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Renting a car in NYC

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Renting a car in NYC

Hi,

Me and my wife will be visiting USA this May and we plan to rent a car to visit as many places as possible. However the issue is, car rental prices are way too high in this city. We rent a car a year ago in Los Angeles and Chicago and the prices were more reasonable.

We plan to stay 2-3 days in Nyc and after that we plan to rent a car and see different places. Do you have any car rental advises for us?

Also we will stay a total of 13 days in the United States which places close to NYC by car do you suggest?

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1. Re: Renting a car in NYC

You will likely want to rent a car outside the city. Where will you be heading after NYC? And will you be returning it to the same loctation (versus to the airport). Those are key considerations

Also, note that car rental prices have generally gone up nationally over the pas few years on account of consolidation

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2. Re: Renting a car in NYC

You do not want to rent a car for your time IN New York City, subways/buses/walking are much better forms of transportation.

If you want to get a car for your time away from the city, consider taking a train to your first destination then renting a car there. As far as where to go, what are your interests?

In general, if you do pick up a car in the New York area, pick it up at a non-airport location as those are always higher.

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3. Re: Renting a car in NYC

Determine which places interest you, then decide whether to rent a car, and where to rent it.

Many people visiting the area visit Boston, Philadelphia, or Washington DC. You don't want or need a car for any of these cities, and there is good train service connecting them (and also bus service). You might rent a car for a day or two for side trips of interest once you get to one of these cities.

What to do will really depend on your interests.

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4. Re: Renting a car in NYC

NYC is worth much more than 2-3 days. I dont recommend driving for 10 days from NYC. You would likely do better using trains or buses from NYC, especially if you want o visit cities like Boaton, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore. Its expensive to park a car in cities and you don't need a car to get around. Without knowing anything about you, it's impossible to tell you where to go.

Edited: 17 March 2014, 14:07
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5. Re: Renting a car in NYC

We would like to see Philadelphia, Washington D.C and San Francisco if possible. We plan to fly to San Francisco for 2-3 days trip than fly back to NY and rent a car in NYC for Philadelphia, Washington D.C and other places.

We have been to N.Y before so actually we want to see other cities.

Edited: 17 March 2014, 14:09
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6. Re: Renting a car in NYC

A car is not necessary for Phil. or Washington. You'll save time and money by using the trains or buses. No gas, no tolls, noparking fees.

Amtrak.com

Is the fast train service but there's also a less expensive train to Phil. from NYC.

Greyhound.com

Megabus.com

Boltbus.com

Also offer service between these cities. if you're determined to drive, you can check rental prices feom Jersey City or take a train to Phildelphia and nt a car there for getting to Washington.

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7. Re: Renting a car in NYC

Thank you all for your help. If we will only visit Philadelphia, Washington & Boston it is best for us to use the trains. I thought car parking would be much easier & cheaper in Philly, Washington & Boston than NYC. I was totally wrong.

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8. Re: Renting a car in NYC

It may be ok in Phil. but I know parking in Washington and Boston is expensive unless you stay outside the main parts of the city. On the west coast in LA where things are spread out, everyone drives and it's difficult to get around without a car. Here, many people who live in the cities don't even own a car, it's so expensive. The only reason to rent a car is if you want to stop and visit places in between the cities. But if you're focused on seeing the cities, it's simpler and likely cheaper not to drive.

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9. Re: Renting a car in NYC

If you want to see other cities, then suggest you pick a coast - east or west. There are a lot of great sites in and near San Fran and you could enjoy your time there. Vineyards or drive the coast. If you're set on Philly from NYC, just take the train. If you definitley want to drive and not pay $200 a day for a car, then you could take a train or cab to Jersey City and rent a car there. or from Newark. I would just take train to Philly or DC though.

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