Car Rental at Philadelphia International Airport

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Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, USA - Pennsylvania
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Compact
Ford Focus 3d or similar
Ford Focus 3d
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$76.85 per day
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$77.82 per day
Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$81.69 per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$94.95 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$172.01 / per day
Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$91.37 / per day
Luxury
Cadillac XTS or similar
Cadillac XTS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$100.71 / per day
Luxury Elite
Audi Q7 or similar
Audi Q7
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$117.30 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:02 on 2022-07-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
1
Economy car rental price
$87.75 / per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Philadelphia International Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is a major international airport serving the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, Deleware, and New Jersey. With more than 30 million passengers passing through the airport each year, it is one of the major airports in the United States. 

The city of Philadelphia is the sixth-largest city in the United States and is a popular destination for both business travelers and tourists. As the city played a major role in the founding of the nation, it’s no surprise the biggest reason tourists visit it is for history, the main attraction being the Liberty Bell. Many also take to recreating the iconic scene from the movie Rocky by running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, it’s definitely worthwhile to actually go in and see the art afterward. Finally, the city is famous for its heart-stopping cheesesteaks. You can find the most famous of these Geno’s and Pat’s across from each other at the intersection of 9th Street and Passyunk Ave between City Center and South Philadelphia. Try both and see which is your favorite! After that, you may need to run up the steps one more time!

Of course, not all there is to see and do in the area is located in the core of the city. Many places nearby are worth the drive to reach. For example, Valley Forge National Historic Park is just 30 miles from the airport, but difficult to reach without a car. The capital of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg), Gettysburg, and Hershey are all within easy reach when you rent a car as are places in New Jersey and Deleware. 

Top international routes

  • London
  • Toronto-Pearson
  • Cancun
  • Frankfurt
  • Punta Cana
  • Dublin
  • Montreal-Trudeau
  • Montego Bay
  • Doha
  • Rome-Fiumicino

Main airlines

PHL is a hub for American Airlines and it is, therefore, the main airline at the airport with two entire terminals for its exclusive use. The airport serves as the main base for American flights in the Northeast and transatlantic flights.

American receives competition from other domestic airlines like Delta, and United, but its primary competitor is the low-cost airline Southwest. At the same time, Philadelphia is a focus city for Frontier Airlines. jetBlue and Spirit, two other low-cost airlines, also have flights from and to the airport.

Major international airlines at the airport include Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, Icelandair, and Qatar Airlines.

Terminals

PHL has six terminals with a total of 126 gates. Terminal A is the international terminal. All non-precleared international flights arrive at this terminal. American Airlines also has some domestic flights in the terminal.

Terminals B and C, which are connected, are used exclusively by American Airlines.

Terminal D hosts the other major domestic airlines (Alaska, Delta, and United) along with Air Canada. It is connected to terminals B and C after security.

Terminal E is the low-cost terminal. This is where you will arrive if flying with Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, or Spirit.

Finally, Terminal F is the airport’s regional terminal and is home to American Eagle. The terminal is unique in that it has special jet bridges allowing passengers to board small regional planes without having to walk on the tarmac.

Location

Philadelphia International is located about 13 miles south of Center City, a drive that can take upwards of 30 minutes when traffic is heavy. As a major international airport, many fly into the airport with the goal of reaching nearby destinations. For instance, Wilmington, Deleware is just 20 miles south of the airport and Trenton, New Jersey is just 40 miles to the north

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $133 per day
  • Medium cars - from $94 per day
  • Vans - from $235 per day
  • Premium cars - from $106 per day
  • Small cars - from $100 per day
  • SUVs - from $136 per day

Car rental desks

Unfortunately, the car rental desks at PHL are not inside nor across from the terminal. Each rental company provides its own shuttle for its customers. These shuttles pick up customers from the Commercial Road which can be reached by walking outside of the airport in the baggage claim area and crossing the car road.

Note that Thrifty and Sixt are located just outside the airport and the shuttles take a little more time to reach their rental locations.

Services and facilities

PHL is a modern, international airport with all of the facilities and services a traveler would expect of such and more.

Ther airport has many different services for passengers. These include free wifi throughout the terminals along with many charging points, pet relief areas, nursing areas for mothers, 17 ATMs, and currency exchanges, though you are, as always, better off taking out money out of an ATM or bringing it from your home country. The most unique service offered at PHL is the Minute Suites where you can book a room to work, relax, or sleep in by the hour. This is a great option if your flight is delayed or you arrive at the airport early. A Marriot Hotel can be found at the airport along with a few other hotels just outside of the airport’s territory that offer free shuttles. This is helpful if you need to return a rental the night before an early morning flight.

Lounges include four different American Airlines Admirals Clubs, British Airways Galleries Lounge in Terminal A, Delta Sky Club in Terminal d, and United Club between Terminals C and D. In addition to these, there is a USO lounge for members of the military and their families. You can find this lounge in Terminal A.

Finally, you won’t go hungry or thirsty at PHL. Various dining options can be found throughout all of the terminals. These range from fast-food chains to restaurants with table service. Coffee shops and bars are readily available in all terminals, too.

