Like many municipalities in the U.S., White Plains is best navigated by personal vehicle. This is in large part because of the lack of public transportation available in the city. For example, say you want to go to the Kykuit House. By car, it is an 8.7-mile drive that lasts 20 minutes. But by bus? It would take well over an hour.
For travelers who plan to pick up a rental car and are landing at Westchester County Airport, you will find the rental car companies located in the Arrivals Hall. If you are instead landing at JFK International Airport and driving to White Plains from there, the rental car desks are located in the Arrivals Area of each terminal.
In White Plains, and throughout the state of New York, drivers are prohibited from using their cell phones and other handheld electronic devices when driving. This includes taking photos, making phone calls, or sending text messages. The exception to this rule is if the device is hands-free or is somehow affixed to the vehicle. So, if you plan on using your phone as a GPS device, make sure you have it set to a hands-free setting.
Due to its proximity to New York City, White Plains can experience moderate congestion and traffic during rush hour, particularly for commuters heading into the city. The typical morning rush hour goes from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on heavy mornings and from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 on lighter days. The afternoon rush hour usually lasts from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Book your rental car in White Plains at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Full-size rental cars in White Plains are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in White Plains
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Enterprise (C$ 88/day), Avis (C$ 127/day) and Budget (C$ 132/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Enterprise 240 Airport Rd 10604-1315 (7 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in White Plains are Hertz (8.6, 109 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 73 reviews), and Alamo (8.5, 65 reviews).
The average gas price in White Plains 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.
Standard (Nissan Pathfinder or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in White Plains.
A Standard car rental in White Plains costs C$ 91 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in White Plains costs C$ 70 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in White Plains costs C$ 114 per day, on average.
Small and medium-sized cars are the best choices for rental car drivers in White Plains. For the most part, the city streets are large enough for any vehicle you may desire, but there are the occasional pre-automobile roads that can be a tad windy and narrow. On-street parking spots are also on the small side at times, so large SUVs and trucks may struggle to find spots large enough for them during peak hours.
Residential areas in White Plains feature a range of speed limits from 20 mph all the way up to 45 mph on larger roads. Rural areas in White Plains feature speed limits that range between 35 and 55 mph, with the higher end seen on divided highways. Interstates and freeways generally have speed limits of 65 mph.
On average, gas costs around $2.75 per gallon in White Plains. This is fairly standard for New York State, but they are somewhat higher the average price seen in most of the U.S.
Parking is very plentiful throughout White Plains and drivers will have no issues finding available parking spots. If you are visiting the downtown area, then parking garages are most likely your best bet for finding an available spot, as on-street parking spots fill up during daytime hours. In residential areas, though, on-street parking is much more available. As for the cost of paid parking, parking garages and private lots typically start out at around $2.00 per hour.