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New Haven car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in New Haven

  • It is highly recommended that visitors of New Haven rent a car, as the city is much more easily navigated in your vehicle than via public transportation. This is partly because public transportation is fairly limited, plus because the city was designed primarily with private vehicles in mind. For example, say you want to visit West Rock Ridge State Park. It is just a 12-minute drive of 3.4 miles from central New Haven, but with public transport it can take up to 30 minutes to get there.
  • Travelers arriving at Tweed New Haven Airport can find the rental car desks in Tweed Terminal’s Arrivals Lobby.
  • Beware using your phone while driving in New Haven, as it is illegal throughout the state of Connecticut to call, text, or use cell phones when driving unless it is hands-free. This also includes using your phone as a GPS device. It is advised that drivers make sure to have their passengers handle the phone duties when driving, otherwise you risk incurring a fine.
  • Drivers will be happy to hear that, while New Haven does experience its share of rush hour traffic, it is by no means severe. Drivers can expect the morning rush hour to start up at around 7:00 a.m. and to last until 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour starts at around 4:00 p.m. and finishes up by about 6:30 p.m. most weekdays. During the peak times, College Street and Howard Avenue are two of the main roads that drivers avoid to escape the worst traffic.
  • Book your rental car in New Haven at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in New Haven are around 3% cheaper than other car types, on average

New Haven car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who rented a car in New Haven 
Verified travelerMar 2024
A smaller car is best. Parking is ok. There’s open lots, garages and street parking but they fill up fast especially during peak times.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Could have used map on how to get from Yale campus to Tweed airport. I know most folks get that on their phones but mine was out of order and we had a difficult time locating it.

FAQs about renting a car in New Haven

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in New Haven?

    New Haven is an older city that goes back to the early Colonial days in the U.S. and, as a result, many of its streets are on the smaller side. For the most part, mid-sized and smaller vehicles are your best bet for driving in comfort in New Haven because there are times when larger SUVs and trucks may feel oversized on the road. This is especially the case when it comes to finding on-street parking.

  • What’s the speed limit in New Haven?

    Residential and neighborhood roads in New Haven feature speed limits of 20 to 40 mph, while urban roads go up to 50 mph. Outside of New Haven proper, the roads have speed limits of anywhere from 45 to 55 mph. Interstates have speed limits that go up to 65 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in New Haven?

    If you are in the downtown area, parking garages and lots are likely the safest bet. On-street parking can be difficult to find downtown, especially during the peak hours of the day. Outside of the downtown core and university district, streetside parking is plentifully available and drivers should have an easier time finding available spaces. Hourly parking garages in New Haven typically start at $2.00 per hour.

  • How much is the price of fuel in New Haven?

    The average price of fuel in New Haven is ₹ 312 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 3,749 and ₹ 4,999, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in New Haven?

    Standard (Ford Edge or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in New Haven.

  • Which hire car agencies are at John F Kennedy Intl airport (JFK)?

    Car hire companies onsite at John F Kennedy Intl airport include Budget, Avis, Dollar, Sixt, Thrifty, Ace, Alamo, Yesaway and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at John F Kennedy Intl airport (JFK)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from John F Kennedy Intl airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Budget, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

  • How can I find car hires near me in New Haven?

    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 New Haven?

    A Standard car hire in New Haven costs ₹ 8,242 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in New Haven?

    A Premium car hire in New Haven costs ₹ 12,844 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in New Haven?

    An Economy car hire in New Haven costs ₹ 8,240 per day, on average.

New Haven car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.4

Very Good

40 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in New Haven

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290 State St

+1 888 233 8749

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4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The only positive thing about my experience with Alamo was that the car was clean.

Cons:

They didn’t give me the size of vehicle promised even though I paid extra and then when I returned the car they attempted to charge me $60 more than my quote and I had to argue with them in order to be charged the quote given. I will never use Alamo again.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Customer service

Cons:

N/A

9.2 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The car had a fishy odor

8.8 Very Good

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was a very smooth experience, no 5ime wasted at either pickup or drop-off

Cons:

E

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and delivery went off without any glitches. Car was as expected.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

practically seamless rental process, courteous and pleasant staff. informative and proffesional.

1 out of 8

Hertz

7.7

Best rated

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.1

3 locations in New Haven

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1 George Street

+1 203 777 6861

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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155 Burr Street

+1 203 469 8826

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50 Union Avenue

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
It was a quick in and out for both pick up and drop off. Totally recommend them.

