Car Hire in Canada

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Toronto Airport
Compact
Mazda 2 or comparable
Mazda 2
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
£ 20.06 / per day
City Centre
Economy
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
£ 22.58 / per day
Toronto Airport
Intermediate
Hyundai Sonata or comparable
Hyundai Sonata
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Surprice
£ 23.48 / per day
Toronto Airport
Standard
Hyundai Elantra or comparable
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Swift Rent-A-Car
£ 26.46 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Toronto Airport
Full-size
Hyundai Sonata or comparable
Hyundai Sonata
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
£ 29.90 / per day
Victoria International Airport
Premium
Nissan Maxima or comparable
Nissan Maxima
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
£ 48.97 / per day
City Centre
Premium Elite SUV
Toyota RAV4 or comparable
Toyota RAV4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
City Car & Truck Rentals
£ 52.01 / per day
Mississauga Dixie
Mini Van
Dodge Grand Caravan or comparable
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Flexways
£ 60.93 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 03:30 on 2024-04-16.

Travel Information

Languages
English, French
Currency
CAD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+1
Average car hire price
£ 36 per day
Average car hire length
7 days
Speed limit within city centre
40 - 70 km/h or 25 - 43 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
80 - 110 km/h or 50 - 68 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Score
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 0.93 per litre or £ 3.51 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 0.79 per litre or £ 3.01 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.16 per litre or £ 4.38 / 1 gallon

Why hire a car in Canada?

Canada is a great country to explore by car. The road network is in great shape, and, considering the length of the distances, having your own ride is the best way to see more than just one part of the country during your trip.

Canada

One-way Car Hire in Canada

Here are the most popular one-way car hire options for pickup in Canada and drop off in another country:

  • From Canada to Illinois - 67 offers from £ 60.49 per day
  • From Canada to Pennsylvania - 18 offers from £ 65.69 per day
  • From Canada to Washington - 34 offers from £ 55.00 per day
  • From Canada to Massachusetts - 12 offers from £ 65.69 per day
  • From Canada to Ohio - 18 offers from £ 62.78 per day

Top ways to enter Canada

  • Vancouver Airport: The main airport of British Columbia, Vancouver Airport offers access to Western Canada and Northwestern United States, and offers great connections not only to the Americas but also to destinations in Europe and East Asia.
  • Toronto Airport: Canada’s largest airport serves its most populous city and much of Canada’s East, and serves flights to and from countless destinations in all parts of the world.
  • Calgary Airport: Serving as the main access point to the picturesque province of Alberta, Calgary Airport is served by more than 30 airlines and offers flights to and from not only the rest of Canada and the USA, but also countries like Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, China, and others.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it, it’s possible to hire a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Canada. Some large international airports near Canada are Seattle Airport in Washington, USA, Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport in Minnesota, USA, and Detroit Airport in Michigan, USA.

Top cities and places to visit

  • British Columbia: B.C., as it is called by locals, is home of the city of Vancouver, often voted one of the most livable cities on planet, but the province’s real attraction is its natural beauty.
  • Alberta: Paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, Alberta is home to the Banff and Jasper national parks, as well as the city of Calgary, nowadays a great culture and music hub.
  • Montreal: Capital of French-speaking Quebec province, Montreal has lots to offer in terms of its cuisine, culture, and history, as well as its distinct atmosphere.
  • Toronto: Huge and busy, yet surprisingly accessible and cozy, Toronto charms visitors with its many distinct and unique neighborhoods, as well as landmarks like the CN Tower.
  • Yukon and the rest of Northern Canada: Although much harder to access than the rest of the country, Northern Canada is a very rewarding travel destination as a place of endless natural beauty and wilderness. Whitehorse Airport in the capital and the largest city of Yukon, is perhaps the best entry point. Yellowknife Airport, located in the Northwest Territories, is another entry point.

Most popular hire car

The most hired car in Canada is the Kia Rio, but the Jeep Wrangler and the Nissan Rogue are also often picked by travelers.

Crossing Borders

The only neighboring country of Canada is the United States of America, both to the entirety of the country’s South, as well as to northwest (the state of Alaska). USA has a different visa policy than Canada, and, depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to enter it. We strongly advise you getting in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance to find out whether you need a visa to visit the USA.

Some car hire companies permit you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your trip, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our Help Center.

Most popular types of hire car

The most hired car type in Canada is an Economy, but Fullsize and Intermediate are also popular.

Top driving routes

  • Vancouver - Seattle (229 km / 142 mi) Seattle and the Pacific Northwest of USA is just a short and pleasant drive away from Vancouver. Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your rental car provider first to make sure they allow it.
  • Calgary - Edmonton (299 km / 186 mi) The two big cities of Alberta are just three hours drive apart, with lots of scenic nature in between.
  • Toronto - Montreal (547 km / 340 mi) Thanks to great road conditions, the route between Canada’s two largest cities can be done in under six hours, and you’ll be going along the Lake Ontario coast for a large part of it.

Car Hire Prices

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 70 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 114 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 21 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 20 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 38 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 49 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 23 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 24 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car hire deal in Canada:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Canada is the cheapest in February when hiring a car is almost 40% cheaper than the yearly average.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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In which month is car hire in Canada the most affordable?

