As the major base of New York State’s Finger Lakes region, Rochester is a great city from which explore the coast of Lake Ontario and the nearby awe-inspiring sights and even better wineries. Rochester itself is a very drivable city, and retaining a rental car for the length of your stay in the area can only improve your visit. Here is a brief guide to finding the cheapest rental cars in Rochester, New York.
Rochester rental cars are available in 10 locations throughout the city, including the Rochester Airport (ROC), in the southern part of the city, and in Rochester Greece. Rochester car hire typically starts just under $60 a day for short-term rentals. Longer-term rentals (typically ten days or more) start as low as $37 a day.
The cheapest location from which to rent a car in Rochester is typically the Rochester Airport, otherwise known as the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). Located just 7 miles southeast of city center, the Rochester Airport is a convenient place from which to book your rental car—even if you aren’t arriving in Rochester via airplane. Over four well known rental car companies compete to offer the best prices for rental cars in the Rochester region at the airport, including Alamo and Budget.
Unless you are arriving to Rochester in the busy summer and early fall months (July through October, in particular), you can typically save the most money on rental cars by booking your car just 2 to 3 months in advance of your arrival. Rates typically rise the farther in advance you book a rental car in Rochester.
Particularly if you are arriving to Rochester during the peak tourist season, you will want to compare prices from a number of rental car locations throughout the city. If the availability of economy rental cars is limited at the Rochester Airport, rental car companies can often offer comparable prices from their locations in Rochester South and Rochester Greece. If you are planning on renting a car for more than 10 days, you are likely to find that the daily rate of a Rochester rental car is comparably cheap at all of the locations throughout the city!
Rochester is a highly drivable city, making it convenient—and sometimes cheaper—to retain your rental car for the length of your stay in the region. Here are some quick tips to make your self-drive tour of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region even easier: