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Getting To and From AFS

There are many ways to get your child to AFS every day! Students come to AFS from more than 75 zip codes in neighborhoods around the greater Philadelphia area. The AFS Transportation Office is available to help you figure out the best way for your student to get to and from school.

Questions? Contact the AFS Transportation Office:

Chris Santaniello, Transportation Director
215-576-3981


Transportation Information:

Health & Safety on AFS Transportation

AFS is committed to providing transportation to our school community in the safest and most practical ways. We will make adjustments to the following as new guidance emerges.

  • Bus drivers and passengers must wear a face covering while on the bus.
  • The bus will be loaded from back to front at 1 per window seat leaving the seat behind the driver open. Unloading will start from the front and proceed row by row in an orderly fashion
  • Riders from the same household will be seated together.
  • Windows will be kept open to allow for maximum fresh air ventilation.
  • Buses will be cleaned and sanitized after every run.

District School Bus for students residing in the Suburbs

If you reside within 10 miles of Abington Friends School, you are eligible for busing by the district in which you reside. The following school districts provide free bus transportation:

  • Abington
  • Bensalem
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Cheltenham
  • Colonial
  • Council Rock
  • Hatboro-Horsham
  • Lower Merion
  • Lower Moreland
  • Neshaminy
  • Springfield (Montgomery County)
  • Upper Dublin
  • Upper Moreland
  • Wissahickon

Lower School students are escorted by teachers to their buses during afternoon dismissal.

Please note that public school busing does not provide a late bus service. Students who stay late at school for sports practice, theater rehearsal or other activities get home by car, by train and the AFS Jenkintown SEPTA station shuttle, or by using the AFS transportation service. 

For  families who use school district busing, please be aware that most districts provide route information at the very end of the summer.  If you have questions, please contact your District transportation office or the AFS transportation office.

School Bus and SEPTA Options for students residing in Philadelphia

For Students in Grades 1 through 8

The School District of Philadelphia provides busing for students in grades 1-8.  Please note that public school busing does not provide a late bus service. Students who stay late at school for sports practice, theater rehearsal or other activities get home by car, by train and the Jenkintown SEPTA station shuttle or using the AFS transportation service.

Parents who choose not to use the Philadelphia school bus because of excessively long travel times or unacceptable service may be eligible for mileage reimbursement from the city.  Please contact the AFS Transportation Department for more information.

For Students in Grades 9 through 12

Students in grades 9-12 are given a free weekly SEPTA bus pass each week from their advisor during Morning Assembly.

A student’s weekly SEPTA transpass can be upgraded to a rail pass for $9.90.  This can be done at the ticket offices of Suburban Station, 30th Street Station and many others as listed on SEPTA’s website.

SEPTA Bus Lines Serving AFS:

The 55 and 77 buses both stop at the intersection of Old York Road and Washington Lane, one block from AFS.

Regional Rail and the Free Jenkintown Train Station Shuttle

AFS is conveniently located near the Jenkintown Train Station, which is serviced by multiple SEPTA Regional Rail lines. AFS provides a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the Jenkintown station. This shuttle:

  • Departs from the Jenkintown Train Station at 7:50 a.m.
  • Departs AFS at 3:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m and 5:30 p.m.

This shuttle is intended for students, faculty and staff who choose to commute by rail. The morning pick up time is coordinated with the train schedule so that everyone arrives on campus as close to 8:00 a.m. as possible. The pick-up time is around 7:50 a.m. and the bus will return for a second pick-up if needed.

The afternoon train shuttle departs AFS at 3:20 p.m. and arrives at the station just before 3:30 p.m.

The late shuttles depart AFS at 5:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The SEPTA regional rail trains that make a stop at Jenkintown are the Airport Line, West Trenton Line, Warminster Line, Glenside Combined Line and the Lansdale/Doylestown Line. Schedules can be found on SEPTA’s website.

Students who receive a SEPTA transpass can upgrade it to a rail pass for a fee.

The AFS “Northwester" Bus, Serving Northwest Philadelphia

The basic structure of the “Northwester” Bus route is as follows. In the AM, the route begins at the Chestnut Hill West Train Station at 6:55 AM then proceed down Germantown Ave. The bus will then turn right on Allens Lane then left onto Wissahickon Ave. where it will stop at Johnson St. and Wissahickon Ave. at 7:20. From there it will travel north on Washington Lane making a stop at the Jenkintown Train Station near 7:47 AM before arriving at AFS. The bus will then be on call in the event of a late train.

The afternoon route will depart AFS promptly at 3:20 PM. After stopping at the Jenkintown Train Station it proceeds to the Chestnut Hill West Train Station where it will begin the route as in the AM. The exact PM drop-off times could change slightly based on actual ridership.

Note: We can create a stop at any point on or near the established route that may be more convenient for you.

Late Bus: The bus departs from Upper School at 5:30 PM on Mondays to Thursdays and goes to the Chestnut Hill West Train Station and then continues through its usual route. Drop off times and the actual route will vary depending on who is riding on any given evening. Late bus service is included at no extra charge for round-trip riders and is available as a stand-alone service per activity season.

Please contact the AFS Transportation Office for more information.

NW route map

Door-to-Door Van Service

Although we make every effort to accommodate each request for door-to-door van service available for children in grades K-12, it is only available if there are a number of families in a given area to facilitate an economical route. Rates vary based on distance from AFS.

For more information, please contact the AFS Transportation Office.