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How to Ride - Bus

How to Ride - Bus

SEPTA operates over 120 Bus Routes with most routes in the City of Philadelphia proper. SEPTA generally employs lettered, one and two-digit route numbering for its City Division routes, 90-series and 100-series routes for its Suburban Division routes, 200-series routes for its Regional Rail connector routes (Routes 201, 204, 205 and 206 in Montgomery & Chester Counties), 300-series routes for other specialized or third-party contract routes, and 400-series routes for limited service buses to schools within Philadelphia.

Bus Routes serve a number of neighborhoods and even more destinations throughout our region. Routes are designed to connect at nearby intersections; along with terminals, loops, and transportation centers.

Routes running 24 hours a day are known as Night Owl Bus Routes. Night Owl Bus Routes are Route 6, 14, 17, 20, 23, 33, 37, 42, 47, 52, 56, 60, 66, 73, 79, 108, 109, G, and R.

Now let's ride...

1. First things first. Download the SEPTA App for schedules, maps, TransitView, and more!

2. Grab your SEPTA Key card. No card? No problem. Available in the official SEPTA App - SEPTA Key Tix is THE a convenient way to pay for one or up to five (5) people using your smartphone! Use a credit or debit card to download a QR-code “ticket” that can be read at fareboxes and turnstiles. Best part - SEPTA Key Tix gives families and friends traveling together the capability to scan once and pay fares for up to five (5) riders using a single barcode! In case you wondering - SEPTA Key Tix does not replace SEPTA Key cards - but instead provides a way for occasional - and regular - riders without a SEPTA Key card to enjoy some of the same benefits as cardholders - including a $2 fare and one free transfer per transit trip. 

If you have a SEPTA Key card - the (Travel Wallet) fare is $2 per ride; your first and second transfer is free. If you're paying cash - the cost is $2.50 and you must have exact change - the Operator cannot make change. Monthly and Weekly TrailPasses and TransPasses are accepted as well as a One Day and Three Day Convenience Pass and a One Day FleX Pass. These passes can all be purchased and loaded to a SEPTA Key card.

3. Go to your Bus stop or station/loop.

4. Board the bus. (Passenger etiquette tip: Let people off before getting on.)

5. Tap your SEPTA Key card on the "validator" located next to the Bus Operator.

6. Take a seat and watch for your stop.

7. To request a "stop", pull the yellow cord.

8. Exit bus.

Check Bus schedules to plan your trip.

Learn how to ride other SEPTA transit vehicles.

Quick Tips:

✔️ Strollers & shopping carts may need to be folded depending on conditions (except wheelchair strollers).

✔️ Yield designated seats to Seniors & Disabled Riders.

✔️ Drinks in containers with a resealable lid and light, small snacks OK on board.

✔️ Don't share your music - use earbuds or headphones.

✔️ Keep phone calls brief, talk in a low voice, don't use the speaker, mute the ringer.

✔️ Check that you have all of your belongings before leaving the bus. Be alert for unattended bags or items.

✔️ Speed everyone's journey - exit by the center doors.

✔️ Stay on the curb until the bus pulls away.