Ithaca car hire

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Ithaca car hire information

Pick-up locationIthaca
Car types
Hire locations5
Airport locations4

Cheap car hire in Ithaca

Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
People carrier
Passenger van
SUV
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Ithaca

  • Traveling to a new city can be both exciting and unnerving at the same time. Having to deal with bus schedules or train timetables and fitting them into your itinerary can also present a challenge. You could make your trip easier by renting a car from Ithaca car rentals because modern rental cars come with high-tech navigational systems that’ll help you get exactly where you want to go. You'll have the flexibility and convenience to travel to places like the Northeast Classic Car Museum, about 65 miles away, or drop in at the Pleasant Valley Wine Co, 44 miles away, for some wine tasting, all at your own pace.
  • The Ithaca Tomkins Regional Airport has a designated car rental counter that you will find inside the baggage claim. The cars are located right outside, eliminating any need for airport shuttle transfers. This is the same area where you return the car once your trip is over. From the counter, you'll find several Ithaca car rentals, including Budget, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. You can book a car through KAYAK and pick it up at the airport at your convenience.
  • Jaywalking in Ithaca is quite notorious, to the point that the Ithaca police had considered having a jaywalking patrol. A lot of pedestrians ignore crosswalk signs, so be on the lookout to avoid accidents. Potholes are something else to watch out for on Ithaca roads. Roads like Spencer Street, Cayuga Street, Buffalo Street, Marshal Street, and many more, especially when you venture out to rural areas, can pose a challenge.
  • Morning rush hours in Ithaca spans from 7am-10am, with its heaviest around 9am. Sometimes it stretches to 11am before resuming regular traffic. Route 13 bears most of the congestion, so avoiding it during these times may save you a headache. Keep in mind that there are traffic cameras to catch any unlawful behavior.
  • Book your car hire in Ithaca at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard car hire in Ithaca are around 1% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Ithaca

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

    When choosing a vehicle from car rentals in Ithaca, opt for a truck or a 4WD if you’d like to explore the wildlife and nature around Cayuga Lake, like Ithaca Falls and Hemlock Gorge. If you plan to go camping at the Robert H. Treman State Park, an SUV would be preferable. If you're here for business endeavors or want to go to places like Gola Osteria in Collegetown, consider renting a luxury car or convertible. You can pick a standard, full-size, or mid-size car depending on your capacity needs.

  • What’s the speed limit in Ithaca?

    The maximum speed limit allowed in Ithaca, along any highway or streets within the city, is 30mph. There's a speed limit of 15mph along highways, streets, or within several parks in the city, including Stewart Park, Cass Park, and the Newman Golf Course. Route 89 is exempted from this rule, along Cass Park. While driving through school zones in your rented vehicle, keep in mind that the speed limit is 15mph between 7am and 6pm. Right turns on red signals are prohibited.

  • Where are the best places to park in Ithaca?

    Ithaca offers easy parking options, whether in the streets or garages. On-street parking is enforced between 9am, and 6am Monday-Friday, and charges about $1.50 per hour for 2h, after which you must move the car. Free parking is allowed on the streets between 6pm and 9am and during weekends. If you download the Parkmobile App, you could pay with your smartphone and get a reminder about 15min before expiry. In downtown and Collegetown, you’ll find parking garages that charge $1 per hour. There are four garages conveniently located in Ithaca, all of which feature elevators and fully automated systems. These garages include Green Street Garage, Seneca Street Garage, Dryden Road Garage, and Cayuga Street Garage.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Ithaca?

    The average price of fuel in Ithaca is R65,70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R788 and R1 051, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Ithaca?

    Standard (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Ithaca.

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

    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 Ithaca?

    A Standard car hire in Ithaca costs R1 369 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Ithaca?

    An Economy car hire in Ithaca costs R1 360 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Ithaca?

    A Mini car hire in Ithaca costs R1 591 per day, on average.

Ithaca car rental reviews and directory

Budget

8,7

Very Good

50 reviews

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.4

One location in Ithaca

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Locations in Ithaca

1 Culligan Drive

+1 607 257 0441

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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8,0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Drop off

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was excellent

4,4 Mediocre

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

convenient drop off

Cons:

everything else

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Check in and check out was prompt and easy. Very happy!

