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We’d like to tell you that we’ve become more flexible, but the truth is that we were always flexible. If you need to change the dates of your rental or you decide to travel somewhere else, you can modify your booking in the My Booking section without charge (although the rental price may change). Our flexible cancellation policy also remains exactly the same.

Car Rental in Vancouver

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$20.58 / per day
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Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$20.58 / per day
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Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris Advance or similar
Toyota Yaris Advance
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$20.69 / per day
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Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Nissan Rogue or similar
Nissan Rogue
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$22.62 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Special
Jeep Wrangler or similar
Jeep Wrangler
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$24.25 / per day
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Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Nissan Altima or similar
Nissan Altima
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$25.12 / per day
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Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Dodge Durango or similar
Dodge Durango
  • 7x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$30.13 / per day
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Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Minivan
Dodge Caravan or similar
Dodge Caravan
  • 7x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$30.13 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:13 on 2020-05-28. 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
8 days
Economy car rental price
$41.20 / 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
8.8

Why rent a car in Vancouver?

Vancouver is a great place for renting a car. Having your own ride will not only give you the freedom to travel the whole of Greater Vancouver area, it will also let you visit important landmarks across British Columbia province.

Vancouver Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Vancouver

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

  • From Vancouver to Calgary - 118 offers from 63.88 USD per day
  • From Vancouver to Seattle - 22 offers from 71.20 USD per day
  • From Vancouver to Saskatoon - 16 offers from 85.17 USD per day
  • From Vancouver to Toronto - 39 offers from 122.44 USD per day
  • From Vancouver to Abbotsford - 10 offers from 85.16 USD per day

Top ways to enter Vancouver

  • Vancouver Airport. Located in the nearby Richmond, Vancouver Airport handled almost 26 million travelers in 2018, making it the second-busiest airport in Canada after only Pearson in Toronto. In addition to countless connections all across the Americas, the airport also hosts flights to and from Pacific Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Situated 13 km (8.1 mi) south of Downtown Vancouver, the airport can be reached in about 20 minutes.
  • Victoria Airport. The other, much smaller international airport of British Columbia handled two million travelers in 2018. Victoria Airport has flights by 12 different airlines, although some only operate seasonally. Located about 90 km (54 mi) southwest of Vancouver, Victoria Airport can be reached in under three hours, and you’ll need to take a ferry to do so.
  • Calgary Airport. Serving the largest city of Alberta Province, YYC Calgary Airport served 17 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for WestJet and has flights by around 20 other airlines. Calgary Airport is 990 km (615 mi) northeast of Vancouver and it takes 10 to 12 hours to travel between the two. There are many national parks and other attractions on the way, so it’s easy to split up the trip into two or three days. It is popular among travelers to arrive at one of the airports and leave from the other. 
  • Seattle Tacoma Airport. Often called Sea-Tac, one of the largest airports in the Pacific United States served nearly 50 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines, and hosts flights to destinations all over North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. Located just 250 km (155 mi) south of Vancouver, Seattle Airport can be reached in three hours. You’ll have to cross the international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Also, make sure whether you need a visa to enter either country.

Useful city facts

  • Vancouver is Canada’s warmest large city. Summers are warm, with temperature often exceeding 30 °C (86 °F), and very dry. Winters are mild are very wet. On average, there are only nine days with snowfall per year.
  • Vancouver is the capital and by far the largest city of British Columbia. As of 2019, it had a population of 630,000 in the city proper and another 1.8 million living in its larger metropolitan area. Although British Columbia has the area of 944,735 km2 (364,764 sq mi), larger than Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey, more than 50% of its population live in or around Vancouver.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Museum of Anthropology. If you're looking to learn about the people of the Northwest Coast and some of its history, one good spot is the impressive Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, which houses several thousand objects from BC's First Nations. The museum is also home to significant collections of archaeological objects and ethnographic materials from other parts of the world.
  2. The Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown combines local with international through a variety of exhibitions and a permanent collection that focuses on renowned British Columbia artist, Emily Carr. Contemporary Art Gallery is also very much worth a visit.
  3. Stanley Park. at the tip of the downtown peninsula. Its miles of trails for walking and cycling, beaches, magnificent views and the attractions (including totem poles) within the park gives it something for everyone. The most popular trail is the Seawall, a paved trail that runs around the perimeter of Stanley Park and now joins with the seawalls in Coal Harbour and Kitsilano, 22 km in length. The Vancouver Aquarium is in Stanley Park.

