It is highly recommended that visitors of Syracuse rent a car, as the city is much more easily navigated in a private car than via public transportation, especially because public transportation options are fairly limited and the city was designed primarily with private vehicles in mind. For instance, if you would like to go from downtown Syracuse to the Lakefront then it is 3 miles away, or a mere 7-minute, but if you were to take public transport it would take upwards of 30 minutes.
Is picking up the rental car step one of your trip to Syracuse? If so and you are landing at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, you will find the rental car counters in the main terminal of the airport.
In the area surrounding Syracuse University, jaywalking by pedestrians is particularly common and should be looked out for. This is partly because of the high density of pedestrians and also because of the many tiny streets in the area. It is not too big of an issue, but just make sure to keep your eyes open for any people suddenly walking across the street.
Rush hour in Syracuse, while not as bad as neighboring New York City, is worth avoiding at its peak hours. The morning rush hour usually lasts from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour goes from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. As far as congestion goes, I-81 is one of the worst affected during rush hour and, unless your commute requires it, it should be avoided.
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Luxury rental cars in Syracuse are around 64% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Syracuse which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Dollar and Alamo
On average a hire car in Syracuse costs C$ 86 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Syracuse are Enterprise (8.5, 117 reviews), Alamo (8.5, 81 reviews), and Hertz (6.7, 154 reviews).
The average gas price in Syracuse is C$ 4.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 50 and C$ 66, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Syracuse.
A Compact car rental in Syracuse costs C$ 75 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Syracuse costs C$ 61 per day, on average.
A Supplier choice car rental in Syracuse costs C$ 50 per day, on average.
In Syracuse, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd (8 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Syracuse costs C$ 601 per week (C$ 86 per day).
On average a rental car in Syracuse costs C$ 2,576 per month (C$ 86 per day).
Syracuse is one of the more historic cities in the United States and, as such, many of its roads and streets harken back to the pre-automobile era. These streets can often be on the narrower side, so smaller vehicles such as compacts, sedans and coupes are recommended to visitors renting a car in Syracuse. If nothing else, a larger vehicle could be difficult to fit into streetside parking spots.
Residential speed limits range from 25 to 45 mph, while urban areas typically range from 35 to 55 mph. Additionally, highways and freeways feature speed limits of 65 mph in rural areas and 55 mph in urban areas.
Gas prices are on average about $2.50 in Syracuse, which is on the upper end of gas prices in the United States. However, this is slightly cheaper than the average price seen in nearby New York City, which is around $2.60 per gallon.
If you plan to visit the downtown area of Syracuse, your best bet for finding parking is at one of the various parking garages dotting the downtown area. Streetside parking is also an option but it can fill up quickly in the more popular areas, so if you don’t get there early, all the spots may be gone already. However, parking is amply available in the garages so you should experience no issues finding parking.