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How much money would you recommend taking to Philadelphia for 4 nights?

Asked by saraaaaaa (2315 points ) 2 months ago

My partner is going to GXL LAN event in October so we are trying to budget…

How much do you think would be reasonable to take to Philadelphia for 4 nights with no planned sight seeing but drinking, eating and travel?

Thanks guys!

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gailcalled's avatar

$200 plus a credit card. Are you planning to pay for everything with cash? You can decide on the spot how much to spend for food and drink by choosing wisely. Are you flying, driving, coming from where?

janbb's avatar

Are you including the hotel price in that amount? That will make a huge difference. Philly is cheaper than NYC but you will still a fair bit.

saraaaaaa's avatar

no to hotel

janbb's avatar

I would think about $350 – 400 each would be a comfortable amount.

saraaaaaa's avatar

They are hiring a car but those costs are already accounted for. Coming from UK

zenvelo's avatar

$50 per person per day, beyond air fare and hotel. Philadelphia is a fairly walkable city, so cab expense is minimal once you are downtown.

jca's avatar

It depends on your style. Are you “budget friendly” or do you like extravagance, like fancy restaurants or lots of drinks? Does the hotel include breakfast? Do you eat $10 per person lunches or $40 per person lunches (which may include drinks)? Or would you settle for fast food, which may be even cheaper?

Sign up for restaurant websites and you will get coupons for discounts or free meals (if you are into chain restaurants).

I was just in Philly for Spring break with my 6 year old. We stayed near the airport at a hotel that included breakfast (Fairfield Inn and Suites, which is owned and operated by Marriott). It included breakfast, which saved us some bucks. For two of our meals, we ate at a chain across the street (Ruby Tuesdays) and we shared one meal as neither of us are big eaters. We ate lunch once at a place called the Reading Terminal Market, which is a whole bunch of stalls and with lots of spots to sit, under one roof. It was fun and there was huge variety.

CWOTUS's avatar

If carrying any amount of cash to Philadelphia I would recommend about $220… in two wallets. Carry $20 in fives in one wallet, which you can easily reach and hand over to your mugger, and carry the other $200, plus credit cards and identification, in a concealed carrier – a money belt or neck-draped wallet hung under your shirt, which you might hope to retain (or which the police could use to identify the body later).

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