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. However, as of February 2019, there are no toll roads in British Columbia. The only tolls in place are to cross the Port Mann Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge. 

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

  • North Shore. Best known for Grouse Mountain, also known as the Peak of Vancouver, that offers great cityscapes, the nearby North Shore is also a place where you can do things like snowboarding, kayaking, and mountain biking if the weather permits it, or to simply be in the nature.
  • Bowen Island. Easily reached by water taxis that depart from downtown Vancouver, Bowen Island and its beaches, walking trails, and small restaurants is a  perfect place to unwind from the more busy atmosphere of the big city.
  • Okanagan. Most people don't think of Canada as a wine destination, but Okanagan can change anyone's mind. Thanks to the mild ocean climate, this British Columbia region is home to high class wineries and a number of tasting tours. Okanagan is more than four hours drive east of Vancouver which probably makes visiting here a two (or even three) day trip, but since you'll be coming here with a rental car, that will only let you experience more of what it has to offer.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Canada is an economy, but fullsize and intermediate are also often picked. The most popular rental cars are the Kia Rio, the Jeep Wrangler, and the Nissan Rogue. 

Further destinations

  • British Columbia. The rest of the province is much more sparsely populated, but there's plenty to explore here, especially in terms of pristine, untamed nature.
  • Alberta. Just east of B.C., Alberta province is, for many, a logical next step after visiting Vancouver thanks to stunning nature areas like Banff National Park and the city of Calgary, another arts, culture, and architecture destination.
  • Seattle. Famous for its music, culture, and free spirit, Seattle is one of the most unique American cities. It is just about three hours drive away from Vancouver. Note that if you plan to drive from Seattle to Vancouver (or vice versa), you'll have to cross the border, so it's a good idea to contact your rental car provider in advance to make sure they allow it.

Car Rental Prices in Vancouver

  • Convertibles - from $104 per day
  • Large cars - from $54 per day
  • Medium cars - from $42 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $70 per day
  • Premium cars - from $78 per day
  • Small cars - from $42 per day
  • SUVs - from $50 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good rental car deal in Vancouver:

  • 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 Vancouver is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 17 Cities near Vancouver

  1. Calgary Car Rentals from $22.53 per day
    681.5 km / 423.5 miles away
  2. Edmonton Car Rentals from $36.75 per day
    809.1 km / 502.7 miles away
  3. Abbotsford Car Rentals from $40.00 per day
    62.8 km / 39.0 miles away
  4. Victoria Car Rentals from $40.32 per day
    63.3 km / 39.4 miles away
  5. 287.2 km / 178.5 miles away
  6. North Vancouver Car Rentals from $40.73 per day
    14.9 km / 9.3 miles away
  7. Kamloops Car Rentals from $39.23 per day
    258.0 km / 160.3 miles away
  8. Grande Prairie Car Rentals from $28.59 per day
    726.9 km / 451.7 miles away
  9. Prince George Car Rentals from $72.10 per day
    523.3 km / 325.2 miles away
  10. Surrey Car Rentals from $13.53 per day
    25.5 km / 15.9 miles away
  11. Cranbrook Car Rentals from $40.00 per day
    537.4 km / 333.9 miles away
  12. Courtenay Car Rentals from $40.73 per day
    135.8 km / 84.4 miles away
  13. 800.3 km / 497.3 miles away
  14. Nanaimo Car Rentals from $40.73 per day
    52.3 km / 32.5 miles away
  15. Chilliwack Car Rentals from $40.00 per day
    90.7 km / 56.3 miles away
  16. Port Hardy Car Rentals from $58.43 per day
    341.9 km / 212.4 miles away
  17. 749.7 km / 465.8 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Vancouver

