This section covers how to get around campus, the city as well as information on travel outside the Philadelphia area. 

Visit the brand new SEPTA Travel Center in the Penn Bookstore for any of your transportation questions!

Penn Transit Services

Penn Transit provides a comprehensive transportation system on and around campus within specific boundaries.

Transportation to New York City (NYC), Washington, DC and Beyond

There are multiple ways to travel to NYC. One inexpensive way is through SEPTA and New Jersey Transit. Take SEPTA's Trenton Line regional rail train to Trenton, NJ then change to New Jersey Transit train, which will take you to New York Penn Station.  

Amtrak trains can also take you to NYC or Washington (or beyond), these trains are significantly more expensive, though.

Buses are often a cheaper option for travel to NYC or Washington. Options to explore include, but are not limited to: Bolt BusGreyhound and Chinatown buses.  Check travel time and cost in advance.

See the Travel and Pre-arrival sections for more information about domestic and international travel.


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) web site has information on public transportation including commuter rail trains, buses, subways, and LUCY (the Loop through University City).


Taxi companies are listed in the Yellow Pages phone book. A trip from campus to Center City by taxi costs between $8 to $13 and you should tip the driver 15%. It is a good idea to take a taxi if you must travel late at night and your route does not fall within the boundaries of Penn Transit.

Pennsylvania Driver's License/State ID Card 

If you plan to be in Philadelphia for more than a year, you may consider applying for a PA Driver's License or State ID card. Both documents are good alternatives to carrying your passport for identification purposes and the Driver's License will also allow you to drive in the US. A driver's license will also enable you to rent a car in the US. 

For details on obtaining your Driver's License/State ID Card visit the PA Driver's License section of this site.