Unless you are planning to go outside the city limits for some extended road trip, car rental in New York is strongly discouraged for tourists as it is definitely not worth the headache. If you are thinking about exploring just within the boundaries of New York, you will be doing yourself a favor if you skip the car.
Traffic is terrible in New York, especially to tourists because road rules can be either written or unwritten. Additionally, since driving in New York is often a competitive ‘sport’, people from out of town or from other parts of the world will find it quite a stressful experience. Aside from that, New York parking is very expensive! The cheapest you can get is about $25-$45 per day.
Public transportation is recommended for easy navigation whilst giving great value. However, if you are still convinced about renting a car, here are information you may need to know:
In order to rent a car in New York, a tourist would need to have a passport, a valid driver’s license, and a major credit card. You may need to be at least 25 years old to rent a car, but some companies may allow younger tourists for car rental for additional insurance purchase.
Gasoline in NYC is abundant, it is easy to locate and are generally cheaper than in the rest of the world. You may need to use the “gasoline” instead of “petrol” when you are in New York and around U.S. as most people in the country does not know the latter.
Car rental in New York may be not recommended for tourists but if you still think driving a car in the Big Apple will give you more convenience and flexibility, then the city has a lot of companies ready to offer you their services.