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Canada Car Rental Mini Guide

Before booking car rental in Canada, it’s useful to consider what you plan to use the car for, how many passengers will be travelling and what luggage you need to carry. Canada is a vast country and driving distances can be huge, so you might want to consider a larger rental car in Canada than you are used to, one better equipped for longer journeys. Renting an SUV in Canada is a great option for groups and families, many of which can cater for up to 7 passengers with luggage and offer a comfortable ride for a long day on the road.  Make sure you check out the luggage capacities in the rental vehicles, as they are not always able to hold as many suitcases as people.

Most car rentals in Canada include insurance and taxes and our rates always include one-way fees. If you need any additional extras such as child seats, sat-nav or additional drivers, it’s worth comparing costs between rental agents as the cheapest rental agent may not offer the lowest total cost for your rental when you take optional extras into account. You shouldn’t need an international driving license when renting a car in Canada unless your domestic license is not printed in the roman alphabet. If you plan to take your rental car from Canada into the USA via any of the popular border crossings you should disclose your intentions to the rental agent on arrival so that the necessary documentation can be prepared.

Does car rental in Canada come with snow chains / winter tyres?

Depending on the time of year you are renting a car in Canada and whereabouts in the country will determine if the rental car is supplied with winter tyres. Where legally required to drive on the road, winter tyres will be included free of charge with any rental car in Canada. Snow chains will be classed as an optional extra and can be included within your rental.

Cheapest car hire in Canada

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.90 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 272.34 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.90 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 272.34 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.90 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 272.34 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.90 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 272.34 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.08 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 273.57 EUR from 20/02/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.33 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 268.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.50 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 269.56 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.50 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 269.56 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.68 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 270.78 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.68 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 270.78 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.68 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 270.78 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Charger

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Dodge Charger

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 298.63 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.70 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 277.90 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 39.87 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 279.15 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Canada

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road in Canada, the steering wheel in your rental car is on the left
  • Fuel is cheap in Canada which is good news as driving distances can be vast
  • Speed limits are in km/h, prior to 1977 they were in mph like the USA
  • Dollar and National are the joint highest ranked car rental agents in Canada scoring a very respectable 8.6

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Canada

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100-120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    CAD  1.78/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50-80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    CAD

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    16

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Canada

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 National
46
8.4/10
2,905
€ 47.90
€ 49.26
€ 52.25
 Alamo
19
8.3/10
1,258
€ 40.33
€ 41.76
€ 44.92
 Avis
79
8.2/10
2,001
€ 86.31
€ 88.82
€ 107.30
 Budget
51
8.0/10
2,631
€ 44.82
€ 49.37
€ 76.64
 Hertz
58
7.5/10
1,621
€ 50.00
€ 51.52
€ 54.50
 Thrifty
11
7.2/10
1,175
€ 38.33
€ 39.70
€ 40.52
 Dollar
16
6.8/10
1,381
€ 38.33
€ 39.70
€ 40.52

Car rental agent statistics in Canada

  • 9.1/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • 4.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • 12,972
    Total number of reviews in
    Canada
  • 69
    Most Locations in Canada:
    AVIS
  • 21
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 11
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Canada

ItemPercent
January€ 70
February€ 70
March€ 70
April€ 61
May€ 63
June€ 71
July€ 86
August€ 83
September€ 84
October€ 68
November€ 75
December€ 75
ItemPercent
January€ 65
February€ 66
March€ 64
April€ 56
May€ 56
June€ 58
July€ 77
August€ 74
September€ 67
October€ 63
November€ 67
December€ 71
ItemPercent
January€ 98
February€ 98
March€ 94
April€ 78
May€ 78
June€ 92
July€ 106
August€ 102
September€ 101
October€ 98
November€ 101
December€ 106
ItemPercent
January€ 79
February€ 80
March€ 79
April€ 69
May€ 72
June€ 83
July€ 100
August€ 95
September€ 93
October€ 77
November€ 84
December€ 86
ItemPercent
January€ 100
February€ 102
March€ 104
April€ 91
May€ 92
June€ 97
July€ 127
August€ 124
September€ 119
October€ 107
November€ 109
December€ 111
ItemPercent
January
February
March
April€ 30
May€ 37
June€ 31
July€ 31
August€ 32
September€ 40
October€ 40
November
December
ItemPercent
January€ 86
February€ 86
March€ 90
April€ 79
May€ 79
June€ 95
July€ 117
August€ 107
September€ 102
October€ 82
November€ 88
December€ 90
ItemPercent
January€ 78
February€ 96
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October€ 262
November€ 209
December€ 349