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Brand new Fusion Hybrid. Great gas mileage for a long trip. Efficient pickup and drop-off

Cons:

Nothing.

6,8 Okay

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

I got TWO tickets because the inspection sticker had expired and had to exchange the car. The guy didn't even say "Sorry."

1 out of 8

Avis

7,9

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.8

2 locations in Ithaca

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1 Culligan Drive

+1 607 257 0441

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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276 Sing Sing Road Suite 9

+1 607 739 5689

Monday07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday07:00 - 18:00
Thursday07:00 - 18:00
Friday07:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Excellent

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was friendly, helpful and professional.

7,2 Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

the lady at the court when I dropped off was unbelievably rude! Very disappointing.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very small airport, so there was only one desk and the line was short!

Cons:

The rental car parking area is not covered, which is not great if it is raining and you are lugging your suitcases through puddles to get to the car.

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

This was my first time ever renting a car, so I was a little nervous, but Avis was such a great company to go with! The whole process was very easy, I spent no more than 10 minutes picking up my car and even less time dropping it off in the city I traveled to. Thanks Avis!

Cons:

The only issue I had was that my credit card expiration date was entered incorrectly, and I had to call to correct this issue the following week. It took about 20 minutes over the phone to get it resolved but everything else went great!

4,0 Mediocre

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

it was fine

Cons:

i had to get a car by 5 pm 12/24, because they were closed after that and the following day. Since i had to pick up earlier than i wanted to, my time was diminished with family for the holiday.

1 out of 6

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,8

Very Good

21 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

9.1

3 locations in Ithaca

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2621 Corning Rd

+1 607 796 5300

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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803 Cascadilla St

+1 607 275 9000

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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991 State Route 13

+1 607 758 9000

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Staff was very helpful, polite and quick in getting me in to my rental car.

9,2 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly and competent staff at both pickup and drop off. Helpful under difficult circumstances.

Cons:

Initially we were told that no car was available despite our reservation, making me panic. Issue was resolved though.

4,0 Mediocre

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The original car smelled of smoke. I asked to change the date of the rental and if that would also change my rental price. I was told no, but later they charged me more and unfortunately there was no way to dispute it since it was my word against theirs.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Really easy to book and great customer service!

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and easy

Cons:

Nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly service, great price!

1 out of 4

Hertz

7,1

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

7.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.7

Value for money

6.7

One location in Ithaca

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1 Culligan Drive

+1 607 257 8677

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00
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8,0 Very Good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Car

Cons:

Customer service

7,2 Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

- Clean car that was in the desired category

Cons:

- Very limited staff availability for pick-up and drop-off

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Read above

Cons:

Read above

5,2 Fair

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The very tight grace period of 30 mins if you are late to drop off the car, will be a reason why I would make sure not to rent a car from them anymore!!!!

7,6 Good

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

They helped us change drop off locations

Cons:

The windshield washer was either Frozen or broken but we couldn't clean the windshield driving on dirty winter streets which left us feeling a bit inconvenienced and unsafe.

8,0 Very Good

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything went smoothly with the rental itself. Although I have not yet seen the final charges on my credit card statement, so cannot comment on that as yet.

Cons:

While checking out the car the customer representative asked me to choose among certain rental options in a way that made it appear as if the stated choices were obligatory. For instance, he indicated that when I returned the car I could choose between two options for refueling (both of which incur extra fees). There are, in fact, three options for refueling, the third being refueling the car oneself (in this case the cheapest option). We went back and forth for several minutes discussing the two former refueling options before I saw a sign indicating that I could, in fact, refuel the car myself. Had I not seen this sign I would have been unwittingly led into spending additional money. In a similar vein, I was asked if I would like a particular model of vehicle. I realized that I was, again, being unwittingly guided into spending more money on an upgrade rather than a choice among equally priced cars. My recommendation is that it should be fine to rent a vehicle from the Ithaca Airport Hertz office so long as one comes prepared to avoid the verbal traps that are set; carefully laid traps which are intended to make one unwittingly cough up additional money.

1 out of 3

Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

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2 locations in Ithaca

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Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

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123 travellers who hired a car in Ithaca gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4,8

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