Car hire New York: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in New York

Distance from
New York city centre
8 mi
9 mi
13 mi
29 mi
48 mi

Car hires in New York: practical information

Where to rent a car in New York

New York City is a monster of a place; it's huge. You can take your chances with a rental car but largely it's not needed to get around within the city because of the great inner city transportation. On top of that, having to battle with traffic and parking is inconvenient and cumbersome. So why get a car hire in New York? It's all about the day trips that make it worth it. You'll find practically every car hire company represented either at the airport or in the city, even smaller ones.

In general the cheapest car hire in New York is more expensive than in other parts of the USA. Some even require a deposit of $500 if you wish to book without a credit card. Insurance rates are also higher here than in any other state. At JFK Airport you can rent a car in New York from Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Alamo.

Driving in New York: parking and other tips

Be warned that parking in the streets is practically non-existent. On the other hand, parking in a car park is very expensive, sometimes as much as $40/day in Manhattan. That being said, it's not impossible to find free parking in New York. Street parking, if you can find a spot, is usually free or at least very cheap. If you do park on the street, make sure your insurance covers knicks, scratches and dings because they're inevitable when cars are parked bumper-to-bumper. In all cases, make sure you read the signs carefully before you leave your car.

It's a general rules that hotels in New York don't offer parking. There are a few that do, and you'll have to pay a premium to have the privilege to car your car hire in New York in their garage.

Road trips from New York: what to do, what to see

Long Island

New York to Long Island

Long Island is a great destination during the summer months when the city heats up. The beaches are clean and busy on the weekends when all the New Yorkers try to escape the city. It's easy to reach by train but if you would like to also visit some of the excellent wineries nearby then it's best to go to Long Island by car.

Palisades

New York to the Palisades

Once you arrive at the Palisades, you'll hardly believe that you're on a holiday in New York. The majestic cliffs rise sharply out of the Hudson River to heights as tall as 500 feet. Along them are some great camp sites and of course some awesome views. You can reach them via the George Washington Bridge.

Boston

New York to Boston

Boston is just a short drive from NYC. It's the so-called "Hub of the Universe" and where the Freedom Trail was created. Harvard University is nearby in neighbouring Cambridge. While in town you can enjoy some delicious seafood and go to a Red Sox game. It is a 4 hour drive north, via the I-95.

The best car hire deals in New York

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Dollar Rent a Car
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Chevrolet Spark Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Toyota Yaris Compact Elite, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Nissan Tiida Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Mazda 3 Intermediate, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Hyundai Accent Economy, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Buick Regal Premium, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Chrysler Pacifica Mini, Van, Auto
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Nissan Versa Compact, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Chevrolet Malibu FullSize, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Cadillac Ats Luxury, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Ford Fiesta Economy, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Kia Rio Compact, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Wild Card Special, Special, Auto
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Mitsubishi Mirage Economy, 4/5 Door, Auto
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Ford Escape Intermediate, SUV, Auto
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Chevrolet Equinox Standard, SUV, Auto
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Volkswagen Jetta Standard, 4/5 Door, Auto
Sixt
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Cadillac Cts Luxury, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Chrysler 200 Standard, 2/4 Door, Auto
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Nissan Quest Intermediate, Van, Auto

Find a cheap flight to New York

Air Franceoutbound: 20-Feb-2020
direct (8h)
Air France
Air Francereturn: 25-Feb-2020
direct (6h55m)
Air France
Air Franceoutbound: 19-Mar-2020
1 stop (18h25m)
Air France
Air Francereturn: 02-Apr-2020
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Air France
Turkish Airlinesoutbound: 03-Jul-2019
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Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlinesreturn: 07-Jul-2019
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Turkish Airlines
KLMoutbound: 19-Sep-2019
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KLM
KLMreturn: 23-Sep-2019
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KLM
Virgin Atlanticoutbound: 10-Mar-2020
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Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlanticreturn: 31-Mar-2020
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Aer Lingusoutbound: 14-Sep-2019
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Aer Lingus
Aer Lingusreturn: 21-Sep-2019
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British Airwaysoutbound: 30-Dec-2019
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British Airways
British Airwaysreturn: 06-Jan-2020
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Air Canadaoutbound: 06-Sep-2019
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Air Canadareturn: 12-Sep-2019
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Air Franceoutbound: 29-Dec-2019
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Air Francereturn: 08-Jan-2020
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Air Franceoutbound: 28-Nov-2019
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Air Francereturn: 17-Jan-2020
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TAP Air Portugaloutbound: 03-Feb-2020
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TAP Air Portugalreturn: 10-Feb-2020
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Aer Lingusoutbound: 23-Dec-2019
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Aer Lingusreturn: 29-Dec-2019
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Kenya Airwaysoutbound: 24-Jul-2019
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Kenya Airwaysreturn: 31-Jul-2019
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