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Not good highly unlikely I’ll rent again

2.0 Poor

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Not good I was charged for the cars called and cancelled them and they were not refunded

8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Customer service was pleasant

2.0 Poor

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing Car was dirty took me 45 min to clean it during COVID esp unacceptable previous contract was in glove compartment that says alot drop off was closed for 3 mos had to go to airport as a last resort

Cons:

Everything car should be clean. We are in the middle of a pandemic. they gave us a drop off that has been closed fo 3 mos again unacceptable. nobody answers your phones this was a horrible experience

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was very helpful. Car was clean and ready.

Cons:

The location is a little small so it's tough to pull in and out of the location but that's just nit picking because I have nothing else bad to say lol

1 out of 13

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.7

3 locations in New Haven

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155 Burr Street

+1 203 468 5704

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170 Olive Street

+1 203 786 6584

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50 Union Avenue

+1 203 782 0082

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2.0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
I went to pick up the vehicle in New Haven. They told me the car type and to walk out to the lot to find it. Found the vehicle and it was FILTHY! The outside was filthy but the inside was worse. Food and crumbs and trash everywhere. All surfaces were dirty and sticky. It smelled like vomit in the vehicle as well. I flagged down a worker and showed him and he said he would vacuum quick. He literally only vaccumed of the seats and then gave the car back. Did not offer to switch out vehicles. He said that the night staff forgot to clean it. I ended up having to stop and clean it myself and wipe all surfaces down instead. Still food and trash on the floors so threw out the trash. The vehicle continued to have a horrible odor making it an awful experience to use for three days. Will definitely not ever rent from New Haven Budget ever again.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
All good

8.0 Very Good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Found keys in back seat and gave to attendant. Car not washed.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Car speakers didn’t work

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Everyone was very helpful and polite. The little Ford suv drove perfectly thanks guys😁

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 15

Avis

6.2

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.1

Value for money

6.5

3 locations in New Haven

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155 Burr Street

+1 203 466 2847

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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170 Olive Street

+1 203 772 6626

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50 Union Avenue

+1 203 624 2161

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Very easy drop off and pick up

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2024

KAYAK
The car I reserved wasn’t available (small car) was given a massive SUV instead. Car was dirty on the outside and had a large scratch on the outside. My pickup time was for 12 pm and I arrived at 4 pm, and was told that they do not hold cars or guarantee the car reserved if you come after your pickup time (I could only select 12 pm on the site when booking).

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Car tires needed air. I had to pump them up. Avoidance warning lights were always on in outside mirrors.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I reserved a rental last week appear to pick it up and it isn't present and avis had "no" cars I was able to rent

8.0 Very Good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Customer service was lacking. Not friendly or helpful. Car itself was perfectly fine. Clean, economical to use.

2.0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Avis tried to rip me off twice. They said the gas tank was full and I had to return it that way when I picked it up at 11:00 am Monday—there was less than 1/8 tank and according to the car, I could drive 27 miles before getting gas. When I returned the car, dropping the keys in the box at 6:30 in the morning Tuesday, before the desk opened and less than 24 hours from picking up, they charged me a late return fee and for an additional day—because they didn’t check the car in until Wednesday. Crappy, unprofessional, dishonest, disgusting.

1 out of 11

National

10.0

Wonderful

9 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in New Haven

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155 Burr St

+1 833 816 0319

Monday13:00 - 23:00
Tuesday13:00 - 23:00
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290 State St

+1 888 826 6890

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Convenient, good price for dropping car at different location

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.9

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in New Haven

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155 Burr St

+1 833 816 0917

Monday13:00 - 23:00
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2 Amity Rd

+1 203 397 4999

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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408 Crown St

+1 203 789 2252

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Clean car and fast pick up

6.0 Okay

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Good experience. Except needed the car for several more days. Non available at the time. Had to go with Budget rental for the additional time needed.

3.2 Poor

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and helpful

Cons:

Car was dirty, gas tank was empty, no one there when car returned during business hours

9.6 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop of super easy and close by. Staff were friendly and efficient

Cons:

No one was at the return counter when I returned the car, I don't like doing this because if there is an additional charge it is hard to argue

6.8 Okay

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was very fast.

Cons:

The car we reserved was not there and they had no others like it. Had to give us a smaller vehicle.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

A Service with a smile in the nicest way

Cons:

Nothing

1 out of 4

Dollar

7.0

One location in New Haven

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2260 Whitney Avenue

+1 203 466 0439

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Thrifty

6.7

Okay

No reviews available

One location in New Haven

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2260 Whitney Avenue

+1 203 466 0439

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in New Haven

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Tweed-New Haven Airport

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AutoEurope

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One location in New Haven

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New Haven Union Rail Station

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Sunnycars

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One location in New Haven

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155 Burr Street

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290 State St, New Haven, , USA Connecticut

+1 914 368 0091

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274 travellers who rented a car in New Haven gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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Pick-up locationNew Haven
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