General Information on Commuter Benefits Student PennPass

SEPTA Student PennPass

Full-time Penn students may purchase a PennPass for specific service zones for semester-long discounted travel on SEPTA, Philadelphia's regional public transportation system. SEPTA buses, trolleys, and trains offer frequent service from the University's campus to virtually all cultural, shopping, and recreational venues throughout Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs, Trenton, New Jersey (for connecting service to New York), and Wilmington and Newark, Delaware. There is express service every half-hour between Penn Medicine Station near Penn Museum and Philadelphia International Airport.

A PennPass is designed to save you money only if you commute to campus or have other reasons to use SEPTA frequently. The PennPass is only offered for the fall and spring semesters.


Passes are valid: Jan. 10 - May 12, 2023

  • Trans Pass (City Pass) - $345.60
  • Zone 1 Pass - $378.00 (Required for the following Regional Rail Stations: Allegheny, Angora, Chelten Avenue, East Falls, Fern Rock, Germantown, Olney, Queen Lane, Wayne Junction, Wistar, Wynnefield, 49th Street)
  • Zone 2 Pass - $518.40
  • Zone 3 Pass - $626.40
  • Anywhere Zone - $734.40
Order a PennPass

 How to Order a PennPass

Step 1.

Obtain a SEPTA Key Card

The cost of a Key Card is $4.95 and you will need to have a minimum dollar amount loaded. There are two ways you can purchase your Key Card:

Option 1Purchase at a kiosk and load the minimum $1 plus the $4.95 cost of the card.

Option 2Purchase at a sales window and load the minimum $5 plus the $4. 95 cost of the card. 

NOTE: If you are on Campus, there is a SEPTA Key Card kiosk, which is conveniently located on the ground floor of the Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut Street. For other kiosk and sales window locations, click here.


Registering Your Key Card

Once you purchase your card, you will need to register it before you can order your Penn Pass.  Registering your Key Card will allow you to report your card lost/stolen, automatically upload funds from a lost/stolen pass to a new card, and review trip history. 

To register your card, use the following steps:

- Go to and click on the Register Your Key button.

- Enter the number on the face of your key card under "Key Card Number." Enter all fields and save your username and password for future reference.

Step 2.

Order PennPass on Campus Express

Students may order their PennPass through the Campus Express website between December 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023.


Now that you have a registered Key card, you'll need the card's "Reference ID" in order to apply for the semester-based transit pass. You can locate your Card Reference ID at under "Card Options."  The Card Reference ID is NOT the number found on your Key Card.  If you enter the card number on your card, your Penn Pass will not properly load only your SEPTA Key Card.


Apply for your PennPass