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Car Rental in Ottawa

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris Advance or similar
Toyota Yaris Advance
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$21.09 / per day
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Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$21.09 / per day
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Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$21.21 / per day
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Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Nissan Rogue or similar
Nissan Rogue
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$22.12 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Ottawa Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$25.53 / per day
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Ottawa Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$26.52 / per day
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Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Nissan Altima or similar
Nissan Altima
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$29.37 / per day
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Ottawa Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Chevrolet Cruze
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$29.81 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:14 on 2020-05-31. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English,
French
Currency
CAD
Country code
1
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$61.59 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
60 - 100 km/h
37 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 80 km/h
19 - 50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.0–0.15%
Rating
9.3

Why rent a car in Ottawa?

Ottawa is a great place for renting a car - the vastness of the city means it is best explored with your own wheels. There’s plenty to enjoy here, too, from interesting architecture to classy museums and large public parks. With a rental car, nearby Montreal or Quebec and Ontario’s beautiful national parks are also within your reach.

Ottawa Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Ottawa

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

  • From Ottawa to Toronto - 34 offers from 77.40 USD per day

Top ways to enter Ottawa

  • Ottawa Airport: Although not as large as some other airports in Eastern Canada, flying here is still the most convenient way to reach the capital city. Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport handled over five million travelers in 2018 and provides flights to all the largest cities in Canada, the United States, and beyond. Located 13 km (8.1 mi) south of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 20 minutes. 
  • Montreal Airport: Located just 184 km (114 mi) east of Ottawa, Montreal-Trudeau Airport has flights to and from many destinations in North America, as well as in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The airport is expected to handle 20 million travelers in 2019 for the first time in its history.
  • Toronto Pearson Airport: With 49 million served passengers in 2018, Toronto Airport is by far the largest in Canada and one of the busiest in the Americas. A hub for Air Canada, West Jet, and a number of other companies, the airport has flights to and from all inhabited continents of the world. Located 460 km (285 mi) southwest of Ottawa, Toronto Airport can be reached in about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Useful city facts

  • Ottawa has a humid continental climate with warm summers, cold winters, and four separate seasons. The average high temperature in 26.6 °C (79.9 °F) in July, the warmest month, and -5.8 °C (21.6 °F) in January, the coldest. Ottawa has a rather high precipitation throughout the year. It’s quite rainy from May to October; in winter, the city experiences a lot of snowfall.
  • Although Ottawa is Canada’s capital, it is only the fourth most-populated city in the country. Around 930,000 people live in the city proper, with an additional 400,000 inhabiting the larger metropolitan area. A culturally and linguistically diverse city, Ottawa is home to diasporas from all over the world; many indigenous Canadians also live in the city.
  • Ottawa borders Gatineau, a city in the Quebec region that is just across the Ottawa River. Together they form the National Capital Region. Unlike Ottawa, Gatineau is overwhelmingly French-speaking.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Parliament Hill. Located in the very center of the city and overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the number one landmark of Canada's capital. Here you can visit Parliament of Canada, House of Commons, the Senate, and the recently renovated Library of Parliament. 
  2. Canada Museum of Nature. Full of artefacts, fossils, and fascinating stories, this modern and interactive museum is the best place to learn about Canada's history, geology, and animals.
  3. National Gallery. Worth visiting for its unique building alone, the National Gallery is home to some of Canada's finest artworks, from traditional to contemporary, and also houses the paintings and sculptures by some famous international artists. 

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limits vary between different roads. The general limits are 90 km/h to 110 km/h on motorways and outside cities and from 30 km/h to 50 km/h inside cities.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05%. Driving under influence exceeding the limit is a criminal offence and can lead to hefty fines, a driving ban, and even imprisonment.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card 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 112.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Canada. 

Ontario Highway 407 is toll road for which you can only pay electronically. As you will be driving a rental car, the bill will be automatically sent to your rental car provider. The exact fee will depend on how long will you drive along this road. Some rental providers do include an additional toll charge fee. Do get in touch with your rental car provider in advance to find out more. Visit the official Highway 407 website to find out more information about fees and payment methods.

