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Syracuse car hire information

Pick-up locationSyracuse
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Hire locations17
Airport locations10

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Syracuse

  • 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 hire car step one of your trip to Syracuse? If so and you are landing at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, you will find the hire 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.
  • Book your rental car in Syracuse at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Syracuse are around 60% more expensive than other car types, on average

Syracuse car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Syracuse 
Verified travelerOct 2023
Go directly to the prime vendors - do not use a third party. Even though this is as much the fault of Hertz as Kayak, the possibility of changes is more with a 3rd party.
Verified travelerJul 2023
The airport is easy to get in and out of. We just went directly to Highway 81 to upstate New York without any difficulty.
MarieAug 2023
Only pick up at airport

FAQs about renting a car in Syracuse

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Syracuse?

    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.

  • What’s the speed limit in Syracuse?

    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.

  • Where are the best places to park in Syracuse?

    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.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Syracuse?

    The average price of fuel in Syracuse is $6.39 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $77 and $102, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Syracuse?

    Standard (Volkswagen Tiguan or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Syracuse.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Syracuse?

    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 Syracuse?

    A Standard car hire in Syracuse costs $125 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Syracuse?

    A Compact car hire in Syracuse costs $85 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Syracuse?

    An Intermediate car hire in Syracuse costs $68 per day, on average.

Syracuse car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

Cleanliness

5.6

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.1

Value for money

5.4

3 locations in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Col Eileen Collins Bl

+1 315 455 2498

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00

1216 Burnet Avenue

+1 315 426 0936

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

638 W Genesee St

+1 315 423 6570

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Everything was good

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Hertz moved offices but didn't update me (or the seven other hertz customers who went to the same old address the same day). Hertz gave away my car and then charged me more for an upgrade as my only option. Enterprise across the street from the old Hertz address was kind to give me a free ride to the new Hertz address. I'll def go Enterprise next time no matter the extra cost. Relatability matters!

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Kayak stated on the website a car was available but come to find out there was no cars available for the weekend. Just need better communication with each local business.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Pick up & drop off were easy. The van drove very well.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
GEORGE THE MANAGER located on Burnet Ave in Syracuse cancelled my reservation after I said I need a van to travel to Florida. He said he could get me something similar, such as an 8 passenger SUV.. I told him that this would not work because we are relocating to Florida. I said cancel the SUV and George cancelled the entire reservation. I was so pissed off that used some expletive's toward George at the end of our conversation but nevertheless he could have tried to help me right from the beginning, as a opposed to being indifferent and a care less attitude. So in the end your company lost out on a one way van rental to Naples Florida in the approximate amount of 674.00. Furthermore now that I am retired and can afford to travel, I will never do business with hertz again

2.0 Poor

Oct 2021

KAYAK
Car was not at airport (requiring uber to rental site) and initial rental had to be returned because it reeked of cigarettes.

1 out of 31

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.6

Very Good

35 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.2

2 locations in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd

+1 833 813 5267

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

523 W Genesee St

+1 315 423 0022

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The pick up was very easy. The vehicle was clean and ready to go.

8.8 Very Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes I was greeted at the door for pickup and drop off, no issues, everything went smooth.

Cons:

The car wasn't cleaned well. The car mats were soaked with water. There were two pickles, yes pickles, wedged in between the seats. There was the smell of weed throughout the car. There was a weed spray in the door, called Blunteffects, left behind by the previous renter.

2.8 Poor

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff said they would drop me off...I was told to be there after 2:30. I was also told they were at the Watertown airport which is not the case and the Sheriff at the airport said they get numerous customers coming there for enterprise. When I got to the right place it was 3:30 because I was at the airport for 20 minutes, on hold with local office waiting for a employee to answer for 20 minutes. When I called again a girl picked up and said I was misinformed by one of the employees and the radius of drop off is 15 miles and no one could take me to Clayton.

