Can I take a rental car to Canada?

Can I take a rental car to Canada?

It’s a common question from both our US domestic rental customers and international visitors to the US wanting to extend their rental over the border into Canada. The short answer is YES you can take a US rental car into Canada, but much like taking a rental car to Mexico there are a few things you need to know. All of the rental agents we work with will permit travel into Canada subject to certain restrictions, mainly concerning insurance and car type. For instance, not all rental agents, including Alamo for example will not permit Exotics, large passenger vehicles or vans or other speciality vehicles to cross into Canada.

can i take a rental car to Canada

Which rental agents allow travel to Canada?

Rental Agent
Travel to Canada Permitted*
Alamo
YES
Avis
YES
Budget
YES
Dollar
YES
Enterprise
YES
Hertz
YES
Thrifty
YES
*See rental agents terms below;

What is the Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card?

US residents will need a Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card, usually provided at no extra cost from the rental agent. The card needs to be retained inside the rental car at all times and is proof that the car is insured in the US and permitted to drive in Canada.

US residents can use their own car insurance to drive a rental car in Canada as most policies include this, however you should always check as not all policies do. If you find that you don’t have the relevant insurance, you will need to buy extra insurance at the rental desk when you collect the car. The rental agent will issue the relevant documentation as proof of insurance. Non US residents will need this insurance also and will have no option but to buy this at the rental desk.

24 Hour US/CA Border Crossings

It’s worth noting that whilst there are hundreds of US-Canada border crossings, not all of them are operation 24 hours a day so you should plan ahead to ensure that your intended border crossing point will be open when you arrive. It’s worth considering a back up plan or alternative crossing point nearby should you find yourself delayed and miss your intended crossing. Listed below are the current 24hr border crossings by state, please note that some of these crossings have restricted opening times during national holidays so check before travel.
 
US State
US Crossing Point
US Road / Highway
CA State
CA Crossing Point
CA Road / Highway
Border Crossings in Alaska
 
 
 
 
 
Alaska 
Alcan 
AK-2 (Alaska Highway) 
Yukon 
Beaver Creek 
Hwy 1 (Alaska Highway) 
Border Crossings in Idaho
 
 
 
 
 
Idaho 
Eastport 
US-95 
British Columbia 
Kingsgate 
BC 95 
Border Crossings in Maine
 
 
 
 
 
Maine 
Coburn Gore 
SR 27 
Quebec 
Woburn 
Route 161 
Maine 
Jackman 
US 201 / SR 6 
Quebec 
Armstrong 
Route 173 
Maine 
Fort Kent 
US 1 
New Brunswick 
Clair 
Route 205 
Maine 
Madawaska 
Bridge Street 
New Brunswick 
Edmundston 
Route 120 
Maine 
Van Buren 
Bridge Street 
New Brunswick 
St. Leonard 
Bridge Street/Rue du Pont 
Maine 
Fort Fairfield 
SR 167 
New Brunswick 
Andover 
Route 190
Maine 
Houlton 
I‑95 
New Brunswick 
Woodstock Road 
Route 95 
Maine 
Vanceboro 
SR 6 
New Brunswick 
St. Croix 
Route 4 
Maine 
Lubec 
SR 189 
New Brunswick 
Campobello 
Route 774 
Maine 
Calais - International Ave 
International Avenue 
New Brunswick 
St. Stephen (3rd Bridge) 
St. Stephen Drive 
Maine 
Calais - Ferry Point 
Main Street 
New Brunswick 
St. Stephen (Ferry Point Bridge) 
Milltown Boulevard / Route 170 
Border Crossings in Michigan
 
 
 
 
 
Michigan 
Sault Ste. Marie 
I-75 
Ontario 
Sault Ste. Marie 
Huron Street 
Michigan 
Port Huron 
I-69 / I-94 
Ontario 
Sarnia 
Highway 402 
Michigan 
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel 
Jefferson Avenue 
Ontario 
Windsor-Detroit Tunnel 
Ouellette Avenue 
Michigan 
Detroit - Ambassador Bridge 
I-75 / I-96 
Ontario 
Windsor - Ambassador Bridge 
Highway 3
Border Crossings in Minnesota
 
 
 
 
 
Minnesota 
Warroad 
MN 313 
Manitoba 
Sprague 
PTH 12 
Minnesota 
Baudette 
MN 72 
Ontario 
Rainy River 
Highway 11 
Minnesota 
International Falls 
US 53 / US 71 
Ontario 
Fort Frances 
Highway 71 
Minnesota 
Grand Portage 
MN 61 
Ontario 
Pigeon River 
Highway 61
Border Crossings in Montana
 
 
 
 
 
Montana
Roosville 
US 93
British Columbia 
Roosville 
BC 93
Montana 
Sweetgrass 
I‑15 
Alberta 
Coutts 
Hwy 4 
Montana 
Raymond 
MT 16 
Saskatchewan 
Regway 
Hwy 6 
Border Crossings in New York
 
 
 
 
 
