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SEPTA Key is a reloadable, contactless chip card with options to load period passes and/or load funds for seamless travel. The card costs $4.95, but when you register it at septakey.org, the card’s cost is refunded to your card’s travel wallet for spending on future travel. Card must be registered within 30 days of purchase. Limit two rebates per account.

Key cards can be purchased from SEPTA Sales Offices, Station Fare Kiosks or from retailers located throughout the service area.

Cards can be loaded via any sales venue including Fare Kiosks located at stations. Kiosks accept cash, credit, debit, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

  • Accepted on all SEPTA services
  • Integrated with several fare products, pass programs and features including SEPTA Key multi-rider
  • May be reloaded online to save time; auto-reloading is available.
  • Qualifies customers for discounts from area businesses and venues.

The SEPTA Key card can be loaded with Daily, Weekly or Monthly Passes and/or funds stored to the Travel Wallet portion of the card.

Commuter Passes

  • Multiple pass types available
  • Best value for customers traveling frequently
  • Potential employer subsidy or federal tax benefits

Travel Wallet

  • Charged on a per trip basis
  • Trips offered at best price
  • May include free transfers on transit
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Quick Trip Ticket – Transit/Metro

Customers at Metro stations may purchase a Quick Trip ticket, from Fare Kiosks, for a single one-way ride on the Broad Street Line [B], Market-Frankford Line [L], Norristown High Speed Line [M] and select Trolley lines. Transit Quick Trips are not valid for bus rides. SEPTA recommends that customers simply use a contactless bankcard to travel, eliminating the need for a Quick Trip ticket and adding additional travel privileges.

Quick Trips are available from station Fare Kiosks and are valid on the day purchased until 2 am the following day. Customers attending events in the Sports Complex area are encouraged to purchase a Quick Trip for their return trip prior to the event. Free transfers are not available with Quick Trip. 

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Quick Trip Ticket – Regional Rail

Inbound trips towards Center City Philadelphia: Any customer, at any time, may purchase a Quick Trip ticket from Conductors aboard trains. Both cash and bankcards are accepted for purchase and no pre-planning or reservation is needed. Simply board and pay for your fare while traveling. The conductor will issue a Quick Trip, needed to exit Center City Philadelphia Stations (valid 2 hours from time of purchase).

Outbound trips from Center City Philadelphia: Customers without a fare must purchase a Quick Trip from a Fare Kiosk or Sales Office, valid for one station entry any time on date of purchase. This applies to Temple, Jefferson, Suburban, William H. Gray III 30th Street and Penn Medicine Regional Rail stations. To ensure the lowest fare, SEPTA recommends the purchase of a Key card from the Fare Kiosk or Sales Office.

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SEPTA accepts cash for travel on any of its services. Exact fare is required for transit trips. 

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SEPTA accepts contactless payment (credit/debit card or Apple/Google/Samsung Pay) for travel on bus and Metro (Broad Street Line [B], Market-Frankford Line [L], Norristown High Speed Line [M] & Trolley). 

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SEPTA Key Tix is the new and convenient way to pay for transit using your smartphone!
Riders can use SEPTA Key Tix for Bus and Metro. For more information, click the links below.
How to use SEPTA Key Tix
SEPTA Key Tix: How To Guide

PATCO Freedom Share Card as Fare

PATCO customers traveling to Philadelphia from New Jersey can use their PATCO Freedom Share card for travel on SEPTA Metro and buses for $2 per trip. This includes all SEPTA service except Regional Rail. Cards must be purchased from PATCO in advance and preloaded with funds. Visit the PATCO Freedom Share Card site for more details.

Amtrak Tickets as Fare

Amtrak paper tickets and e-Tickets, purchased for the same date of travel and presented for inspection, will be accepted as a fare to ride on Regional Rail trains between William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, Suburban Station and Jefferson Station.

Customers with e-Ticket confirmations should present their personal device (iPad, laptop computer, smart phone, etc.) to the barcode reader located at the faregate and to the conductor on the train for visual confirmation. Mobile app users must add the e-Ticket to their mobile wallet (Apple Wallet, Google Wallet, Samsung Wallet, etc.) before scanning.

NJ Transit Tickets as Fare

NJ Transit paper tickets and mobile tickets valid for travel on SEPTA, purchased for the same date of travel and presented for inspection, will be accepted as a fare to ride on Regional Rail trains to a station within the designated ticket area. SEPTA tickets sold by NJ Transit include an intermediate ticket valid on a branch for travel between New Jersey towards but not entering the CCP zone, a ticket valid to travel to a CCP Zone Station, and a ticket through the CCP Zone to another station.

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