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How to Ride - Regional Rail

How to Ride - Regional Rail

The SEPTA Regional Rail system is a commuter rail network serving the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The system has 13 branches and more than 150 active stations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, its suburbs and satellite towns and cities:


Service on most lines operates from 5:30am to midnight.


The core of the Regional Rail system is the Center City Commuter Connection, an underground tunnel linking three Center City stations: the above-ground upper level of 30th Street Station, the underground Suburban Station, and Jefferson Station. All trains stop at these Center City stations; most also stop at Temple University Station on the campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia.

Now let's ride...

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

2. Go to your station. Most Regional Rail Stations offer parking facilities for commuters. The fee is $1 on weekdays for most stations. Parking at Lansdale Parking Garage and Norristown Transportation Center garages have individual parking rates. Many stations are also located near municipal lots, which vary in cost. Look for signage at the station to confirm parking fees and regulations for individual lots. Most SEPTA lots have daily use spaces that are striped and numbered. Riders should pull into the slot and deposit the parking fee (usually $1) in coins in the slot box typically located near the platform. On weekends, parking is free at Regional Rail daily use lots ONLY. You must have a permit to park in a permit lot on weekdays and weekends.

3. If the Ticket Office is open, you can purchase your ticket prior to boarding. If the office is not open, you can purchase your ticket onboard from the Conductor. Please note, Conductors only accept cash (no bills over $20). You can also use a TrailPass or One Day Independence Pass and on weekends, you can use a TransPass to ride Regional Rail.

4. Always stand behind the yellow line. Wait for the train to come to a complete a stop before boarding. (Passenger etiquette tip: Let people off before getting on.)    

5. Once onboard, take a seat, and watch/listen for your stop. Note: The first car of trains with three or more cars is the QuietRide Car

6. The Conductor will move through the train checking tickets and passes. If you do not have a ticket, the Conductor can sell you one.

7. Wait for the train to come to a complete stop, for the Conductor to open the train door, and then exit.

Check Regional Rail schedules to plan your trip.

Learn how to ride other SEPTA transit vehicles.

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