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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Montreal Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$87.73 per day
Montreal Airport
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$101.40 per day
Downtown
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$102.51 per day
Downtown
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$106.10 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$107.98 per day
Montreal Airport
Premium
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$115.46 per day
Montreal Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$133.25 per day
Montreal Airport
Mini Van
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$267.76 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:48 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, French
Currency
CAD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$128 per day
Average car rental length
8 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 70 km/h or 25 - 43 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 110 km/h or 50 - 68 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.3 / 10

Why rent a car in Montreal?

Montreal is a great place to visit that’s full of culture. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in North America, it combines elegant historic architecture with sophisticated museums and contemporary art spaces. After seeing the city, you can drive to explore the rest of the vast and diverse province of Quebec.

Montreal

One-Way Car Rentals in Montreal

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Montreal and drop off in another city include:

  • From Montreal to Chicago - 17 offers from $77.07 per day
  • From Montreal to Toronto - 62 offers from $62.86 per day
  • From Montreal to Quebec City - 30 offers from $74.70 per day
  • From Montreal to Dieppe - 15 offers from $62.86 per day
  • From Montreal to Vancouver - 15 offers from $134.24 per day

Top ways to enter Montreal

  • Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The third-busiest in Canada, Montreal Airport served 19.4 million travelers in 2018. The airport is named after Pierre Trudeau, a former prime minister of Canada and the father of current Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Located about 20km (12 miles) west of downtown, the airport can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Ottawa Airport. Serving Canada’s capital city, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport handles nearly five million travelers every year. The airports host a number of domestic flights as well as flights to and from the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Located near the border of Ontario and Quebec, Ottawa Airport is 200km (125 miles) west of Montreal and can be reached in about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Quebec City Airport. Located in the capital of Quebec, this airport handles many flights to and from small communities in the northern part of Quebec as well as other destinations in Canada and abroad. Located 250km (155 miles) northeast of Montreal, the airport can be reached in 2 hours and 45 minutes.

City facts

  • Montreal has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The average high temperature in the city is 26°C  (79°F) in July, the warmest month, and -5°C  (22°F) in January, the coldest. The rainiest period of the year is between June and September; February is the driest month.
  • Montreal, like the rest of Quebec, is a primarily French-speaking city, but there is also a large community of native English speakers. Around 60% of Montreal’s residents are fluent in both languages, and this includes the majority of people working in the tourism and service industries. Other languages such as Italian, Arabic, and Spanish also have a large number of native speakers in the city.
  • The largest part of Montreal is located on the Island of Montreal, a large island at the meeting point of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. Montreal is made up of 19 boroughs that are further divided into neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods have a distinct character. Some of the best-known are Little Italy, downtown, Mile End, and Old Montreal. Montreal has a population of around 1.8 million, making it the second-largest city in Canada. Another 2.3 million people live in its wider metropolitan area.

Top sights and activities

  • Old Montreal. Also known as Vieux-Montréal, the most famous part of the city is made up of narrow cobblestone streets, the Old Montreal Port, and some of the oldest European architecture in North America. First, visit Jacques-Cartier Street which is full of tiny galleries, classy restaurants, and street performers. Then, check out landmarks like the Notre Dame Basilica. 
  • Parc du Mont-Royal. Surrounding Mount Royal which gave Montreal its name, this park is one of the largest green spaces in Montreal. A scenic place to visit regardless of the season, it is made up of walking paths, Beaver Lake, and man-made attractions such as the George-Étienne Cartier Monument and the Mount Royal Chalet.
  • McCord Museum. Located in Downtown Montreal, the McCord Museum is dedicated to the history of Canada. Plenty of exhibitions introduce visitors to such varied topics as the First Nations of Canada, the arrival of Europeans, and the art made by inhabitants of the country throughout centuries.
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Another notable cultural institution, this is one of the best art museums in all of North America. In addition to works by virtually every notable Canadian artist, you will also find pieces by such world-famous masters as Rembrandt, Cezanne, El Greco, and others. There are also very interesting collections of Native Canadian and Inuit art. Visit the museum’s interactive website to learn more about working hours, admission, and collection.
  • Underground City. Also known as RÉSO, the Underground City is a network of tunnels that connect the various business offices, shopping centers, exhibition halls, and cultural venues of Downtown Montreal. Although not exclusively subterranean, many of these locales are themselves located underground, making this a fascinating place to visit.