Nearest gas station

Which gas station at which it is best to fill up prior to returning your rental car at the airport depends on which direction you are coming from. If approaching from the north, a Wawa station on Bartram Ave. is probably your best bet for filling up before returning your rental. Unfortunately, exiting I-95 to reach it is difficult. You must exit as if you are going to the airport, but instead, take exit 12B to SR 291. If you don’t want to make this circle, you can pass the airport and stop at one of the stations mentioned below.

If approaching from the south, for instance from Wilmington, you should exit I-95 at exit 9A onto State Route 420 in Essington. You will almost immediately reach Route 291, Industrial Highway. If you turn right, there is a Sunoco Station. From there, you could return to I-95 or continue along Industrial Highway to the airport. Farther down Industrial Highway is a Valero station, though it is on the side of the road heading away from the airport, and a Pacific Pride Station, which though not a popular brand, is the most convenient station.

Airport info

Rating
7.1
  • Getting to the airport 5.7
  • Departure and check-in 6.4
  • Terminal facilities 6.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.4
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.1
  • Lounge 3.8

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

  • IATA: PHL
  • ICAO: KPHL
  • Name: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 29,585,754
  • Distance from City: 5 miles / 8 km SW of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +1 215 937 6937
  • Email: comments@phl.org

Top 8 Locations near Philadelphia International Airport

  1. 80.4 km / 50.0 miles away
  2. 96.8 km / 60.2 miles away
  3. 136.6 km / 84.9 miles away
  4. 160.4 km / 99.7 miles away
  5. 246.7 km / 153.3 miles away
  6. 360.9 km / 224.2 miles away
  7. 433.6 km / 269.4 miles away
  8. 480.8 km / 298.8 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Philadelphia International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Philadelphia International Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Philadelphia International Airport
$36.82
January
$49.43
February
March
$30.90
April
$60.76
May
$102.30
June
$41.71
July
$42.92
August
$44.03
September
$52.52
October
$155.51
November
$31.41
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Philadelphia International Airport is April when prices for an Economy class start from $30.90. You can see that this is 48% cheaper than the yearly average and 80% cheaper than renting a car in November (when rental prices start at $155.51 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Philadelphia International Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in December the average rental period is 12 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average Rental Length
5
January
5
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
5
June
5
July
5
August
7
September
11
October
10
November
12
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Philadelphia International Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Philadelphia International Airport in June, while the fewest number of travelers rent in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
67%
January
55%
February
72%
March
92%
April
126%
May
160%
June
155%
July
132%
August
84%
September
92%
October
88%
November
77%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Thrifty Chevrolet Spark 2 1 Small cars
Priceless Hyundai Accent 4 2 Small cars
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Rent a Wreck Hyundai Accent 4 2 Small cars
Hertz Ford Fusion 5 2 Large cars
Dollar Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars

FAQ

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, you have to be at least 21 to rent a car. Keep in mind that if you are under 25, you'll be charged a Young Driver's Fee.
Can I take a car rented in Pennsylvania to other states?
In most cases, you are allowed to travel to neighboring states with a rental car. Be sure to check with the rental company before you do this, though.
Are there toll roads in Pennsylvania?
Yes, there are toll roads including the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
How can I pay for tolls in Pennsylvania in a rental car?
Many rental companies offer a toll package with an E-Z Pass transponder. Alternatively, an invoice will be sent to the rental company under the PayByPlate system. Expect the rental company to charge additional administrative fees when passing the cost of those tolls on to you.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.65 / 10
Lowest rated company
Avis
8.26 / 10
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$87.75
Lowest daily price
$31.95
Total cars available
91

Top 13 Suppliers at Philadelphia International Airport in 2022

Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 1 reviews
8333383323
1 ARRIVALS RD,
$81 - $251
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
8333383321
1 ARRIVALS RD
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+18887498227
3601 Island Ave
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:30
Tue:07:00-19:30
Wed:07:00-19:30
Thu:07:00-19:30
Fri:07:00-19:30
Sat:07:00-19:30
Sun:07:00-19:30
National
Excellent 8.5
+18333383322
1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153
$92 - $262
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+12154929043
1 Arrivals Road
$127 - $176
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
2154927200
1 Arrivals Road
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+18772830898
7500 Holstein Ave
$77 - $203
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Dollar
Excellent 8.4 / 4 reviews
8664342226
1 Arrivals Road
$78 - $80
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Rent a Wreck
Rent a Wreck
Excellent 8.4
+12154790234
73 Governor Printz Boulevard
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8.3 / 1 reviews
2154925500
6975 Norwitch Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-18:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
Priceless
Priceless
Excellent 8.3
+12154790234
Colonial Airport Parking 630 Gov Printz Blvd, Lester, PA 19029, United States
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
NextCar
NextCar
Excellent 8.3
+12154790234
Colonial Airport Parking, 73 S Governor Printz Blvd
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 5 reviews
+12154920900
1 Arrivals Road
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
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