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Long Island car hire

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Cheap car hire in Long Island

Economy£22/day
Compact£24/day
Intermediate£26/day
Standard£25/day
Full-size£26/day
People carrier£41/day
Full-size SUV£37/day
Premium£37/day
Luxury£37/day
Pick-up truck£34/day
Premium SUV£133/day
Supplier choice£26/day
Intermediate SUV£30/day
Standard SUV£32/day
Compact SUV£63/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Long Island

  • With Long Island car hire, you’ll need to take road rules into consideration. The maximum blood alcohol level allowed is 0.08% and the States have a zero-tolerance policy if caught beyond this limit. If you’re with children, make sure you hire appropriate age car seats, including booster seats for older children. Don’t speak on your phone while driving or wear headphones. It’s advisable to hire a Sat Nav from your car hire agency before you embark on a Long Island road trip.
  • Long Island is infamous for congested motorways. Being just outside metro New York leads to backed-up traffic extending beyond rush hour peaks times at 07:00 to 09:00 and again at 15:00 to 18:30. This is where Sat Navs come in handy, helping you detect traffic jams before you get stuck in them. There are also several motorways on Long Island and despite the speed limit of 55 mph (89 km), traffic often reaches 80 mph (129 km). Long Island has some dangerous roads, including the Long Island Expressway, so it’s important to stick to the speed limits. If remaining local and not crossing into metro New York, you will find driving on the island a lot less stressful.
  • When deciding what vehicle to hire in Long Island, let taste be your guide. The actual island is small, easy to get around, and doesn’t require a car with high-performance qualities. In fact, if you are going to be driving into New York City, you will do better with a small economy car that will handle the congestion easily. If remaining close to the coastal regions of the island, you may wish to enjoy the spoils of a convertible. Long Island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the US, best enjoyed with the wind in your hair. The island itself is very flat, making all car types suitable.
  • When paying for your car hire in Long Island, you will find that most car hire companies want the transaction paid for with a credit card. The card will need to  be in the name of the person hiring the car and not a benefactor. Debit cards are sometimes accepted. Larger companies like SIXT, Avis, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise will allow it in most cases, depending on the branch location. Ensure you read the terms and conditions to make sure your card applies.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Long Island for £42 or less
  • Book your car hire in Long Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Long Island are around 56% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate hire cars in Long Island are around 55% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Long Island

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Long Island?

    On average a car hire in Long Island costs £40 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Long Island?

    Intermediate (Nissan Kicks or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Long Island.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Long Island?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Thrifty (£26/day), Budget (£26/day) and Avis (£27/day).

  • What is the best car hire company in Long Island?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Long Island are National (8.5, 98 reviews), Alamo (8.2, 310 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.1, 445 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Long Island?

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

  • Where should I hire a car in Long Island?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Long Island are New York (95% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Long Island), Brooklyn (4%) and Jersey City (0%).

  • How much does a car hire in Long Island cost for a week?

    On average a car hire in Long Island costs £404 per week (£58 per day).

  • How much does a car hire in Long Island cost for a month?

    On average a car hire in Long Island costs £1,730 per month (£58 per day).

  • Should I hire a car in Long Island?

    Long Island car hire will make your life much easier when visiting this coastal neighbourhood of Queens. Car is the easiest way to navigate the area, as there’s only one train station per town and many beaches cannot be reached by public transportation. With some of the best coastline in America, including the famous Hamptons, it’s a holiday paradise for many tourists that enjoy the finer things in life. Apart from glorious beaches, Long Island also offers world-class wineries, excellent dining, museums, galleries and more. At about 120 miles in length, the entire island can be driven in under 3 hours from Nassau County to Montauk.

  • What is driving like in Long Island?

    Long Island is a hot tourist spot, which means that drivers come from all over the world to grace its roads. While winding coastlines and wealthy suburbs may lead to scenic drives, typical New York drivers commuting from Long Island tend to be more aggressive, leading to the inevitable road rage that the major motorways cause. Stay calm, and driving should be a pleasure. Interstate 495 will require you to pay a toll to get into Queens and if you are visiting in winter, please be aware of snow and black ice on the roads.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Long Island?

    When hiring an economy vehicle in the US, you can be as young as 18 years old. There is a young driver’s fee of roughly $24 (£19) per day if under 21 years of age. You’ll need to present your driving licence when collecting the vehicle. As a UK driver, you should be able to present your home licence, but some car hire agencies may ask for an International Driver’s Permit as extra assurance. 

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Long Island

    55 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Long Island

    51 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Long Island

    30 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Long Island

    23 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Long Island

    12 Locations

  • empire

    Empire Rent A Car car hire locations in Long Island

    12 Locations

  • allcar

    All Car car hire locations in Long Island

    10 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Long Island

    9 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Long Island

    8 Locations

  • ace

    Ace car hire locations in Long Island

    6 Locations

  • acerentalcars

    Ace Rental Cars car hire locations in Long Island

    6 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Long Island

    6 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

£56/day

Good deal

£42/day

When to book a rental car in Long Island

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