Traffic and parking

  • The speed limits vary between different roads. The general limits are 90km/h to 110km/h on motorways and outside cities and from 30km/h to 50km/h inside cities.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05%. Driving under influence exceeding the limit is a criminal offense and can lead to hefty fines, a suspension of your license, and even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your license with you at all times.
  • Using the mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The rule is strictly imposed with high fines.
  • The phone number for emergencies is 911.

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in eastern Canada, including some in Quebec. Different toll roads are administered by different authorities, so the available methods of payment and fee amount also depend on each toll road. It is best to look them up in advance, finding the information for each province in which you plan to travel. You can also use the Canadian toll calculator to calculate the approximate fees for your upcoming trip.

Ideas for day trips

  • Quebec City. Much smaller than Montreal, but the capital city of Quebec, Quebec City is a history lover’s dream. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Chateau Frontenac is said to be the most photographed hotel in North America. And there are also other attractions like the Citadel and the Terrasse Dufferin. Located 260km (160 miles) northeast of Montreal, Quebec City can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Mont-Tremblant National Park. The small town of Mont-Tremblant is rightly known as Eastern Canada’s winter sports mecca. But unlike the ski slopes, the national park that surrounds it can be enjoyed year-round. The perfect place for hiking, canoeing, and spotting wildlife, Mont-Tremblant is one of the nicest national parks in Quebec. The park is 135km (84 miles) northwest of Montreal and can be reached in just 90 minutes.
  • Ottawa. More interesting than a lot of people give it credit for, Canada’s capital has more than its fair share of attractions. Visitors enjoy high-class museums like the Canadian Aviation Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, the city’s many green spaces, and, of course, the majestic Parliament Hill. Located 200km (125 miles) west of Montreal, Ottawa can be reached by car in only two hours. 
  • Magog. Canada's response to Loch Ness, the glacial lake of Memphremagog, on the coast of which the town of Magog is located, is said to be inhabited by a strange aquatic creature that has been allegedly seen tens of times and is now, naturally, the stuff of legend. Even if you’re not lucky enough to spot Magog’s most famous denizen, this is still a lovely place to visit, not least thanks to the area’s wineries, ski slopes, and relaxed atmosphere. Magog is east of Montreal near the city of Sherbrooke and can be reached by car in about an hour and 30 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car type in Montreal is the economy, followed by compact and standard. The most popular rental cars are the Nissan Note, the Chevrolet Spark, and the Hyundai Elantra.

Further destinations

  • Toronto. The largest city in Canada, Toronto is also a hub of culture, performance arts, and innovation. There’s plenty to see and do here including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Science Center, the CN Tower, the beaches of Lake Ontario, and nearby Niagara Falls. Located 540km (335 miles) southwest of Montreal, Toronto can be reached in about 5 hours and 30 minutes.
  • La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve. A protected area that’s the size of a small country, La Verendrye is the proof that even near the large cities of Eastern Canada, it is possible to find true wilderness. Made up of more than 4,000 rivers and lakes and home to wildlife species like the black bear, white-tailed deer, and gray wolf, it is the perfect place for being in nature. Located 290km (180 miles) northwest of Montreal, the reserve can be reached in about 3 hours.
  • The United States. Montreal is located on the border with the United States, and any traveler must be at least tempted to visit Canada’s neighbor. Iconic American cities like Boston and New York are just a few hours drive south, and with a rental car, even cities like Detroit or Philadelphia are within your reach. To go from Canada to the United States, you’d have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Also, be sure to check if you need a visa to enter the United States.
  • Tadoussac. A small village on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, Tadoussac is known as one of the best places in Canada for whale watching. Every summer, hundreds of mink, fin, and beluga whales, as well as other large marine mammals like white-sided dolphins and harbor porpoises, come to the area and can be seen on boat tours that take off from the city (the whale watching season generally lasts from May to September). Tadoussac is also home to the Marine Mammal Interpretation Center, a small, but interesting zoological museum. The drive from Montreal takes about six hours (you can stop at Quebec City which is located almost exactly between the two).

