For Senior Citizens Ages 65 and Older
Seniors travel free on all SEPTA transit routes (bus, trolley, trackless trolley, and Market-Frankford, Broad Street, and Norristown High Speed lines). They also ride for free on Regional Rail as long as their departure and arrival stations are located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For stations to or from New Jersey or Delaware, the cost is 50% of the weekday fare with a valid form of identification to verify age.
About the Senior Photo ID Card
Free senior travel is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Seniors living outside Pennsylvania must obtain a Senior Fare card upon arrival to be eligible for free or reduced fare travel.
See the related FAQ on the SEPTA Key site.
Extended Expiration Dates
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SEPTA extended the printed expiration date on its Senior Fare cards. Cards with printed expiration dates of 2020, 2021, or 2022 will expire the month that is shown on the card, but not until 2023. A card that shows an expiration date of December 2020 will not expire until December 2023.
Applications and Renewals
Appointments are strongly encouraged to obtain and renew SEPTA Senior Fare cards: 215-580-7145 (Press 6). Appointments may be made by phone or online.
Walk-in customers are not guaranteed same-day service.
SEPTA offers two options for Seniors to obtain or renew Senior Fare cards:
- Legislative District Offices – Seniors can apply for a new card or renew an existing SEPTA Key Senior Fare card at participating State Senate and State House district offices. Legislative staff will process your renewal or new application – taking a picture, if necessary – and SEPTA will mail a new card directly to you in 6 – 8 weeks.
- SEPTA Headquarters – For those who would like to apply for a new card or renew their card immediately, in person appointments are available at SEPTA Headquarters: 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Appointment times are between 8 am – noon (office is closed noon – 1 pm) and 1 pm – 5 pm weekdays:
- Phone: 215-580-7145 (Press 6)
- Online: https://go.oncehub.com/septacct
What to Bring:
- Those applying for the first time must be at least 65 and bring proof of age such as driver’s license, non-driver’s ID card, or birth certificate.
- Seniors renewing their SEPTA Key Senior Fare card should bring their current SEPTA Key Senior Fare card and proof of age such as driver’s license, non-driver’s ID card, or birth certificate.
Using the Senior Fare Card
To use the card on SEPTA, tap at the farebox or turnstile for free travel on buses, trolleys or to enter station areas, just as you would with a regular SEPTA Key card.
Tap on and off for travel on Regional Rail Trains. Train conductors may ask you to tap your card on their reader for validation.
Replacing Lost or Stolen Cards
Call the Key Customer Call Center at 855- 567-3782 immediately to report a lost or stolen card. The representative you speak to will provide information on how to replace the card.
The cost to replace your first card is $5. Any additional card after the first replacement is $25.
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