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Ontario car rentals

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Cheap car hire in Ontario

People mover$125/day
Full-size SUV$115/day
Intermediate SUV$107/day
Compact SUV$113/day
Standard SUV$115/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Ontario

  • As with the whole of Canada, drink-driving is taken very seriously in Ontario. If you are found to have more than 0.08% blood alcohol content in your system, you will be prosecuted accordingly. This normally means a fine and suspension. However, depending on the circumstances, this could also mean imprisonment. You should never consume alcohol in the build-up to driving.
  • Should you be travelling with children, you’ll need to abide by the child safety laws in the region. For instance, all kids under the age of 16 must wear a seat belt. Those that are younger than eight years of age will need to be in a child seat or a booster seat. If your children are not securely fastened during the journey, you can be charged under the Highway Traffic Act.
  • If you want to use your car hire in Ontario to cross into the U.S., you must ensure that your car hire agency permits this. You will also need written permission to pass the border. If you do not have this, then your insurance will become void, and you will also face issues driving into the U.S. Another consideration you should have is that you will need a specific type of visa for this country.
  • It’s worth noting that Ontario can get very rural at times, which means there will be less petrol stations about. If you are planning a trip into the countryside, especially in the north of the region, then you should ensure that you are fuelled up for your journey. You will find most petrol stations in major cities, such as Toronto, or main roads such as motorways.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Ontario for $104 or less
  • Book your rental car in Ontario at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Ontario are around 1% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Ontario are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Ontario

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

    On average a car hire in Ontario costs $113 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Ontario?

    Intermediate (Kia Forte or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Ontario.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Ontario?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at SURPRICE CAR RENTAL ($85/day), Avis ($96/day) and Thrifty ($99/day).

  • What is the best car hire company in Ontario?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Ontario are Alamo (9.1, 75 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.3, 345 reviews), and City Car & Truck Rental (8.2, 86 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Ontario?

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

  • Where should I hire a car in Ontario?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Ontario are Toronto (92% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Ontario), Ottawa (4%) and Guelph (4%).

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

    On average a car hire in Ontario costs $830 per week ($119 per day).

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

    On average a car hire in Ontario costs $3,558 per month ($119 per day).

  • Should I hire a car in Ontario?

    Hiring a car in Ontario is highly advised. A hire car allows you to explore at any given time, whilst you’re also able to reach more remote locations, which isn’t something that’s always possible with public transport. Ontario is renowned for its beautiful landscape, which is something you’ll be able to explore more of if you have a hire car. A hire car makes it possible to reach a range of stunning locations, such as Niagara Falls, Lake Superior and Polar Bear Provincial Park. It also enables you to visit a range of beautiful towns and villages that buses or trains don’t regularly go to.

  • What is driving like in Ontario?

    Driving in Ontario is a pleasant experience, with the roads being high quality and drivers being relatively considerate. Most roads are wide and spacious, giving you lots of room to manoeuvre your vehicle. Most locations are well-signposted, too, so you’ll be able to reach your destination with ease. In some of the more rural areas, you might find that the roads are narrow. On these roads, you should drive more cautiously, in case a vehicle is coming from the other direction. In Ontario, you must drive on the right-hand side of the road, which is the opposite of the U.K.

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

    You normally need to be at least 21 years of age to hire a car in Ontario. There are a few agencies that will require you to be older than this, so it’s recommended that you contact your agency just to be sure. If you are younger than 25 years of age, you will probably need to pay a young person’s surcharge for your hire period, whilst there are also normally age restrictions on certain vehicle types. You will need a full driving licence and valid form of ID to hire a car in this region.

Car rental directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Ontario

    100 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Ontario

    39 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Ontario

    35 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Ontario

    29 Locations

  • discount

    Discount Car & Truck Rentals car hire locations in Ontario

    24 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Ontario

    23 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in Ontario

    16 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Ontario

    13 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Ontario

    11 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Ontario

    10 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Ontario

    7 Locations

  • mexrentacar

    MEXRENTACAR car hire locations in Ontario

    5 Locations

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