Directions & Transportation

Friends’ Central is committed to supporting the transportation needs of its students. There is a range of options available, including

  • Free public school busing within a 10-mile radius of either campus
  • SEPTA trains and buses which drop off at the Overbrook Train Station and 63rd and Malvern Bus Depot. A free FCS Shuttle will will complete the route with pick-ups and drop-offs in both the morning and afternoon.
  • FCS Route Service, a for-fee service consisting of specific routes that support pick-ups in suburban and city neighborhoods.
  • A free Center City route for students in Pre-K through grade 5 (after grade 5, this service is offered on a fee basis)

Buses are staffed with experienced and safe drivers who meet all state and federal requirements.

If you have questions, please contact J.B. Bowie, Director of Transportation, at jbbowie@friendscentral.org or at 610.247.3520.

Zip Codes within a 10-mile Radius of Friends’ Central School

Friends' Central Busing

Route Busing: Friends' Central provides route busing through our partner Phillytrans. The current routes cover the following geographic areas:

  • Swarthmore/Wallingford
  • Bryn Mawr and Gladwynne bordered by Route 23/Spring Mill Rd and Montgomery Avenue
  • West Philadelphia
  • Center City bordered by 2nd St/Christian St/22nd St and Fairmount

This is a for-fee service, and families are asked to register and pay via Veracross on a semester or annual basis. Center City routes for Lower School students is free. Overbrook Shuttle: Friends’ Central also sponsors a shuttle to the Overbrook Station and 63rd and Malvern Bus Depot. This shuttle runs a continuous loop in the morning, starting at 7:45 am until 8:15 am. In the afternoon, the bus departs at 3:20 pm and 5:40 pm.

Inter-Campus Shuttle: Friends' Central also sponsors an Inter-Campus shuttle between the City Avenue and Lower School campuses in the morning and afternoon. There is a fee for this service.

Public School District Busing

The school districts listed below will provide school bus transportation to Friends’ Central School campuses. Their contact information is provided. If you have questions about your route, or eligibility, please contact the district directly.

CHELTENHAM

215-881-6316

COLONIAL

610-834-1671

HAVERFORD

610-853-5929

INTERBORO

610-237-4751

LOWER MERION

610-645-1940

MARPLE NEWTOWN

610-359-4299

PHILADELPHIA

215-400-4350

RADNOR

610-688-1000 x3365

RIDLEY

610-534-1900

ROSE TREE/MEDIA

610-627-6477

SOUTHEAST DELCO

610-522-4300

SPRINGFIELD (DELCO)

610-938-6085

TREDYFFRIN/EASTTOWN

610-240-1680

UPPER DARBY

610-352-7112

UPPER MERION

610-205-6485

WALLINGFORD-SWARTHMORE

610-892-3416

WILLIAM PENN

610-284-8005 x3

Inter-campus Shuttle

Friends' Central operates an Inter-Campus shuttle between the City Avenue and Lower School campuses in the morning and afternoon. There is a fee for this service.

For more information about pricing and to register for FCS operated buses, please click here.

Septa Transportation

Friends' Central's City Avenue campus is conveniently located within a short commuting distance of both the SEPTA Overbrook Train Station (with service from Paoli-Thorndale through Philadelphia), and SEPTA's 63rd and Malvern Bus Depot (one block from Overbrook Train Station). There is a regular, no-fee shuttle service that runs a continuous loop in the morning, starting at 7:45 am and running until 8:15 am. In the afternoon, the bus departs at 3:20 pm and 5:40 pm.

Student Parking

Upper School students of legal age with a valid driver's license may choose to drive to Friends' Central. There is limited on-campus parking. Seniors (and Juniors after Spring Break) can apply for on-campus parking permit for a fee.