Our data shows how prices for hiring a car in Canada fluctuate depending on the season. This graph can help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Canada
£ 18.61
January
£ 21.48
February
£ 26.61
March
£ 25.72
April
£ 37.04
May
£ 58.21
June
£ 67.15
July
£ 58.84
August
£ 43.22
September
£ 33.55
October
£ 24.14
November
£ 33.48
December
The best month to hire a car in Canada is January — when the average price for a hire is £ 18.61 per day. This is 50% less than the yearly average and 72% less than hiring a car in July (when the average price is £ 67.15 per day).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in Canada?

Car hire lengths can vary according to the time of year. Longer periods of car hire are more common in January with an average of 10 days. Shorter periods of car hire are more common in March with an average of 7 days.
Average number of hire days in Canada
10
January
8
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
7
October
7
November
8
December

Which month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Canada?

Given the number of customers searching for a car in Canada, the month in which the highest number of people search for a hire car is July, while November is the month that sees the lowest demand for them.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in Canada Compared to the Yearly Average
70%
January
61%
February
68%
March
76%
April
119%
May
141%
June
178%
July
170%
August
113%
September
91%
October
50%
November
64%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 170
Airport locations 67
Popular suppliers Routes Car Rental, City Car & Truck Rentals, Avis, Dollar, Hub Rent a Car
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price £ 20 per day
Cheapest supplier MEX RENT A CAR

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car Rental Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Routes Car Rental Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
City Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Routes Car Rental Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
City Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Yaris 5 1 Small cars
City Car & Truck Rentals Toyota RAV4 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Dodge Durango 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Kia Seltos 5 2 SUVs
Surprice Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Hub Rent a Car Toyota RAV4 5 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
16 September 2023
Visiting relatives
United Kingdom
Dodge Durango
27 August 2023
Used the car to visit the GTA area, Niagara Falls and then drive to Lake Michigan in the US
United Kingdom
Dodge Durango
17 July 2023
Car was excellent to get out and see the best Ontario had to offer
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
27 April 2023
Because of the type of car I had, I was able to take members of my family and friends out to dinner and on day trips to the Great Lakes and other spots. The car was very comfortable and easy to drive.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Jetta
23 September 2022
we travelled 2000 miles in 2 weeks. we were originally offered a "muscle car" (Dodge Charger) which looked fabulous but we opted for a more fuel efficient Toyota. it was good to have the choice
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
24 August 2022
Strongly recommend getting the sat nav, without which we would have been lost. If you go to Niagara, visit Niagara on the Lake as well. If you visit the Eastern Townships, there is a very helpful Tourist Info just off route 10, near Magog. The Abbey at St Benoit is worth a visit.
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
RightCars
4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
94
Total rental companies
28
Average daily price
£ 35.55
Lowest daily price
£ 20.06
Total cars available
4741

Top 28 Suppliers in Canada in 2024

Surprice
Surprice
Very good 8.7 / 323 reviews
2 locations
£ 23 - £ 68
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 229 reviews
24 locations
£ 40 - £ 171
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.6 / 177 reviews
64 locations
£ 28 - £ 150
City Car & Truck Rentals
City Car & Truck Rentals
Very good 8.4 / 163 reviews
2 locations
£ 41 - £ 114
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 70 reviews
20 locations
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.2 / 118 reviews
44 locations
£ 37 - £ 114
National
National
Very good 8.1 / 29 reviews
100 locations
£ 44 - £ 180
North Car Rental
North Car Rental
Very good 8 / 5 reviews
2 locations
£ 27 - £ 252
Knight Exotic Rental
Knight Exotic Rental
Very good 8
1 location
£ 66 - £ 172
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.9 / 112 reviews
59 locations
£ 37 - £ 114
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8
45 locations
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.8
60 locations
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.8
5 locations
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.6 / 89 reviews
2 locations
£ 23 - £ 87
ALIGO Rent A Car
ALIGO Rent A Car
Good 7.6
10 locations
£ 57 - £ 380
Aucomm Car Rental
Aucomm Car Rental
Good 7.6
3 locations
£ 46 - £ 244
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.3 / 11 reviews
5 locations
£ 46 - £ 123
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2 / 1,966 reviews
5 locations
£ 24 - £ 282
Zoom Rent A Car
Zoom Rent A Car
Good 7 / 221 reviews
5 locations
£ 27 - £ 80
Swift Rent-A-Car
Swift Rent-A-Car
Satisfactory 6.9 / 87 reviews
1 location
£ 25 - £ 91
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Satisfactory 6.8 / 44 reviews
4 locations
£ 20 - £ 507
Europcar
Europcar
Satisfactory 6.6 / 34 reviews
5 locations
£ 62 - £ 145
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Satisfactory 6.6 / 29 reviews
7 locations
York Car Rental
York Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.5 / 219 reviews
1 location
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Satisfactory 6.3 / 41 reviews
1 location
£ 76 - £ 136
Hub Rent a Car
Hub Rent a Car
Satisfactory 6 / 137 reviews
1 location
£ 44 - £ 48
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Poor 4.4 / 289 reviews
7 locations
RightCars
RightCars
Poor 4 / 37 reviews
1 location
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