It’s no secret that Philadelphia is a busy, bustling city. From the history to the food and drink scene, there are plenty of reasons why so many people fall in love with this city. But for those who live outside the city, there are some potential pitfalls when it comes to travel. If you’re looking to make your next trip to Philly easier, here are some tips that should help you.
Bring Cash for Parking and Toll Roads
If you’re planning on driving to, within, or from the city, be prepared to pay for parking. Parking meter fees usually range from $1–$7. Depending on where you’re going and how long you’ll be there, public transit may be a cheaper option, or even walking or biking if you’re able to get to your destination. But if you’re traveling to the suburbs or visiting a family member outside the city, be prepared to pay tolls, particularly on the Schuylkill Expressway and the I-95.
Book a Room in Advance
If you’re planning on visiting Philadelphia during peak travel times (such as major holidays or sporting events), book your hotel room as soon as possible. Demand for rooms and other tourist destinations in the city is higher during these times, and hotels in the area typically fill up quickly. So even if you aren’t sure exactly when you’ll be visiting yet, it’s still a good idea to book in advance.
Consider Offsite Airport Parking
If you travel to Philly with the intention of flying somewhere else by plane, you can easily park at one of the airport’s parking lots. The problem is that airport parking can be very chaotic at times. Offsite airport parking lots are typically more convenient and less stressful than onsite airport parking lots. That said, it’s important that you know how to do offsite airport parking and how to implement it to make your trip easier. For example, you should find a lot that offers a fast airport shuttle so that you can get to the airport at the right time.
Visiting a major city is always a little bit stressful, even if you’ve been there several times before. It’s common to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things to do, the number of people who are also visiting, and the pace at which things happen. The good news is that you can make your visit a little bit easier by preparing beforehand. With the right approach, you can make the most out of Philly.