Hey Fresh Princes, ready to explore Philly and get a little Gritty? Once you’ve grabbed your cheap car rental from the Philadelphia airport, you’ll be falling in love with this brotherly city. And with your own wheels to help you explore, you can really take a big ol’ bite out of Philadelphia—cheesesteaks and more.
When you score a Hotwire Hot Rate car rental deal, you can take on Pennsylvania’s biggest city and beyond. Now the only question remaining: where to? Time to start planning that last-minute Philly takeover with these must-do getaway ideas.
Phil-leave City Limits: One of the best things about having your own car rental from Philadelphia airport? Being able to take your talents on the road and explore beyond the city. An hour and a half from Philly you’ll find the charming landscapes of Brandywine Valley and Kennett Square. Nearby Longwood Gardens features over 11,000 kinds of botanicals and wildflowers, and Va La Vineyards is the spot to sip on vino straight from the vineyard. Or zip 90-ish miles to get to Cape May, New Jersey and see one of the most idyllic beach towns in the country, complete with unbelievably charming Victorian houses. Less than two hours in your rental will also get you to Amish Country in Lancaster County, where you can encounter not only horse and buggies but trendy options for food and drink.
Outside Guide: This city has a ton of amazing outdoor spaces to see, and cruising around in your car rental from Philadelphia International Airport makes them a breeze to take in. Reading Viaduct (aka the Rail Park) is the perfect first stop. It’s an elevated former rail station that now features a linear park with pop-up gardens and killer views. If you want to really step outside the box(ing) on your city tour, stop by the always triumphant “Rocky” stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All about breathing in some fresh air? Fairmount Park offers over 2,000 acres of scenic greenery to explore.
History 101: Whether you’re looking to bone up on your American history or you’re just a fan of movies about Nicolas Cage trying to steal the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia has a lot of historical attractions to see. Some of the most iconic include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (the birthplace of the documents), and several noteworthy national museums to keep you busy for days. Your high school history teacher would be so proud!
Bites to Phill-y You Up: After you’ve gassed up your PHL car rental, it’s time to fill up on the best food this city has to offer. There are so many staple dishes that Philly is known for, starting with Scrapple at Down Home Diner—a pan-fried, loafy Dutch breakfast that combines pork scraps and cornmeal. Keeping it porky, a roast pork sandwich at DiNic’s is a must. But let’s be honest—everyone’s here for a mouth-watering cheesesteak, and one of the top picks to try is at Angelo’s Pizzeria. If you’ve still got room for more, a sweet (and cold) end to your Philly food tour can be found with a water ice from John’s Water Ice. “Water” way to top things off.
After you’ve scored the best rental car from the Philadelphia airport, it’s time to think about where you want to stay on your getaway. No matter your budget or time constraints, Hotwire can help you save on those last-minute hotels in Philadelphia. In fact, when you book a Hotwire Hot Rate hotel deal, you could save up to 60% versus booking a listed rate two weeks earlier, with hotels as low as . Securing a 4-star hotel room at a 2-star price? Now that’s something you can “Phill”-y great about.
No matter how you want to roll on your Philly getaway, you find plenty of PHL car rental options to pick from, including rentals from the top companies. Car rental companies found at the Philadelphia airport include Enterprise, Hertz, Budget, and several more. If you choose a Hotwire Hot Rate deal for your cheap car rental at the Philadelphia airport, you won’t know the exact make and model until you’ve actually booked, but you will know you’ll be saving crazy amounts of cash, with rentals as low as $55. You can feel free to save your budget for the important stuff. (Cheesesteaks.)
If you’re looking for a car rental near the Philadelphia airport, you won’t have to look far. Car rental companies are onsite at PHL, but you will have to take a quick shuttle ride to get to your rental, and the same goes for the Philadelphia airport car rental return. You’ll find shuttle pick-up in Zone 2 on Arrivals Road near baggage claim.
With the most recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, you may be wondering is it safe to travel to Philadelphia right now. Before you book your car rental from the Philadelphia airport, check out the most recent information on all current safety measures and guidance on traveling during the coronavirus.
*Savings are based on actual Hot Rate® car rentals made from airport pick-up locations in the previous 12 months as compared with the lowest published rates found on leading retail travel sites.
Prices are dynamic and vary based on the booking date and length of the car rental. There is no guarantee these savings or rates will be in effect at the time of your search. Availability is limited. Hot Rate® cars are different from retail rates. With Hot Rate® cars you enter the location, date, and car class. The car rental company is revealed only after booking. All bookings are final.