JFK Airport Car Rental

Each terminal's have rental car counter or courtesy telephones.

Car rental companies that operate at JFK Airport:

Car rental Phone Number(s)
Advantage 800-777-5500
Alamo 888-233-8749
Avis 718-244-5406

Budget 718-656-1890

Dollar 800-800-4000
Enterprise 718-553-7013

Hertz 718-656-7600

National 718-632-8300

Payless 800-729-5377
Thrifty 800-331-3550



Fastest is probably by taxi but VERY expensive. There's the NYAS express bus ($15) from your terminal to Grand Central Station and then take the MTA Metro North-Hudson Line train which stops at Cold Spring. Trains run about every hour and it takes 1.25 hours. If arriving on a weekday you would have to get to Grand Central in time to catch the 4:10pm train which arrives at 5:21pm ($21 peak fare). If a weekend there's a 3:52pm departure arriving at 5:10pm ($17 off-peak fare). If you're arriving on a domestic flight you may be able to make it in time, if arriving international you'd be cutting it very close as you have to clear customs. Inquire at the Ground Transportation counter when you arrive about possible shuttle service or other alternatives.

Thanks so much!

How much does it cost or is it free to take the airtrain from terminal 1 (T1) to Federal Circle, or viceversa?

$0. Free of charge.

which car rentals company has a pick-up drop-off lot in the airport terminal, without having to take a shuttle bus to the car rental parking lot elsewhere?

None of them.
The practice at JFK is :
take Airtrain to Federal Circle, then pick up you car there from rental car facility
drop of your car at rental car facility, take Airtrain from Federal Circle to your terminal.


Im arriving next friday on terminal 1 (T1), can you please tell me how I can get to HERTZ? I have a reservation there.


Take Airtrain from your terminal to Federal Circle where the rental cars are located.

I'm arriving in NY and going into the city to explore for a couple of days. I need to then get back to JFK to collect my rental car. Where do I go?

Federal Circle Airtrain Station. All the rental car facilities are there.

Which company is handling Alamo at JFK ?

National Rental car.

I have booked a rental car through a European company called
Economy Car Rentals. Could you kindly tell me where their
office or desk is at JFK. I am Australian and flying in from Boston.

Could you also please tell me if it is easy to get onto
Long Island Expressway to The Hamptons from JFK? Many thanks.

You will need to find out from Economy which US car rental company (Hertz, Avis, etc.) handles their US reservations. Never heard of this company at or near JFK. Car rental locations are at Federal Circle, take Airtrain from terminals to Federal Circle. Take the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) northbound from the airport to the L.I. Expressway (I-495) and go eastbound.

how can i rent a canadian car from JFK?


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