Car Rental at Philadelphia International Airport

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

Philadelphia International Airport
Intermediate SUV
Chevrolet Bolt or similar
Chevrolet Bolt
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$48.56 / per day
Philadelphia International Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$51.76 / per day
Philadelphia International Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$69.95 / per day
Philadelphia International Airport
Full-size
Full-size (Toyota Camry) or similar
Full-size (Toyota Camry)
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$86.40 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Philadelphia International Airport
Premium Regular Cab Pickup
Ford F-150 or similar
Ford F-150
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$89.82 / per day
Philadelphia International Airport
Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$105.03 / per day
Philadelphia International Airport
Luxury
Buick Lacrosse or similar
Buick Lacrosse
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$83.67 / per day
Philadelphia International Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$105.46 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 19:44 on 2024-04-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$80 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 56 km/h or 25 - 35 mph
Speed limit out of town
88 - 112 km/h or 55 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
10.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.01 per liter or $3.82 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$0.91 per liter or $3.44 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.06 per liter or $4.01 / 1 gallon
Philadelphia International Airport

Airport Car Rental

Occasionally rough around the edges, but equally charming and creative, the City of Brotherly Love is a truly modern metropolis. Its history is famous, and its parks and green areas are well celebrated, but Philly is equally a cultural hub – there’s plenty of innovation going on and always a new performance to catch. These are three of its best attractions:

  • Independence National Historical Park. There are very few places of equal historical relevance as that of what’s often called America’s most historic square mile. A center of the American Revolution, it is where the Founding Fathers convened and drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution — Independence Hall is a World Heritage site. The park is part of the Old City, where many other heritage landmarks can be found.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art. Open since 1876 and located in one of the most impressive buildings in the city, the PMoA is equally relevant for its collections. With about a quarter of a million exhibits and artworks on display, it houses everything from Ancient Egyptian and pre-Columbian art to works by some of the most important American and international authors of the last centuries. Visit the museum’s website to learn more.
  • Fairmount Park. Not just the largest, Fairmount Park is also one of the most beloved green areas in Philadelphia by locals and visitors alike. Divided into two parts by the Schuylkill River, it features attractions like the Centennial Arboretum, the interactive Please Touch Museum, several famous statues, and landmark buildings like the Boelsen Cottage.

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

  • Convertibles - from $164 per day
  • Large cars - from $52 per day
  • Medium cars - from $52 per day
  • Vans - from $135 per day
  • Premium cars - from $73 per day
  • Small cars - from $62 per day
  • SUVs - from $49 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.
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Airport info

Rating
7.6
  • Getting to the airport 7.7
  • Check-in and departures 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.5
  • Wi-Fi 7.3
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.5
  • Lounge 7.5

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

  • IATA: PHL
  • ICAO: KPHL
  • Name: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Distance from city: 5 miles / 8 km

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Philadelphia International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Philadelphia International Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Philadelphia International Airport
$57.59
January
$50.56
February
$64.01
March
$47.84
April
$51.50
May
$47.86
June
$53.09
July
$48.57
August
$45.67
September
$41.09
October
$62.60
November
$49.12
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Philadelphia International Airport is October — when rental costs average $41.09 per day. This is 20% cheaper than the yearly average and 36% cheaper than renting a car in March (when prices average $64.01 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Philadelphia International Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in March the average rental period is 14 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 3 days.
Average number of rental days at Philadelphia International Airport
3
January
4
February
14
March
7
April
8
May
6
June
7
July
10
August
7
September
6
October
7
November
7
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Philadelphia International Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Philadelphia International Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Philadelphia International Airport in June, while they are least likely to rent in in March.
Monthly searches at Philadelphia International Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
55%
January
37%
February
31%
March
92%
April
105%
May
246%
June
203%
July
154%
August
123%
September
62%
October
62%
November
31%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Dollar, Thrifty, SIXT, Payless, Hertz
Popular car categories Large cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Small cars
Lowest price $49 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Bolt 5 1 SUVs
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 4 2 Small cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 2 2 Medium cars
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large 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
7.8 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Avis
7.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
10
Average daily price
$80.08
Lowest daily price
$48.56
Total cars available
420

Top 10 Suppliers at Philadelphia International Airport in 2024

Alamo
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
8333383323
1 ARRIVALS RD,
$90 - $231
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.8 / 1 review
+18887498227
3601 Island Ave
$85 - $141
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8
+12154929043
1 Arrivals Road
$62 - $168
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.8
+18333383321
1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, United States
$94 - $238
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7 / 4 reviews
+18772830898
1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, United States
$49 - $139
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
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
+12154927200
1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, United States
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
National
Good 7.7
+18333383322
1 Arrivals Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153
$96 - $240
Dollar
Good 7.5 / 12 reviews
8664342226
1 Arrivals Road
$52 - $90
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
Avis
Good 7.5 / 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
Payless
Payless
Good 7.5 / 2 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
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