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Nova Scotia car rentals

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Cheap car hire in Nova Scotia

Economy$75/day
Compact$70/day
Intermediate$74/day
Standard$75/day
Full-size$78/day
Full-size SUV$130/day
Premium$86/day
Luxury$93/day
Convertible$188/day
Pick-up truck$100/day
Premium SUV$228/day
Compact SUV$80/day
Intermediate SUV$83/day
Standard SUV$101/day
Supplier choice saloon$145/day
Open-air all-terrain$238/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Nova Scotia

  • Drink-driving is taken very seriously across Canada, with Nova Scotia being no different. Police are allowed to pull you over and perform a breathalyser test on you if they suspect you might have been drinking alcohol. The legal limit in Nova Scotia is 0.05%, with suspensions being issued for anyone found to be above this alcohol blood level.
  • If you are driving your Nova Scotia car hire with children in the vehicle, you must abide by the region’s child safety laws. For instance, kids of a certain age must be in a suitable safety restrain that is appropriate to their age, weight, and height. Infants must be in a rear-facing child seat if they’re under one year old, or weigh less than 10 kg. Other kids that are younger than nine and weigh more than 18 kg, but who are smaller than 145 cm, can go in a forward-facing booster seat. All other children must wear a seat belt at all times.
  • You can take your Nova Scotia car hire across the state borders, proving your agreement allows for it. Most car hire companies also permit you to travel across borders too, with the U.S. being only a few hours' drive away. It’s important that you have written permission from your car hire company before you do so, otherwise your insurance will become void, and you may not be able to pass through border control. You will also need to ensure that your visa allows for travel to the U.S.
  • It’s worth noting that if you are driving around Nova Scotia, the north of the region has far less petrol stations, so you should ensure that you always fill up before you set off. Most petrol stations are on the main motorways, too. During the winter, Nova Scotia can experience a lot of snow, so you should also drive with vigilance in adverse weather conditions and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Nova Scotia for $142 or less
  • Book your rental car in Nova Scotia at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Nova Scotia are around 7% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Nova Scotia are around 4% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Nova Scotia

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Nova Scotia?

    On average a car hire in Nova Scotia costs $115 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Nova Scotia?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Nova Scotia.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Nova Scotia?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Dollar ($75/day), Thrifty ($75/day) and Hertz ($86/day).

  • What is the best car hire company in Nova Scotia?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Nova Scotia are Budget (8.8, 181 reviews), Avis (8.6, 92 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.4, 85 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Nova Scotia?

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

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Nova Scotia?

    On average a car hire in Nova Scotia costs $1,034 per week ($148 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Nova Scotia?

    On average a car hire in Nova Scotia costs $4,431 per month ($148 per day).

  • Should I hire a car in Nova Scotia?

    Hiring a car in Nova Scotia is strongly recommended. With a hire car you have the flexibility to explore the region at your own pace, whilst also being able to reach remote and scenic areas, which isn’t always possible with public transport. Nova Scotia is well known for its beautiful landscape and breathtaking coastal views, which is something you’ll become familiar with if you have a hire car. With a car you will find it easy to visit popular attractions, such as Cape Breton Island, Bras d’Or Lake and Dominion Beach Provincial Park, which is a stunning park and garden. You will also stumble upon charming coastal towns in your hire car and be able to reach some iconic natural parks, such as Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area.

  • What is driving like in Nova Scotia?

    Driving in Nova Scotia is an enjoyable experience, with drivers being relatively considerate and roads being well-maintained. The roads tend to be wide and spacious throughout the region, with there being good signage too to help you on your way. Some of the smaller and lesser-used roads can be narrow and bumpy, so it’s necessary to take care when in the countryside. In Nova Scotia, you will drive on the right-hand side of the road, which is different from the UK. In some of the popular tourist areas, parking can be hard to come by, so you should plan accordingly and arrive at your destination in good time.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Nova Scotia?

    In general, you will need to be 21 years of age to hire a vehicle in Nova Scotia. Some agencies will require you to be older than this, though, so it’s advised you check in advance. There is also likely to be a surcharge for drivers under 25 years of age, whilst most car hire agencies have age restrictions on specific vehicle types. Whilst most companies will accept a full UK driving licence, you might also need an International Driving Permit to hire a vehicle. In addition, you must have held your licence for at least 12 months prior to the hire period.

Car rental locations in Nova Scotia

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  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    27 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    13 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    13 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    6 Locations

  • discount

    Discount Car & Truck Rentals car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    5 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    5 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    4 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    4 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    3 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    3 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    3 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Nova Scotia

    2 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$148/day

Good deal

$142/day

When to book a rental car in Nova Scotia

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