Should visitors rent a car in Philadelphia?

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Melissa Greiner

Most visitors to Philadelphia will not have to worry about renting a car while in town. Philadelphia International Airport, 30th Street Station, and the major bus terminals are all connected to SEPTA, the local public transportation system, and you can easily catch a train or bus into the downtown core. Taxis are also plentiful. Once in town, walking is the perfect way to travel to nearby attractions and restaurarants -- the city's grid pattern makes it very easy to navigate. If you are traveling further or are unable to walk long distances, well marked bus routes, taxis, and tourist transportation like the Phlash are affordable and accessable ways to get around. Visitors taking in a game or concert at the sports complex in South Philly can hop on the southbound Broad Street Line subway from Center City and exit right across the street. If you plan to visit an outlying neighborhood like Manayunk or one of the suburban attractions, look into SEPTA's Regional Rail, the commuter train system. If you want a car for a day trip to explore the surrounding area, consider an hourly or daily rental from Enterprise CarShare or ZipCar.

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