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Car Hire in Toronto

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

City Centre
Economy
Toyota Yaris or comparable
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Surprice
£ 12.74 per day
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Toronto Airport
Economy
Nissan Micra or comparable
Nissan Micra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Swift Rent-A-Car
£ 13.17 per day
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City Centre
Compact
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Surprice
£ 13.45 per day
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Toronto Airport
Economy
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Swift Rent-A-Car
£ 13.77 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Toronto Airport
Intermediate
Hyundai Sonata or comparable
Hyundai Sonata
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Surprice
£ 14.16 / per day
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Toronto Airport
Intermediate
Nissan Sentra or comparable
Nissan Sentra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Swift Rent-A-Car
£ 14.37 / per day
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Toronto Airport
Compact
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
York Car Rental
£ 14.49 / per day
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Toronto Airport
Compact
Honda Civic or comparable
Honda Civic
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
York Car Rental
£ 14.49 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 20:06 on 2021-07-22.

Travel Information

Language
English,
French
Currency
CAD
Dialing code
1
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
60 - 100 km/h
37 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
30 - 80 km/h
19 - 50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.0–0.15%

Why hire a car in Toronto?

It's great having your own ride in Toronto. With a hired car, you can see all the distinct parts and neighborhoods of this sprawling metropolis, and to visit important landmarks outside the city.

Toronto

One-way Car Hire in Toronto

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Toronto and drop off in another city include:

  • From Toronto to Montreal - 77 offers from £ 55.59 per day
  • From Toronto to Pittsburgh - 18 offers from £ 65.61 per day
  • From Toronto to Chicago - 50 offers from £ 62.71 per day
  • From Toronto to Boston - 12 offers from £ 65.61 per day
  • From Toronto to Ottawa - 32 offers from £ 50.73 per day

Top ways to enter Toronto

  • Toronto Pearson Airport. With 49.5 million travelers served in 2018, Pearson is the busiest airport in Canada and among the busiest in all of the Americas. The airport is a large hub for Air Canada and is also served by tens of other airlines. Located about 26 km (16 mi) northwest of the city center, the airport can be reached in 25 minutes.
  • Toronto Billy Bishop Airport. The other, much smaller airport serving Toronto is served by three airlines. In addition to providing many domestic connections, the airport also hosts flights to and from Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., in the United States. Located on one of the Toronto Islands, the airport is just 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south of the city center and can be reached in ten minutes.
  • Ottawa Airport. Serving Canada’s capital city, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport handled 5.1 million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights to and from many destinations in Canada, as well as Cuba, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Located 438 km (272 mi) northeast of Toronto, the airport can be reached in 4 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Buffalo Niagara Airport. Located just on the other side of the border in the U.S. state of New York, Buffalo Niagara Airport handled five million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights to and from destinations all over U.S., as well as Cancun in Mexico. Located just 175 km (109 mi) southeast of Toronto, Buffalo Airport can be reached in about two hours. You’ll have to cross an international border, so make sure in advance your car hire provider permits it (alternatively, you can travel by public transportation and pick up a rental car after arriving in Toronto). Also, make sure you don’t need a visa to enter either the U.S. or Canada.
  • By rail. If you’re arriving in Toronto by train, you can conveniently pick up your car at the Toronto Union Railway Station.

Useful city facts

  • Although Canada’s capital is Ottawa, Toronto is the most populous city not only in Ontario Province, but in all of the country. The city has a population of about 2.7 million, with 3.2 million more living in Toronto metropolitan area. Golden Horseshoe, an even larger, densely populated region in Southern Toronto that includes Toronto, is home to 9.2 million people or about every fourth inhabitant of Canada.
  • Toronto has a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The average high temperature is 26.6 °C (79.9 °F) in July, the warmest month, and -0.7 °C (30.7 °F) in January, the coldest. September is the rainiest month while March is the driest. Toronto experiences, on average, 41 snowy days per year.
  • With 47% of Toronto inhabitants born outside Canada, Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Toronto is home to some of the largest Chinese, Irish, Filipino, and Italian diasporas in the world, something that can be observed in many cultural centers, restaurants, and languages spoken in the city.

