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Halifax Car Hire

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Pick-up location Halifax
Rental locations 26
Airport locations 5

Halifax car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.2 Excellent (46 reviews)
4 locations in Halifax
Enterprise
Locations in Halifax
1161 Hollis St
+1 902 423 0227
17-120 Susie Lake Cres
+1 902 450 1427
2000 Barrington St
+1 902 446 4388
3387 Kempt Rd.
+1 902 453 6929
  • 8.3
  • 8.1
  • 8.5
  • 7.8
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
18 Aug 2016
Friendly and Professional
Pros: I have yet to have a negative experience with Enterprise. The staff is always of the highest quality in customer service: friendly, knowledgable, and willing to go the extra mile to make your rental experience a good one. Halifax Enterprise is no exception. Don't bother with the "other guys". Go with Enterprise. They will pick you up and drop you off at home!
10.0 Excellent
1 Dec 2015
Amazing Service
Pros: Staff was so friendly, great experience! Will defiantly be renting from enterprise again!
2.0 Mediocre
30 Apr 2016
Pros: nothing at all
Cons: The Etnerprice and Kayak have to explain clearly that people under 25 can not rent a truck from Enterprice before making the reservation .. i had to look in a different company that provide a truck for customers under 25 years old. Also, they waist my time which I lost some money due to the confusing from Kayak and Enterprice (time is money). I am not going to deal with Kayak and Enterprice anymore.. It was the first and last time. good job both of you ^_^
10.0 Excellent
29 Jul 2016
I love Enterprise
Pros: I liked everything about this rental. The staff at both the Kempt Road location in Halifax, and the Airport location were kind and accommodating. Between calling in advance to ask for certain favours, to needing help on the road, the staff were always happy to help. I wish that I could remember all of the names of the countless staff that helped me over the phone and in person, but the only two names I can recall are Chance and Lily. So thank so you much Chance, Lily..et all.
10.0 Excellent
30 Aug 2016
Overall a great experience
Pros: New car clean and comfortable.
10.0 Excellent
1 Sep 2016
Pros: Staff at counter very friendly and informative. I was a bit weary about finding where to return car but that was the easy part. Signs marked and easy to find, staff right there to take over. Made things enjoyable. Thanks to all.
8.8 Excellent
5 Sep 2016
Pros: Our car that we booked had a cracked windshield and enterprise gave us an upgrade
Cons: No savings for returning car a day early and inconsistent hours at different locations
4.8 Okay
6 Sep 2016
Cons: Found the customer service to be poor
9.2 Excellent
23 Sep 2016
Courteous
Pros: They gave us a ride to the airport and didn't charge us the extra fifty dollars for being two hours late (please be on time). They were simply excellent on their customer service. I always felt well taken care of, but I imagine it varies Enterprise to Enterprise as each location is different.
Cons: The contract was a little long yet still unclear about what constitutes damage even though in person they assure you the car is undamaged because the dents are below a certain arbitrary size and the scratches are less than an arbitrary length (none of this is documented in paper though). On the plus side, I never had any problems with them claiming that I had damaged the car.
6.8 Good
24 Sep 2016
Pros: Good car and generally good service, good price
Cons: Were not informed about complimentary pick up/drop off and drop off was going to take a long time so we had to skip it.
Rated no. 2
Ace
ace
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Halifax
Ace
Locations in Halifax
2790 Windsor Street
+1 902 468 7171
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
10 Sep 2018
Pros: Customer service is excellent. I would recommend.
Rated no. 4
Avis
9.4 Excellent (5 reviews)
3 locations in Halifax
Avis
Locations in Halifax
1717 Grafton Street
+1 902 492 2847
3275 Kempt Road
+1 902 429 6382
362 Lacewood Drive
+1 902 450 2847
  • 9.6
  • 9.6
  • 9.6
  • 8.8
  • 9.6
Recent reviews
8.8 Excellent
16 Sep 2016
Pros: They were conveniently located in the city center. The agent was by himself when we arrived soon after they opened, but he was very helpful. Perhaps we were scheduled to drop off at the airport location, we were super-upgraded for free.
Cons: Nothing really. If we must, the upgrade was a bit too luxurious (we'd requested an economy car, as it was just two of us with not much luggage, but got a Cherokee. Hmm, extra gas...)
10.0 Excellent
10 Oct 2016
Pros: The car was clean and in good condition; the counter help at pick up in Halifax was very friendly and very informative; the drop off at the airport was quick and easy.
9.2 Excellent
21 Jul 2017
Overall good, gas tank unfilled at pickup
Pros: Friendly representatives, clean car, modern
Cons: Gas tank wasn't completely filled at pickup, didn't notice till started driving
9.2 Excellent
13 Aug 2017
Pleasant Avis ride in beautiful Cape Breton
Pros: The Taurus we rented was in great shape, clean and ready to go as promised. The manager at the Avis outlet in Halifax was courteous and helpful. Though I rented with Kayak, he found my Avid Preferred number in the system and saved me a little more. We immediately drove up to Cape Breton and all over the island. Very enjoyable trip, and the car served its purpose quite well. If we visit NS again, I will certainly rent with this agency.
