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Philadelphia Car Rentals & Travel Guide

Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, the Birthplace of America, the Cradle of Liberty. Call it what you will, Philly is living proof of what a city can be if it's built on the shoulders of hard work, resilience, and open arms. Charmingly gritty, the city is beautified by towering glass skyscrapers, open parks, world-class museums, and—of course—by the smiles on the faces of its citizens. But at the heart of Philadelphia is a certain realness that's hard to find in cities outside of the northeast. Whether you're tracing Ben Franklin’s steps throughout the city, devouring an iconic cheesesteak (remember to order properly—it’s “whiz with” for the traditional Cheez Whiz and fried onions), or finding some solitude in Fairmount Park, you'll quickly realize the City of Brotherly Love is a magically liberating place to be. There are no pretensions here; you can be you. The city is spread out, with one welcoming neighborhood after the other. So, it’s best to rent a car in Philadelphia if you want to experience all of it. And, when you search Travelocity for Philadelphia car rental deals, you’ll save enough to enjoy an extra cheesesteak or two along the way.

Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Philadelphia?

If you have a Philadelphia rental car for your visit to the City of Brotherly Love, the best place to get a hotel is downtown. You’ll be close to all the historical sites, but you’ll also be able to hop on Interstate 95 or the Schuylkill Expressway if you want to discover the surrounding areas. Here are some of our favorite hotels in downtown Philadelphia:

  • Club Quarters Hotel: Behind the classic red-brick façade lies a hotel flush with contemporary décor coupled with modern amenities. Shopaholics will love the Club Quarter’s proximity to the retail opportunities along Chestnut and Walnut Streets. The bargain hunter in you will appreciate the discounted parking offered by the hotel too.
  • Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Located just east of City Hall, the Loews is a short walk from the Liberty Bell and a quick drive to Fairmount Park. Make the return trip past Boathouse Row on Kelly Drive for added scenery. Then, toss the keys to the valet, enjoy dinner at Bank & Bourbon, then retire to your well-appointed guestroom.
  • The Ritz-Carlton: Shadowed by the William Penn statue atop City Hall, the Ritz Carlton is as historic as it is luxurious. The recent multi-million-dollar renovation means more upscale amenities and modern services for hotel guests. You’ll be close to Interstate 676 and the Schuylkill Expressway for a day trip to Valley Forge, and the valet and hourly self-parking make it easy to come and go as you wish.
  • Sofitel Philadelphia: Enjoy a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, or hop on Interstate 76 for a quick drive to the Jersey Shore from this conveniently located hotel. After you’ve explored the city, indulge in a delicious French-inspired meal from the Liberte Urban Chic Lounge. Then, it’s off to your guestroom for a restful night’s sleep in four-star comfort.

Cruising Around Philadelphia

Flights to Philadelphia arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHI), which is just over 7 miles from downtown. Rail line service and taxis are available, but car rentals in Philadelphia allow you freedom to explore the entire region. Just pick up your keys from the courtesy counters near baggage claim and you’ll be on your way in a flash. Many travelers book cheap rental cars in Philadelphia for excursions “down the shore” to exciting destinations like Atlantic City, with its legendary boardwalk and casinos. The Pocono Mountains are also nearby, making for an ideal day trip away from the fervor in the city. There, you'll be able to do everything from whitewater rafting to hiking to golfing.

Exploring Philadelphia

It almost goes without saying that your sightseeing will include a stop at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the five original squares (Logan, Rittenhouse, Franklin, Washington, and City Hall) belong on any urban adventure in the city. If you want a true local experience, run through the Italian Market like Rocky Balboa, grab a soft pretzel at Reading Terminal Market, or cheer on one of the many Philly professional sports teams.

With so much to see and do, it’s best to start planning early by looking for flights and Philadelphia rental car deals on Travelocity. You can also find great prices on hotels in Philadelphia with exclusive mobile deals from the Travelocity app. You’ll save time and money–both of which will be better spent finding which place serves the best cheesesteak.

Here at Travelocity, we’re committed to helping you score cheap deals on Philadelphia car rentals. We’ll have your rental car waiting for you as soon as you arrive in town. Traveling with your whole family in tow? Choose a spacious and affordable van to keep your crew sane throughout the trip. Exploring the city with your sweetheart? Reserve a swanky two-seater as you paint the town red. With our low rates on rental cars in Philadelphia, you can go out and smell the roses, without stressing out your bank account. You can even use our mobile booking app to snag exclusive deals, so you can spend more on your adventures and less on your vehicle.

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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in Philadelphia?

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