St. John's car hire

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St. John's car hire information

Pick-up locationSt. John's
Car types
Hire locations17
Airport locations9

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in St. John's

  • A hire car is the perfect way to explore not only St. John's, but the whole of Newfoundland, as most of its best places can't be accessed without four wheels. There are so many scenic routes to drive along that it will be hard to choose, but driving to St. Anthony on the northern tip of the island is a popular option, as you can take your time and even stay overnight in the charming towns as you make your way there.
  • All the big car hire companies can be found at St. John's International Airport (YYT), which is located less than 10 km (6.2 miles) from downtown St. John's. Car hire services are situated in the Baggage Claim area of the airport's main terminal. If you're heading there during high tourism season (May-September), you should book your car in advance.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway connects St. John's to other cities and towns around Newfoundland and, although the highway is in great condition, you will likely encounter sharp curves while driving through these hills. Always stay alert when driving on the island, as moose roam around freely and sometimes cause accidents. Stop the car and wait for the animals to fully disappear if you bump into them.
  • Although traffic is quite tame when compared to other big Canadian cities, rush hour traffic (between 7 and 9 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.) can affect certain areas of St. John's, particularly Parkway, which is made up of three roads funneling into a single route. Most heavy construction work takes place during summer, so take that into consideration in case you have to be somewhere by a specific time.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in St. John's for $117 or less
  • Book your rental car in St. John's at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in St. John's are around 0% cheaper than other car types, on average

St. John's car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in St. John's 
Verified travelerOct 2023
Driving was good, drivers are very courteous. Signs are good. Good road conditions.
Verified travelerSep 2023
Be sure to use a map. Use an app to pay for parking on the street downtown.
Verified travelerOct 2023
We parked the car and took taxi and bus.
Verified travelerJun 2023
Driving in St. John's was relatively easy. Seems everything is within 15 - 20 minutes. Parking signs are a little confusing. Be careful to find out if street cleaning is happening on the street you park. There are no signs for that and no forgiveness. Ensure your car rental return coincides with your departure flight time.
Verified travelerJun 2023
Driving was relatively easy in St John’s. Other drivers are considerate and traffic was relatively light.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Watch for moose! Local drivers seem to not follow speed limits! Enjoy the beautiful scenery :)
Mireille-AnneJul 2023
Driving in St John's is pretty easy. You can find car park easily.
Verified travelerJul 2023
The downtown roads can be a bit quirky. A lot of intersections at strange angles and roads that merge cross traffic. Need to take it slow.
VivianAug 2023
Try not to rent directly at the airport (I’m not sure if there is an alternative in Newfoundland). They charge a “concession” fee.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Drive sensibly and follow the rules. The city is very nice.

FAQs about renting a car in St. John's

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in St. John's?

    What type of car is recommended for driving in St. John's? If you're just driving in the city, a small, compact car is a good option as it's easy to park downtown. If you're traveling through Newfoundland, you may prefer an SUV, and in the summer months a convertible may be a great option as it allows you to drive with the top down through the scenic routes. Families can opt for a minivan.

  • What’s the speed limit in St. John's?

    The speed limit within the city is typically 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour), but it can be lower in certain residential areas, in which case signs will be posted. Speed limits on rural roads can range from 60 to 80 km/h (37 to 50 mph), and on highways they range from 100 to 110 km/h (62 to 68 mph).

  • Where are the best places to park in St. John's?

    Street parking in St. John's must be paid between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking meters usually have a two-hour time limit, and cost about $0.25 CAD for 10 minutes. Some streets may observe overnight parking restrictions during winter due to snow clearing operations. Brunswick Square shopping center also offers free parking on weekends.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in St. John's?

    On average a hire car in St. John's costs $117 per day.

  • How much is the price of fuel in St. John's?

    The average price of fuel in St. John's is $7.53 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $90 and $120, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in St. John's?

    Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in St. John's.

  • Which hire car agencies are at St John's airport (YYT)?

    The only car hire company onsite at St John's airport is Avis.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at St John's airport (YYT)?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from St John's airport to off-airport locations is Avis.

  • How can I find car hires near me in St. John's?

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in St. John's?

