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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Massachusetts

Hertz car rental in Massachusetts is extremely quick and easy. With so many wonderful attractions here you’ll find it to be the best way by far of getting around in comfort and at your own pace. To rent a car in Massachusetts, simply locate one of the many Hertz rental branches in this attractive New England state.

Massachusetts is real driver country. The road network here is exceptionally good and the signage clear and up-to-date. You’ll find it very easy to get around the sights, including such popular attractions and activities as the historic streets of Boston, whale watching off Plymouth and the Naumkeag estate and gardens in Stockbridge. Massachusetts is full of entertainment and interest, and the superb roads will give you the freedom to tailor your own break here.

Driving and Parking in Massachusetts

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Massachusetts . You should also really have an International Driving Permit (IDP), although your national driver’s licence is often recognised. For more information about driving regulations in Massachusetts, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA.

If you rent a car in Massachusetts you’ll find that different towns and cities here generally have their own regulations and provisions. These include on-street parking with or without meters, and different hourly charges for private car parks.

You may find it preferable to locate free street parking outside the downtown area of a city like Boston, and then walk in or take a transit bus where this option is available. Parking garages in congested central areas of major towns and cities is another option and you can usually take advantage of free valet parking services, although giving a tip of a few dollars is usual practice.

Driving in and around Massachusetts

Key routes

There are numerous state and interstate highways running across Massachusetts. These connect up the various towns and cities of the state like Boston and Plymouth as well as running on into neighbouring states like New Hampshire and Connecticut.

The longest highway in Massachusetts is US Route 20, which is 153 miles long and runs from New Lebanon to Boston.

The shortest Interstate is I-295, which is just four miles long and is an extension of Rhode Island’s I-295.

Route 28 in Massachusetts is the longest state highway, at 152 miles.

The Big Dig in Boston

The famous Big Dig (Central Artery/Tunnel) project in Boston sought to reroute Interstate 93 into a tunnel. This road cuts right through the heart of Boston and connects the city with Vermont, and the megaproject has attracted much debate on both sides of a divided opinion. Bear some points in mind when driving both here and in the US generally:

• A school bus with flashing red lights requires that all traffic in both directions stops until it’s safe to continue, and overtaking of it is not allowed.
• Carry driver documentation at all times in case the police or state troopers carry out a spot check. These usually occur at major junctions and on state and interstate highways.
• The usual speed limit on highways is 70mph, though this can vary between states. In built-up areas you’ll need to reduce your average speed to 30mph. Bear in mind also that close to the larger conurbations like Boston the traffic tends to be very congested, so plan ahead and avoid such spots in the rush hours especially.
• You’re usually allowed to turn right when the road lights are red, but check the signs just in case your junction is one of the exceptions.
** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.