Cons:

Staff needs to know the policies. Website needs to state the radius. Staff needs to answer the phone...I have yet to get through to the Syracuse staff to dispute the bill. I got charged 173 and The Syracuse guy gave me paper work for 139

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was excellent

6.0 Okay

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

Make sure vehicle is completely ready for long distance

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

It was great. They gave us a bigger vehicle and even paid for our Ride to the airport because the shuttle was not available.

1 out of 6

Payless

7.2

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.7

One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd

+1 315 455 6406

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00

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2.0 Poor

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was professional.

Cons:

If i got my refund because I never got to rent the car. That would be nice. They should somehow utilize there software to know if there are any cars for rent. Please help me get my refund. I got my refund from the insurance company for extra insurance but not for the car

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff in Syracuse was great, dropoff was super easy in Boston.

Cons:

Nothing it was amazing.

9.2 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Cheaper

6.4 Okay

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great.

Cons:

Car was dirty, inside & out.

6.0 Okay

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Purchased insurance but never got the confirmation for insurance I had to purchase twice

2.0 Poor

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Please don’t use this company. I got to the airport in Syracuse and it turns out they don’t function on saturdays. I ended up booking with Avis. I will run the other way if I ever hear of this car rental company again

1 out of 10

Dollar

5.4

Best rated

Cleanliness

5.7

Comfort

5.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.5

Value for money

5.6

One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd

+1 866 434 2226

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

It reeked of cigarettes

2.0 Poor

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing!

Cons:

There was a huge line at the counter, and a long wait to pick up my car. I was supposed to get a full size car but the only car they had left was a compact. Awful experience!

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was nice. However they helped as little as possible, but over all the experience was. Okay.

Cons:

The vehicle had a sticker on the door saying it was cleaned. A baby sock was found in the back hatch area, which should have been easily found if cleaned. The worst part was a strong odor coming from the driver side back seat. Terrible smell, I drove straight from NY to Fl. When I got home my wife told me it smelled like baby vomit or spilt formula.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Not friendly, didn’t have my car, I’m gonna write a horrible Yelp review

Cons:

Literally anything. You did nothing right

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff members. Girl that had to downgrade me from an SUV to a full size vehicle was just doing her job.

Cons:

Don't use a debit card unless you only want a maximum of a full size car. I requested an SUV because I had to travel and the weather got pretty bad. I had to downgrade to the Maxima and the handling was terrible. I understand there's rules but my debit card has more cash on it than most credit cards. They could have done a larger deposit or something to secure the vehicle I requested. I needed the vehicle so I couldn't cancel or change things.

2.8 Poor

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Car didn’t have brake.very dangerous to drive

1 out of 15

National

10.0

Wonderful

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd

+1 844 370 9183

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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7.6 Good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

we were upgraded to a nice SUV.

Cons:

Employee got snippy when I declined coverage and said he actually enjoyed it when people decline and then have an issue and their insurance rates go up.

1 out of 1

Avis

7.9

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.8

One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1031 West Genesee Street

+1 315 449 2732

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Its good but im hoping that the milege charge will be lower its better.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Great!

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The agent in Syracuse was excellent. Drop off in Philadelphia was easy.

8.0 Very Good

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

8.0 Very Good

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The chair in the back did not go down and the girl though she tried could not get it to go down and we needed it as we were transporting a dresser. They had no other van for us to take and no other person that could fix it, so my husband had to take it anyway because we had no choice. So my husband ended up fixing it when he got home.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Heavy Cigarette smell in car Charged us double the price on our credit card even though receipt is for correct amount. Still disputing this matter Very difficult to contact local Avis.. rolls over to national call center.. very frustrating

1 out of 3

Alamo

7.7

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.0

One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd

+1 844 370 9182

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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6.4 Okay

May 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The car smelled of smoke and had stains on the seats.

9.2 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Upgrade my car to SUV

Cons:

Price of suv

5.2 Fair

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Good car Good gas mileage

Cons:

Drop off was terrible. Persons in garage were pushy and grabbed my keys and locked the car as soon as I arrived. Asked them THREE TIMES NOT TO LOCK THE Car UNTIL I GOT MY TGHINGS OUT!!! But they did anyway and said they did not. They had the keys so it was not me who locked it. Seemed like they just wanted to grab the car and not give me time to exit Just a bums rush!!

