Car Rental at Ottawa Airport

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Ottawa Airport, Ottawa, Canada
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ottawa Airport
Economy
Kia Soul or similar
Kia Soul
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$53.50 / per day
Ottawa Airport
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$58.25 / per day
Ottawa Airport
Premium Regular Cab Pickup
Chevrolet Silverado or similar
Chevrolet Silverado
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$93.41 / per day
Ottawa Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$100.89 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Ottawa Airport
Intermediate
Kia Forte or similar
Kia Forte
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$125.27 / per day
Ottawa Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$62.97 / per day
Ottawa Airport
Mini Van
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$107.21 / per day
Ottawa Airport
Luxury
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$120.06 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:25 on 2024-06-14. 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
$90 per day
Average car rental length
6 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
9.4 / 10
Ottawa Airport

Airport Car Rental

The capital of Canada is not as famous as Toronto or Montreal, but can be a very fun place to visit - if you know where to look. Not only the location of the Canadian government, it boasts quality museums and a busy cultural scene. Located on the border between Ontario and Quebec, it is also near a number of fun day trip destinations. These are four of the most interesting attractions in and around Ottawa:

  • Parliament Hill. Home of the Parliament of Canada and other government and legislative buildings, the Parliament Hill is rightfully the most famous part of Ottawa. Spectacularly located on the Ottawa river, the area is known for its Gothic revival architecture and landmarks. Tours of the Parliament are available in both English and French.
  • Canadian Museum of Nature. One of the best things about Ottawa is its many high-quality museums, and there’s no better place to start exploring them than the Canadian Museum of Nature. More than 160 years old, the museum has nearly 15 million exhibits on display as a part of the permanent collection, and also hosts many rotating exhibitions dedicated to all things wild.
  • Gatineau Park. Located in the neighboring Province of Quebec, but only a 20 minute drive north of Ottawa, Gatineau Park is one of the nicest green areas in the immediate vicinity of the capital. Characterized by its hills, woodlands, and lakes, as well as a network of hiking trails and wildlife like white-tailed deer and turkey vultures, it has all the necessary ingredients for a relaxing day outdoors. The park is said to be especially scenic during the autumn months.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum. Another gem of a museum, CTSM has a wealth of the most diverse objects, artifacts, and archival materials that are connected to both science and Canada. Some of the most notable ones include the ceremonial last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada’s largest refracting telescope, and HitchBot, the hitch-hiking robot that independently traveled across the country. The museum is located in the eastern part of Ottawa, about a 20-minute drive from the city center.

Top international routes

  • New York City
  • Washington, DC
  • Chicago
  • Cancun
  • Boston
  • Puerto Vallarta

Main airlines

Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Porter Airlines, WestJet, Sunwing Airlines, and Air Transat

Terminals

Ottawa Airport has a single passenger terminal building on three levels, which serves all domestic and international flights.

Location

Ottawa Airport is about 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city center. Routes 79, 417, and 83 are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $59 per day
  • Medium cars - from $56 per day
  • Vans - from $107 per day
  • Premium cars - from $93 per day
  • Small cars - from $54 per day
  • SUVs - from $60 per day

Car rental desks

Most, although not all, are on level 1 of the car park right next to the airport.

Services and facilities

You’ll find quite a lot of shops, most of them in the departures area on level 2 where duty-free outlets are also located. There are also many cafés, snack bars, and restaurants, as well as ATMs, an on-site hotel, nursing rooms, a children’s play area, pet relief area, an observation deck, and an interfaith chapel. The airport is well-equipped for travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Petro-Canada at 690 Hunt Club Road can be reached in about six minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations near Ottawa Airport and on the way to the city.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Toronto (440 km / 273 mi). The most populous city of Canada, Toronto is a hub of business, culture, and innovation. Travelers love its many museums like the Art Gallery of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum dedicated to the province of Toronto and Ottawa, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Other landmarks include the CN Tower and the Toronto City Hall.
  • New York City (708 km / 440 mi). The largest city of the neighboring United States, Big Apple is a destination like no other. There are more world-famous landmarks than it’s possible to mention, but visiting the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square should be on every traveler’s agenda. To go from Canada to the USA, you’ll need to cross the international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Also, make sure you don’t need a visa to visit the USA.
  • Montreal (196 km / 122 mi). The largest city of the neighboring Quebec Province and also the largest French-speaking city in the Americas, Montreal is a classy and sophisticated destination. Full of museums, well-preserved architecture, and performance venues, it has enough attractions to keep you entertained for days.
  • Detroit (794 km / 493 mi). The largest city of the US state of Michigan has been through ups and downs, but during the last decade has started to reinvent itself. There are many things for a traveler to enjoy here, from historic city areas to museums dedicated to Detroit’s great industrial and musical past. As with New York, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit you crossing the border with the USA.
  • Halifax (1,444 km / 897 mi). The capital of Nova Scotia can be a great travel destination if you give it a chance. Landmarks include the Halifax Citadel, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the city’s beautiful waterfront.
  • Quebec City (456 km / 283 mi). The capital of Quebec Province, Quebec City is one of the most picturesque cities in Canada. The Citadel, the Palace of Justine, and Chateau Frontenac are some examples of its iconic architecture. If you're interested in Franco-Canadian culture, this is the right place to visit - in Quebec City, it remains even stronger than in Montreal.
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Airport info

