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SEPTA Travel Center @Penn

We've teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania to bring you everything you need to know on how to navigate the great city of Philadelphia [and beyond] without - get this - a car! The SEPTA Travel Center @Penn is the perfect way to demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable urban lifestyle anchored by a public transit network that can connect you to just about everywhere. And when SEPTA isn't the best or only option, the Travel Center staff will find the one that is.

Throughout the year, we host special events at the Travel Center as well as offer special incentives to drop by the Travel Center.

Where is it located?

The perfect spot of course - inside the Penn Bookstore at 36th & Walnut. It's a natural fit! Everyone at Penn knows where it is and loves exploring what it offers. It's far more than just a place to go when you need a text book. It's the place to go for a variety of other college services, meet friends or grab a coffee. And it's just a really cool place!

The entrance is located a half block from the 36th Street Trolley station, that connects to Center City and West Philadelphia in 15 minutes or less, a short, three block walk to the Market-Frankford Line at 34th Street Station, several nearby Bus Routes, the famous LUCY circulator bus and the convenience of Regional Rail service from both nearby 30th Street Station and the University City Station that can help connect to points beyond Philadelphia via Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Mega Bus, Bolt Bus and a host of air carriers.

When is it open?

The SEPTA Travel Center @Penn is temporarily closed until further notice.

Is it just SEPTA info?

Nope. Penn's compact urban campus is well served by an extensive network of Subway, Bus, Regional Rail, and Trolley lines that are located around the campus where public transit stops are never more than a five-minute walk from any part of campus. And while SEPTA can get you to pretty much anywhere you need to go - we do have our limits. And that's where partners like Penn Transit, Ride Indego, Amtrak, NJ Transit, DART, PATCO, Mega Bus, Bolt Bus and Philadelphia International Airport come in. And let's not forget Uber and Lyft. Rideshare options are a great way to travel to or from a Regional Rail Station when you're out in the 'burbs.

But some of the SEPTA info you should know right now is:

SEPTA Key is your way to pay on buses, subways, and trolleys. It's contactless, reloadable, if lost - replaceable, and reusable. You can purchase one from the Fare Kiosk at the Travel Center!

If you have a SEPTA Key or SEPTA Pass - including a University Pass - you are eligible to receive a slew of Perks!

Need to catch a flight? SEPTA's Airport Line service runs every 30 minutes, Monday through Sunday from 5a to 12m.

Up all night? So are the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines on weekends.

Got tickets to the game? Forget about traffic and parking, SEPTA's Broad Street Line is the way to go.

The Travel Center @Penn is designed to better understand and utilize the array of transit resources available to members of the Penn Community as well as residents and visitors to University City.

For more info on some of our partners and some helpful apps, visit our RESOURCES page.

Is this unique to UPenn?

For now - yes. The SEPTA Travel Center @Penn is designed to meet the needs of our partners at the University of Pennsylvania and it's affiliated institutions. It's available, though, to everyone! If other schools wish to explore establishing a Travel Center on their campus, we are always willing to discuss the possibilities. Email us here.

Special Offers & Events

Throughout the year, we host special events at the Travel Center as well as offer special incentives to drop by the Travel Center.

About the University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions, consistently ranking among the top institutions in NIH funding annually.  Penn is dedicated to providing its students rigorous academic study with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.  Its integrated university and health system, combined with a commitment to entrepreneurship, foster innovation. To learn more, visit

About Penn Transit

Penn Transit, operated by the University of Pennsylvania, transports passengers to, from, and around campus safely and efficiently, free of charge. When used with other options throughout University City and with specified service boundaries that extend into Center City, riders can utilize an integrated transit system that is accessible year round. To learn more visit:


SEPTA is the nation’s sixth largest public transportation system and the largest in Pennsylvania with a vast network of fixed route services that include buses, trains and trolleys. Our service operates over 2,200 square miles and transports over one million passengers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties and in Trenton and West Trenton, New Jersey, Newark and Wilmington, Delaware. SEPTA service also provides riders with access to regional, national and international travel via Amtrak, NJ Transit, the Port Authority Transit Corporation High Speed Line and airlines serving Philadelphia International Airport. To learn more about SEPTA visit