Vancouver is an ideal base to explore much of British Columbia and Alberta and our fly drive (self-drive) holidays make the whole experience a breeze. With our Whales, Bears and Vancouver Island holiday, collect your hire car from Vancouver and catch the ferry over to Victoria on Vancouver Island to start your journey. Vancouver is also a great starting point for a Rockies road trip—included in the itinerary for our Great Parks of the West holiday.
For more tips on planning a self-drive holiday in Canada, make sure you check out this great blog post.
How long you wish to stay in the downtown area and where else you want to travel on your trip will determine the best pick-up location for your car hire in Vancouver. You can choose to collect your vehicle from one of the following Avis locations:
Since many people choose to fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR) they may opt for this location. The Avis office in YVR is roughly a 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver (drive north along BC-00 for around 20 minutes before turning onto Seymour Street). The Georgia and Hornby location is the closest to Downtown, followed by Broadway.
There are several things to bear in mind when driving in Vancouver. At intersections, for example, it’s illegal to do a U-turn and you’ll be fined if you complete one. Many streets in Downtown Vancouver also do not allow left turns, so take advantage of your GPS or be sure to plan your route carefully before travelling.
It’s also worth noting that blinking green lights should be approached with caution. This means they are about to change to amber, indicating that a pedestrian will soon be crossing.
If you're looking to book car hire in Vancouver, please email us, or call us on 0207 616 9999.
Can I take my hire car outside of British Columbia if I’m picking up from Vancouver?
Yes, you can take your car anywhere in Canada and even across the border into the USA. We also offer one-way drop offs to other Canadian cities (some may incur an additional charge, so please enquire for details.
What is the speed limit in Vancouver?
50 km/hour (31 mph) in urban areas and 80 km/hour (50 mph) in rural areas, unless otherwise stated.
What are the best places to park in Vancouver?
You’ll find many public parking lots in Downtown Vancouver (including one at Vancouver Public Library). It’s also worth noting that there is free parking for visitors at Granville Island.
How much should I expect to pay for fuel in Vancouver?
Around C$1.51 per litre, although this will vary.