Select category to see average car hire prices in Canada

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Canada

DieselUnleaded
Jan , 2022

€ 1.10

€ 1.18

Feb , 2022

€ 1.14

€ 1.25

Mar , 2022

€ 1.48

€ 1.42

Apr , 2022

€ 1.42

€ 1.40

May , 2022

€ 1.71

€ 1.61

Jun , 2022

€ 1.59

€ 1.67

Jul , 2022

€ 1.66

€ 1.63

Aug , 2022

€ 1.44

€ 1.52

Sep , 2022

€ 1.52

€ 1.36

Oct , 2022

€ 1.40

€ 1.39

Nov , 2022

€ 1.68

€ 1.43

Dec , 2022

€ 1.45

€ 1.16

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Dec , 2022 1.45 1.16
Nov , 2022 1.68 1.43
Oct , 2022 1.40 1.39
Sep , 2022 1.52 1.36
Aug , 2022 1.44 1.52
Jul , 2022 1.66 1.63
Jun , 2022 1.59 1.67
May , 2022 1.71 1.61
Apr , 2022 1.42 1.40
Mar , 2022 1.48 1.42
Feb , 2022 1.14 1.25
Jan , 2022 1.10 1.18

Car rental price statistics in Canada

  • € 268.31
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 332.26
    Highest daily price:
    Dodge Caravan
  • 4,186
    Total cars available
     
  • 466
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 258
    Location with most cars:
    Toronto - Airport
  • € 38.3 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    DOLLAR - Toronto - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Canada

How much does it cost to hire a car in Canada?

Car hire in Canada starts from just €38.30 per day for a (compact) class car from Dollar. The average price to hire a car in Canada is just €77.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Canada is a Dodge Caravan car for a (fullsize) class from Hertz costing €332.30 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Canada?

We often have special offers on car hire in Canada including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Canada?

Car hire prices in Canada are kept low thanks to the 9 car hire companies across the country. With over 121 car hire locations and 22,082 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Canada.

Who is the best car hire company in Canada?

Based on over 12,972 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Canada Is Avis who score on average 8.2/10 across all locations in Canada.

What is the most popular car hire location in Canada?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Canada is Toronto - Airport with 7 car hire companies and 258 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Canada?

Current fuel prices in Canada are €1.156/ltr for petrol and €1.45/ltr for diesel as of 5 December 2022, it’ll cost on average €46 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €58 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Canada?

Speed limits in Canada are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 80 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Canada?

Dollar is the cheapest car hire company in Canada offering a (compact) class car such as the Kia Rio for as little as €268.10 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Canada?

The most popular car hire category in Canada is the Chevrolet Impala available from 2 car hire companies in over 81 locations.

Where can you rent a car in Canada?

When renting a car in Canada, you’ll find most leading international rental agents are very well represented at all major airports, suppliers including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt & Thrifty. You’ll also find many downtown locations in major towns and cities offering added convenience for those not arriving or travelling by air.

All car hire locations in Canada:

 

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Car Hire Calgary
€29.9
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €33.2 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €31.6 per day
Economy 4 5 2 from €29.9 per day
Car Hire Montreal
€23.8
 
 
Economy 4 5 2 from €23.8 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €28.3 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €25.5 per day
Car Hire Ottawa
€23.8
 
 
Economy 4 5 2 from €23.8 per day
Standard 4 5 4 from €28.3 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €25.5 per day
Car Hire Toronto
€30.7
 
 
Economy 5 5 3 from €30.7 per day
Fullsize 4 5 4 from €40.7 per day
Compact 4 5 3 from €37.3 per day