Penn Transit's comprehensive system provides effective, efficient and safe integrated transit on and around campus within specific service boundaries. Transit Services are free of charge to all Penn community members holding a valid PennCard. Individuals with an I.D. from the  University of the Sciences in Philadelphia can also access Penn Buses or Shuttles at no charge. Persons with Drexel I.D. can access the bus service only.

Penn Transit’s shuttles and buses can help you travel, to, from and around campus safely and efficiently. 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.

  • Penn Shuttle Service operates 7 days a week, year-round and provides transportation to and from campus to West Philadelphia, Center City (late nights and weekends only) and Powelton Village within defined boundaries.

  • Penn Bus East and Penn Bus West operate Monday through Friday year round, with the exception of all holidays observed by the University, and operate on a fixed schedule and an established route, picking up and delivering passengers at designated stops on campus and at any intersection with a stop sign or light along its route off campus.

To access the service call: 215-898-RIDE (7433).


PennRIDES, a service of Penn Transit, sends current information directly to your PDA, cell phone or computer. PennRIDES lets riders know:

  • Real-time information about the locations and expected arrival times of Penn Transit buses and shuttles

  • Vehicle capacity

  • Traffic alerts, such as emergency route or schedule changes

Walking Escort Service

Walking Escort Service: Specially trained uniformed security officers from the Division of Public Safety are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, between 30th to 43rd Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue. Escorts are also available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. between 30th and 50th and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue.

How To Request a Walking Escort

  • Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol
  • Call (215) 898-WALK (9255) or 511 (from a campus phone)
  • Use one of the many building and blue-light e-phones located on and off Penn’s campus

Visit www.publicsafety.upenn.edu for more information.

Penn Accessible Transit (PAT)

Penn Accessible Transit (PAT): Provides transportation within service boundaries for persons with disabilities. To obtain approval to use PAT or receive schedule information, contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (215) 898-6993 or (215) 898-7803 (TDD) if you are faculty or staff. Students should contact the Office of Student Disabilities Services at (215) 573-9235.

Faculty and Staff Commuter Pass Program (COMPASS)

Penn Parking Services manages the Faculty and Staff Commuter Pass Program. For information or questions, please call the Parking Office at 215-898-8667 or visit the Parking website.