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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Montreal Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$14.08 per day
Montreal Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota RAV4 or similar
Toyota RAV4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Economy rent a car
$34.02 per day
Montreal Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$51.45 per day
Montreal Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Hyundai Sonata or similar
Hyundai Sonata
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$57.43 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Montreal Airport Car Rental
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$62.26 / per day
Montreal Airport Car Rental
Premium
Chevrolet Silverado or similar
Chevrolet Silverado
  • 5
  • 6
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$66.52 / per day
Montreal Airport Car Rental
Full-size Elite
BMW 3 Series or similar
BMW 3 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$74.10 / per day
Montreal Airport Car Rental
Minivan
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$76.74 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 16:25 on 2023-01-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English,
French
Currency
CAD
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
1
Average car rental price
$58.26 / per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 80 km/h
19 - 50 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
60 - 100 km/h
37 - 62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.0–0.15%
Rating
9.8

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 Car Rental

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 $76.86 per day
  • From Montreal to Toronto - 62 offers from $62.69 per day
  • From Montreal to Quebec City - 30 offers from $74.50 per day
  • From Montreal to Dieppe - 15 offers from $62.69 per day
  • From Montreal to Vancouver - 15 offers from $133.87 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 destinations 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.

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 a day-trip

  • 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. 

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

  • Large cars - from $61 per day
  • Medium cars - from $55 per day
  • Vans - from $94 per day
  • Premium cars - from $66 per day
  • Small cars - from $52 per day
  • SUVs - from $72 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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What travel writers say

A captivating fusion of the modernism of North America and the traditional charm of Europe, Montreal is a city with so many facets. With a French heart and a distinctly Canadian charm, Montreal is unlike anywhere else that you have ever been.
KR
Kiersten Rich
Hi! I’m Kiki, a California native, who left my career in corporate finance to become a world traveler.
Montreal is a city with more to offer its visitors than most cities found across North America. With a rich and vibrant history, as well as thriving arts and social scenes, there really is something for everyone here. Having been colonised by both English and French, Montreal offers an incredible mix of classic British and French architecture that is worth a trip to the city all on its own.
C&G
Cory & G
You Could Travel was founded by Cory and G, two explorers with an inner drive to push themselves outside their conformity of everyday life.
One of the first areas of the city that comes to mind when you think of Montreal might be Old Montreal and Old Port. With its cobblestone streets and grandiose architecture, you might feel like you’ve transported yourself to Europe. It makes sense to start your first day in Old Montreal.
LY
Lauren Yakiwchuk
Justin Plus Lauren is Justin and Lauren, a couple from Toronto, Canada. We are travellers, travel bloggers, influencers, content creators, photographers, and videographers. Our goal is to travel around the world as much as possible. Lauren is the full time travel blogger and content creator behind this travel blog.

Top 20 Cities near Montreal

  1. 494.2 km / 307.1 miles away
  2. Mississauga Car Rentals from $36.64 per day
    509.4 km / 316.5 miles away
  3. 152.1 km / 94.5 miles away
  4. Halifax Car Rentals from $78.23 per day
    803.4 km / 499.2 miles away
  5. 554.8 km / 344.7 miles away
  6. Quebec City Car Rentals from $51.76 per day
    233.0 km / 144.8 miles away
  7. Kitchener Car Rentals from $54.78 per day
    580.2 km / 360.5 miles away
  8. 514.8 km / 319.9 miles away
  9. London Car Rentals from $54.78 per day
    658.5 km / 409.2 miles away
  10. Windsor Car Rentals from $54.76 per day
    819.0 km / 508.9 miles away
  11. Dieppe Car Rentals from $57.92 per day
    705.8 km / 438.6 miles away
  12. 561.3 km / 348.8 miles away
  13. Saint John Car Rentals from $57.91 per day
    613.0 km / 380.9 miles away
  14. 264.6 km / 164.4 miles away
  15. 827.0 km / 513.9 miles away
  16. Sept-Îles Car Rentals from $86.75 per day
    761.8 km / 473.4 miles away
  17. 80.5 km / 50.0 miles away
  18. Moncton Car Rentals from $62.26 per day
    696.8 km / 433.0 miles away
  19. 485.8 km / 301.9 miles away
  20. 574.6 km / 357.0 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Montreal

