New York State’s capital city, Albany, may no longer be travelers’ first stop when they arrive to New York, but it’s a city that demonstrates its long historical prominence through its architecture. Once a major hub of interaction for European settlers and the Six Nations of the Iroquois (or Haudenosaunee) alike, Albany is a great place from which to base your travels in upstate New York. Whether you visit Albany for business or pleasure, be sure to take a road trip out to the Adirondacks or into Hudson Valley while you’re there. Here is a brief guide to finding the cheapest rental cars in Albany.
Albany rental cars are available in six locations throughout the city, including at the Albany Airport, downtown, in Latham, and the in the northwestern part of the city. Albany car hire typically starts at around $46 a day for short-term economy rental cars. This rate drops down to around $35 a day when you extend your car rental period to ten days or more.
By far the cheapest location at which to book a rental car in Albany, New York is at the Albany Airport. The Albany International Airport (ALB) is located just 8 miles northwest of downtown Albany, making it an ideal location at which to pick up your rental car, even if you aren’t arriving in Albany via airplane. Rental car rates at the Albany Airport are particularly low, because over six rental car companies compete at the airport to offer customers the lowest prices in the region. The rental car companies at the Albany Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and Thrifty.
Albany rental car rates typically rise during the busiest tourist season of the year, such as August, so you can often save a lot of money on rental cars, accommodations, and attractions in Albany when you visit during other months of the year.
Even though Albany is New York’s state capital, traffic jams rarely occur and driving is fairly uncomplicated throughout the city. Particularly because longer-term rental car contracts are significantly cheaper regardless of where you book your car throughout the city, consider renting a car for the entire length of your visit to Albany. You’ll save money on your rental and increase your mobility in and beyond the city itself, without causing yourself the extra headache of parking or traffic that you may experience in larger cities.
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