SEPTA to Chestnut Hill, Via Two Different Regional Rail Lines
When it comes to taking SEPTA to Chestnut Hill - both Chestnut Hillers and non-Chestnut Hillers, alike, have two SEPTA Regional Rail lines from which to choose...
The Chestnut Hill West Line - formerly the R8, with Brown and White Signage
The Chestnut Hill East Line - formerly the R7, with Red and White Signage
As A General Rule - As a Chestnut Hill Visitor, You Should Take the Chestnut Hill WEST Line To Germantown Avenue Shops and Restaurants, As It Is Much Closer ( ½ mile) Than the Chestnut Hill EAST Line Stop
If you are planning to take SEPTA to Chestnut Hill - and especially if you are a visitor to Philadelphia, who wants to visit the central artery, Germantown Avenue, and its many shops and restaurants:
we strongly recommend that you take the Chestnut Hill WEST Line, rather than the Chestnut Hill EAST Line.
The reason is simply geography. If you are traveling to enjoy a walk among the quaint shops, bars, and restaurants of Chestnut Hill, all of those places are located along Germantown Avenue.
The Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Station is located at the intersection of Germantown and Evergreen Avenues, and you emerge up the steps and you're right there.
In contrast, the Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail Station is located ½ mile above Germantown Avenue, and you'll waste time walking back and forth.
All Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East Trains Stop At the Three Major Center City SEPTA Regional Rail Stations
Regardless of which one you choose to take SEPTA to Chestnut Hill, both the Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East lines will stop at all three major Center City Regional Rail Stations:
Amtrak / 30th Street Station
- located at 30th and Market Streets
- located at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Market East Station
- located at 11th and Market Streets
You can board at any of these three stations, to take you to either Chestnut Hill West or Chestnut Hill East Stations.
One easy aspect of taking SEPTA to Chestnut Hill, is that regardless of which train you choose, both lines terminate at the Chestnut Hill stations, so you don't have to be concerned about missing your stop.
The Fares Are For Zone 2 Stations
Both Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West are Zone 2 stops.
That means that a Weekday Fare, one way, will cost you $4.50 if purchased in advance; $5.00 if purchased on the train.
A Weekday Fare, round-trip, will be $8.75, purchased in advance, $10.00, if purchased on the train.
That means that an Evening/Weekend Fare, one way, will cost you $3.50 if purchased in advance; $4.00 if purchased on the train.
An Evening/Weekend Fare, round-trip, will be $7.00, regardless if it is purchased in advance, or on the train.
If all of the above sounds confusing, it is. SEPTA's Regional Rail fare structure is extremely and unnecessarily complicated.
So, to help you figure out which fares are best for you, we'd recommend that you take a look at our comprehensive
Guide to SEPTA Regional Rail Fares
- which offers detailed explanations of the new SEPTA train ticket prices, which went into effect in July, 2010.
Take A Look At Our SEPTA Regional Rail Guide, If You Have Other Questions
If you have additional questions about taking SEPTA to Chestnut Hill, we'd recommend that you take a look at our
SEPTA Regional Rail Guide
- which has comprehensive information, on how to make the best use of SEPTA Regional Rail service, from any point in the Philadelphia region.
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