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Why rent a car in New York?

New York City, on the east coast of the US, is easily one of the world’s most exciting urban spaces and offers a huge range of sites, attractions and experiences. Each of its five boroughs has a different flavour, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Jersey,Philadelphia,Connecticut and Rhode Island.

How to get to and around New York?

If you’re arriving via LaGuardia Airport then it’s an 11-mile drive by rental car to New York. En route you could stop off for a view of the East river, which is actually more of an estuary and connects Upper New York Bay to Long Island Sound.

Hiring a car in New York city centre

Finding a hire car in New York is straightforward. You can rent a car from a range of providers at both LaGuardia Airport and in New York City centre. The city also has a number of parking facilities such as Icon Parking Systems, ParkWhiz and Central Parking Systems. New York also has a huge variety of hotels to suit a range of budgets, including the New York Hilton Midtown, the Hotel Pennsylvania and The Roosevelt Hotel. Many hotels offer free parking so do check before booking.

What brands are available?

There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Dollar, Thrifty and Budget. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and a shuttle service to your rental car.

Must-sees within an easy drive of New York

There is much to see and do by hire car in New York. It’s easily one of the world’s most exciting urban spaces, and offers a variety of experiences across its different areas (from high-energy Manhattan 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 Art Museum 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. Other places to take your rental car in New York include the historic seafront area of Coney Island, which includes the Luna Park fairground, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which is an iconic drive across one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US.

Scenic and glamorous Long Island is a 54-mile drive away by rental car from New York. A favoured getaway of the Manhattan elite, Long Island is known for its mansions, antique shops, beautiful white beaches, excellent restaurants and thriving wineries. Key attractions include the high-end resort area of the Hamptons, the 18th century Montauk Lighthouse and the protected beaches of Fire Island.

Wider New York State is wonderful to explore by hire car as it encompasses a variety of breathtaking attractions like the Catskill Mountains, a 137-mile drive from New York, the Finger Lakes region, a 256-mile journey and Niagara Falls, which is a 409-mile car drive and also borders Ontario.

Tips and tricks for driving in New York

Bear in mind that New York State Route 9A into the city has tolls and can also be congested at peak times. The fastest route from New York to the Catskills Mountains, via the 1-87 N, also 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 York ones before your visit.

Ready to plan your New York city break?

Feeling inspired to explore New York and the rest of the US? Check out this City Guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and to research the best attractions and activities.

Travelling to New York City

Those travelling to New York City can do so via a number of forms of transportation, such as flying into LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or JFK Airport (JFK), arriving by train at Pennsylvania Station, or disembarking from a bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. All of these transport hubs provide new arrivals with relatively easy access to different parts of the city centre, whether by taxi, subway.

These stations and ports can also connect travellers to destinations outside the city, whether they want to go up and down the Eastern Seaboard or head inland. Those hoping to book a car rental service in New York should be sure to use the Expedia search tool, which can help to save money.

Hiring a Car from JFK or LaGuardia Airport

Both JFK and LaGuardia airports are major international destinations that have flights departing to, and arriving from, a wide range of cities throughout the world. If you happen to be planning to explore attractions outside of the city while visiting New York, then it is possible that hiring a car will both save you time and money, and allow you to visit more out-of-the-way sites as well. Both airports are home to a number of recognised car rental brands, including Enterprise, Budget, Image, and ACE.

Hire a Car from Manhattan

For those staying in Manhattan, or arriving by train or bus, you will find a number of car hire service providers scattered throughout the island, including brands such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, and Dollar.

Please note that driving in Manhattan, and New York City in general, can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavour due to heavy traffic, one way streets, and expensive parking that is also quite difficult to find. If you do plan on hiring a car to travel outside of the city, then be sure to organise your pick-up and drop-off so that you won’t have to pay for parking in the city.

Driving the East Coast

Many visitors to the United States choose to tour the major East Coast cities, which include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington. Because all the cities have only a short distance between them, it is easy to drive from one to the next and explore major attractions along the way. However, be sure to travel at off-peak hours, as rush hour traffic can sometimes cause major delays.

Begin planning your visit to New York City and discovering all the attractions this major destination has to offer with the Expedia search tool. Use it now to research and reserve affordable hotel rooms for your stay.

FAQs for car hire in New York

What’s the best price car rental in New York?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £45 in New York.

What’s the average car rental price in New York?

On average, car rentals in New York are £46.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in New York?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in New York?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.