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Arriving in Manhattan
LaGuardia Airport is home to a shuttle service that takes travelers from the airport's Terminal A to the rental car facility. Agencies operating near LaGuardia include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty. Cars range from mini passenger vans that seat seven to premium 2-door cars that seat five. LaGuardia is the closest airport to Midtown and Upper Manhattan.
Car rental at John F. Kennedy Airport is somewhat more convenient, with several agencies located on-site. Car rental companies at Kennedy include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty. All terminals have a rental car desk and courtesy phone. To pick up the car, the driver must take the AirTrain and stop at Federal Circle Station. Cars available here include minis, 2-3 doors, 4-5 doors, passenger vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks.
If arriving by train at New York's Pennsylvania Station, as can happen when coming from Newark Airport, a Hertz office and Avis are located nearby.
Driving in Manhattan
While commuters are getting up early and going home late to avoid rush hour traffic, typically from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., traffic congestion is still constant. On Thursdays and Fridays, there is another rush hour from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. as revelers migrate to Manhattan. Some good tips to follow include avoiding roads surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge even if going to Brooklyn, steering clear of the Lincoln Tunnel, and checking for seasonal street closures.
Parking is complicated and prices vary widely, as does the accessibility of the vehicle in the lot. A few phone apps are available to help determine the best places to park, and any rules of a particular lot. Gas stations are slowly declining in Manhattan, turning the area into what The New York Times referred to as "a fuel desert". Fewer than 50 gas stations remain, so travelers need to fill up when the opportunity presents itself. It is possible to spend up to an hour in line for gas, so plan accordingly.
Places to Visit in Manhattan
Manhattan is the most expensive borough in the most expensive city in the United States, but that doesn't mean there aren't free or low-cost things to do. One of Manhattan's best-kept secrets is Battery Park, named for the cannons its Castle Clinton fortress once housed. The park has a stone labyrinth on its greenscape designed for meditation. This 25-acre park is home to monuments and memorials, gardens, sculptures, and a farm-to-table café.
A storied place that goes hand-in-hand with the New York City waterfront, the Coney Island Boardwalk is known for its dance parties, where party-goers may hear anything from Arabic soul to Reggae. Coney Island is dedicated to preserving American popular culture, and hosts events such as the Mermaid Parade. No visit is complete without taking in the Empire State Building, which took only 11 months to construct.
New York City is a bright and vibrant city with much to offer. With Skyscanner, visitors can get a local's feel of the city by renting a cheap car.