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Ottawa Car Rental  Guide

Discovering Ottawa With A Hire Car: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction: As the capital of Canada, Ottawa offers an enticing blend of historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and natural beauty. Hiring a car allows you to fully immerse yourself in all that Ottawa has to offer, providing flexibility, convenience, and the chance to discover some lesser-known gems.

Hiring a Car in Ottawa: Key Benefits

  • Flexibility: Drive at your own pace, whether you're catching a sunrise at Parliament Hill or spending an afternoon at the National Gallery of Canada.

  • Convenience: No waiting for public transport or adjusting your schedule around its timings.

  • Access to Remote Spots: Venture out to locations public transport doesn't reach, such as the scenic Gatineau Park.

Ottawa's Main Transport Hub:

  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW):
    • Distance: Approximately 10 km south of the city center.
    • Drive Time: About 15-20 minutes under normal traffic conditions via Airport Parkway.

Driving in Ottawa: What to Expect

  1. Road Conditions: Ottawa boasts well-maintained roads and clear signages. During winter, roads are regularly plowed, but always exercise caution due to potential ice patches.

  2. Tolls: Ottawa does not have any toll roads, making city navigation wallet-friendly.

  3. Traffic: Like any major city, Ottawa can experience peak-hour traffic, particularly around the downtown core. Consider this when planning your itinerary.

Must-Visit Attractions & Routes:

  1. Parliament Hill: Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it's a short drive from almost anywhere in the city. Don't miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony during summer months.

  2. ByWard Market: Only a 5-minute drive from Parliament Hill. This historic market offers unique shops, eateries, and vibrant street art.

  3. Canadian Museum of History: Across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, a mere 10-minute drive from the city center. Explore Canada's rich past and enjoy panoramic views of Ottawa's skyline.

  4. Gatineau Park: About a 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa, this park offers hiking, beaches, and Mackenzie King Estate.

  5. Diefenbunker Museum: Located in Carp, approximately a 30-minute drive from downtown Ottawa. Dive deep into Cold War history in this underground bunker.

Vehicle Recommendations:

  • Seasonal Influence: Ottawa experiences diverse weather. In winter, consider renting a car with good snow tires and 4-wheel drive. In the summer, a convertible could be a fun choice to soak in the city vibes.

Conclusion: With its rich tapestry of attractions, Ottawa beckons visitors to dive deep into its cultural, historical, and natural wonders. By choosing to hire a car, you gift yourself the freedom to explore the city on your terms, from its bustling downtown streets to the serene landscapes just a short drive away. 

Current Rental Rates in Ottawa

Chevrolet Cruze

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.79 EUR/day
Chevrolet Cruze

7 Days rental at 355.53 EUR from 22/01/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Ford Escape

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 58.92 EUR/day
Ford Escape

7 Days rental at 412.44 EUR from 22/01/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Ford Fusion

5 Adults, 2 Doors

From 71.61 EUR/day
Ford Fusion

7 Days rental at 501.28 EUR from 22/01/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Useful to know about Ottawa

  • Ottawa is actually the capital of Canada despite being the second biggest city in Ontario.
  • Ottawa is the fourth largest municipality in Canada.
  • More than 800,000 people live in Ottawa.
  • Ottawa was recently voted the third cleanest city in the world.
  • And it was said to have the second highest quality of living in North America.


Popular car hire destinations in Ottawa

Best car rental companies in Ottawa

based on 2622 reviews
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No.2: HERTZ,
based on 1038 reviews
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Ottawa car hire information

  • 8.6/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Budget US Corporate
  • € 272.86
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  • 5
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Average prices per day in Ottawa

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