Top destinations and activities

  • Royal Ontario Museum: The most visited museum in Canada, the Royal Ontario is dedicated to the subjects of art, natural history, and different cultures from around the planet. The museum has over 6 million items on display, many of them in interactive galleries that are especially fun for families. Visit the museum’s website to learn more about the exhibitions and admission.
  • Art Gallery of Ontario: The largest gallery in Canada mostly focuses on works by well-known and contemporary Canadian artists, but it also houses paintings by classical European masters like Ruben.
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village: An open-air area dedicated to life in the Toronto area in the 19th century, Black Creek is often considered one of the best heritage museums in North America. More than 40 buildings have been carefully restored to provide an insight into different occupations, as well as the cultural and social lives of these early inhabitants. Black Creek is in the suburb of North York with the trip from central Toronto taking about 40 minutes.
  • CN Tower: The tallest in North America, CN Tower is a great place to start (or finish) your vacation in Toronto. Going to its top in a glass elevator is a stunning experience, and the view from up there makes the rest of the city look tiny.

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 hired car, the bill will be automatically sent to your car provider. The exact fee will depend on how long will you drive along this road. Some car providers do include an additional toll charge fee. Do get in touch with your 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

  • Niagara. Not just the waterfalls, but a large peninsula about an hour’s drive south of Toronto, Niagara is one of the most popular destinations in Ontario. From cruises to the waterfalls to well-preserved historic buildings, wineries, and nature reserves, the region has plenty of attractions for every visitor. 
  • Stratford. This town in Perth County that's about two hours drive west of Toronto has a population of just over 30,000 inhabitants, but it is home to the famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival that lasts all the way from April to November. If you're a classic literature lover, time your travels accordingly.
  • Ottawa. Canada's capital is about for to five hours drive away, so this one's probably a two-day trip, but this underrated city makes a great travel destination thanks to the combination of beautiful architecture and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Linocln. One might not think of Canada as a producer of wine, but Lincoln, just outside of Toronto, sits at the heart of valleys with many wineries, most of which have tasting rooms. 

Most popular hire types and cars

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

Further destinations

  • Montreal. Canada's second largest city is sometimes considered Toronto's rival, so why not travel there to make up your own mind? Competition aside, this bilingual metropolis is as unique a destination as Toronto in terms of history, arts, and atmosphere.
  • Northern Ontario. The sparsely populated north of the province doesn't see as many tourists as the big cities in the south, but it's impressive nature areas will convince anyone that you don't need to go to Yukon to see Canada at its wildest.
  • USA. Detroit and Michigan is just a couple of hours drive away, but with a hired car you can also easily reach other famous cities like Chicago, Boston, and New York. Note that you'll have to cross the national border to visit U.S., so do get in touch with your car provider in advance to find out if they permit it. Also, make sure your entry documents are in order.

Car Hire Prices in Toronto

  • Large cars - starting at £ 46 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 43 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 49 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 54 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 41 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 56 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

There are things you can do to get a good car hire deal in Toronto:

  • 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 Toronto is the cheapest in October when hiring a car is about 33% cheaper than the yearly average and 53% cheaper than hiring a car in June.

Top 13 Cities near Toronto

  1. Montreal starting at £ 41.78 per day
    492.6 km / 306.1 miles away
  2. Mississauga starting at £ 13.21 per day
    20.3 km / 12.6 miles away
  3. Ottawa starting at £ 15.68 per day
    350.6 km / 217.9 miles away
  4. Quebec City starting at £ 17.10 per day
    731.1 km / 454.3 miles away
  5. Hamilton starting at £ 45.19 per day
    66.6 km / 41.4 miles away
  6. London starting at £ 38.98 per day
    156.5 km / 97.3 miles away
  7. Windsor starting at £ 38.98 per day
    326.3 km / 202.8 miles away
  8. Thunder Bay starting at £ 35.96 per day
    929.6 km / 577.6 miles away
  9. 81.3 km / 50.5 miles away
  10. Sarnia starting at £ 38.98 per day
    245.8 km / 152.7 miles away
  11. Kingston starting at £ 21.98 per day
    233.6 km / 145.1 miles away
  12. 20.8 km / 12.9 miles away
  13. Whitby starting at £ 64.71 per day
    47.5 km / 29.5 miles away

