Car & Limo Service, New York City
The use of limousine is not only for the celebrities and the rich, I am none of those, but at the right time at the right place with the right people a limousine can be a good option for local transportation downtown Manhattan at the cost that anyone can afford :)
Cities of the American northeast – New York, Boston, and Washington DC – might not be the world’s cheapest, but you can save a bundle by taking advantage of the recent boom of budget bus companies. These buses, which also connect with Philadelphia, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and even Charlotte, are a steal at as little as US$1 one way. These prices are not typical. I am thinking about going from Charlotte to DC next week and Megabus is currently quoting a round trip as low as $85. Boltbus does not currently serve Charlotte. Megabus has a much wider service area, ranging from Portland, Maine to Del Rio, Texas and Orlando, Florida. Considering most destinations are pedestrian-friendly (with good public transport and walkable centers), you can hop-scotch across the region without booking a flight or hiring a car. Better still, the ride’s comfortable, there’s free wi-fi, buses leave on time and there’s often plenty of room.
Book early online to get serious discounts on already cheap routes from Megabus and BoltBus.
Rented a car for 24 hours from Kennedy Airport. It was sourced through a web search engine, and ended up with Dollar.
All very smooth on collection and drop off.
Car rentals are all at Federal Circle, so get the Airtrain round from your terminal.
One strange thing - they charge you for a tank of petrol, and you bring it back "empty" - the opposite of the usual. Mine was still half full on return, so another earner for Dollar.
We made a reservation for a private transfer from the airport to our hotel and we were very surprised when our driver met us at the airport and took us to A LIMOUSINE. My son went crazy and we also loved the experience.
We were VERY SATISFIED about the service from CHRIS LIMOUSINES. They even called to our hotel to check the time to return and were extremely friendly !
If you're flying into JFK or LaGuardia, and are staying in a midtown hotel, it'll only cost approximately $15 more (versus hailing a taxicab) to have a private limo company picking you up at the airport.
In many cases, your hotel will be happy to make the arrangements. But if not, hit the internet and make the reservations yourself. It's so much more civilized to be met and assisted at the airport than to lug your stuff out to a taxi.
OK, so I'm a little lazy. : )
NOTE...SEE SEPARATE TIP FOR MORE INFO.... Do NOT use "Lincoln Limousine Service".
Just a note regarding one of the many limousine purveyors in NYC. We used Lincoln Limousine on our latest trip and were disappointed. Their cars are not as meticulously maintained as they suggest, and the drivers have a real communication problem. As an example, consider this...
OUR driver from La Guardia was unfamiliar with Florida, where we live. We mentioned that we lived in Florida and he says "where is Florida? is it warmer there?" Now, his knowledge of Florida wasn't necessary to get us to the hotel, but it points out his lack of awareness.
He also had a problem discerning between the DOUBLETREE hotel and the W (DOUBLE-U) hotel. Arrrgh.
Use someone other than Lincoln.
They may not have the newest model car around, but after 6 different uses to/from JFK, I'll have to say Tel-Aviv Limo delivers. Their prices are very competitive and the cars are in pretty good shape (considering some of the roads and the milagae they put on).
You want new cars? You gotta pay.... when I can save $20 (or more) each way, I'll take a car a couple years old.
It was never my intention to ride in a limousine. When I initially planned my trip to NYC I arranged for private transportation (a sedan) from JFK to Manhattan. Due to the fact that the immigration service at JFK's Delta Airlines terminal was a complete mess because they "forgot" to have all the necessary immigration forms on board the plane, it took us three hours to get out of the airport - a nightmare, and our driver had left already. I called the renting service to complain about this and was sort of expecting a refund. I had booked my return transportation to JFK (a week later) with the same company, and to my surprise the driver showed up in a long stretch limo and apologized a dozen times for the fact they missed us when we arrived.
Hey, it was a fun experience, but i could've also missed it.
If you want to book a limo, there are dozens of companies in New York, but stick to those listed with the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission - see website.
Here you will also find listings of transportation services for people with disabillites, and more affordable solutions for private transportation like Black Cars and Community Cars.
Another good idea during your visit to New York,can be rent a Limusine to go to airport from Manhattan.The price is about the same that if you get two taxis and you can feel like a millionaire!!. :)
Ask in the reception of your hotel for more details.
The traffic inside Manhattan wasn´t as bad as I expected, but it is terrible to find a parking lot somewhere.... Fees are high so the best choice might be a payed parking. You definately don´t need a car in New York City. The Metropolitain and Bus System is well organized.....
Or you can take one of the famous yellow cabs.......
The airport transfert. If it is not included within the tour price, it is forgoten in the budget eventhough it could be heavy cost.
Arriving at night at La Guardia, the transfert was a concern.
By subway is long, not direct, tiring and unsafe.
By bus, uneasy according to the location of our hotel.
By taxi, too expensive : 30$ doubled at night.
We were 6 and we chose the most magnificient solution, cheaper than 2 taxis, we reserved from Paris by Internet a limousine for 90$ from the Airport to our hotel.
It was a real pleasure to be waited by a driver with a sign after 7 hours of travel worsened by the time lag.
Unfortunatly, we arrived at 1AM and the route had been too short (30 mn) to fully take profit of the limousine.
In Europe the cars are so small...
If you are travelling with a lot of people, then taking several taxis would cost you a lot. You might be better off if you ride a limousine. That's what my friends and I did. Amazingly enough, it turned out to be Mariah Carey's old limo!
These limos can be seen everywhere around the city. If you'd like to get around New York in one of these simply call any car service company, most of them have this kind of attraction.
All over the streets. By night at time square is very commun see a limosines over and over.