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Albany, NY, United States
5 Oct — 12 Oct
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Albany, NY, United States
Tue 5/10
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Tue 12/10
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Pick-up locationAlbany
Hire locations15
Airport locations9

Albany car hire reviews and directory

From £38/dayRated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
7.5 Good (107 reviews)
3 locations in Albany
Hertz
Locations in Albany
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Sep 2021
Staff at pick up and drop off were helpful, friendly and efficient.
5.9 Okay21 Sep 2021
I went to pick up my small SUV reservation. I walk in and the front desk attendant told me they only have cargo vans left. 5 minutes later, somehow they had minivans, which were supposed to be reserved for tomorrow’s reservations, but 4 of us walked in and were waiting. They started the day with 50 reservations and only had 30 cars. There was only one gentleman working but 2 people were walking around saying “we’ll be right with you” - I’m not sure their purpose. The one gentleman helping me wasn’t super helpful prior to finding a minivan. Just shrugging his shoulders about my reservation.
10.0 Excellent16 Sep 2021
The rental location was terrific. I wish that it was made clearer to me that I was not renting from a location that was shuttled to/from the airport and that I would have to hire someone to drive me there. I understand that this was my error, but it has taught me that I can’t rely on Kayak to provide that information.
1.9 Horrible21 Aug 2021
When I went to pick up the car there wasn’t a car available. Had to rent from National instead
5.9 Okay19 Aug 2021
Staff was great, cheerful. No problem with our rep. When I reserved it I had searched Albany Airport but was unknowingly given the location in downtown Albany-5 miles away. No shuttle, had to find our own ride to location. They wouldn’t let us return to the Hertz airport location either, so we had to get another ride. Very inconvenient. Car was not ready for pickup, they had to clean it and take it to gas station to fill up, then brought it back to Hertz. It was inundated with Febreez odor, so much it was hard to breathe. As it wore off it reeked of cigarettes. We had to keep febreezing it during the week. Other than the odor, the car ran fine and was bigger than what I had reserved, which was appreciated.
1.9 Horrible18 Aug 2021
Bad hours, difficult to reach and get information.
3.9 Mediocre1 Aug 2021
We booked the rental vehicle to be picked up at 5 but we got there to find out they closed at 5 so had to book a hotel and pick up the next day. It was a super pain! I feel like there was some communication lapse between the location and kayak/Priceline.
1.9 Horrible26 Jul 2021
Our flight landed in Albany at 4:05. We walk over to the Hertz counter after waiting in line for 30 minutes and the lady says your rental is not here it’s at an offsite location. I pay for an Uber and by the time we get to the other Hertz it’s closed. The attendant is still there but would not open the door. There’s a sheet of paper covering their hours with new hours and they closed now at 5pm. He said come back at 8am tomorrow. My daughter had a hockey game 2 hours away the next morning so I needed the car. I called Hertz. They said if I go back to the airport I can get a rental there but it will be another $863. I Uber back to the airport and they are overbooked by 60 cars. I ended paying $200 for an Uber to take us to our hotel in Massachusetts, never picked up the car, the supervisor at Hertz wouldn’t speak to me, and I’m out all of the money I spent on the rental plus all of the Uber fees I paid all weekend. I also had to change my flight because I had no means of getting back to Albany which cost me $400 more to fly out of Boston. I will never rent through Kayak or Hertz ever again.
1.9 Horrible19 Jul 2021
Their call support is terrible and they threaten to make you pay if you use it takes forever to resolve an issue- and they make mistakes with. Bookings -
1.9 Horrible18 Jul 2021
Never got the car i paid for because i didn’t bring the same credit card back now i don’t know how to get my money back from kayak
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From £28/dayRated no. 2
Budget
7.3 Good (166 reviews)
2 locations in Albany
Budget
Locations in Albany
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2021
Even thought the car was supposed to be smoke free it was clear that someone had smoked in it and the odor was supposedly concealed with air freshener.
10.0 Excellent26 Aug 2021
every thing went well...except the tonneau is loud when closed..the wind blowing on top of the jeep tonneau makes it very loud!!!!
10.0 Excellent23 Aug 2021
Rented a Tacoma truck and it was an excellent ride.
10.0 Excellent23 Aug 2021
Excellent car and great service.
3.9 Mediocre10 Aug 2021
Budget was at Colonie Center and not at the airport. There was no shuttle and needed to get my own transportation to the rental pickup. There is a budget at the airport, however the location that showed up in the search was not at the airport so double check. It was quite a bit cheaper so could still be worth it, but you should definitely check all options.
3.9 Mediocre8 Aug 2021
It was not clear AT ALL that the car was not located at the airport but instead had to be picked up 15 minutes away. A MAJOR hassle.
7.9 Good12 Jul 2021
My vehicle was close to what I had reserved. It suited my needs well. The car was quite new with less than 4k miles on the odometer. It had not been cleaned particularly well after the last person turned it in. I found a bag of chips in the glove compartment and a dirty rag in the rear seat area. If it was vacuumed at all, it was minimal.
8.0 Excellent21 May 2021
Easy pickupSignage for self drop off in the garage (keys in car or to drop box, space number or drop lane, etc.
4.0 Okay30 Mar 2021
I know there is shortage at current time, but car had close to 40,000 miles and noticeable damage on exterior
