Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire in Albany

Car Hire in Albany

If you're planning your next New York vacation, there are many agencies available for car hire in Albany. Look into renting from Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Capital CarShare, Avis, or Thrifty Car. Car rental in Albany is convenient, with plenty of options to choose from, including luxury cars, sedans, SUVs, and vans.

Car Hire at Albany Airports

Albany is serviced by Albany International Airport (ALB). Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, National/Alamo, and Budget Rent-A-Car agencies all have locations inside the airport, so you can rent a car in Albany as soon as you land. They are located in the baggage claim area of the terminal.

Driving in Albany

In order to drive in Albany, you'll need to be over 16 and hold a valid driver's licence. If you're under 18 or hold a learner's permit, you'll not only need to follow the traffic laws of New York State but also the traffic laws for your home state. Car rental in Albany is only allowed for drivers over 18. Drivers under 24 who plan to rent a car in Albany may be subject to a Young Driver Fee per day.

When driving through the state capital, you have the options of visiting the museums, theatres, nightclubs, or restaurants. The Tech Valley area is a popular place to explore when you hire a car in Albany. The South end neighbourhood of Albany has many brick houses and mansions. You may want to visit the nearby town of Bethlehem which also borders the Hudson River. Waterford is about 12 miles north of Albany and is known as the Gateway to New York's Canals.

Parking in Albany

There are a few parking garages located throughout Albany. There is also street parking available for your car hire in Albany. In the city centre Albany has metered parking that is free after 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Single spaces allow you to park for 1-10 hours, and the meters accept quarters, dollar coins, and Cashkeys. Cashkeys are programmable keys that work like debit cards and hold up to £80. The parking garages include the Albany Parking Authority that is located on Orange Street. Other garages nearby are Riverfront garage on Columbia Street, Green-Hudson Garage on Hudson Avenue, and Washington Park on Madison Avenue.

Where to Go and What to See in Albany

After you hire a car in Albany, you should consider a trip to Washington Park. It hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. One event worth seeing is Tulip Fest in the spring, where visitors can buy crafts and see more than 140,000 tulips on display. It also has playgrounds for children and a dog park.

There are a variety of activities for sports lovers in the area such as golf and skiing. Visitors might enjoy a tour of the vineyards. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission can be a good hike if you like the outdoors. While you're out and about, try a guided tour of Schuyler Mansion, a historic house built in the 1700s that served as an outpost during the Revolutionary War.

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