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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 a SEPTA Key card with a One Day, Weekly, or Monthly Pass or Travel Wallet. Travel Wallet allows you to pay as you go with easy reload options. If the office is not open, you will need to purchase a fare at your destination so that you can exit the station. Conductors accept cash on the train. On weekends, you can use a TransPass to ride Regional Rail. If you are traveling from Philadelphia International Airport, Suburban Station, Jefferson Station, Suburban Station, 30th Street Station, University City Station, or Temple University Station, you can purchase a Quick Trip (one way ticket) from a Fare Kiosk located at the station. Fare Kiosks accept cash, credit, and debit.

4. If you are using a SEPTA Key card, tap the card on the Platform Fare Validator to "open" your trip.

5. 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.)  

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

7. The Conductor will move through the train checking tickets, passes, and SEPTA Key cards.

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

9. At certain stations in Center City, you will need to tap your SEPTA Key card on the Fare Validator on the turnstile to exit and to "close" your trip.

Check Regional Rail schedules to plan your trip.

Learn how to ride other SEPTA transit vehicles.

Quick Tips:

✔️ Yield designated seats to Seniors & Disabled Riders.

✔️ Respect the QuietRide Car.

✔️ 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 train. Be alert for unattended bags or items.

✔️ Do NOT move between cars.

✔️ Let others exit before boarding the train.