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Albany car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring 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.
  • Book your car hire in Albany at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price

Albany car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Albany 
Verified travelerJun 2024
The Kia Seoul I had was very efficient. Comfortable
Verified travelerJun 2024
Budget provides an excellent car rental experience.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Ask for tips about what to do picking up and dropping off after hours (i.e., 1 A.M. to 5 A.M.).
John DSep 2023
I drove to Oneonta. Beware of the poor road conditions on I88.
DanielAug 2023
Budget is the way to go , it’s affordable and customer friendly
Verified travelerAug 2023
Have someone help you locate the car and tell you a little about it.

FAQs about hiring a car in Albany

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Albany?

    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.

  • What’s the speed limit in Albany?

    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.

  • Where are the best places to park in Albany?

    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.

  • What is the best car hire company in Albany?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Albany are Dollar (7,7, 71 reviews), Budget (7,3, 91 reviews), and Avis (6,2, 53 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Albany?

    The average price of fuel in Albany is R69,51 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R834 and R1 112, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Albany?

    Standard (Nissan Rogue or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Albany.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Albany?

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

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Albany?

    A Standard car hire in Albany costs R1 854 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Albany?

    An Intermediate car hire in Albany costs R1 540 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Albany?

    A Compact car hire in Albany costs R1 493 per day, on average.

Albany car rental reviews and directory

Dollar

7,7

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.7

2 locations in Albany

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Locations in Albany

737 Albany Shaker Road

+1 518 464 7601

Monday05:30 - 23:59
Tuesday05:30 - 23:59
Wednesday05:30 - 23:59
Thursday05:30 - 23:59
Friday05:30 - 23:59
Saturday05:30 - 23:59
Sunday05:30 - 23:59

818 Central Avenue

+1 518 454 9701

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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7,9 Good

Jun 2021

KAYAK
Good customer service was given.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes!

Cons:

Not much!

2,0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

dropoff esy

Cons:

provide me with the car i asked for

5,6 Fair

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff remained professional and friendly in poor working conditions

Cons:

Leave the pick up inside the airport and have someone deliver the cars to the door or have a golf cart to take the customer out to the car, it is very difficult dragging all your luggage out to a garage not knowing where your going. A handicapped person (me) will not do it again because I have bad legs and was so sore and tired when I finally got in the car I should not have been driving especially a car I’m not used to. And no there was nobody around to offer help just a sign saying go outside where our staff is working in a dark dingy shack !

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes to both the questions. Staff was freindly.

Cons:

Car check over could have been done better. The driver's side mirror would not stay in place and I had to rely on the yellow warning lights on the mirror that a vehicle was near me at times.

1 out of 14

Budget

7,3

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.4

Value for money

7.5

2 locations in Albany

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Locations in Albany

131 Colonie Center

+1 518 459 2609

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

737 Albany Shaker Road

+1 518 242 4450

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
Pricey but the best price available. The Dodge Hornet Hybrid was (surprisingly) an excellent vehicle. The entire experience was great.

4,0 Mediocre

Apr 2024

KAYAK
The care had several flaws when I picked up I was afraid I'd be charged for (i did take pictures). They still haven't sent me a final bill.

8,0 Very Good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Pressure in tires was bad. Window washer fluid was basically null. Car servicing needs help.

8,0 Very Good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
And everywhere in the door. Someone had driven into the beach and it was not cleaned out. No sand in the car itself.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I reserved a large sedan for a trip cross country. When I arrived my only option was a truck. Obviously not happy with it and the additional fuel cost that I would occur during the trip. I kindly asked for a discount and they wouldn’t offer me one, not even 10%. And was told if they charged me for a truck the cost would be double, so be happy

8,0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pickup

Cons:

Signage for self drop off in the garage (keys in car or to drop box, space number or drop lane, etc.

1 out of 20

Avis

6,2

Cleanliness

6.7

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.2

Value for money

5.9

2 locations in Albany

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Locations in Albany

131 Colonie Center

+1 518 459 3179

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

737 Albany Shaker Road

+1 518 242 4440

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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2,0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
I was lied to, overcharged, and spent many days on hold with the horrible customer service in Albany. I will never rent from Avis again.

6,0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Staff needs to clean the cars inside and out before renting. I went inside a vehicle and it wreaked of cigarette smoke. It was disgusting. Another vehicle wasn’t clean on the outside.

2,0 Poor

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They did not honor the price that I reserved it for. I had to pay more

2,4 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at counter was friendly

Cons:

--Staff at counter was unable to be reached by phone. Drove 3 1/2 hours each way (NYC --> Albany) to drop off old rental and pick up a new one, then was told at counter that I needn't have made the drive in the first place and I could've just kept the original rental. --Car smelled of cigarettes. Was told to just write down the issue on my rental agreement. --Staff at counter was unable to be reached by phone a second time (and I called over 20 times). This became an issue when I had to extend my new rental. --Toll-free customer service was completely useless when I contacted them to voice my concerns. --In a word, Avis = terrible. I've been an Enterprise customer for 12 years, and I'm kicking myself for using Avis this time.

