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Why rent a car in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, has been at the centre of American history since the War of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1776, and the Liberty Bell remains its most famous artefact. It’s just one of many – Philadelphia is famous for its arts and culture and attracts millions of visitors each year, many from the US. With so much to do, hiring a carin Philadelphia is an ideal way to make the most of your stay.

How to get to and around Philadelphia?

Flying direct to Philadelphia International Airport is the easiest way to reach the city, with hundreds of direct flights from around the world each day. The sprawling hub is home of several low cost airlines as well, making it a good base for anyone travelling around the US. You’ll find plenty of car hire counters on arrival, and it’s just 10 miles down Highway 95 into downtown Philly.

Hiring a car in Philadelphia city centre

Anyone starting from central Philadelphia won’t have any problems finding a car to suit their taste and budget. The car rental companies are near Market Street and Chestnut Street and operate from around 7am to 7pm every day. You can also find a rental car downtown and leave it at the airport on departure.

What brands are available?

Whether you’re travelling on from the international airport or Philadelphia centre, there are several major rental car brands available. Choose from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar and Alamo, not to mention local brands. At the airport, car hire service is available 24 hours from most offices.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Philadelphia

Philly is the big city in the Delaware valley and you’ll find lots of interesting places to see along the river as it feeds into the Atlantic. Wilmington, Princeton and the Brandywine river are all interesting historical spots.

If you fancy going further afield, then New York is just two hours’ drive north along the I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. New Jersey itself has some great shopping spots, in Newark especially, and the eastern seaboard has some excellent places to see. Atlantic City, with its famous boardwalk, is 61 miles away and takes just over an hour on the Atlantic City Expressway.

Alternatively, you could head southwest to Washington DC. The capital city is 144 miles away, down the I-95, and journeys will typically take about three hours.

Tips and tricks for driving in Pennsylvania

With more than 1.5 million people and another 6 million in the Pennsylvania area, Philadelphia sees the occasional traffic jam on the grid system. Further afield, the network of highways and regional roads usually clear up without too much bother outside peak hours. Within city limits, 30mph is standard although some roads have a maximum of 25mph. Beware of hidden double yellow lines and in some places you can turn right on a red light.

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FAQs for car hire in Philadelphia

What’s the best price car rental in Philadelphia?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £183 in Philadelphia.

What’s the average car rental price in Philadelphia?

On average, car rentals in Philadelphia are £186.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Philadelphia?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Philadelphia?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.