Car Hire at John F. Kennedy International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
While they say the traffic in New York City can be a nightmare, we say it all depends on where you want to go. Besides, you will have to deal with traffic either way if you rely on taxis, so why not rent a car and be in charge of your own destinations, routes, and schedule the moment you arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport?
Where to hire a car at John F. Kennedy International Airport
The car rental agencies in John F. Kennedy International Airport can usually be found at the Arrivals level of each terminal, typically near a baggage carousel. You'll either find a service counter or a courtesy telephone with instructions on how to contact the companies. Car hire providers in JFK include Advantage, Budget, Hertz, Payless, Alamo, Dollar, National, Thrifty, Avis, and Enterprise.
What to expect when hiring a car from John F. Kennedy International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport is the major international airport serving New York City. It is located in the southern part of the neighbourhood of Jamaica in the New York City borough of Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678). The terminals are linked to the Belt Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway via a ring road. In addition to the parkway and expressway, JFK is accessible via the Grand Central Parkway.
When it comes to petrol stations, there aren't very many. Only a handful exists in Manhattan. From the airport, the nearest petrol stations include Gulf on 13344 150th Street, BP on 130-11 N Conduit Avenue, and Sunoco Gas Station on 162-35 N Conduit Avenue.
Driving around John F. Kennedy International Airport
Driving in New York City can be a difficult task due to the lack of street parking, particularly near tourist attractions and other crowded areas. Garage parking rates are extremely expensive. To help you find garage parking, try using BestParking.com, PrimoSpot.com, IconParking.com, or ParkFast.com.
Stay away from Manhattan as much as possible. It is also highly advisable to get a good map, as highways can get confusing. Always remember that fire engines, ambulances, and police cruisers should be given priority, and followed by other public service vehicles such as sanitation trucks and buses.
Traffic is common, not just during rush hour. The Cross Bronx Expressway, part of I-95, is almost always jam-packed, as is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Eastbound on the Long Island Expressway is congested between morning and evening rushes.
Getting to your destination
Paramus is a shopping town in New Jersey, where many New Yorkers come to shop due to overall lower sales tax. Unsurprisingly, it has the highest annual retail sales in the country. The three major malls in Paramus are the Westfield Garden State Plaza, the Paramus Park Mall, and the Bergen Town Centre. There are also plenty of places to eat. Note that all shops except for restaurants are closed on Sundays.
I-678 N and NJ-4 W lead to Paramus from JFK Airport.
Long Island is literally an island and largely suburban area stretching 115 miles eastward from New York City. It is a nice place to visit during the summer, with its beach towns and wineries. Attractions include Splish Splash water park, Amityville Horror House, Sagtikos Manor, The Village of Roslyn, and The Hicksville Gregory Museum.
You can get to the centre of Long Island via the Southern State Parkway or I-495 E.
Jersey City is a city in New Jersey, across the Hudson from NYC. Points of interest include Liberty State Park, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City Museum, Loew's Jersey Theatre, and Newport Mall.
Jersey City is accessible via I-678 N or I-495 W.