Cons: Not the franchise's fault, but the road construction on Grafton Street in Halifax, not to mention all over downtown was horrible. This is on the City, with a seeming lack of proper traffic flow analysis before they'd shut down streets. Total lack of signage too.
10.0 Excellent
4 Oct 2017
Halifax to Bangor rental
Pros: I loved getting an SUV for our vacation and the price was very reasonable considering we returned it out of the country!
Rated no. 5
Budget
8.6 Excellent (21 reviews)
3 locations in Halifax
Budget
Locations in Halifax
1554 Hollis Street
+1 902 492 7542
3275 Kempt Road
+1 902 492 7535
362 Lacewood Drive Unit 14
+1 902 450 7368
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
6.8 Good
26 Jul 2017
Wrong price advertised
Pros: good service apart from inaccurate pricing
Cons: Your site indicated the pre-tax price would be $144. I paid $180.
9.2 Excellent
19 Sep 2017
Pros: I wish there had been a more low cost option for a hybrid vehicle or at least one that was more fuel efficient. Also, it took a bit to figure out how to work the windshield wipers. It was a bit different in this newer vehicle. We had to look it up in the manual. Tired to use the Bluetooth but it wasn't enabled. Someone going through the features would have been nice.
8.0 Excellent
11 Jun 2017
ok overall
Pros: Quick pick up and very friendly fellow working at the Hollis location.
10.0 Excellent
24 Jun 2017
Forgiving
Pros: I showed up at the airport to return the car and found out I had been charged an extra hour which was almost the same price as the day. When I brought it up to the employee inside he finished my sentence for me saying he'd take off the extra charges. I was pleasantly surprised!
Cons: My convertible was delivered with the top down and I was not instructed how to put it up. Three minutes later I had figured it out. Really was a non issue.
8.0 Excellent
25 Jun 2017
Great experience
Pros: Lower cost than picking up at the airport
Cons: The airport markup is waaaaayyy too high!
10.0 Excellent
26 Jun 2017
Pros: all good
8.8 Excellent
28 Jun 2017
Pros: Ease of both pick-up and drop-off.
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
1 Jul 2017
Pros: Nice , friendly staff
9.6 Excellent
2 Jul 2017
Top-Quality Service!
Pros: Friendly staff, easy pick-up/drop-off process, and clean car
Cons: Office was small, and a bit messy
10.0 Excellent
4 Jul 2017
Pros: every thing very friendly help full price was good car was new and clean
Rated no. 6
Hertz
8.4 Excellent (27 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Hertz
Locations in Halifax
1 Bell Blvd
+1 902 873 3700
1919 Upper Water St
+1 902 421 1763
  • 8.3
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
2 May 2017
Pros: Option to upgrade for free. Friendly and interested staff.
10.0 Excellent
10 Aug 2017
Great car, easy to drop off and pick up. No hidden fees
Pros: The cost of the car wasn't as cheap as I'd hoped, but it was cheaper than any other site I looked at without discount. The car was very clean and was great on gas. There were no additional fees after returning the car, and the staff was friendly. I had no problems with this rental
Cons: The distance of the hertz rental place from the airport meant that I had to pay for a $70 cab ride, but it was still cheaper than renting from the airport.
9.2 Excellent
14 Aug 2017
Solid rental
Pros: New car, clean and comfortable.
Cons: Line up to pick up was 15 minutes. Price.
10.0 Excellent
1 May 2017
Pros: The host at the desk was very nice and treated us respectively.
9.6 Excellent
4 May 2017
Great experience. Would rent again without hesitation.
Pros: I would definitely rent again. The only reason I gave it a "Good" rating rather than an "Excellent" is explained in the comments of "what could have been better". I had paid online in advance. The process of picking up the car was smooth and quick. When I asked if there was a complementary map, I was provided with a simple map of Halifax - exactly what I needed. When I returned the car and followed the signs into the parking garage, an attendant was immediately available outside to direct me into a parking space and examine the car for any damage.
Cons: Because it was foggy, and raining outside, and rather dark in the parking garage, I didn't see that there was some food debris in the centre area around the gear shift when I received the car. It was the next day that I became aware of this, outside in bright daylight. The rest of the car was very clean, including the floor mats. I do not feel that this area was intentionally overlooked but rather missed for the same reasons I didn't see it until later. The people inspecting and preparing the car for the next rental would benefit from some good lighting to notice details. And, renters should be more considerate in the care of their rented vehicle to prevent this kind of soiling - totally unnecessary.
10.0 Excellent
8 May 2017
Pros: Return was quick and easy
Cons: Sales person attempts to upgrade service.
10.0 Excellent
8 May 2017
Pros: Speedy pickup and drop off at airport, no confusion or excessive paperwork.
8.0 Excellent
15 Jun 2017
Where are the electrical cars?
Pros: I like the white colour.