Rating
7.4
  • Getting to the airport 7.8
  • Check-in and departures 8.4
  • Terminal facilities 7.5
  • Wi-Fi 7.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.5
  • Lounge 6.5

Ottawa Airport (YOW)

  • IATA: YOW
  • ICAO: CYOW
  • Name: Ottawa Airport (YOW)
  • Distance from city: 6.2 miles / 10 km

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at Ottawa Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Ottawa Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Ottawa Airport
$68.04
January
$54.86
February
$25.44
March
$24.00
April
$27.72
May
$59.39
June
$75.51
July
$75.41
August
$56.04
September
$47.31
October
$45.09
November
$57.82
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Ottawa Airport is April — when rental costs average $24.00 per day. This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 68% cheaper than renting a car in July (when prices average $75.51 per day).

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.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Ottawa Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in August the average rental period is 19 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average number of rental days at Ottawa Airport
9
January
4
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
7
June
6
July
19
August
5
September
9
October
5
November
7
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Ottawa Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Ottawa Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Ottawa Airport in June, while they are least likely to rent in in February.
Monthly searches at Ottawa Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
13%
January
4%
February
105%
March
135%
April
194%
May
278%
June
278%
July
105%
August
21%
September
21%
October
8%
November
38%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Routes Car Rental, Europcar, Alamo, Avis, National
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Small cars, Vans
Lowest price $54 per day
Cheapest supplier Routes Car Rental

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
Routes Car Rental Kia Soul 5 2 Small cars
Europcar Dodge Caravan 4 4 Vans
Routes Car Rental Kia Forte 4 3 Large cars
Europcar Kia Forte 5 2 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Dodge RAM 1500 4 4 Premium cars
Europcar Ford Escape 5 2 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Nissan Versa 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Chevrolet Spark 3 2 Small cars

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Canada
Honda Civic
March 23, 2023
Toronto sites
Canada
Dodge Grand Caravan
February 9, 2023
We were there for a ringette tournament.
Georgia
Kia Forte
November 8, 2022
Nigeria park and Omega Park, they have been the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Looooooove Canada
Canada
Toyota Corolla
September 29, 2022
I achieved my aim in spite of the rain.
Canada
Nissan Rogue
February 20, 2022
The location was off site from the airport and a smaller business. They provide everything I need and the agent was very helpful.
Canada
Toyota Corolla Sedan
February 24, 2020
Very easy to find your way around with a gps system Downtown parking can be a pick of a challenge
Canada
Nissan Rogue
February 11, 2020
Keep extra time in hand as you might end up getting the gas tank loaded before you start your drive.
Canada
Toyota Corolla Sedan
January 4, 2020
Will do
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris Advance
October 8, 2019
Great people/service.
Canada
Toyota Corolla
March 29, 2019
The Routes is off site of airport and so your rates are reflective of that. The staff are always more than willing to give me something better. My Jeep Wrangler was much appreciated during this weather in Ottawa. The staff extending my contract easily at the best online rate for me also is so much appreciated
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Caravan
September 14, 2018
Beautiful city
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.6 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.3 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
11
Total rental companies
9
Average daily price
$90.19
Lowest daily price
$53.50
Total cars available
74

Top 9 Suppliers at Ottawa Airport in 2024

Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 5 reviews
+16137377264
1003 Airport Parkway Private, Ottawa, Ontario
$93 - $242
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59; 00:00-01:00
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.2 / 3 reviews
+16137393334
1003 Airport Parkway Private
$58 - $199
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:07:30-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1
6135213332
1003 Airport Parkway Private
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
National
National
Very good 8.1
6137377023
1003 AIRPORT PARKWAY PRIVATE,
$98 - $253
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59; 00:00-01:00
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.8
+16135213332
1003 Airport Parkway Private, Ottawa, ON K1V 2C1, Canada
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7
+16135214844
1003 Airport Parkway
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:07:30-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.7
6132480005
1003 AIRPORT PARKWAY PVT
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59; 00:00-01:00
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 07:00-23:59
Europcar
Good 7.4 / 3 reviews
+16138222409 / +330176660251
2644 Leitrim Rd,Gloucester, ON K1T 3V3
$125 - $164
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:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.3 / 209 reviews
+16138222409
2644 Leitrim Rd. Ottawa, K1T3V3
$54 - $84
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:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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