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Car hire in New York

Hiring a car in New York

New York, New York! The city that never sleeps, the big apple and the empire city. A trip to New York is a once in a lifetime experience, and it’s a city that is often placed at the top of the bucket list. And with it’s bright city lights, stunning skyline and a buzzing atmosphere, which will make you feel alive, it’s easy to see why.

In New York, you’ll never be short of things to see and do. Whether you want to experience the world-class shopping district on Fifth Avenue, taste traditional dishes in Little Italy or Chinatown, or just see the views of Manhattan from the top of the Rockefeller Center - New York City has got it covered.

Putting the city buzz to one side, the state of New York also has much to offer and is a great destination for all ages. Its modern motorways makes driving in New York easy to navigate, so if you want to explore at your own pace and freedom, then hiring a car is your best bet.

What you need to know

If you’re visiting tourist attractions located in central Manhattan, then it’s worth parking up for the day and getting the subway, as roads are often congested. However, if you’re staying in upper Manhattan and other parts of New York, car hire is strongly advised, with distances between attractions located far apart, and taxi fares expensive.

Holiday Autos compares prices from 1,500 suppliers by working with many major car hire companies and alongside independent local suppliers, so that you can rest assured that we will find the best car hire deal for you.

Our booking tool is straightforward and easy to use. In addition to this, to avoid any problems, we offer free cancellation and amendment and we never charge transaction fees.

Where to pick up your car

There are three main airports in New York state, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark International Airport (EWR).

On arrival to JFK Airport you will be able to find the car rental desks near the baggage carousel. Your vehicle will then be located just a short ride away by Air Train, the airport’s shuttle service, to the Federal Circle Station car park.

Car hire at LaGuardia and Newark airports will be situated in the arrivals hall, so just follow the signs and you’ll be able to locate them easily.

Delivering award-winning, great value car hire for over 20 years, and backed by many travel industry awards, booking with Holiday Autos is fast and secure. Our New York airport rental prices are also fully inclusive with no hidden extras, and are backed with a best price guarantee.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos, with the freedom of a hire car no destination is out of bounds, so where you want to go is down to you. Pack up the car boot and jump in, it’s time to explore New York!

When you’re in New York, a trip to see the Statue of Liberty - the symbol of America’s political freedom and democracy - is recommended. The statue is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, and is accessible by ferry.

A trip to Roosevelt Island via the tramway is a great way to see the sights. The tramway is an aerial cable car system that ferries passengers from the east side of Midtown Manhattan, providing panoramic views of Long Island and Manhattan.

Nearby New York

New York is the perfect place to visit no matter what the season. If you choose to go in the winter months, take a magical horse and carriage ride around Central Park, or take a trip to the world-famous ice rink at the foot of the Rockefeller Center.

With 39 theatres in operation on Broadway, you certainly won’t have any problem in finding a show of your choice. Whether it’s a modern art work or classy new theatre piece, Broadway hosts some of the best performances in the world. Tourists are advised to purchase tickets online beforehand, to find the best prices.

For those seeking arts, culture and a load of history you have the choice of the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Longer drives

The flexibility of your car hire means that you can explore parts of New York state that are located outside of the immediate centre, whenever you choose to.

Usually, when we think of New York, white sandy beaches and blue seas don’t even come into consideration. However, Rockaway Beach, located in Queens is roughly an hours drive from Manhattan and is the perfect place to relax and catch a few rays. The beach has a variety of concessions, playgrounds and outdoor activities and is the city’s only legal surfing beach.

If you want to embrace mother nature with a spot of fishing, camping or hiking, then why not take a few days out and head to Lake George? Nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes, Lake George is located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains, just over a three-hour drive from New York City.

For those who are more interested in arts and culture, take a trip to Long Island, which features the Heckscher Museum of Art and the Parrish Art Museum where you can explore both traditional and modern art works.

Top attractions to visit in New York

Take in some of the best sights in New York with the flexibility and independence your hire car offers you.

Brooklyn Bridge

When it comes to bridges, there’s nothing quite like Brooklyn Bridge. As you leave Brooklyn, drive across one of the oldest suspension bridges in the whole of America, to Manhattan and into the heart of New York. The views offer you incredible scenes of the Manhattan skyline, which looks like something straight from a postcard picture. Whether you choose to visit during the day or night the bridge offers a great chance to take panoramic pictures of the city and this iconic National Historic Landmark.

Times Square

No tourist should visit New York and not take a trip to Times Square. Driving through Times Square in the comfort of your own car and looking up, dazzled by all the bright lights is an experience in itself, but tourists should also jump out and explore the city’s main attraction. Located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue this major commercial intersection will leave you lost for words with its endless billboards, advertisements and sparkling lights.

Coney Island

For somewhere a little less swamped by tourists, why not take a drive over to Coney Island in Brooklyn, a popular leisure and entertainment destination? The amusement park is open all year round with a variety of things to do both historic and modern. Here you will find Luna Park, located on the coastline and packed full of merry-go-rounds, carousels and swings to name only a few.