Cons: Bad fuel efficiency for a small car (8.8!), instead of compact cars you should have fuel efficient. And when will we be able to rent electric cars? Price was definitely more than advertised.
8.0 Excellent
19 Jun 2017
Pros: Fuel economy was better than expected but power was a little low.
Cons: Was given a choice of 3 SUV's instead of a sedan.
9.2 Excellent
25 Jun 2017
Great service
Pros: Everything was ready for me when I arrived
Cons: Al the taxes, but nothing they could do about that
Rated no. 7
Alamo
8.1 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in Halifax
Alamo
Locations in Halifax
1161 Hollis Street
+1 902 423 0227
  • 7.2
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
  • 6.8
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay
9 Oct 2016
Pros: Car was fine, performed well
Cons: Gave me a reservation to pick up after the downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia location was closed. Had to hire a cab to take me back to airport, to obtain car, Besides the extra $120.00 canadian for the two cab fares, the whole first day of our vacation lost. Would appreciate your consideration, of reimbursing me the $120.00, as reservation from Kayak the flawed cause.
10.0 Excellent
27 Jul 2017
Pros: The compact size of the Tiguan on the outside was great. The roominess on the inside was good. The service counter personnel were fast, friendly and helpful although a little too eager to try to upsize our rental to a yukon-like behemoth of a vehicle
Cons: The gas mileage was so-so.
6.4 Good
10 Oct 2017
Cons: 1) I didn't like that the Alamo office was closed when we dropped off our vehicle. We asked businesses close by and figured out what to do. It should have been mentioned on our rental agreement. 2) We were contacted by Alamo the next day that there was damage to the vehicle. It was marked on our form when we picked up the vehicle but it was not communicated on the receiving end. My husband informed them of this and it was cleared. We arrived home to find a letter from Alamo requesting us to get in touch with them re: damaged vehicle. My husband called again to inform them of the history. Message was left a few days late stating the letter could be disregarded.
10.0 Excellent
20 Oct 2017
Helpful staff at rental counter
Pros: Helpful suggestions. Maps already marked. Super nice.
10.0 Excellent
18 Sep 2018
Excellent
Pros: The people working at the pick up in Halifax were great..friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I was in and out within twenty minutes. When we dropped off the car in Toronto the process took less then five minutes. The car was clean and great on gas. We would definitely rent from Alamo again and we highly recommend them as the place to rent vehicles.
Rated no. 8
Thrifty
8.0 Good (15 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Thrifty
Locations in Halifax
1 Bell Blvd
+1 877 283 0898
1181 Hollis St
+1 902 422 4455
  • 7.6
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
30 Nov 2017
Top of the line
Pros: Easy pickup and drop off someone coming to vehicle to print your final receipt was perfect
8.8 Excellent
11 Jul 2017
Wish I realized this *wasnt* at the airport
Pros: Car was clean, ready and return hours were flexible. Great location and staff was helpful
Cons: I wish I had realized that this pickup *wasnt* at the airport - cost us $70 to get to downtown Halifax to pick up the car, but the rental was also $400 cheaper to get from downtown as opposed to the airport. the markup is a blatant example of price gauging. Thanks, capitalism.
2.8 Mediocre
20 Feb 2018
everything was extra
Cons: pushy sales person. everything was extra. did i want winter tyres... eh its winter in canada?? of course. did i want insurance...i had taken the insurance on the kayak. but apparently that is no good and on it went
10.0 Excellent
23 Oct 2015
Close to Cruise Terminal
Pros: Located in the Westin Hotel, this Thrifty rental site was close to the cruise ship terminal. The car was clean, the staff very friendly, and had no problems with the rental process.
6.0 Good
14 Oct 2016
Nice customer service, but beware of hidden fees
Pros: Polite, efficient service, flexibility on return time and car ran perfectly.
Cons: There were a bunch of hidden fees charged by Thrify, not included in the Kayak policy.
9.2 Excellent
13 Jul 2017
Cons: Picking up the car in Halifax took way to long, over 45 minutes which caused us to be an hour late for a wedding. A new (I assume) employee was very slow.....had to ask someone else to step in and move us along faster, in being late, my partner slipped on steps and twisted his ankle, stressful, but all in all, the rest was fine. I had called the rental the day before picking it up to see if I could drop by and fill out the paper work to speed it up, this option was not available to me.
10.0 Excellent
12 Oct 2017
Pros: great price -great car
8.0 Excellent
5 Apr 2018
Great experience
Pros: It was easy to get too for pickup and drop off.
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
1 Aug 2018
Nova Scotia
Pros: The service was excellent. The counter person was alone and it was extremely busy downtown Hotel location; but he was efficient, courteous and very helpful. The vehicle was very clean. He was helpful with directions and arranging an Airport dropoff
8.0 Excellent
22 Aug 2018
Friendly personel
Pros: I enjoyed the car and the cleanlyness. It was easy to reach and park on the way back.
