Old Jul 18, 18, 1:22 pm
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Originally Posted by travelmad478 View Post

Manhattan is a different animal for car rentals—very expensive. If you’re in Manhattan, the best way to rent a car is to take the train to somewhere on the Metro North or NJ Transit lines (as far away from the city as makes sense for you) and get it there.
Or the LIRR: I got some very good rates at the Avis/Budget locations in New Hyde Park and Rockville Centre when I used to live in Queens.

While fees for rental-car pick-ups at airports are usually higher than in-city pick-ups, base rates at airports can often be lower -- sometimes substantially lower.

I priced a one-way rental from Philadelphia to Manhattan on a random day for next March, when the OP expects to make this trip. Budget's base rates were identical for pick-up at either PHL airport, or 30th Street Station. But Hertz' base rate at 30th Street Station was about $300 higher for a one-day rental compared to pick-up at the airport!
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