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $33.31 per day
  2. Downtown Car Rentals from $40.73 per day
    4.1 km / 2.6 miles away
  3. 11.0 km / 6.9 miles away
  4. Downtown Car Rentals from $13.53 per day
    25.5 km / 15.9 miles away
  5. Nanaimo Airport Car Rentals from $40.73 per day
    60.7 km / 37.7 miles away
  6. 61.7 km / 38.3 miles away
  7. 74.2 km / 46.1 miles away
  8. 86.5 km / 53.7 miles away
  9. 136.7 km / 85.0 miles away
  10. Kamloops Airport Car Rentals from $39.23 per day
    247.7 km / 153.9 miles away
  11. 341.6 km / 212.2 miles away
  12. 513.2 km / 318.9 miles away
  13. 531.0 km / 330.0 miles away
  14. Downtown Car Rentals from $22.53 per day
    673.2 km / 418.3 miles away
  15. Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $13.96 per day
    678.0 km / 421.3 miles away
  16. 715.9 km / 444.9 miles away
  17. Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $36.75 per day
    799.0 km / 496.5 miles away
  18. 1139.8 km / 708.2 miles away
  19. 1196.2 km / 743.3 miles away
  20. 1325.1 km / 823.4 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Vancouver 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 Vancouver
$31.56
January
$40.14
February
$34.64
March
$59.31
April
$51.05
May
$61.62
June
$73.62
July
$82.15
August
$28.89
September
$26.32
October
$20.00
November
$43.30
December
The best month to rent a car in Vancouver is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.00). This is 57% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $82.15 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Vancouver?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in August, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Vancouver
10
January
9
February
8
March
10
April
9
May
10
June
8
July
6
August
6
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Vancouver year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Vancouver by Monthly Searches
75%
January
330%
February
394%
March
20%
April
27%
May
June
23%
July
20%
August
11%
September
29%
October
11%
November
260%
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 Durango 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Toyota Yaris Advance 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Escape 4 4 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
Routes Car Rental Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Honda Civic 4 3 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla Sedan
November 1, 2019
We travelled from Vancouver to Calgary, stopping off in Kamloops, Vernon, Golden, Canmore, Calgary, Painted Butte, Fernie, etc. finally spending 2 days in Richmond near Vancouver airport. The car was so reliable, we had rain, snow, sunshine. The reliability of the car added so much to the holiday and we so travelled to places we might not have seen. Thank you.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris Advance
October 1, 2019
Vancouver is a very beautiful city. we travelled to the okanagen valley and penticton to go wine tasting. wonderful experience. after visiting the Okanagen we went to Victoria after dropping off our car. one of the routes personel told us how to get to the ferry. the bus terminal is 5 minutes walk from the routes office. the routes shuttle very kindly dropped us there.I think that should be standard as it made our whole experience better. the bus to the ferry was only $3.00. coming back from Victoria we took the bus and sky train directly to the airport . buy the combined ticket in the ferry terminal to get both sky train and bus ticket for $3.00 direct to airport . it only took 40 mins. so convenient. both of my experiences with routes have been fantastic. I look forward to booking you again. i booked through discover car hire. best price ever. Thankyou. Nick
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris Advance
September 29, 2019
Hard to get around without renting a car
United Kingdom
Jeep Cherokee
September 23, 2019
An amazing city, with so much energy , talent and life pouring in. Love it
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark 3d
September 15, 2019
Beautiful city, very friendly and laid-back people.
United Kingdom
Dodge Grand Caravan
September 15, 2019
Very nice but some areas with vagrants.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
July 10, 2019
Vancouver and whistler are beautiful places to visit.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
June 20, 2019
Vancouver was an easy place to drive a car. Parking can be expensive and parking can be difficult to find but we were glad we had a car in the city.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
May 19, 2019
a lovely city to explore and curtyious drivers and outside Vancouver city are good wide roads
United Kingdom
Dodge Durango
April 14, 2019
Vancouver very beautiful city. We went skiing in Whistler which is a fantastic resort.
Canada
Toyota Corolla
February 23, 2019
Nice place
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Caravan
December 31, 2018
easy to navigate - parking in the city is difficult
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
December 16, 2018
Downside of renting a car is the hotel fee for parking. We went to Whistler for a day and having your own car to drive up the sea to sky hwy was nice.
United Kingdom
Jeep Wrangler
October 10, 2018
Rented a Jeep that was great for our road trip around British Columbia.
Canada
Nissan Rogue
September 27, 2018
You should have maps or GPS navigator available when driving in Vancouver.
United Kingdom
Nissan Rogue
September 18, 2018
Straight forward easy to drive and navigate, Ferry to Victoria easy, worth booking in advance , if you turn up early you still might get on an earlier ferry. Ferry can sometimes be full at week ends and peak times. So coastal roads on vancover Island can be a bit rough so choose an appropriate car.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
September 7, 2018
You need a car to get around.
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Caravan
September 3, 2018
Route car and truck rental is a very easy location to find from airport. Shuttle service is very frequent.
Canada
Nissan Altima
September 3, 2018
Routes is located a short distance from the airport but the shuttle was very quick. I would definitely rent from Routes again (probably through Discover Car Hire) as it was significantly cheaper than airport rental companies.
Canada
Kia Rio
August 20, 2018
Visiting Squamish and Whistler are musts. Cycling around Stanley Park and visiting Granville Island should be on your list as well.
Canada
Nissan Altima
August 20, 2018
Terrific city. Hotel rates are very expensive. Cars can be difficult to rent in peak times - book early.
Canada
Jeep Cherokee
August 15, 2018
Best city and environs in Canada. Whistler is a destination vacation must when visiting Vancouver.
Canada
Honda Civic
August 8, 2018
Vancouver is incredible! I lived there for 21 years and I'm always in awe when I see the mountains again for the first time.
Canada
Toyota Yaris
August 2, 2018
Vancouver is an amazing city. You don't need a car if mostly spending time in the urban areas, but it is useful to visit North Van, Squamish or other places just outside the city.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
July 29, 2018
Beautiful city

