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Population: 12,787,209 (2014)
Licence plate: PA
Major roads: I-70.svg I-76.svg I-78.svg I-79.svg I-80.svg I-81.svg I-84.svg I-83.svg I-95.svg
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Hitchhiking is generally well-received in rural areas of Pennsylvania. I-80 in particular has many good hitchhiking spots and is not heavily patrolled by police, and should be considered the optimal way of hitching across the state.


Pedestrians soliciting rides or business - 75 Pa. Cons. Stat. 3545

545. Pedestrians soliciting rides or business.No person shall
(1) Stand on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

Roadway—That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the sidewalk, berm or shoulder even though the sidewalk, berm or shoulder is used by pedalcycles.

Title 67 Transportation PART II. TURNPIKE COMMISSION (see note below)

601.11. Hitchhiking. The solicitation for a ride, commonly known as "hitchhiking," is prohibited, and stopping or allowing a vehicle to be standing while hitchhikers board is also prohibited.

NOTE CHAPTER 601's scope only includes the turnpike/interstates. CHAPTER 601 is encoded under TURNPIKE COMMISSION and may not be enforced on any other road and should only be enforced by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority.

Federal Districts

Note:All land owned by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.


If you like history, check out Valley Forge, the winter campsite of the American army in the revolutionary war (1777-78) and Gettysburg, site of the turning point battle of the civil war in 1863.


Hitched through briefly in 2012 mostly along I-81. Never waited too long, I would say Pennsylvania is about average. Thewindandrain (talk) 00:19, 2 June 2013 (CEST)

Hitched on I-87 and I-84 in October 2013. Wait length so very acceptable, easier than I expected. Dahab 13:18, 28 October 2013 (EST)

Hitched through PA in May 2014 right in the middle following the 209 from east to west until Millersburg and then the 22 all the way to Pittsburgh. The route I took brought me right through great old mining villages with romantic centres (never believed the US could be like this). I found it pretty easy and was offered a meal more then once and even a hotel (but as always: never expect any favours!!) Herog (talk) 12:50, 19 June 2014 (CEST)

Hitched through briefly in 2016 and 2017. Most of my hitchhiking experience into and out of Erie was walking down rural back roads. The walk along highway 5 that follows Lake Erie is beautiful. Check out the town of Ripley and walk down to the beach. A lot of short rides in the country but hard to hitch once you get into the reservation and near Buffalo. Outside Ferrona Train Yard it was also quite easy to walk and hitch down highway 18, big shoulders, got a ride straight into Erie. I've also hitched on I-80 to Erie right in front of the no hitchhiking signs. This whole surrounding area is average wait time for hitchhiking, whether standing with a thumb or sign, or walking with a sign.

briancray (talk) 29 September 2017