All roads lead to the Prep!

Students make their way smoothly to and from the Prep's city location in a variety of ways.

Some commute by car, getting dropped off by parents or via carpool with upperclassmen from their neighborhoods. Others take SEPTA buses (in the city) or regional rail trains (from the suburbs) to Suburban Station, where we have a shuttle waiting to take students to the Prep every morning (and back at the end of the day).

Others take school buses in from their hometowns. The Prep provides 13 buses that transport students every day. Buses come from Philadelphia and its four neighboring Pennsylvania counties (Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Delaware) as well as Burlington, Gloucester and Camden counties of New Jersey. Almost half of the students who attend the Prep ride one of these buses. The fee for bus service will range from approximately $1,500 - $2,500 for yearly round-trip transportation.

For more information on all of these services, please read below.

Prep Busing

Buses 1 through 13 arrive at the Prep between 7:30 and 8am, and depart at 5:20pm, so as to allow students involved in extracurricular activities a ride home.

Abington, Colonial, Cheltenham, Springfield (Delaware), Upper Darby, William Penn, Interboro and Ridley Districts provide transportation reimbursement for their students.

For more info on Prep Busing, click here.

Pennsylvania Buses

Bus 1Serving Bucks County & Northeast Philadelphia
Bus 2Serving Bucks County
Bus 3Serving Lansdale, North Wales, Gwynedd Valley, Ambler & Flourtown
Bus 4Serving Norristown, Blue Bell & Harleysville
Bus 5Serving Lafayette Hill, Roxborough, East Falls & Conshohocken
Bus 6Serving Devon, Edgemont, Newtown Square, Broomall & Springfield
Bus 7Serving Media, Rose Tree, Drexel Hill, Lansdowne, Upper Darby & Overbrook
Bus 8Serving Ridley Park, Glenolden, SW Philadelphia & South Philadelphia

New Jersey Buses

Bus 9Serving Sewell, Washington Township, Deptford & Haddon Heights
Bus 10Serving Berlin, Mount Laurel & Marlton
Bus 11Serving Tabernacle, Medford, Cherry Hill & Haddonfield
Bus 12Serving Mount Laurel, Moorestown, Cherry Hill & Cinnaminson
Bus 13Serving Haddonfield & Haddon Heights

Note: This map is for illustration purposes only.

District Busing

Haverford, Lower Merion,Marple-Newtown, Radnor, Southeast Delco & Springfield (Montgomery) School Districts bus students to the Prep. Students who reside in these districts are encouraged to contact their districts for more information.

For more info on District Busing, click here.

Shuttle Service

Students arriving at Suburban Station will be transported from 16th and JFK Blvd via Prep owned shuttle vans (3) and buses (2). Shuttles and buses will run continuously from 7:15am to 8:15am. If needed, PM shuttles will transport students to 16th & JFK beginning at 2:45pm and running through 5:30pm.

For more information about Shuttle Service, click here.


Students residing in Philadelphia are eligible to receive a weekday student pass for use in the city for any bus, trolley or subway service. Service does not cover SEPTA Regional Rail; however, you may upgrade your Weekday Student Pass for a Student Regional Rail Pass for approximately $5 per week at any train station.

Students residing outside of Philadelphia are eligible to purchase weekly Student Regional Rail passes directly from the Prep. These passes are valid on all SEPTA transportation including bus, trolly and subway. 

For more information about the Prep and SEPTA, click here.
For more information on Regional Rail, click here.
For the general Septa site,

Daily Rates and Passes

Your son will be enrolled on a roster for a particular bus. His school ID will serve as his pass to ride the bus with confirmation from the roster. There is a daily rate to ride the PREP bus ($10) and shuttle ($5) either one way or both ways. If you need your son to ride in the event of an emergency, he may pay a daily rate in the Dean’s office on that day and obtain a pass.


Bus Schedule
>Click here for the 2019-20 Bus Schedule

Need transportation?
>Click here for the Prep Freshman Transportation Form

For full overview on transportation, click here.

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Important Dates

Transportation Registration Dates for 2018-2019:

April 15
Transportation forms due to the Prep

July 21
Notification of bus number and stop will be sent to you

August 6
Deadline for all changes for Prep busing 

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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