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

no hassle

6.8 Okay

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The price was much more affordable than Hertz's car rental for a driver under 21 years of age, although a little excessive.

Cons:

The car was parked very close to a car on the left, which made it very difficult for me to get into the car initially. The car was not clean when I first entered it. The steering wheel was oily and there were crumbs from food on the floor and under the emergency brake. The windshield wipers had some sort of sticky residue under the rubber, not allowing me to properly wipe my windshields. Visibility was low during my road trip, making driving somewhat dangerous.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

I got no help from u to correct the problem poor service

1 out of 3

Budget

5.3

Cleanliness

6.1

Comfort

5.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.1

Value for money

5.3

One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1031 West Genesee Street

+1 315 446 1323

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
You wouldn't allow me to cancel the reservation, I had to pay for a car I didn't need.

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Syracuse staff was helpful, friendly, efficient.

Cons:

The check engine light came on while I was in NC, 700 miles away from home.Obviously I rented a car for reliability so I called, they told me to take it to local shop and trade it in. I went to 2 different locations and called the airport location. The only thing the staff would say is no cars were available. Which is fine, but there were no other options offered, no recommended plan of action. This is their car, there should have been more guidance. I drove the car back and it made it ok. Not knowing what the issue was or what could go wrong was a stress I did not need on this trip.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

i appreciate oicking up the car in my neighborhood, and being able to drop it off at Hancock airport

2.0 Poor

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Lady at

Cons:

Blonde Lady at Dewitt location is clueless.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

when I booked I thought the pickup point was at the Syracuse Airport, but was informed actually it was downtown Syracuse. But they took the timevto find a good value that theyhad there. So I was on the road quite quickly.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Decided to not pick up the car from the airport and instead from a dealer outside of town. Was much easier and a better price.

1 out of 4

Thrifty

6.0

2 locations in Syracuse

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1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd

+1 315 455 1001

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

5400 South Bay Rd

+1 315 455 1001

Monday06:00 - 18:00
Tuesday06:00 - 18:00
Wednesday06:00 - 18:00
Thursday06:00 - 18:00
Friday06:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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2.0 Poor

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I got to the counter and was told that Thrifty had not had a presence at the Syracuse airport for several months. I had a panic attack, then booked another car with a different search tool. I won't use Hotwire or Kayak again

2.0 Poor

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Made reservations on 1/21/18 for rental dates of 2/16 to 2/20. When we arrived at the airport on the morning of 2/16, we were informed by other car rental agencies that Thrifty had closed up permanently about a week prior, not only at the airport location but at all locations that the one franchisee/owner operated. We were not informed by any means, which left us scrapping for another car. We were able to obtain one through Budget/Avis, but unfortunately we were unable to get the size car we wanted. Any car is better than no car, but had the Thrifty franchisee/location owner informed us at the time they closed, we would have been able to search out a car from another agency. Poor management and ownership representation. Would like to give ZERO stars.

6.4 Okay

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

staff and check in were smooth.

Cons:

It was a snowy day and the vehicle had inadequate tires for the conditions.

3.6 Poor

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Bluetooth

Cons:

I paid almost $400 for 3.5 days. If the car was at least midsize it would have been almost worth it, but it was a tiny compact Ford Fiesta and I felt carsick the entire time driving it! Mind you this was almost $400 without ANY coverage. $25 extra per day because I’m under 25 years old. I will never rent from thrifty again.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The place never let me get it because he claim i yelled at him he was very racist

Cons:

Never got a chance to drive it

2.0 Poor

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

not one thing.

Cons:

We arrived to the airport only to learn that there was no car available for us despite holding a reservation for weeks. No notification. No offer to remedy the situation. Terrible service. Will never use Thrifty again.

1 out of 7

Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

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One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Syracuse

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Locations in Syracuse

1000 Colonel Elieen Collins Blvd

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344 travellers who rented a car in Syracuse gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.0

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