Car Rental Philadelphia
Philadelphia is most famous for the historical sites scattered throughout the city, but this is a city that lives very much in the present. Hop in the car and discover everything Philly has to offer.
Cheap Car rentals in Philadelphia
Most travelers pick up their car at the airport, but the city is studded with offices for all the major agencies. A few car rental companies you’ll find in Philly that don’t have locations at the airport but might help you find a cheap rental car include Advantage, Payless, Firefly and Thrifty.
Airport car rental in Philadelphia
Philadelphia International’s rental car shuttle pickup is located in Zone 2, outside the baggage claim area. It’s a short drive to all of the on-airport car rental facilities.
Additional Agency Locations for Savings and Variety
You can often find discount car rentals in Philadelphia if you go off-airport. Take a taxi, shuttle, or bus to downtown and pick up your car there. Enterprise has an office at 123 S. 12th Street, which is within a 10 minute walk of many major city-center hotels. You can also take a SEPTA train right from the airport to the 30th Street Train Station, where you’ll find three rental car agencies: Hertz, Avis, and Budget. There’s also a Thrifty location right at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
For a really special car rental experience, you can upgrade to an exotic car from a company like Premier Luxury Rentals, 314 N. 16th St. They have a fleet of exclusive vehicles ranging from Escalades to Jaguars, and they’ll even pick you up at the airport.
Driving in Philadelphia
We can’t deny that driving in Philadelphia comes with its challenges. The worst bottleneck in the area is generally considered to be on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76 Westbound) from Exit 347 through Belmont Ave/Exit 338, so ask your GPS if there’s another option.
One more tip: don’t try to roll through a red light: there are cameras in operation all over the city, waiting to catch you out.
Parking in Philadelphia
The city’s official visitor site offers an unbeatable resource for parking in Philadelphia. You’ll find maps, parking finder tools, an exhaustive list of parking deals and special offers, and even videos explaining how to use the multi-day parking meters you’ll find throughout the city. You can also check out Philadelphia’s official parking authority site for in-depth information about how, where, and when you can park your rental car.
See the City of Brotherly Love in Less Time with a Car
Benjamin Franklin Parkway is known as the museums district. Make sure to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art: it’s one of the nation’s largest (and its steps will always be famous, thanks to the Rocky montage). The Philadelphia Zoo covers 42 acres and is packed with award-winning exhibits. The Tyler Arboretum is a 30 minute drive from downtown Philly, and offers 12 miles of trails and 650 acres of historic buildings, plant collections, and educational exhibits.
In the great outdoors: incredible road trips just outside the city
Philadelphia is just next door to some truly beautiful wilderness. The Pocono Mountains offer endless camping, hiking, sporting, and recreational activities to families and adventurers alike: you can even join up with the Appalachian trails. Just driving along some of Pennsylvania’s scenic byways is enough to refresh your soul, especially in the fall, when colors are at their peak: try Route 32 (River Rd.) from Washington Crossing to New Hope, with a stop at the 134-acre Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.
For the kids, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, located just over an hour from the city, offer thrill rides, a water park and shows. Really little ones will love visiting Sesame Place, which is only about a half-hour from Philadelphia.