Cheap Flights to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell, Philly cheesesteaks and the Phillies baseball team. Right there, history buffs, sandwich lovers and baseball fans have good reasons to come and explore the place. Skyscanner can help you plan your trip to this Pennsylvania city that is the birthplace of the United States. The innovative online search engine can find you the cheapest airfares into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and even take care of your hotel and car rental needs. It's your chance to walk in the footsteps of the nation's forefathers, so what are you waiting for?

Best Time to Book a Flight to Philadelphia

The hottest months in Philadelphia are June, July and August, where temperatures can reach the low 30s Celsius. Winters can get down to the -3 degrees Celsius mark, especially in January and February. You'll also find the most snow in February, averaging 33 centimetres. Outside of the 4th of July, the busiest times of year are during the Spring and Fall. Compare a month's worth of fares using Skyscanner's Whole Month Search. Midweek fares are usually lower. By booking early, being flexible with your travel dates and booking a good rate when you find it, you'll save the most money.

Airlines and Passenger Services at Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is one of American Airlines' major hubs and one of the prime locations served by wallet-friendly Frontier Airlines. Other USA carriers that fly into Philadelphia Airport include Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit Air and United. International flights arrive on Air Canada, Aer Lingus (from Dublin, Ireland), Icelandair, Lufthansa and Qatar. The airport has seven terminals, with international arrivals heading for Terminals A West and A East. Each terminal has its own TSA Security checkpoints but once you clear one you can walk from one terminal to another without going through another checkpoint, as long as you don't leave the secure area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport.

Arranging rental cars is done through the Ground Transportation Desk in baggage claim in each terminal. Taxis and shuttles are just outside baggage claim. Taxis charge a flat $35.00 CAD for the first person and $1.50 CAD for each additional person for the 18-kilometre trip into town. Another option is the SEPTA Airport Regional Rail Line, which costs $9.00 CAD for the same trip. SEPTA also has transit buses into downtown, at about $3.00 CAD per person one-way. The latter is a great choice if you travel light. Tickets for both are available at kiosks at the airport stations. You'll need US dollars, or a credit or debit card.

What to See and Do in Philadelphia

  • Independence National History Park in the old section of Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Assembly Room, where the Continental Congress appointed George Washington as commander of the Continental Army, has been restored. In the west wing exhibit hall, take a look at original copies of the Declaration and the Constitution. Across from Independence Hall is the Liberty Bell Center, where the huge bell with its signature crack is on display. In 1846 it rang for the last time, on George Washington's birthday, before the crack made it unusable. The first time the bell rang out was when the Declaration of Independence was read to the public, in 1776.
  • Philadelphia is also big on museums, such as the hands-on Franklin Institute Science Museum, named for Benjamin Franklin, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The film Rocky used the entry steps of the art museum in parts of the story about Rocky Balboa. There's a statue to mark the spot. You'll also find works from artists such as Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse. Entire structures from countries around the world, such as a Japanese tea house and a Chinese Palace from the 17th century were brought back to the museum and reassembled on the museum grounds.
  • Sampling a Philly cheesesteak is a must. You'll find these cheesy, beefy sandwiches at a number of eateries around town. Or, take the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Segway Tour. A Segway is like a pogo stick with wheels but it doesn't hop. You do get some exercise by riding, standing up, from place to place to sample cheesesteaks.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies baseball team was founded in 1883 and they've never left their home city. With two World Series wins and more than a half-dozen National Pennants, the team is a source of local pride. Home games tend to be packed, but if you can get a ticket you'll enjoy a lively crowd. The team plays at Citizens Bank Park in the south city. Come hungry, you'll want to sample some of the park's signature treats, like the giant Schmitter sandwich, a giant turkey leg at Bull's BBQ and cheesecake at Tony Luke's. If you'd like some sit-down dining, head for Harry the K's restaurant fronting left field. Check out the Philly Cheesesteaks at Campo's Steaks. They've got a super spicy one called "The Heater."

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