Top 6 Destinations around Toronto

  1. Toronto Scarborough starting at £ 43.44 per day
    15.2 km / 9.4 miles away
  2. Toronto Airport starting at £ 12.74 per day
    17.0 km / 10.6 miles away
  3. London Railway Station starting at £ 69.47 per day
    166.1 km / 103.2 miles away
  4. Windsor International Airport starting at £ 38.98 per day
    326.4 km / 202.8 miles away
  5. Ottawa Airport starting at £ 15.68 per day
    350.0 km / 217.5 miles away
  6. Quebec City Airport starting at £ 41.78 per day
    717.9 km / 446.1 miles away

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During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Toronto?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Torontofluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Toronto
£ 40.99
January
£ 37.52
February
£ 33.03
March
£ 43.38
April
£ 52.57
May
£ 58.12
June
£ 35.05
July
£ 50.12
August
£ 35.36
September
£ 30.73
October
£ 50.64
November
£ 58.21
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Toronto is October with prices starting at £ 30.73 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is December with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 58.21. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 44. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Toronto?

Hirers picking up a car in Toronto keep them for an average of 26 days during in June, while those picking up their cars in February keep them for an average of 7.
Average Hire Length in Toronto
10
January
7
February
10
March
10
April
8
May
26
June
10
July
8
August
7
September
8
October
11
November
8
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Toronto?

While travellers visit Toronto year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is March, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Hire in Toronto by Monthly Searches
5%
January
397%
February
473%
March
April
May
June
July
August
33%
September
38%
October
130%
November
123%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Surprice Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Economy rent a car Honda Civic 4 3 Medium cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Zoom Rent A Car Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars
Economy rent a car Toyota Rav4 4 4 SUVs
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
Economy rent a car Toyota Corolla 4 3 Large cars
Surprice Toyota Rav4 4 2 SUVs

Top 18 Hire Companies in Toronto in 2021

National
National
Remarkable 9.2
4162085036
4 EIREANN QUAY,
Alamo
Alamo
Remarkable 9.2
+14163644191
200 Wellington St W, Toronto, Ontario
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Remarkable 9.1
19056779994 / 18664676883
5945 Dixie Rd
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+14167771618
161A Bay Street Toronto Island Billy Bishop Ap
Working hours
Mon:09:00-16:00
Tue:09:00-16:00
Wed:09:00-16:00
Thu:09:00-16:00
Fri:09:00-16:00
Sat:08:30-13:00
Sun:09:30-13:00
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
4167771618
161A Bay Street Toronto Island Billy Bishop Ap
Working hours
Mon:09:00-16:00
Tue:09:00-16:00
Wed:09:00-16:00
Thu:09:00-16:00
Fri:09:00-16:00
Sat:08:30-13:00
Sun:09:30-13:00
Zoom Rent A Car
Zoom Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.5
+16476226000
1286 Dupont Street,Toronto ON,M6H 2A4
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-16:00
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Outstanding 8.5
+14167518700
1138 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 2K9
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-14:00
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
8337923291
Pearson International Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:30; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Outstanding 8.5
8008004000
6301 Silver Dart Drive
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Outstanding 8.5
8884008877
RENTAL CAR RETURN
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8
+14168640696
134 JARVIS STREET
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:09:00-11:30
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.5
4168640696 / 4168490846
134 Jarvis
Working hours
Mon:08:00-15:00
Tue:08:00-15:00
Wed:08:00-15:00
Thu:08:00-15:00
Fri:08:00-15:00
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Great 7.5
+16476226000
1286 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6H 2A4
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-16:00
RightCars
RightCars
Great 7.3
16476914042
Toronto Airport 6465 Airport Road
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Great 7.2
+19056719444
3356 Elmbank Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1A6
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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Great 7.1
+15476226000
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport 1286 Dupont St Toronto
Surprice
Surprice
Great 7
+14168001222 / +18887779202
445 Rexdale Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6P8
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:09:00-20:00
Wed:09:00-20:00
Thu:09:00-20:00
Fri:09:00-20:00
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 6
+19055642425
6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
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