4,4 Mediocre

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Price

Cons:

No ability to contact local agent, no store front or signage indicating pickup location, only a guy in a car with a sign. My rental was given away to someone else because I was late getting my car because I couldnt find the location, despite calling the national number they assured me everything was OK

6,0 Okay

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cons:

We had a reservation but there wasn't a car available. We had one option. A 15 passenger van.

1 out of 11

Hertz

6,1

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.1

Value for money

6.2

3 locations in Albany

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Locations in Albany

40 Lodge St

+1 518 434 6911

Monday08:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:00
Tuesday12:00 - 17:0008:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:00
Thursday12:00 - 17:0008:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:00

737 Albany Shaker Rd.

+1 518 456 1777

Monday05:30 - 23:59
Tuesday05:30 - 23:59
Wednesday05:30 - 23:59
Thursday05:30 - 23:59
Friday05:30 - 23:59
Saturday05:30 - 23:59
Sunday05:30 - 23:59

818 Central Avenue

+1 518 454 9701

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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6,0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was great, very friendly. Quick too.

Cons:

The smallest car on the planet for a lot of money kinda sucked.

2,0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was not ready when I was there to pick up. This made me miss an important meeting. I had pre paid for car. I was forced to go through another rental car company. Very disappointed on the service. Expecting a full refund and voucher

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy pick-up and drop-off

6,0 Okay

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Location was closed and no one contacted me before. I had to take a $15 cab to another location to get the car with a promise of reimbursement that never materialized. A huge hassle.

6,0 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Newer vehicles, lots of extras

Cons:

Car had obviously not been cleaned or sanitized since previous person rented it. Nothing vacuumed or wiped down, garbage still in it. These things are a must, especially in today’s environment. I had to clean and sanitize it when I got it home before I would let any of my family get in it, not very happy about that...

2,0 Poor

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

You cancelled my reservation at the last minute! Thanks for wrecking my vacation plan.

1 out of 14

Alamo

8,8

Very Good

12 reviews

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.4

One location in Albany

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Locations in Albany

737 Albany Shaker Rd

+1 844 366 2649

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
All representatives were friendly and knowledgeable, the vehicle was excellent, and I never hit a single bump. I was even able to pick up and drop off a bit early.

8,0 Very Good

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Process was easy out and easy in. Only problem was trying to update a discontinued email that was a struggle to update and still seems incorrect, so never received the final document.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Great customer service on both ends. Price could have been lower, but it was a better deal than we found elsewhere.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Excellent.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Perfect vehicle for our trip, easy pick up and drop off

8,0 Very Good

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Easy access. Right at airport in Albany.

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,6

Very Good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.2

3 locations in Albany

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Locations in Albany

51 S Pearl St

+1 518 472 1111

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

737 Albany Shaker Rd

+1 844 934 1076

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

900 Central Ave

+1 518 453 6222

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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2,0 Poor

May 2024

KAYAK
They could have had a car for me. When I got to the counter they had no cars to rent even though I had reserved online. First time I’ve had this problem. Thankfully one of the other agencies had a car for me.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Loved this car. Friendly staff

8,4 Very Good

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The personalized service, along with Enterprise allowing their employees to make decisions,rather than being robots Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

7,2 Good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car worked well. The staff were nice and made pick up and drop off easy.

Cons:

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 Okay

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I liked the final price and the choice of car.

Cons:

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 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Received 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'

Cons:

N/A

1 out of 1

National

6,6

Okay

No reviews available

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

7.3

One location in Albany

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Locations in Albany

737 Albany Shaker Rd

+1 844 366 2648

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59

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Thrifty

3,1

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

3.1

Comfort

3.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

3.1

Value for money

3.1

2 locations in Albany

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Locations in Albany

818 Central Avenue

+1 518 454 9701

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

851 Old Albany Shaker Road

+1 877 283 0898

Monday05:30 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Tuesday05:30 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:0005:30 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:0005:30 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:0005:30 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:30 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00

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2,8 Poor

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Car was not ready upon pick up. Snow was not cleared and the customer should not have to do this upon pick up. Also drop off location was not at or near the airport as described. Nor was there A sign on the building except for a banner. Poorly lit area.

4,8 Mediocre

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I waited 2 hours for a car. Missed a service for my uncle.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Loved the selection of vehicles, loved short walk to pick up

Cons:

Line at the checkout, little disorganization out in the lot.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The shuttle was quick and efficient. No issues getting back and forth from the airport. The cost savings over picking up at the airport was with it.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It was a very good car , w 5000 miles , 2018 car , we was very happy and we enjoyed our trip , very happy w the car

8,8 Very Good

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly employees, selections within my car class,easy pickup/drop off process.

Cons:

Car could be a little cleaner, found earlier renters take out Chinese receipt.

1 out of 0

Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Albany

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Locations in Albany

Albany County Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Albany

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Locations in Albany

737 Albany Shaker Road

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297 travellers who hired a car in Albany gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.1

Car hire locations in or near Albany

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Most popular car type

Standard

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Albany car hire information

Pick-up locationAlbany
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Hire locations18
Airport locations10