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Pennsylvania Guide


Famous for its history in the Revolutionary War, the US state of Pennsylvania has much to offer and is a great place to tour with car hire in Pennsylvania. The state consists of mountains, valleys, farmlands and bustling cities and has a large number of amusements parks, casinos and museums. Harrisburg, the capital city, is a major transportation hub, while the much larger city of Philadelphia is best known for its history, culture and vibrant nightlife. Pittsburgh is famous for its skyline and rivers, while Hersey is home to the popular chocolate brand.

Hiring a Vehicle

Numerous well-known suppliers such as Alamo, Avis and Thrifty offer cars for rent. Vehicles can be picked up in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as well as at major airports throughout the state. To ensure the best rates possible compare car hire options ahead of time.

Transport Options

Harrisburg Airport, found eight miles from the capital, offers flights from Toronto, Canada as well as from within the US. Most international flights arrive at Philadelphia International Airport, the main air hub for the state. Amtrak trains running from New York to New Orleans make a stop in Pennsylvania, and Harrisburg and Pittsburgh receive trains from New York. The I-79, I-81 and I-476 are major routes that travel north and south, while the I-80 and I-90 connect it east and west.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Pennsylvania

Driving is the best way to explore with car rental in Pennsylvania, and here they drive on the right-hand side. All major interstate highways have a posted limit of 65mph in rural areas and 55mph in urban zones. Other routes have a maximum limit of 55mph in rural areas and 45mph in urban areas. In the cities, drivers should expect a posted speed limit of 35mph.

Not to be Missed!

Be sure to spend some time in Philadelphia eating hoagies, cheesesteaks and tastykakes. From there, go skiing in Easton where you can also visit the Crayola Factory. Bangor is known for its spiritual retreats and meditation centres while Bellefonte is a must for those that like Victorian architecture. For boating, swimming and sunbathing head north to Lake Erie.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Philadelphia has two climates, one in the mountainous interior and the other everywhere else. Expect colder temperatures in the interior in January with lows of -9°C, while elsewhere it is rarely colder than -3°C. The same is true in July; closer to the mountains it is as cool as 16°C and the rest of the state experiences highs of 30°C.

Practical information

  • Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    25 - 70 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 - 130 km/h
  • Language

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).