Highway 412 is another toll road in Ontario. It is part of the same toll system as the Highway 407. The exact fee will depend on the time of the day and the day of the week of your travel, as well as the length of your travel along this road. 

There are some other toll roads in Ontario. Do look them up in advance depending on your planned route. 

In the rest of Canada, payment method and fees differ for different toll roads. 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 a toll calculator to calculate the approximate fees for your upcoming ride.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Montreal. The capital of French-speaking Canada, nearby Montreal is one of the most interesting cities of North America thanks to its unique history, culture, and atmosphere.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park. This nature area is about 240 km (150 mi) from Ottawa, but the rather long road is nevertheless worth traveling. The park is home to countless fauna and flora  species associated with Canada, from moose, white-tailed deer, and great grey owls to sugar maple. 
  • Gatineau. Just across the river, Gatineau's main attraction is the famous Canadian Museum of History. Previously called Canadian Museum of Civilization, it tells the long story of human settlement in Canada, from First Nations migrating on the Bering Strait to Vikings settling on the eastern coast and Western European colonists arriving 500 years ago. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most picked rental car in Canada is the Kia Rio, although travelers also love the Jeep Wrangler and the Nissan Rogue. The most popular rental car types are economy, intermediate, and fullsize. The latter can be a good choice if you plan to travel outside Ottawa and into nature areas.

Further destinations

  • Toronto. About five hours drive away, Ontario's largest city is a great place to visit thanks to its unique neighborhoods, bustling arts scene, and hip atmosphere.
  • Quebec City. There's more to this province than Montreal, from the even more French-feeling Quebec City to cozy little towns and beautiful nature areas.
  • New York City. The bustle of NYC might seem like a world away from Ottawa in terms of atmosphere, but the Big Apple is just seven hours drive south. Note that if you'd like to travel from Ottawa to New York City, you'll have to cross a national border, so make sure to first ask your rental car provider if they permit it.

Car Rental Prices in Ottawa

  • Large cars - from $75 per day
  • Medium cars - from $61 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $79 per day
  • Premium cars - from $73 per day
  • Small cars - from $60 per day
  • SUVs - from $72 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Follow these tips to get a good rental car deal in in Ottawa:

  • Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Ottawa is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 59% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 15 Cities near Ottawa

  1. Toronto Car Rentals from $12.34 per day
    363.5 km / 225.9 miles away
  2. Montreal Car Rentals from $25.08 per day
    151.5 km / 94.1 miles away
  3. Hamilton Car Rentals from $40.14 per day
    415.3 km / 258.1 miles away
  4. London Car Rentals from $32.11 per day
    505.7 km / 314.2 miles away
  5. Windsor Car Rentals from $32.11 per day
    675.5 km / 419.7 miles away
  6. Quebec City Car Rentals from $41.08 per day
    368.1 km / 228.7 miles away
  7. Dieppe Car Rentals from $33.83 per day
    857.1 km / 532.6 miles away
  8. Mississauga Car Rentals from $21.86 per day
    365.9 km / 227.3 miles away
  9. Kingston Car Rentals from $28.59 per day
    142.6 km / 88.6 miles away
  10. Halifax Car Rentals from $26.40 per day
    951.2 km / 591.0 miles away
  11. Saint John Car Rentals from $71.27 per day
    764.2 km / 474.8 miles away
  12. Sarnia Car Rentals from $32.11 per day
    589.0 km / 366.0 miles away
  13. 427.5 km / 265.7 miles away
  14. Mont-Tremblant Car Rentals from $27.02 per day
    139.0 km / 86.4 miles away
  15. Whitby Car Rentals from $78.24 per day
    303.2 km / 188.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Ottawa

