SEPTA is the acronym for the local transit agency responsible for Philadelphia’s regional rail lines, subways, buses and trolleys. Find out more at ISEPTAPHILLY.COM. SEPTA Key Cards are now available at SEPTA Fare Kiosks located in transit stations and at bus loops. For more information, visit septa.org/key.
We use tokens for bus, subway and trolley fares. Tokens can be purchased for $1.80 from a ticket agent, vending machine or through your student activities office. No tokens? You can pay $2.25 (no change is given) into the box next to the bus or trolley driver or at the ticket window entering the subway.
SEPTA Regional Rail uses tickets you can buy at the station or your student activities office. You can purchase tickets onboard, but they are cash only and sometimes include a surcharge. Trains connect Center City with the surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs as far as Trenton, N.J., and Wilmington, Del. 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].
Biking is an inexpensive and popular way to get around quickly. Indego, Philadelphia’s bike-share system, offers monthly memberships, or you can walk up and pay per trip. Check out the bicyclecoalition.org/resources for safety tips, maps and favorite routes on The Circuit Trails – our regional trail network – plus information on taking your bike on the bus or train.
No car? No problem. Zipcar gives you the freedom of having a car without the responsibility. Car-sharing services like Zipcar make a trip off-campus or a visit to IKEA easier. Visit www.zipcar.com/campusphilly for student discounts.
Amtrak, departing from 30th Street Station, is the quickest way to New York City or Washington, D.C. Alternatively, going north, you can save money by taking SEPTA Regional Rail to Trenton and then transferring to New Jersey Transit from Trenton to New York’s Penn Station.
Intercity buses are another way out of town. 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.
Explore New Jersey! Take PATCO from Center City, with stops along Locust Street or from 8th and Market. Trains head over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Camden, N.J., and the suburbs of Collingswood, Haddonfield and Lindenwold. New Jersey Transit trains from 30th Street Station connect to Cherry Hill and Atlantic City.
Flying through Philadelphia International Airport, you can cab and rideshare to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line runs every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to Midnight and stops at University City, 30th Street, Suburban Station and Jefferson Station in Center City for $8, cash only (buy onboard). Several shuttle van companies have good rates, especially for groups; call in advance to reserve.
Photo by Jackie Papanier