Ways to Pay

SEPTA Key: the Easy Way to Pay

SEPTA Key is a reloadable, contactless chip card with a host of options for seamless travel. The card costs $4.95, but when you register it at septakey.org, the money goes into your card’s Travel Wallet to use for future travel or purchases.

The card may be reloaded from one of SEPTA’s many kiosk locations. Kiosks accept cash, credit, debit, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

  • Accepted on all fixed-route SEPTA services
  • Integrated with several fare products and pass programs
  • May be reloaded online to save time; autoloading is available
  • Qualifies customers for discounts from area businesses and venues

For assistance, call the SEPTA Key Customer Service number printed on the back of your Key Card: (855) 567-3782.

Commuter Passes or Travel Wallet?

The SEPTA Key Card manages pass programs and funds in the general Travel Wallet account separately. The better value for customers depends on their needs.


  • Multiple pass types available
  • Best value for Regional Rail commuters
  • Potential employer subsidy or federal tax benefits

Travel Wallet

  • Pay as you go
  • Discounted fares for transit rides
  • One free transfer on transit

Other Payment Options for Transit

SEPTA accepts Contactless payment (any credit/debit card or Apple/Google/Samsung Pay) on bus and Metro (includes BSL, MFL, NHSL & Trolley).

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

Customers may purchase a Quick Trip card for a single one-way ride on the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line, Norristown High Speed Line and select Trolley lines. Transit Quick Trips are not valid for bus rides.

Quick Trips are available from station Fare Kiosks and are valid on the day purchased until 2:00am 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 and discounted transfers are not available with Quick Trip.

Other Payment Options for Regional Rail

SEPTA accepts cash, credit and debit cards for travel on any Regional Rail line. Exact fare is not required. The conductor can make change, but bills larger than $20 are not accepted. The cost of the trip is higher when paying cash on board. Contactless payment coming to Regional Rail early 2024.

Customers may purchase a Quick Trip ticket from a Center City Regional Rail station. The ticket is good for a single one-way ride from Center City to any outlying station and must be used on the date of purchase.

Customers arriving in Center City without having provided a fare onboard must purchase an Exit Quick Trip at an Exit Fare Kiosk and must be used within two hours of purchase.

The fare is based on the fare zone of the destination. Regional Rail Quick Trip tickets are not valid for use on transit services.

Airport Line customers traveling from the Philadelphia Airport may purchase a Quick Trip ticket from a fare kiosk at the airport. It is good for one ride from any platform at the airport on the date of purchase until 2:00am the following day.

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 30th Street 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 Wheelchair Accessible gate and the conductor on the train for visual confirmation of the Amtrak fare.