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Car Hire from Albany Airport

Car Hire from Albany Airport

The state of New York offers much more than the world renowned city of the same name. Visitors to Albany will find a more laid back approach to life, lots of natural attractions and some great food and drink. With excellent roads and a selection of scenic road trips to choose from, hiring a car from Albany Airport is a great way to make your way around the region.

Where to hire a car at Albany Airport

There are a number of car hire companies operating at Albany Airport. These include Hertz, National, Avis, Alamo, Budget and Enterprise. The car hire desks can be found in the arrivals area of the terminal, by baggage claim. The cars themselves are located close by in the Airport Parking Garage.

Petrol Stations near Albany Airport

If you have hired a car on a “full to full” fuel policy you will need to ensure you refuel the car before returning it to avoid any additional charges. You will find lots of petrol stations close to Albany Airport, whichever direction you’re travelling from. There’s a Mobil garage at the intersection between route 7 and route 151, a Sunoco garage at the intersection of routes 87 and 155, and a Balltown garage at the intersection of routes 155 and 5. All of these petrol stations are just five minutes’ drive from the airport.

Driving around Albany Airport

Albany Airport sits on a well-connected road network. Route 5 provides a route down into Albany and up to Amsterdam. Interstate 87, part of the New York Thruway heads south but bypasses Albany and carries on down to Poughkeepsie. It also travels all the way up to Plattsburgh and the Canadian border. Interstate 90 is another main road running close to the airport. It provides routes down to Springfield and north west to Utica. Roads around Albany Airport are well-maintained and well-signposted and traffic is rarely a problem. If you’re planning on travelling outside the state of New York, check with your car hire company that your insurance will cover you.

Getting to your destination

With a rental car from Albany Airport, there are plenty of state attractions within easy reach. Here are a few of them:


Albany city is the capital of the state of New York. It’s home to a number of universities, lots of impressive architecture and some great museums; The New York State Museum, USS Slater and Albany Institute of History & Art. Visitors can also take in the arts at a selection of performance venues or relax in one of the city’s many green spaces. For the evenings, there’s a great array of restaurants and cuisines to choose from as well as a lively nightlife.

Albany city is a 20 minute, 10 mile drive from Albany Airport. Drivers can choose from a number of routes although the most direct is route 151 into the centre. Albany is a relatively small city and traffic is usually free flowing and uncongested. Parking in the very centre of the city can prove difficult, particularly at busy weekends. However, once you’ve left your car you’ll find most attractions are within easy walking distance.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is famous for its mud and mineral bath spa. It also has the oldest horse racing track in the USA, a national park located at the site of the Battle of Saratoga and a number of golf courses. The local area also boasts some great restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques. Albany Airport to Saratoga Springs is a 35 minute, 30 mile drive taking the picturesque, tree-lined I-87. Parking on the main road through the city can prove tricky. However, there are a number of car parks around the central area of Saratoga Springs and lots of street parking too.

Catskill Mountains

The Catskill Mountains are one of New York’s most popular natural retreats. The mountainous region is home to rivers, waterfalls and lots of small towns where you can buy local produce. There are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy too including fishing, cycling, golfing, hiking and white water rafting.

Albany Airport to The Catskill Mountains is a 2 hour, 93 mile drive taking the I-87 south. The I-87 is part of the New York Thruway, the longest toll route in the US. Toll fees must be paid in cash only as you are travelling through the toll booths so ensure you have cash available to make the payment. The toll to travel between downtown Albany and exit 20 is $1.95.

There are lots of incredibly scenic driving routes around the Catskills passing through beautiful countryside, small towns and the region’s iconic covered bridges from the 1800s. The Catskill Mountains are well set up for tourism and, as a result, finding a parking space in towns or at attractions is usually easy.

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