    An Intermediate car hire in St. John's costs $117 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in St. John's?

    In St. John's, cars are most frequently hired at Avis 100 World Parkway (6 km from city centre ).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in St. John's?

    On average a car hire in St. John's costs $818 per week ($117 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in St. John's?

    On average a car hire in St. John's costs $3,504 per month ($117 per day).

St. John's car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.5

Wonderful

94 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.9

Comfort

9.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.3

2 locations in St. John's

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Locations in St. John's

100 World Parkway

+1 709 738 3900

Monday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
Wednesday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Thursday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Friday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
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79 Kenmount Road

+1 709 722 9480

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 02:00
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8.0 Very Good

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Good value. Very service. Good car.

Cons:

I made the mistake of booking at a location that wasn’t at the airport. Cost us $35 for a taxi. Due to Covid they wouldn’t pick us up. That’s lame. Shuttles run. They would have gotten 5 stars otherwise.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Cold weather could have been a problem but van was waiting in drop off parking lot. So I’m happy.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Didn't press to buy extra insurance (my Geico covers it). Friendly, helpful. Enterprise is my favorite at any worldwide location.

Cons:

A chauffeur (just kidding!). Nothing. Enterprise is great!

2.8 Poor

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Way too expensive.

8.4 Very Good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was great, very automated check in process, appreciated the drop off on the way back to the airport.

Cons:

Noticed after reviewing the bill that we were charged an extra $18/hour when we returned the car 2 minutes past 2 o'clock. Nothing was said about the charge during the closing process (just slipped in). Not very transparent.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Good car and good service

1 out of 19

Thrifty

9.0

Wonderful

49 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.2

4 locations in St. John's

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Locations in St. John's

100 World Parkway

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Friday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
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220 Kenmount Road

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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4 Ap Terminal Access

+1 709 722 6000

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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4 Craig Dobbins Way

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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8.0 Very Good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
No fault with the car or the staff. Problem with pickup time. Car not available at pickup time.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything went smoothly.

Cons:

Nothing. All was good

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were exceptionally friendly, professional, customer-focused ... even made sure we got a ride home after we dropped it off.

Cons:

The computer program seemed to have a mind of it's own - but the staff person knew just how to make it cooperate - but it did make it more time consuming than it should have been.

8.0 Very Good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very nice car, very courteous agent.

Cons:

We waited about 25 minutes in line at the Thrifty desk in the terminal, only to be told we had to catch a shuttle to an off-site location to check in. The listing should clarify whether the rental agency is the terminal desk or off-site.

7.6 Good

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Not told about pick up. Slightly expensive

9.6 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff. Able to make decisions without checking with a supervisor.

Cons:

Only one agent for several renters.

1 out of 11

Budget

8.8

Very Good

41 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

7.7

2 locations in St. John's

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100 World Parkway

+1 709 747 1234

Monday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
Wednesday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
Thursday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
Friday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
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136 Airport Road

+1 709 778 2950

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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6.0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The friendly service

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Easy checkin experience. Had the car within 2 mins. Just as advertised, clean and smoke free. Would rent again!

2.0 Poor

May 2022

KAYAK
Never had the pleasure of driving the rental

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Customer service was awesome

9.2 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was new and clean. Pick up staff was friendly and efficient. We had a Dodge Charger which had lots of trunk room for luggage for 3. Quite fuel efficient also.

Cons:

Drop off staff was not overly pleasant, however, she was efficient! A snails would have been nice!

8.0 Very Good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Lots of trunk space, drove nicely and pretty fast/kind pickup/drop off service.

Cons:

I didnt get the vehicle of choice but it worked for what we needed. A little more pricey then I thought it would be and some extra expenses that I had to pay were not outlined when I rented the vehicle such as paying an extra $20 per day because I am under the age of 25.

1 out of 7

Avis

9.3

Wonderful

21 reviews
Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.5

One location in St. John's

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Locations in St. John's

100 World Parkway

+1 709 722 6620

Monday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Friday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Very friendly and easy check in. Car was very clean and ready to go. Bringing it back was also very easy. Well done!

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Really helpful, friendly staff

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick and efficient, no up-sells.