8.0 Excellent26 Jan 2021
The e-z pass did not work consistently. I informed them of this at drop off and that I missed a toll due to that and not being able to back up to pay
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Rated no. 3
Alamo
9.1 Excellent (43 reviews)
1 location in Albany
Alamo
Locations in Albany
  • 9.3
  • 9
  • 9.2
  • 8.9
  • 9
Recent reviews
6.0 Good23 May 2018
Why the switchCar was well equipped with blind spot detection, especially useful driving in Boston.I had reserved a sedan but only SUVs and Mini-vans were available. When I said that I would not drive one of those types of vehicles, I was told that I would have to wait about half an hour. When I said that I would wait, within one minute a sedan was available. Interesting! This is similar to being seated at the worst table in a restaurant when there are no other people there. Is this common practice?
9.6 Excellent18 Mar 2018
Fast and easyNo issues on pick up or drop off. Albany is on site. I had to wait for attendant to show but only a couple of minutesNo signs for car rental returns at LaGuardia so you have to look up yourself.
10.0 Excellent27 Dec 2017
Price + Ease of Pick-up + Clean Car + Modern AmenitiesNothing.
10.0 Excellent5 Dec 2017
Quick and EasyFrom the time I picked up to the time I left with the car was all of 15-20 minutes. No long drawn out process.Having to supply two phone numbers at the counter. I only have one number.
10.0 Excellent3 Dec 2017
Staff was very helpful and accommodating.price was reasonable and vehicle was in good condition and fully met our needs.
9.6 Excellent14 Aug 2017
Car was clean and I enjoyed driving it.Initial prepaid reservation was for Jeep SUV for 9 days at 449.00. When I called to change reservation to 7 days I was informed new cost would be approx. 1200.00. It took 2 more calls before someone suggested I change car to mid size which would result in price increase of approx. 100.00.
10.0 Excellent30 May 2017
Great serviceThey gave me a nice car.
10.0 Excellent22 May 2017
The Hundai Sonata was a great car. Very quiet and easy to drive. Check-in and check-out was extremely fast and efficient. The ease of both at Albany airport is great.
10.0 Excellent19 Apr 2017
Fantastic service. Great vehicle.Customer Service was excellent.
10.0 Excellent26 Mar 2017
Nice peopleThe women at reception was very pleasant.
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Rated no. 4
Enterprise
9 Excellent (32 reviews)
3 locations in Albany
Enterprise
Locations in Albany
  • 9.2
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent12 Mar 2020
Loved this car. Friendly staff
8.4 Excellent28 Aug 2017
The personalized service, along with Enterprise allowing their employees to make decisions,rather than being robots Absolutely fantastic!!!!!
7.2 Good14 Mar 2017
The car worked well. The staff were nice and made pick up and drop off easy.There were a lot of charges beyond the advertised daily price that were either disproportionately high or didn't make sense. Dropping a car off at a different location results in a $130+ fee (this is if you tell enterprise before hand. It is probably higher if you don't). It was cheaper for me to rent from Thursday to Monday than from Saturday to Monday.'
6.8 Good7 Mar 2017
I liked the final price and the choice of car.The pickup location listed on the itinerary was not the pickup location. It was the Enterprise gated lot where the inventory is kept, a mile away. The literal hike back to where I knew the Enterprise booth was at the airport (at a completely different address than was listed on my itinerary), was a complete waste of my time. I have had to take shuttles about a mile away from the airport in different locations to pickup rental cars in the past, so the initial directions taking me past the airport did not seem out of the ordinary for pickup at first. Once finally at the counter, the sales rep tried to tell me the insurance I could opt for at $9/day was $14/day. I had it right on the paper print out but he acted "surprised." I am smart enough to know that this was an attempted upsell. I am also aware that you do not even need this insurance, so I asked him to forget it all together. Then I was told that the car rate was going up because of this. Which annoys me. 1.) Because my rate was booked independent of the insurance I hadn't opted into yet, and 2.) Because this was Saturday morning. I was taking a car off his hands for the weekend that would otherwise badly affect his numbers. I almost cancelled all together because of this until miraculously I rented an upgraded car for a discounted rate (that was still an upsell for him) after explaining I know how this works. Way too much BS to go through especially when surrounded by other car rental services in the airport who are also trying to get rid of cars over the weekend. The lines at the other desks were the sole reason I rented with Enterprise.
10.0 Excellent15 Jan 2017
Excellent customer service and value for the priceReceived a free upgrade as my vehicle class was sold out Free pick-up to the agency Personable staff that actually treat you like a 'person' not solely a 'customer'N/A
10.0 Excellent4 Jan 2017
The staff were great. Helpful and professional.
10.0 Excellent3 Dec 2016
Friendly and helpful staff
10.0 Excellent7 Nov 2016
Cost.
9.2 Excellent26 Oct 2016
Rental Team was GreatThe Enterprise staff was extremely helpful, friendly and jovial. They gave me an upgrade to an SUV.The place was super busy when I arrived to pick-up the car so there was a slightly longer wait than usual. A prior renter of the car I had must have smoked in it. When the fan was on there was a faint smell of Cigarette or more likely cigar. There were two empty bottles under the seats (OJ and Gatorade)
8.4 Excellent10 Oct 2016
Why do You keep sending surveys after I already fiMy quick pick up due to a phone I placed prior to coming.The vehicle its self. I asked for a economy car and was offered a camera for $10 extra a day, an SUV, which I declined both to be give the Chevy bubble. Wasn't thrilled but I drive a jeep so I didn't think it'd be that bad but I do not prefer it, that is for sure!