Top 10 Suppliers in Vancouver in 2020

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+18336193650
3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, British Columbia
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
8336193652
VANCOUVER INTL AIRPORT, 3211 GRANT MCCONACHIE WAY
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
6043704445
8991 CHARLES ST,
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Excellent 8.5
+16043704445 / +18557532343 / +18664676883
9231 Beckwith Road, British Columbia
Working hours
Mon:07:00-00:00
Tue:07:00-00:00
Wed:07:00-00:00
Thu:07:00-00:00
Fri:07:00-00:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Discount
Discount
Excellent 8.5
+16043702277 / +18669670846
8971 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+16046062847
3880 Grant Mcconachie Way Vancouver International
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:15; 05:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+16046687000
5140 Grant Mcconachie Way Vancouver Intl Apo
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 05:00-23:59
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8
+16043702277 / +18669670846
8971 Bridgeport Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X AR9
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00
Tue:09:00-13:00
Wed:09:00-13:00
Thu:09:00-13:00
Fri:09:00-13:00
Sat:09:00-12:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
6042078140 / 6043700583
8971 Bridgeport Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-14:00
Tue:08:00-14:00
Wed:08:00-14:00
Thu:08:00-14:00
Fri:08:00-14:00
Sat:09:00-12:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Very good 7.2
+17783855551 / +16046891231
2651 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2B2

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