About New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Address: Building 308 Federal Circle, Jamaica, Jamaica, 11430 , Ny, Ny
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) the primary international airport serving New York City, located 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Manhattan in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens. Passengers disembarking at (JFK) will access airport car rental services via AirTrain to the Federal Circle Station — also known as Terminal C.
There is absolutely nothing “small town” about New York City and that big city vibe starts at street level. The island of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs are connected by an intimidating maze of highways, bridges, and fly-overs that bring shivers to even the most experienced drivers. But don’t let that put you off — getting around New York in your airport rental car just takes a bit more backbone than say, Minneapolis.
Above all, driving in New York City, particularly Manhattan, is much more about parking than it is reaching your destination with your car hire in one piece. Equipped with a GPS, you’ll have no problem getting around the city. However, despite a phenomenal number of parking garages and lots to choose from — like all things New York — parking is extremely competitive and expensive. You may find yourself circling Midtown for an hour, looking for a place to park.
Choosing your car
The New York metropolitan area is the largest in the world, covering roughly 4,000 square miles and includes the neighboring cities of Newark and Jersey City. Therefore, a mix of budget and itinerary will determine your choice of car. For city driving, a Kia compact from Avis delivers fuel-efficiency and tight handling. For longer road trips, a roomy Cadillac full-sized from Hertz will get you there in comfort and style without breaking the bank. Your 7-9 seater options from National will include Chrysler and Dodge minivans. And for driving in winter conditions, rent a Hyundai SUV from Alamo.
Tips and advice
All toll roads in the New York metro area accept cash payment. However, check with your (JFK) airport car rental company about renting a toll transponder tag. Fees for unpaid tolls vary from one company to another, but you can count on one thing — they won’t be cheap. So get ahead of the game by asking for an E-Z Pass transponder.
Most car rental agencies will rent a car to customers as young as 18 years of age. That said, anybody under 25 will be hit with an added surcharge and limited to compact vehicles like the Ford Fiesta.
New Yorkers are famous for using their car horns in traffic. Whether it’s announcing their frustration with gridlock or signaling other drivers to pay attention, local drivers love to lay on the horn. Don’t take it personally if someone honks at you a split-second after the light turns green. That’s just their way of saying “hello”
The George Washington Bridge, crossing the Hudson River to Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the world’s busiest bridge and prone to lengthy traffic jams. The Hudson River Tunnel isn’t much better.
Watch out for pedestrians. New York is one of the most walkable cities on Earth, and the streets are teeming with people making their way around the city. Pedestrians in the zebra crossings always have the right of way — no exceptions.
Right turns on a red light are prohibited everywhere in New York City.