Car hire Philadelphia: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Philadelphia

Distance from
Philadelphia city centre
7 mi
12 mi

Car hires in Philadelphia: practical information

Where to rent a car in Philadelphia

On your way to Pennsylvania and looking for a rental car in Philadelphia? Philly is too often brushed off at New York’s little sister but it’s far more East Coast than New York will every be. Start your trip planning with cheap flights to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and book a Philadelphia rental car to pick up at the arrivals terminal when you disembark. Choose from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, among others.

Rental cars are considerably cheap in Philadelphia, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of it and make the most of your holidays in Philly! If you don’t pick up a rental at the airport, there are car hire agencies located in the city centre, near the central train and bus stations.

Driving in Philadelphia: parking and other tips

Driving in downtown Philadelphia is fairly easy and straight forward but parking can be difficult and expensive. Regulations are also strictly enforced. The good thing is that city sights in that area are all quite close to each other, so it’s easy to hop from one to the other on foot.

Luckily, plenty of hotels in Philadelphia have car parks for guests to use. There’s also a lot of car parks, which charge anywhere from $10-$35 a day to use. If you are using a street parking metre, keep in mind they only accept $1 and 25 cent coins so keep a stash of coins to use for parking.

Road trips from Philadelphia: what to do, what to see

Atlantic City

Jersey Shore

Philadelphia is at the crossroads of three states, which makes it perfect for trips out of Pennsylvania. Jersey Shore, also know as “going down the shore” included Atlantic City, Cape May, Ocean City and Wildwood where you’ll find everything from casinos, historic town centres, delicious cheesesteak restaurants and beaches.



Experience East Coast life with a trip to Princeton, home to the famous Ivy League university in New Jersey. Princeton became famous in the 18th century when George Washington marched his troops through the area, encountering the Battle of Princeton. Don’t miss the university campus, the Fountain of Freedom and Carnegie Lake.



There are plenty of places in this part of the US that are connected to the American Revolutionary War. We mentioned Princeton, but Gettysburg is also an essential stop if you’re interested in American history. This was the site of one of the most important battles in the US Civil War and one of the largest every fought in North America in 1863.

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Alamo Rent a Car
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Kia Rio Economy, 2/3 Door, Auto
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Mitsubishi Mirage Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Find a cheap flight to Philadelphia

Air Canadaoutbound: 20-Nov-2019
1 stop (25h46m)
Air Canada
Air Canadareturn: 02-Dec-2019
1 stop (19h55m)
Air Canada
Air Franceoutbound: 14-Jan-2020
2 stops (17h16m)
Air France
Air Francereturn: 21-Jan-2020
2 stops (14h02m)
Air France
British Airwaysoutbound: 23-Nov-2019
1 stop (13h15m)
British Airways
Finnairreturn: 26-Nov-2019
1 stop (10h20m)

The best hotels in Philadelphia