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Jersey City is in the state of New Jersey, on the east coast of the US not far from New York. Jersey City is bounded by the Hudson river on its east and the Hackensack river on its west, and its various waterfront areas are the city’s lifeblood. Jersey City is also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Newark, Paterson and Edison.
If you’re arriving via Newark Liberty International Airport then it’s an eight-mile drive by rental car to Jersey City. En route, you could stop off at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, New Jersey’s largest shopping outlet with over 200 stores, including many discounted brand name items.
Finding a hire car in Jersey City is simple. You can either rent a car from a range of providers at Newark Liberty International Airport or within the city itself. New Jersey has a number of paid parking facilities, including Edison ParkFast, One Parking and LM Gotham, LLC. Jersey City also has a wide variety of hotels to suite a range of budgets, including DoubleTree by Hilton, The Holland Hotel and Courtyard Jersey City Newport. Various hotels offer free parking for guests so do check before booking.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Thrifty, Dollar and Budget. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
There’s much to see and do by hire car in Jersey City. This down-to-earth, east coast location has been booming in recent years, and is nicknamed ‘the sixth borough of New York’. It’s also nicknamed ‘chilltown’ due to its laidback atmosphere, meaning that in Jersey City, you can enjoy a more relaxed version of New York cosmopolitanism. Jersey City’s downtown area has been undergoing a culinary renaissance in recent years, and you can sample everything from fine dining to Bolivian street snacks to classic American cheesecake, and even take a food tour of the area. Key attractions include Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Center, the Museum of Russian Art, the African American Historical and Cultural Society Museum, and the thrilling Pyramid Escape Room Experience. Other sights to visit by rental car in Jersey City include the Central Railroad of New Jersey, an abandoned waterfront train station, and Sybil’s Cave, a restored, neo-Gothic 19th century manmade cave on the city’s outskirts.
New York is a six-mile drive from Jersey City by hire car. It’s easily one of the world’s most exciting urban spaces and offers a wide variety of experiences across its various areas, from the glamorous Upper East Side to fashionable Tribeca to hipster Williamsburg. You can also enjoy world-famous attractions like Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Radio City Music Hall. Plus if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city you can find refuge in Central Park’s 843 acres of idyllic green space.
Yonkers, another city on the Hudson river, is a 30-mile drive from Jersey City. An under-the-radar east coast location, Yonkers has many fascinating historical buildings and a variety of shopping areas. Yonkers is a wonderful place to spend the day soaking in the sight of historic buildings, shopping for souvenirs, and strolling by the banks of the Hudson river. Highlights of the city include Getty Square, the 17th century Philipse Manor Hall, the 19th century John Bond Trevor House, and the Hudson River Museum (which includes planetarium shows). The Legoland Discovery Center and the Science Barge, a floating urban farm, both offer great family days out.
Traffic in Jersey City can get very congested, so perhaps aim to travel at quieter times. In New Jersey, pedestrians have right of way. Bear in mind that if you’re planning to visit New York City, then the Holland Tunnel route has tolls. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the New Jersey ones before your visit.
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