Often referred to as "The Birthplace of America" for its central role in the American Revolution, Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the United States. However, unlike other East Coast cities, Philadelphia remains refreshingly down-to-earth and is as famous for its cheesesteaks as for being the site where the Declaration of Independence was written. After a period in the 20th century that saw the city known more for poverty, crime, and urban decay, Philadelphia has bounced back as one of America's most vibrant, cultured, and fascinating cities.
The Philadelphia Trenton-Mercer Airport is the main airport serving the nearby city of Trenton, New Jersey. While Trenton-Mercer Airport is not Philadelphia's main international airport, it is an excellent alternative, especially if you're looking for cheap flights. You can sign up for Price Alerts from Skyscanner to find out when the cheapest flights to or from Philadelphia Trenton-Mercer Airport may be available.
Flying to or from Philadelphia Trenton-Mercer Airport
Trenton-Mercer Airport is currently served by just two airlines: Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines, both of which are low-cost carriers offering cheap, no-frills flights. Allegiant Air offers just one route to Trenton-Mercer, from Punta Gorda in Florida. Frontier Airlines has much more extensive service, with flights to destinations throughout the U.S., including year-round service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, and Tampa, as well as seasonal service to dozens of other cities.
To get to Philadelphia from Trenton-Mercer Airport, you are going to need to drive. While a taxi is a worthwhile option for getting to Trenton itself, the journey to Philadelphia is a bit long, which would result in a very high cab fare. As a result, your best choice is to rent a car at the airport. Enterprise and National are both located in the terminal while Avis and Budget are in the Signature Flight Support Center which can be reached from the terminal via shuttle bus. The drive from the airport to Philadelphia takes about 35 to 40 minutes.
Trenton-Mercer Airport is a small facility that was designed as the main airport for the small city of Trenton and not as an airport for the much larger city of Philadelphia. As a result, its use as an alternative airport for Philadelphia means that it can become quite crowded during certain popular flights. Services are very basic, with no shops and only limited seating. There is, however, a restaurant both land and air side.
What to see and do in Philadelphia
One of the largest and oldest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has something to offer everyone. Independence National Historic Park in the Old City is where you will find the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and Independence Hall, all of which played pivotal roles during the American Revolution. Philadelphia is also home to some of the world's greatest museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art (whose front steps were made famous by Rocky), the Barnes Foundation, and the Rodin Museum. If you're after cheesesteaks, head to South Philly where you will find Pat's King of Steaks (where the cheesesteak was born) along with many other places. There are tons of hotels in Philadelphia for any taste and budget, and Skyscanner can help you find one that suits you perfectly.