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Student Passes

Full-time Penn students may purchase a PennPass for specific service zones for semester-long discounted travel on SEPTA. The basic PennPass offers unlimited weekday travel within the City and unlimited weekend travel anywhere within the SEPTA regional transit system. If you live a distance from campus or have other reasons to use SEPTA frequently, a PennPass can save you money. 

The Student PennPass is a semester-based transpass or trailpass for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the mass transit system for the Philadelphia region. Students may visit Campus Express Online to sign up.

A PennPass offers unlimited discounted travel within specific zones. If you plan to explore the Philadelphia region via public transportation or, if you plan to regularly commute to campus using SEPTA, then the PennPass would be more convenient and economical than purchasing single trips. For students who only plan to occasionally use public transportation, using tokens could be a better option. Tokens are sold at several locations on campus.

You may travel on any of SEPTA's buses, subways or trolleys within the city during the week, and you may travel SEPTA's entire mass transit system on weekends with the City Pass. Other zones will allow you to travel further on SEPTA's systems.

Click here to see the price of a pass that is valid August 19 - December 19, 2019.

To buy a PennPass, simply fill out the online application on Campus Express. When you visit the Transportation and Parking Office to pick up your PennPass, you may choose to use your Student Financial Services Account or credit card for payment.

You may use your Spring 2020 PennPass from January 12 - May 12, 2020.

Your PennPass will be available for pick up beginning January 6, 2020 at the Penn Parking Services Office, 3401 Walnut Street, Suite 447A, Monday - Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Please bring your PennCard with you.

You can visit the SEPTA Travel Center @ Penn located in the Penn Bookstore. Or visit the SEPTA website or call (215) 580-7800.

No. PennPasses are non-refundable and non-transferable. Should you lose your Penn Pass or if it is stolen, Penn Parking or SEPTA cannot provide a replacement at no cost.