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Stay in suburbs (hotel) with direct train/transit into city

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Stay in suburbs (hotel) with direct train/transit into city

We have our car that we want to be able to park at our hotel for free. Where is a good city in the outskirts of Philadelphia that we can stay and go to a place to get a "direct" commute into the city (going to see tourist sites). I don't want to have to take 2 trains and 3 buses. I'm hoping to find a non-$200 a night hotel, but we want to be in a safe area.

Thanks so much for any information you can share. This is all so new to me being from Idaho.


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1. Re: Stay in suburbs (hotel) with direct train/transit into city

Just met up with family coming in from different parts of the US and we stayed near the airport. There are a number of hotels there. We used Fairfield Inn and price, including breakfast and taxes, was under $150 per night. Parking is free and area seemed safe, if boring. There aren't many restaurants nearby, though you easily can drive a few miles into the city.

There is a train from the airport to downtown. It runs twice an hour and is safe. There is a train stop (EASTWICK) 5 minutes' walk from the Fairfield Inn or you could take a shuttle from any of the hotels to the airport; the train stops at almost every terminal. It is more fun and more convenient to stay in the city, but parking is expensive. Taking the train in and out does add up too, so depending upon your budget and how many people are in your party, you should check the total prices of staying downtown or outside of the city before deciding.

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2. Re: Stay in suburbs (hotel) with direct train/transit into city

It usually does not work out to be cost effective/convenient to stay in the suburbs and train into the city. However, if by chance you are senior citizens (over 65) you can ride the regional rail trains for $1 per trip with your Medicare card. The Wayne Hotel is in a cute area and is walkable to the SEPTA regional rail station in Wayne, on the Paoli Thorndale line.



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3. Re: Stay in suburbs (hotel) with direct train/transit into city

Depending on when you are coming, there may be deals that include free or reduced parking in the city, there is also the option of finding a garage near your hotel that offers reasonable rates.

Generally speaking, except at the pricier hotels, any savings on parking will be offset by travel costs and lost time (assume $9 to $12 per person round trip, so for 2 people $18-24 per day and you can easily find parking in that range most days). As noted, Seniors travel cheaper,.

Also assume you will lose one to 1.5 hours of sightseeing time per day (between waiting for and traveling on the train.)

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4. Re: Stay in suburbs (hotel) with direct train/transit into city

What are your dates and budget? Why are you going to bring a car? Sometimes it's possible to get a decent hotel in Center City for less than $200 even once you add the cost of parking. But hotel rates vary significantly by date and are sometimes much more expensive.

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