Cons: I had to look arround for the location as it was not clear that it was in the Westin hotel.
Rated no. 9
Europcar
7.7 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Europcar
Locations in Halifax
** Please Go To Discount Counter **
+1 902 873 3049
6031 Livingstone Street
+1 902 453 6762
  • 6.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 6.0
  • 7.0
Recent reviews
7.6 Good
15 Jun 2017
Good car rental in Canada but beware of excess insurance
Pros: Car was good fitted with satnav fitted and we received an upgrade
Cons: Rental company would not accept vehicle excess insurance which had been purchased, so we had to take full insurance with the rental company which was more expensive and then claim a refund on the external policy
9.6 Excellent
21 Jul 2017
Upgrade
Pros: We had a reservation for a compact car, and were offered an upgrade to a larger car at no charge. Had a Hyundai Sonata, very nice car with good fuel economy.
Cons: We arrived at Halifax airport late (9:30 PM), and called the number. No answer. Waited about 10 minutes, called again, go someone to pick us up. Staff should have headsets to be able to answer phone wherever they are, to avoid panic attacks by customers.
5.2 Okay
4 Jan 2019
Fight to get my car
Pros: That I got a better car for the same cost
Cons: That I had to stand there and refuse to take the mini bus that they tried to find me that was not what I booked and not what I wanted.
8.4 Excellent
8 Mar 2019
Pros: Yes to staff ...excellent
Cons: Tires were worn but ok
Rated no. 10
Dollar
6.6 Good (10 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Dollar
Locations in Halifax
1 Bell Blvd
+1 866 434 2226
1181 Hollis St
+1 902 453 6925
  • 6.2
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 5.8
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
25 Mar 2017
Great service and clean new cars
Pros: Polite helpful desk staff. Very easy and rapid process.
Cons: Everything was fine with the rental.
7.2 Good
23 Aug 2017
Pros: Staff at Halifax were excellent.
Cons: The two telephone reps ( from Timbuck2) did not do anything they were asked to do even though they acknowledged they did. Vehicle was smaller than advertised even though the disclaimer may have shown that. Our vehicle was not similar to a Chev Tahoe by any standard.
2.0 Mediocre
28 Feb 2018
Cons: Gives me the shittest car you have or tells me I can up grade for 20$ a day.. typical sales bullshit. Will not use you again..
10.0 Excellent
14 Jun 2018
All as expected
Pros: They had the correct car. Checkout went smoothly. No high pressure. Car was nice. Good expereince.
5.2 Okay
21 Aug 2017
No car due to them overbooking
Pros: Car - clean, quite new
Cons: There was no car for me at the booked location with no idea of when one would be coming in. There was already another person ahead of me in the list who was also waiting because of overbooking so I did not feel like waiting. They said I could pick up from another location and after getting there by public transport nearly 2 hours later, they tried to charge me an extra 'prime' location fee for the new location...
10.0 Excellent
21 Sep 2018
Convenient Location
Pros: Drop off location was convenient for walking around the city after. Staff was friendly. Service quick and easy.
8.4 Excellent
22 Sep 2017
Pros: Got upgraded good vehicle and good info I could drop at airport with no extra charge.
Cons: Vehicle was gutless poor power, charge for second driver at about $14 per day is ridiculous. Who would pay this? If it was $2 or $3 per day they might sell this option.
5.2 Okay
21 Jul 2018
Poor customer service and misleadingly expensive
Pros: It was great to have a car for my stay in Halifax and it was very clean.
Cons: I didn't like how my rate went from $89 to $177 because I asked to extend it less than 24 hours longer which in the beginning they told me was okay to do. The lady who I spoke with on the phone was extremely rude, so I asked to speak with a manager who was much better to deal with. I think the charges associated with extending it a day was excessive and I felt ripped off. I wouldn't recommend this company.
2.0 Mediocre
13 May 2019
Cons: If they had a car available instead of wasting our time, that would have made the overall experience better..
6.0 Good
15 Oct 2019
Pros: The staff were friendly, but there was a long line to pick up and a long line to drop off. You need a second staff person in the mornings. I won't rent from you again in Halifax. It's too big a hassle.
Cons: The car was also dirty. Not horrible, but not washed, and had dirty floor mats and a couple of scattered pieces of debris inside. This was not a terrible experience, but the pickup-dropoff wait of more than half an hour made it not worth it. I went by the counter of the competition in the bus station, and they had a much shorter line. I'll use them next time, which is upcoming in the spring.
Sunnycars
sunnycars
2 locations in Halifax
Sunnycars
Locations in Halifax
1 Belle Blvd.
1161 Hollis Street
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in Halifax
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Halifax
6031 Livingstone Street, Halifax
+1 902 453 6762
National
national
1 location in Halifax
National
Locations in Halifax
1161 Hollis Street
+1 902 423 0227
134 travellers who rented a car in Halifax gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.2