Car rental prices in Montreal

  • Convertibles - from $211 per day
  • Large cars - from $88 per day
  • Medium cars - from $101 per day
  • Vans - from $268 per day
  • Premium cars - from $115 per day
  • Small cars - from $101 per day
  • SUVs - from $106 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips to land a good rental car in Montreal:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Montreal is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 37% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 53% cheaper than renting a vehicle in April.
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  19. 3,458.1 km / 2,148.8 miles away
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Top 20 locations near Montreal

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  9. 1,617.8 km / 1,005.3 miles away
  10. 1,818.4 km / 1,129.9 miles away
  11. 2,500.7 km / 1,553.9 miles away
  12. 2,968.7 km / 1,844.7 miles away
  13. 3,005.6 km / 1,867.6 miles away
  14. 3,009.1 km / 1,869.8 miles away
  15. 3,396.6 km / 2,110.5 miles away
  16. 3,458.1 km / 2,148.8 miles away
  17. 3,565.9 km / 2,215.7 miles away
  18. 3,627.8 km / 2,254.2 miles away
  19. 3,675 km / 2,283.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Montreal?

Car rental prices in Montreal vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Montreal
$46.92
January
$46.60
February
$45.36
March
$48.70
April
$44.81
May
$63.21
June
$87.69
July
$75.23
August
$66.61
September
$53.90
October
$42.32
November
$60.23
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Montreal is November (when prices average $42.32 per day). This is 25% cheaper than the yearly average and 52% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $87.69).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Montreal?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 11 days, and in November, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Montreal
8
January
8
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
11
June
9
July
8
August
9
September
8
October
6
November
8
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Montreal?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Montreal is August, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Montreal by pick-up date relative to the average
39%
January
47%
February
60%
March
72%
April
99%
May
90%
June
154%
July
207%
August
153%
September
155%
October
43%
November
81%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 13
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Routes Car Rental, Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Economy rent a car
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price $88 per day
Cheapest supplier Avis

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car Rental Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Alamo Toyota RAV4 4 4 SUVs
Dollar Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Avis Chevrolet Malibu 4 3 Large cars
Economy rent a car Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Nissan Versa 5 2 Medium cars
Dollar Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Kia Soul 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Toyota C-HR 4 2 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Italy
Toyota C-HR
March 15, 2024
would recommend absolutely
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
December 11, 2023
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Canada
Toyota Corolla
July 13, 2023
Visits with friends and family.
Canada
Toyota Corolla
December 6, 2022
in case of dispute I would recommend making them do a proper walk around with you present.
France
Hyundai Elantra
November 6, 2022
it s very important to have a car here in canada .I didn t like the parking rates here.It s very expensive and it s very difficult to find a pmace and theirvparkibg system is very xomplicated to understand.
Canada
Kia Rio
September 26, 2022
I drove in a terrible thunder storm on country roads at night but the car was up to the challenge.
Canada
Jeep Compass
July 7, 2018
The old port is really nice. You will find a pedestrian zone during the summer months. One should also visit Isle Jean Drapeau with many green spots. Or Mont Royal, the city's mountain.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Alamo
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
23
Total rental companies
9
Average daily price
$127.78
Lowest daily price
$87.73
Total cars available
343

Top 9 suppliers in Montreal in 2024

Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 101 reviews
2 locations
$101 - $318
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.5 / 27 reviews
2 locations
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.4 / 92 reviews
13 locations
$88 - $225
National
National
Very good 8.4 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$107 - $334
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.2 / 29 reviews
2 locations
$103 - $303
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.8 / 41 reviews
2 locations
$103 - $304
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7
1 location
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.7
1 location
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.4 / 104 reviews
1 location
$371 - $716
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