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New York Guide


Known as the Empire State, New York is a large state with much to offer that can easily be explored by car. Its popular and influential city, New York City, is filled with museums, theatres and top notch shopping and is one of the most visited cities in the world. The state capital, Albany, is surrounded by wineries, valleys and farmland, while the rest of the state offers mountains, lakes and forests. The state is also home to the magnificent Niagara Falls, easy to visit with car hire in New York.

Hiring a Vehicle

Major suppliers such as Budget, Hertz and Alamo have offices in all major cities and airports throughout the state, including Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and New York City. This makes arranging a car simple no matter where you arrive. Compare car hire ahead of time to grab the best rates.

Transport Options

John F Kennedy Airport and La Guardia Airport are the largest and busiest in the state, serving the New York City area, with flights coming in from all over the world. Numerous other domestic airports are scattered throughout New York including Buffalo Niagara Airport, Greater Rochester Airport and Albany Airport, which is six miles from the state capital. There are also plenty of trains that stop in Albany, Buffalo and New York City. The I-90 runs across the state from west to east, while the I-87 cuts through it from north to south.

Car Hire Driving Tips in New York

In the state of New York, like in the rest of the country, they drive on the right. Driving is the most convenient way to tour New York and explore all areas of the large state. The I-90 and I-87 both cut through the state and have a speed limit of 65mph, while rural routes have a posted limit of 55mph.

Not to be Missed!

From Albany it is easy to explore the rest of the state with car rental in New York. Drive to Syracuse to go to the New York State Fair or relax in the spa city of Sarasota Springs. Go boating, swimming or water-skiing at Lake George, or head to Darien Lake to ride a roller coaster. Niagara Falls is a must-see for all, with neighbouring Buffalo an ideal spot for bargain shopping. To experience the more upscale and upbeat part of the state don’t miss New York City.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The northern part of the state is known for its cold winters, while along the Atlantic coast it can seem tropical in comparison. Summers are hot and humid and temperatures can soar to as high as 30°C in the capital. The spring sees much rainfall and it can be quite depressing, while September is perfect for seeing the leaves change colour and for exploring the mountains and valleys.

Practical information

  • Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    25 - 70 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 - 130 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).