8.0 Very Good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Everything went smoothly.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Easy drop off.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Great, quick service, car was perfect

1 out of 5

Alamo

9.0

Wonderful

13 reviews

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.3

One location in St. John's

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100 World Parkway

+1 709 722 8383

Monday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
Wednesday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Thursday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
Saturday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
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6.0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The Alamo desk was closed so Enterprise helped with both pickup and drop off. These places are completely interchangeable.

9.6 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Honestly it’s an airport thing it was confusing after we returned the car to the airport to know who to report to next! Eventually scar was circling with a very nice guy and he checked the car back in but there was10 minutes of wondering first.

7.6 Good

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Free upgrade as they did not have the car we booked available.

Cons:

Price quoted online was very different than that of which we paid once we arrived.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Thank you Angela for a great check-in experience! Car was amazing, easy service.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Compensation for car rental time pick up being later than we had booked (upgrade and first day free rental!) VERY friendly staff and shuttle drivers :)

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Great

1 out of 3

National

8.5

Very Good

10 reviews

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.0

One location in St. John's

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100 World Parkway

+1 709 722 4307

Monday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Tuesday00:00 - 02:0009:00 - 23:59
Wednesday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Thursday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Friday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Saturday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
Sunday09:00 - 23:5900:00 - 02:00
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Everyone was happy and easy to deal eith

10.0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Lovely car at a very good rate. Good service for a last minute booking.

Cons:

I was not able to extend for one more day at the same rate.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Good fuel economy, clean, comfortable Perfect for our drive across Newfoundland

6.0 Okay

Sep 2022

KAYAK
After the first day of our rental there were electronic problems in the Ford SUV had problems. The staff of National were helpful in replacing the car with another. Check in and check out were both done efficiently.

8.0 Very Good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
All was good: very helpful staff

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Very happy with the service and the vehicle

1 out of 3

Hertz

7.9

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

7.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.5

One location in St. John's

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100 World Pkwy

+1 709 726 0795

Monday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Friday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:0008:00 - 17:30
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9.2 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were friendly.

Cons:

Truck was not ready when I arrived. Had to wait 10 minutes while it was being refueled.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

No car!

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Extremely friendly and helpful staff.

6.0 Okay

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I asked for a shovel as St John’s Newfoundland has just received 20-20 cm snow. They said that they didn’t provide shovels. I had already paid $20 for four snow tires to be installed. I told the individual in charge that I had just had shovel my way out to come ask for a shovel when I realized that the car didn’t have one. We had to look for ways around to avoid windows left by plies or just uncleared streets as we had no means to dig our shelves out of trouble short of buying a shovel if we could find one Roy

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Such friendly staff that were extremely helpful

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I had requested an economy car, when I noticed that they had a KIA Soul ( which I currently own and I’m very familiar with) they had the Kia Soul ready for me. Possible the highlight to my trip to St John’s NL

1 out of 6

Dollar

6.7

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

6.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.1

Value for money

6.7

2 locations in St. John's

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Locations in St. John's

220 Kenmount Road

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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4 Craig Dobbins Way

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
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2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Unfortunately my car not available when I arrived as hour for booking was wrong and no contact with me before car given away. No substitution available. So not an experience I would like to repeat.

6.0 Okay

Jul 2023

KAYAK
We had booked an SUV and only cars were available when we got there. One of the pieces of luggage had to ride in the backseat everytime we changed locations. They said they upgraded us to a “full sized” car, because the SUV wasn’t available. Staff was as helpful as possible working with what they had.

8.0 Very Good

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Didn't have the car size I requested but it worked out OK.

7.9 Good

Jul 2021

KAYAK
I reserved a RAV4 and ended up with a Trailblazer. MPG not as good nor the trunk room. The lady at the Dollar pick up site was very nice.

1 out of 2

Sunnycars

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2 locations in St. John's

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Locations in St. John's

100 World Parkway

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80 Craig Dobbin´s Way

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One location in St. John's

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92 Elizabeth Avenue

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261 travellers who rented a car in St. John's gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.9

Car hire locations in or near St. John's

Good to know

Most popular agency

Avis

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$117/day

Good deal

$117/day

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