  1. Ottawa Downtown Car Rentals from $25.53 per day
  2. Ottawa Airport Car Rentals from $22.04 per day
    12.2 km / 7.6 miles away
  3. 129.4 km / 80.4 miles away
  4. Montreal Airport Car Rentals from $25.08 per day
    152.1 km / 94.5 miles away
  5. Kingston Airport Car Rentals from $28.59 per day
    152.2 km / 94.6 miles away
  6. Downtown Car Rentals from $41.08 per day
    165.4 km / 102.7 miles away
  7. Whitby Downtown Car Rentals from $78.24 per day
    308.2 km / 191.5 miles away
  8. Downtown Car Rentals from $12.34 per day
    355.0 km / 220.6 miles away
  9. 355.7 km / 221.0 miles away
  10. 364.0 km / 226.2 miles away
  11. Toronto Airport Car Rentals from $12.34 per day
    368.1 km / 228.7 miles away
  12. Downtown Car Rentals from $21.86 per day
    370.5 km / 230.2 miles away
  13. Quebec Downtown Car Rentals from $22.29 per day
    377.0 km / 234.3 miles away
  14. Hamilton Airport Car Rentals from $40.14 per day
    420.8 km / 261.5 miles away
  15. 510.1 km / 317.0 miles away
  16. 519.8 km / 323.0 miles away
  17. 592.5 km / 368.2 miles away
  18. 679.7 km / 422.4 miles away
  19. 765.1 km / 475.4 miles away
  20. 856.7 km / 532.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Ottawa 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 Ottawa
$31.06
January
$31.28
February
$21.86
March
$38.43
April
$27.33
May
$63.84
June
$45.74
July
$47.26
August
$50.38
September
$75.00
October
$61.63
November
$61.63
December
The best month to rent a car in Ottawa is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.86). This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting in October (when rental prices start at $75.00 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Ottawa?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in October, travelers rent a car for an average of 11 days in April, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Ottawa
5
January
6
February
5
March
4
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
11
October
4
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Ottawa year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Ottawa by Monthly Searches
72%
January
314%
February
451%
March
2%
April
2%
May
2%
June
2%
July
2%
August
September
51%
October
50%
November
253%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car Rental Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Routes Car Rental Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
Routes Car Rental Honda Civic 4 3 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Toyota Yaris Advance 4 2 Medium cars
Routes Car Rental Jeep Cherokee 4 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
Alamo Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

Canada
Honda Civic
August 15, 2019
Just plan for a bit of time to go there.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Cherokee
February 11, 2019
Fairly small city. Lots of historical buildings. People are friendly and you don't have to speak French like you do in Quebec or Montreal.
Canada
Jeep Cherokee
January 25, 2019
Great place to see and you need to rent a car so you can go and do things at your own pace
Germany
Toyota Yaris Advance
January 2, 2019
make sure you get a rental right at the aiport!
Canada
Kia Rio
October 9, 2018
Ottawa is a fantastic destination. A car is handy for side trips to places like the Gatineau or Merrickville
Canada
Kia Rio
September 20, 2018
Did not see much of Ottawa as we were just visiting family there. We drove about an hour away visiting Perth, Newboro and Elgin and other areas in the Rideau Lakes district. We really enjoyed the beauty of the countryside. We had our folding bikes along enabling us to enjoy part of the Cataraqui trail (former railbed). It was a very good experience.

Top 10 Suppliers in Ottawa in 2020

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+16137377264
1003 Airport Parkway Private, Ottawa, Ontario
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
6137377023
1003 AIRPORT PARKWAY PRIVATE,
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
6135233003
2644 LEITRIM RD.
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Excellent 8.5
+16135233003
2644 Leitrim Rd. Ottawa, K1T3V3
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Discount
Discount
Excellent 8.5
+16136679394
1749 Bank St, Ottawa
Working hours
Mon:07:30-21:00
Tue:07:30-21:00
Wed:07:30-21:00
Thu:07:30-21:00
Fri:07:30-21:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+16137393334
1003 Airport Parkway Private Ottawa International Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 06:30-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 07:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+16135214844
1003 Airport Parkway Ottawa International Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 06:30-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 06:30-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 07:00-23:59
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8
+16136679394
1749 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1V 7Z4
Working hours
Mon:09:00-14:00
Tue:09:00-14:00
Wed:09:00-14:00
Thu:09:00-14:00
Fri:09:00-14:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
6136679394 / 6136679397
1749 Bank Street
Working hours
Mon:09:00-15:00
Tue:09:00-15:00
Wed:09:00-15:00
Thu:09:00-15:00
Fri:09:00-15:00
Sat:08:30-13:30
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.1
+16135233003 / +16138221639
2644 Leitrim Road, Ottawa
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00

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