Philadelphia International Airport is located approximately 7 miles from downtown Philadelphia, a large city in the state of Pennsylvania, North America. The airport is busy, handling just over thirty million passengers per annum, and has all the facilities required by its passengers, including several car hire companies such as Europcar Philadelphia International Airport. Others include Hertz, Avis, Budget, National and Enterprise. These companies all offer a range of high quality vehicles, and prices that are affordable by most arriving passengers.
The airport has seven terminal buildings, all served by various airline companies. The main carriers include US Airways, UPS Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and US Airways Express. Passengers will arrive at Terminal A-West if they are on an international flight, and at one of the other terminals if they are on a domestic flight. The terminals are referred to by the letters A, B, C, D, E and F. There is also a Terminal A-East, which was previously the international terminal. Europcar customers will need to take a shuttle to the National Car Hire location, which is along Arrivals Road. National is a partner of Europcar, and will provide a vehicle for customers of Europcar at this car rental location.
The Philadelphia International Airport car rental shuttles are frequently available, and free of charge. They can be taken from each terminal and are found in Zone 2 of the transportation area, nearby the baggage reclaim halls. The shuttles will carry luggage items and may be able to assist passengers who require wheelchair lifts. Information phones in the arrival areas can be used for further enquiries.
Passengers who are unable to drive due to a physical disability may still be the primary renter of a vehicle from Europcar, if they are accompanied by an able driver who meets the minimum rental requirements of the location. The second-driver is free of charge, and will use his/her driving license to validate the rental. The disabled person can use his/her credit card to pay for the rental, and therefore be the primary renter of the vehicle. Europcar hand controls for disabled drivers may also be available, and are devices that operate the main functions of an automatic vehicle, i.e. the brake and accelerator pedals. From Philadelphia International Airport, hand controls may be requested without additional charges. The equipment should be requested in advance, as it will need to be fitted to the correct vehicle.
Vehicles for hire from Europcar are most often automatics, and arranged into car categories, for example, Economy, Compact, Midsize, Standard and Fullsize. These are the most common categories selected, however, there are also many others, including Premium, Fullsize Elite, Luxury, 7-Passenger Minivan and SUV (Midsize, Standard, Hybrid, Fullsize, Premium and Luxury). The Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa, Toyota Corolla, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala are examples of commonly rented vehicles, and are ideal for short or long distance journeys. They can accommodate four or five passengers and a varying number of luggage items. They could also have some nice features, such as air conditioning, cruise control and power locks and windows. Choose the car that suits your budget, but also one that will be comfortable for your family.
SUVs from the Philadelphia International Airport car hire companies could be similar to the Ford Escape, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Navigator and Hummer H3, while Minivans and Crossovers include the Dodge Journey, GMC Acadia, Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna. The Toyota Sienna can seat up to eight passengers, and has power mirrors, locks and windows, and cruise control. It has space for several items of luggage as well. One of the largest vehicles available is the Chevrolet Express, with room for up to fifteen people.
Along with your rented car from Europcar, ensure that you have requested child seats and satellite navigation systems should they be required, and that you have specified to where the vehicle will be returned. Europcar one way hires are usually permitted, allowing the vehicle to be returned to a location other than Philadelphia Airport. One way hire services are convenient for passengers only going ‘one-way’ and sometimes do not incur additional charges, however, this may depend on the return location chosen for the vehicle. Be careful, however, to not drive the vehicle anywhere that it is not permitted to go, for example, it may not be permitted to leave the country. Any area within the state it was rented is usually fine, as well as cities in neighbouring states.
Before you leave the airport of Philadelphia in your rented car ensure that you are happy with the vehicle’s workings and that you have any emergency numbers to contact should they be required. You should also find out which type of fuel your vehicle uses. If you have hired a navigation system, ensure that it is working before you leave, and that you are able to operate it. The main road away from the airport is the Interstate 95. Although the roads in Philadelphia are quite easy to navigate, always drive carefully, obeying the road rules and speed limits. Find out more information regarding car rental options from Europcar, at Philadelphia International Airport.
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