New York 
Buffalo 
I-190 / Baird Drive 
Ontario 
Fort Erie 
QEW 
New York 
Lewiston 
I-190 / NY 104 
Ontario 
Queenston 
Highway 405
New York 
Alexandria Bay 
I-81 
Ontario 
Lansdowne 
Highway 137
New York 
Ogdensburg 
NY 812 
Ontario 
Prescott 
Highway 16
New York 
Fort Covington 
Water Street 
Quebec 
Dundee 
Route 132 
New York 
Trout River 
NY 30
Quebec 
Trout River 
Route 138
New York 
Chateaugay 
NY 374
Quebec 
Herdman 
Route 202
New York 
Mooers 
NY 22
Quebec 
Hemmingford 
Route 219 
New York 
Champlain 
I-87 
Quebec 
St-Bernard-de-Lacolle 
A-15 
New York 
Overton Corners 
NY 276
Quebec 
Route 221 
Route 221 
New York 
Rouses Point 
US 11 
Quebec 
Route 223 
Route 223 
Border Crossings in Dakota
 
 
 
 
 
North Dakota 
Pembina 
I-29 
Manitoba 
Emerson 
PTH 75 
North Dakota 
Portal 
US 52 
Saskatchewan 
North Portal 
Hwy 39 
North Dakota 
Dunseith 
US 281 
Manitoba 
Boissevain 
PTH 10 
Border Crossings in Vermont
 
 
 
 
 
Vermont 
Derby Line 
I‑91 
Quebec 
Stanstead
A-55 
Vermont 
Alburg 
VT 225
Quebec 
Noyan 
Route 225 
Vermont 
Highgate Springs 
I‑89 
Quebec 
St–Armand / Phillipsburg 
Route 133 
Vermont 
West Berkshire 
VT 108
Quebec 
Frelighsburg 
Route 237 
Vermont 
Richford 
VT 139 
Quebec 
Abercorn 
Route 139 
Vermont 
North Troy 
VT 243 
Quebec 
Highwater 
Route 243 
Vermont 
Beebe Plain 
Beebe Road
Quebec 
Stanstead (Beebe) 
Route 247 
Vermont 
Derby Line - Rte 5 
US 5 
Quebec 
Stanstead
Route 143 
Vermont 
Norton 
VT 147 
Quebec 
Stanhope 
Route 147 
Vermont 
Canaan 
VT 141 
Quebec 
Hereford Road 
Route 141 
Vermont 
Beecher Falls 
VT 253 
Quebec 
East Hereford 
Route 253 
Border Crossings in Washington
 
 
 
 
 
Washington 
Point Roberts 
Tyee Drive 
British Columbia 
Boundary Bay 
56th Street
Washington 
Sumas 
SR 9 
British Columbia 
Abbotsford-Huntingdon 
BC 11 
Washington 
Frontier 
SR 25
British Columbia 
Paterson 
BC 22
Washington 
Oroville 
US 97 
British Columbia 
Osoyoos 
BC 97 
Washington 
Blaine - Pacific Highway 
SR 543 
British Columbia 
Pacific Highway 
BC 15
Washington 
Blaine - Peace Arch 
I‑5 
British Columbia 
Douglas 
BC 99
 

Fascinating Fact

Did you know that the Poker Creek / Little Gold Creek is the northernmost and highest altitude US-Canada border crossing at 1,258m (4127ft)!
Extracts from US Rental agents terms and conditions pertaining to cross border travel to Canada*
Alamo
Most vehicles rented in the US can be driven throughout US and Canada. Some vehicle classes like Exotics, Large Passenger or Cargo Vans, and other specialty vehicles may not be allowed to travel outside of the US. Please reach to the renting location directly for details on cross-border restrictions.

Avis
With advance arrangement and consent from Avis, certain cars may be rented from the United States and driven into Canada by U.S. residents. A Canadian non-resident insurance card may be required and is available at the Avis rental location.

Budget
If you are a U.S resident, you may drive a Budget car into Canada. However, when you pick up a U.S.-registered vehicle in the U.S., you must advise us that you plan to drive to Canada so that, for insurance purposes, we may issue a Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card. This card, to be kept inside the vehicle, is provided at no cost and it serves as simple documentation that the vehicle is insured in the U.S.

Dollar
At most Dollar car rental locations, driving is restricted to the Continental United States and Canada. Please refer to the Local Policies, found within the reservation process, for specific information regarding geographic limitations at the Dollar rental car location where you intend to rent a Dollar vehicle.

Enterprise
Most vehicles rented in the US can be driven throughout US and Canada. Some vehicle classes like Exotics, Large Passenger or Cargo Vans, and other specialty vehicles may not be allowed to travel outside of the US. Please reach to the renting location directly for details on cross-border restrictions.

Hertz
The renter will need to advise the rental counter if they intend to drive into Canada. You must have a valid license and rental record.

Thrifty
At most locations, driving is restricted to the continental United States and Canada. A Canadian resident is prohibited from driving a U.S. owned vehicle into Canada. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions for specific information regarding geographic limitations at the THRIFTY location where you intend to rent a THRIFTY vehicle.

*all terms correct at time of publication, we recommend you check terms at time of rental.


 
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