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From £26/dayRated no. 5
Dollar
Most popular
7.9 Good (87 reviews)
1 location in Albany
Dollar
Locations in Albany
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent26 Sep 2021
After arriving 4 hours late, the fellas behind the counter at 2am were very warm and welcoming and helped ease my tension.
3.9 Mediocre12 Sep 2021
The line at airport to get the car was about 45 minutes long. The car I got was a good model. The right front tire lost 10-12 lbs of air per day and kept generating warnings on the TPMS. I had to fill the tire everyday for a week.
3.9 Mediocre8 Sep 2021
The dollar rental location that I used (airport) does not have a phone. Not a big deal unless you are confirming drop off times or lost items. Not a fan, won't be using them again.
10.0 Excellent23 Aug 2021
A little bit of a wait to pick up at Albany airport but great car
1.9 Horrible15 Aug 2021
I didn’t like anything. It would have been better if they allowed me to rent the vehicle, as planned, at time of pickup.
10.0 Excellent8 Aug 2021
Pick up was smooth and quick. The car was clean and in great working order and the drop off was fast and easy. I was very impressed with the overall experience. I will be using Dollar again from my rental car needs.
10.0 Excellent7 Aug 2021
Nice car. Great service.
7.9 Good4 Aug 2021
there could've been more help at the pick up booth in the garage. the line was 30 people deep. took around 40-45 min to get to the front of the line and get the car.
7.9 Good17 Jun 2021
Good customer service was given.
2.0 Mediocre14 Jun 2021
Drop off was quick and efficient.The car was super dirty. Crumbs everywhere etc. There was no car check and the staff said I would have to wait for over an hour for them to either clean the car or assign me a new car. I ended up cleaning the car myself.
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From £22/dayRated no. 6
Avis
Cheapest deal
7.4 Good (65 reviews)
2 locations in Albany
Avis
Locations in Albany
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible27 Sep 2021
Arrived in Albany and went to Avis counter to get car. He flatly stated that I did not have a reservation. I asked him to look again as I had made reservation in June and had called Avis just that week to verify. He then said oh you are at the Colonie Mall. I was confused as I thought my pickup was at the airport. I asked where the shuttle was and he pointed to a phone and said I would need to call for a taxi or uber. We took a taxi (25.00) and when we got to the mall around 4:30..it was CLOSED! No courtesy call, text or email from them! Our taxi took us to a motel around the corner (85.00+) walked over the next morning at 10. Muhammad was cool, aloof and had no apologies for our trouble..adjusted our charges by 25.00..no offer to et us back at end of trip. We missed precious time with family, lost a night at our time share, spent 85+ extra for hotel, taxi 25.00 and uber 12.50.
5.9 Okay25 Sep 2021
Van had a terrible smell that was very evident at pickup and throughout rental. Cheeze It crackers were on last row seats. Directions for pickup should indicate "airport counter" on confirmation email. I stood online in garage pickup area line for 10 minutes only to be told to go into airport counter.
1.9 Horrible21 Sep 2021
The hours of your AVIS outlet were unsatisfactory and there was no reasonable way for me to return the automobile. Therefore I cancelled my rental reservation.
10.0 Excellent29 Aug 2021
I should have requested a lower model car. The electronics of the Mazda 3 too much to learn in a short time.
1.9 Horrible22 Aug 2021
Booked Albany, assured airport because that is what was requested. Found out at airport that rental was 2 blocks away and by the way they were closed after 4:00. Flight landed at 8:00. When I called to say flight was delayed agent said sorry they would be closed and there was no option. ALTHOUGH airport Avis was open until after 11:00. AND of course the cost went UP to pick up the car from where I thought it was rented.
1.9 Horrible17 Jul 2021
Avis is a mess. Our plane was late, the place closed, and they gave the car away despite 3 calls with the call center shortly after the pick up time. Another location had tons of cars but wouldn't move the reservation over or give me a new reservation. The overseas call center is a joke. They dropped my call 3 times and tried to give me a reservation in a city that didn't exist. The call center supposedly has no power to do anything and can't communicate well. I will never use Avis again.
8.0 Excellent7 Jul 2021
Very easy process.My car hadn’t been washed though the interior was cleaned.
10.0 Excellent7 Jul 2021
convienientnothing really
4.0 Okay1 Jul 2021
Clean car, quick linesThe employee explained the fuel option as one that I would be paying “per gallon” if it was not returned with a full tank. When I specifically asked about the option and that’s how it was explained to me, it was almost a bold faced lie.
2.0 Mediocre11 Jun 2021
They did not have the truck I reserved. I reserved a pickup truck for moving and they wanted to replace it with a Toyota Corolla and could not understand why I was not satisfied. The manager was rude and extremely unhelpful. I was given the number of Avis customer service, waited on hold for 20 minutes, only to find they were closed. I was not able to rent from them and had no choice but to pay triple the cost to Alamo for a pickup. For this reason, I am requesting a full refundIf they had the vehicle I reserved
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Rated no. 7
National
10 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Albany
National
Locations in Albany
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
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Easirent
1 location in Albany
Easirent
Locations in Albany
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
1 location in Albany
Sunnycars
Locations in Albany
Recent reviews
508 travellers who hired a car in Albany gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.7

