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In New York City - Manhattan we recommend the following car hire offers

from 36 £ per day
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Offers with top price-performance ratio

7 Days from 21.09 - 28.09.2024
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from 73 £ per day

Alone on the road or only with small baggage? Then this will be sufficient!

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7 Days from 21.09 - 28.09.2024
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from 60 £ per day
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This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

e.g. Chevrolet Malibu
7 Days from 21.09 - 28.09.2024
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Hire a Car in New York City - Manhattan

In summer, a trip to New York is especially recommended. With your own hired car you can explore not only the city but also the nearby surroundings. In summer we recommend a trip with the hired car to nearby beaches such as Orchard Beach or Coney Island Beach.

Explore New York City with a hired car

5th Avenue in New York City

5th Avenue in New York City

Located on the east coast of US, New York City awaits your exploration with a hired car. With Driveboo, you can compare car hire deals in New York City and easily book a car online. Benefit from the price comparison and find the cheapest offers of renowned car hire companies. Add extras such as navigation systems or child seats and travel independently through New York City and the United States!

Where is it best to hire a car in New York?

Countless car hire companies with their competitive offers are waiting for you in New York City. You can also hire a car at one of the city's airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). It is possible to hire a car conveniently on site. Competition is strong here, which is very beneficial for customers and increases your chances of a cheap offer. Further advantages of hiring at an airport are the longer opening hours and better availability of special vehicles such as convertibles, sports cars or SUVs.

Spend an unforgettable summer in Manhattan

What better place to spend the summer than Manhattan, New York City? Grab your best friends, book a hired car on and look forward to the summer of your life in Manhattan. Take a hired car to visit the most popular attractions in New York City, go shopping and finish off the summer evenings in one of the rooftop bars. How does that sound to you? Don't hesitate, book the perfect hired car for your summer in Manhattan today.

Where can I park my car in New York?

Parking New York USA

New York is the most populated city in the USA. It does not offer a lot of parking spaces and parking garages are very expensive—$50 for a day is not unusual. Parking on the street is usually reserved for residents. Manhattan in particular has an extremely difficult parking situation. Outside of parking garages, there is a general ban on parking by hydrants (within a distance of three metres) and in areas marked red, as well as at bus stops.

Driveboo tip:

Anyone hiring a car in New York should follow the street cleaning signs. Street cleaning usually takes place twice a week. After cleaning, it takes about half an hour for all parking spaces to be filled again. Using this time window is the best way to get a car parking space in New York.

What are the speed limits in New York and the USA?

Type of road Maximum speed
Urban areas 25-30 mph
Outside urban areas 55-65 mph

Please be aware of that different traffic rules and speed limits apply in different states of the United States. It is therefore advisable to pay attention to the traffic signs next to the road.

Car hire New York City - Important traffic rules

  • The alcohol limit in the state of New York is 0.8
  • Don't carry open alcoholic beverages with you in the car
  • In most cases a European driving license is sufficient in the USA
  • In individual cases an international driver's license is required

What insurance do I need for my hired car in New York?

No matter which country you are hiring a car in, for your own protection, you should always choose full insurance without non-waivable excess. In addition, you should opt for high liability coverage. 

Important emergency numbers while travelling with your hired car

Emergency situation Phone number
Police, Fire brigade 911
General information 411
Information about the traffic situation 511

Car hire New York - What is the best season to travel?

The Big Apple is always worth a trip. During the summer, you can enjoy the vibrant street life of the city while wearing a T-shirt and shorts, and in the winter, you can wander through snow-clad Central Park wrapped in scarves, hats and gloves. Thanks to your hired car, you can not only explore the bustling metropolis in all its glory, but also discover its surroundings all year round!

Discover New York and its surroundings with a hired car

Philadelphia Skyline

Philadelphia Skyline

The Hamptons


New York offers one highlight after another that you can enjoy and admire. You can visit some of the world-famous museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art or the Metropolitan, and see the iconic city symbols such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Then, stroll through Central Park and admire the sunset over the world's most famous skyline. Experience the city that never sleeps first-hand! The Hamptons or Philadelphia are amazing destinations for a day-trip.

Highlights of New York City:

Statue of Liberty New York

Statue of Liberty

Central Park New York

Central Park

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York at Night

Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Central Park
  • Ground Zero
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Metropolitan Museum
  • The High Line - A former freight train connection that has been converted into a park
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Broadway
  • Grand Central Station
  • Top of the Rock
  • The Empire State Building

Trips with your hired car in the New York area

Hire a car in New York and explore the surrounding area of the city! With a hired car, you have the opportunity to get to know the wonderful region that lies beyond the city limits. Destinations like Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. should be at the top of your list. You can also easily visit Niagara Falls. Especially interesting destinations that you can reach thanks to your hired car are listed in the following table along with distances:

Destination Distance by car in kilometres Distance by car in miles Time
Boston 350 km 217.5 miles 200 min
Washington D.C. 360 km 224 miles 220 min
Philadelphia 160 km 99.5 miles 100 min
Niagara Falls 660 km 410 miles 360 min
The Hamptons 160 km 99.5 miles 110 min

Frequently asked questions about car hire booking New York City - Manhattan

How much does a hired car cost in New York City?

View over New York City

You can find cheap rental cars in New York from 246 £ per week and 36 £ per day.

We always recommend hiring a car without excess. You can find rental cars without excess in New York from 36 £ per day. 

Small cars

Particularly popular in New York are the small cars, with which you can travel comfortably and safely and explore all corners of the city. With a small car you can also find a good parking space quickly and easily. Cheap small cars are available in New York from 504 £ per week.

Family car

If you are travelling with the whole family or with friends, it is a good idea to book a family car. With a family car you travel comfortably and have enough space for all travelers as well as for your baggage. You can book a cheap family car in New York from 249 £ per week.

What are the opening hours of the different car hire agencies in New York?


In New York you will find many car hire companies where you can book cheap rental cars. With Driveboo you compare the prices of the rental cars and find your suitable offer. The offices of the rental companies are usually open between the early morning hours and the late evening hours. Please refer to the rental conditions for the opening hours of the respective rental company. If you arrive at unusual times or wish to return the hired car outside opening hours, please consult this with your rental company in advance.

What insurance do I need for travel to the United States?


To avoid additional costs in the event of an accident with your hired car, you should obtain adequate insurance for your hired car. In addition to sufficient liability insurance, which is already included in all Driveboo offers, we also recommend comprehensive insurance without excess. This way, you can use your hired car without worrying about additional costs even in the event of an accident.

What traffic rules should I follow during my hired car trip in the USA

Straßenschild New York

Driving a hired car in the United States is simple and straightforward. However, you should know some traffic rules to travel as safely as possible.

  • Right of way at intersections: Whoever arrives first gets to go first. If another vehicle is in the crossroads, you must yield the right-of-way. 
  • Never pass a school bus when it stops to let students on and off. Failure to do so may result in heavy fines. 
  • Overtaking is permitted in the left and right lanes.
  • The maximum speed in the inner areas is 40-55 km/h.
  • In front of schools you are only allowed to drive between 24 and 30 km/h.
  • Please note that most rental cars in the USA have an automatic transmission. 

Can I cancel my car hire reservation in New York for free?


Yes, it is possible to cancel your reservation free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the rental. This way, if your travel plans change at short notice, you stay on the safe side.

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