  1. Montreal Airport Car Rentals from $14.08 per day
    13.6 km / 8.5 miles away
  2. Ottawa Airport Car Rentals from $35.22 per day
    164.9 km / 102.5 miles away
  3. 220.7 km / 137.1 miles away
  4. 506.2 km / 314.5 miles away
  5. Toronto Airport Car Rentals from $15.33 per day
    520.8 km / 323.6 miles away
  6. 599.8 km / 372.7 miles away
  7. 692.3 km / 430.2 miles away
  8. 832.5 km / 517.3 miles away
  9. Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $78.23 per day
    1049.1 km / 651.9 miles away
  10. 1235.4 km / 767.6 miles away
  11. 1480.8 km / 920.1 miles away
  12. 1604.2 km / 996.8 miles away
  13. Winnipeg Airport Car Rentals from $52.60 per day
    1829.0 km / 1136.5 miles away
  14. 2360.4 km / 1466.7 miles away
  15. 2510.5 km / 1560.0 miles away
  16. Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $50.01 per day
    2978.2 km / 1850.6 miles away
  17. Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $47.75 per day
    3015.8 km / 1873.9 miles away
  18. 3323.5 km / 2065.1 miles away
  19. Kelowna Airport Car Rentals from $54.76 per day
    3407.0 km / 2117.0 miles away
  20. 3439.3 km / 2137.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Montreal vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Montreal
$30.44
January
$42.85
February
$26.66
March
$47.30
April
$32.44
May
$34.52
June
$35.92
July
$46.06
August
$29.75
September
$25.59
October
$28.48
November
$36.35
December
The best month to rent a car in Montreal is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $25.59). This is 26% cheaper than the yearly average and 46% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $47.30 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Montreal?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 18 days in December, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Montreal
18
January
8
February
9
March
8
April
10
May
8
June
6
July
4
August
12
September
6
October
6
November
3
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Montreal is August, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Montreal by Monthly Searches
107%
January
101%
February
103%
March
128%
April
159%
May
153%
June
211%
July
219%
August
14%
September
1%
October
November
2%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car Rental Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Routes Car Rental Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Avis Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Avis Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars
Avis Mitsubishi Mirage 4 2 Small cars
Avis Dodge Charger 4 3 Large cars
Avis Hyundai Tucson 4 2 SUVs
Avis Dodge Grand Caravan 4 2 Vans
Avis Jeep Grand Cherokee 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 an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

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.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Hertz
9.01 / 10
Lowest rated company
Economy rent a car
6.81 / 10
Total rental companies
10
Average daily price
$58.26
Lowest daily price
$53.14
Total cars available
115

Top 10 Suppliers in Montreal in 2023

Hertz
Hertz
Exceptional 9 / 19 reviews
5146369530
975 Romeo Vachon North
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 40 reviews
+18336193656
975 Romeo-Vachon Blvd N Dorval, Quebec
$58 - $117
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.9 / 20 reviews
+15146361902
975 Romeo Vachon Po Box 104
$55 - $129
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
8336193657
317 975 BOUL ROMEO VACHON N
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
National
National
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
+15148782771 / +15148741601
1200 Stanley St, Montreal, QC H3B 2S8
$59 - $118
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+15146360052
975 Romeo Vachon Po Box 104
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 12 reviews
8772830898
975 BLVD ROMEO VACHON NORTH
$51 - $110
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
8664342226
975 BLVD ROMEO VACHON NORTH
$52 - $90
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Excellent 8.2 / 36 reviews
+015144484740
635 Av. Edward Vii, Dorval, Qc H9p 1E7
$14 - $22
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:30
Tue:08:00-19:30
Wed:08:00-19:30
Thu:08:00-19:30
Fri:08:00-19:30
Sat:08:00-19:30
Sun:08:00-19:30
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Good 6.8 / 24 reviews
+15146363332
635 Avenue Marshall, Dorval, QC H9P 1E1
$34 - $122
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