Car hire locations in or near Albany

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£45/day

Good deal

£28/day

When to book a car hire in Albany

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Albany

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Albany car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Albany.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Albany car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Albany

  • Like many cities in the U.S., Albany is best explored with a car. There simply is no better way to get around town, especially if you plan on going out and taking in the sights. For instance, if you are staying outside of downtown Albany and you want to get downtown, it is a simple 10 to 15-minute drive, but via public transportation it can easily take 30 or 40 minutes. This is especially the case at night when bus service slows down.
  • Planning on beginning your trip in Albany with a stop at the hire car counter? For travelers with flights landing at Albany International Airport, you will find the hire car offices located next to Baggage Claim and the cars themselves in the airport parking garage.
  • Albany’s downtown area is chock full of pedestrians and bikers. This is particularly the case during evenings in the summer when the weather is especially pleasant. During such times, jaywalking can become very common and traffic has to slow down as a result. This is also because Albany has a high density of attractions in the downtown area, so people often walk between them.
  • Rush hour in Albany, while not as severe as it is in New York City, can still pack a punch. The morning rush hour usually starts up at 6:00 a.m. and lasts until 9:00 a.m. The afternoon rush hour is when the real traffic builds up, though, and drivers are advised to avoid many of the major avenues and highways from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., when traffic begins to die back down.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Albany for £28 or less
  • Book your car hire in Albany at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in Albany are around 17% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Albany

  • Some car hire companies in Albany which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Budget and Avis

  • On average a hire car in Albany costs £45 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Albany are Enterprise (8.9, 123 reviews), Alamo (8.8, 179 reviews), and Dollar (7.9, 94 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Albany is £2.60 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £31 and £42, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Albany.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Albany Intl airport include Dollar, Budget, Avis and Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Albany Intl airport to off-airport locations include Dollar, Budget, Avis and Hertz.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Albany costs £29 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Albany costs £35 per day, on average.

  • In Albany, cars are most frequently hired at Dollar 737 Albany Shaker Road (7 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Albany costs £318 per week (£45 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Albany costs £1,363 per month (£45 per day).

  • Albany’s streets are similar to many others in the Northeast in that many of them predate the automobile. As a result, the roads can often be winding and rather small, and because of this, smaller vehicles are recommended for would-be renters. Larger cars will fit on the roads, of course, but they may sometimes be tough to park, and you may have to stop to let others pass on the narrower roads.

  • Drivers can expect speed limits ranging from 25 to 45 mph on residential streets and from 35 to 55 mph on larger urban roads. Highways and freeways in Albany, on the other hand, typically feature speed limits of 55 mph in urban areas and 65 mph in rural areas in between cities.

  • On average, drivers will pay about $2.60 per gallon for petrol in Albany. This is right within the average for the state of New York, as petrol is around $2.60 per gallon in New York City and $2.50 per gallon in Syracuse.

  • Parking garages are plentifully available in Albany and drivers should have no issue finding spots in them. Additionally, parallel streetside parking is highly available throughout the city. In general, drivers will find that streetside parking is predominantly popular in the less dense urban areas and peripheral residential areas of Albany.