share

Carsharing services like Zipcar make a trip off-campus or a visit to IKEA easier. Campus Philly partners with Zipcar; you can find more information about using their service on our Deals and Discounts page.


Philadelphia International Airport [PHL]

You can take a cab between PHL and Center City for a flat $28.50, plus $1 for each extra passenger (tip not included). SEPTA’s airport train line runs every 30 minutes from 5am to midnight and stops at 30th Street, Suburban Station and Market East in Center City for $8, cash only, buy onboard. Several shuttle van companies have good rates, for groups especially; call in advance to reserve.


Departing from 30th Street Station, the quickest way to get to New York City, Harrisburg, Baltimore, or Washington, D.C.. Alternatively, going north, you can take SEPTA Regional Rail to Trenton and then transfer to New Jersey Transit from Trenton to New York’s Penn Station; this will save some money, but take a bit more time.

Intercity buses

Depart from the terminal near Chinatown, or JFK Boulevard west of 30th Street Station. Look up Bolt Bus, Megabus, Greyhound and others for $1 flash sales and other discounts.

New Jersey

Take PATCO [a separate service shown as a red-line on SEPTA maps] from Center City stops along Locust Street, or from 8th and Market, over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Camden and the suburbs of Collingswood, Haddonfield and Lindenwold. New Jersey Transit trains from 30th Street Station connect to Cherry Hill and Atlantic City.