Car hire locations in Halifax

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Most popular car type Economy

When to book a hire car in Halifax

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Top tips for renting a car in Halifax

  • Halifax is the major economic and cultural hub of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. A hire car is the best transport choice as it will provide the scope to enjoy the breathtaking rugged coastline and reach major tourist attractions such as Peggy’s Cove with ease. Halifax has extensive maritime cultural history, which cannot be truly understood without traveling along the jagged coastline roads and stopping by small rural towns such as Duncan’s Cove and Clam Harbour.
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located 35 km (22 miles) from the downtown district and, thanks to the quiet and uncongested roads, will take approximately 40 minutes to reach by car. Major car hire companies such as Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Budget have counters at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and are located on the lower level of the airport parking area. Once you have picked up your baggage, follow the signage displayed Airport Parkade and you will have the keys in your hand before you know it.
  • Despite being a major industrial hub for Atlantic Canada, Halifax holds on to its small-town culture -- and this is represented on the roads. Pedestrians are always given priority and often cross at random sections of the street. Therefore, keep a careful eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, especially in built-up residential areas or in the downtown district.
  • Driving around Halifax is a peaceful experience; road congestion is a rarity and commuters are known to travel at appropriate speeds and yield. If you plan on traveling west towards the rural community of Peggy’s Cove, take the scenic northern route (103 Highway, then Peggy’s Cove Road) and enjoy the wonderful scenery and lighthouses along the way.
  • Book your rental car in Halifax at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Halifax

What is the most popular rental car in Halifax?

Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Halifax.

What is the best rental car company in Halifax?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Halifax are Enterprise (8.5, 12945 reviews), Avis (7.6, 2251 reviews), and Budget (7.4, 4215 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Halifax?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Halifax?

A Economy car rental in Halifax costs $46 per day, on average.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Halifax?

A car that can handle the winding coastal roads surrounding Halifax with ease should be your preferred choice for your trip. An intermediate sedan such as the Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra will provide the optimal handling capabilities and let you cruise between seaside towns with joy.

What's the speed limit in Halifax?

Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit in urban areas of Halifax is 50 km/h (31 mph). Be wary to check if you are traveling in a school zone, as the speed limit would then be reduced to 30 km/h (18 mph). The majority of highways in close proximity to Halifax have a speed limit of 80 km/h (49 mph) or 90 km/h (55 mph).

How are gas prices in Halifax?

You can expect to pay approximately $0.98 Canadian Dollars per liter in Halifax, which equates to approximately $2.93 USD per gallon. Be careful when driving extensive distances along the coastline, as smaller independent petrol stations sometimes charge a premium because of their isolated location. It is best to fill up with a full tank before leaving the urban metropolis of Halifax.

Where are the best places to park in Halifax?

On-street parking is affordable and abundant throughout Halifax, with the cost per hour in the downtown district only $1.50 ($1.15 USD). To make things even easier, the city provides free on-street parking on weekdays after 6 pm and all day on the weekends.