Car Hire Canada Holidays
Free car hire upgrade
Our Unrivalled Canada Sale is extended until 29 February. Receive free car hire upgrade from Compact to Intermediate or Intermediate to Full Size class vehicle. Use the search bar above to book your car.
Please note, this offer is already included in the final price of the car hire displayed when you search on our website.
How to book
3 easy steps to book
Book your Canada car hire online or call us
You can book your car for your car hire Canada holiday online using the search panel at the top of the page. Just put in your dates and pick-up city, and you can choose from Avis' many options whether you want to enjoy a solo North American road trip or embark on one of our Canada self-drive tours. You can also call our experts to book, and we will advise you on the right car, level of insurance and pick-up depot. If you need anything else for your car rental in Canada, such as a car seat, just let us know. Want to return your car to a different location? You can do that with no problem online or over the phone.
Step 1 - Choose your car
We'll help you figure out your journey, including the best place to pick up and drop off your hire car. Tell us how many people are travelling, how long you're driving each day and how many drivers there are. We can then help you pick the right car for size, comfort and enjoyment. For example, long drives on scenic highways are best for 4x4. It'll be quiet and comfortable, and you'll get great views from high up!
Step 2 - Choose Insurance
Does zero excess with no taxes or airport surcharges sound good? Book your insurance in advance and there'll be nothing to pay when you pick up your car. All our cars come with ‘Fully Inclusive’ insurance which gives you unlimited mileage (excluding Standard SUV and Minivan, where mileage is capped to 200km/day), loss damage waiver and up to $1m third-party liability cover. Upgrade to ‘Super Fully Inclusive’ for an additional driver or ‘Additional Super Fully Inclusive’ for three additional drivers and a GPS device.
Step 3 - Hit the road!
Once you've arrived in Canada and it's time to collect your hire car and any extras you've booked (like car seats or GPS), head to your pre-booked depot. Everything will be ready and waiting for you to start your journey. Before you set off, the helpful team at Avis will be on hand to give a demonstration and talk you through everything.
Our quality car hire Canada partner
Why do we use Avis?
Our car hire Canada partner, Avis, is renowned for service and quality. Avis is a hire car company that delivers an amazing experience from pick up to drop off at dozens of locations across one of the largest countries in the world on your self-drive Canada holidays. Avis hire cars are impeccably maintained, deliver superior comfort, and offer full support should you encounter any challenges. Just knowing you're in excellent hands makes all the difference to your holiday, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Which hire cars does Avis offer?
There are seven different Avis hire cars to choose from, ranging from the smallest compact car to the largest Standard SUV. The smaller cars are great for city-hopping and parking, and the SUVs are perfect for mountain roads. For peace of mind, choose a 4x4, and the higher vantage point from the larger cars means you get even better views. We're happy to help advise you on the right car for your journey, the number of passengers, and the amount of luggage.
Benefits of car rental in Canada
Why you should rent a car with us
Benefits of hiring a car with us
• No hidden charges
• Widest selection of hire cars, 4x4s and minivans
• Convenient depot locations in downtown cities and at Canada's airports
• A wide selection of one-way drop-off routes
• You can pre-book your GPS navigation, so you'll never worry about getting lost
Our East Coast one-way drops
If you'd like to pick up your hire car in one destination and drop it off in another, we've got tons of popular locations where you can do that. In Eastern Canada, our popular routes include Montréal to Québec City, Montréal to Toronto, Montréal to Ottawa, Ottawa to Montréal, Ottawa to Québec City, Ottawa to Toronto, Québec City to Montréal, Toronto to Montréal and Toronto to Ottawa.
Our West Coast one-way drops
One of the best ways to see the Rockies is to drive from the mountains to the coast. Luckily, we've got lots of one-way routes in the West. Our most popular routes include Banff to Calgary, Banff to Edmonton, Calgary to Banff, Calgary to Edmonton, Calgary to Jasper, Edmonton to Jasper, Kelowna to Vancouver, Vancouver to Kelowna, Vancouver to Banff, Vancouver to Calgary, Vancouver to Jasper and Vancouver to Victoria.
Plan your road trip
Turn your car hire into a road trip
Canada isn't made for staying in one place; it's made for touring. Team your car rental in Canada with flights and hotels, and you've got the start of a fantastic Canada self-drive holiday or fly-drive holiday.
If you'd like to experience one of Canada's classic road trips, for example driving the Rockies, then we can help. We've got pre-packaged fly-drive holidays in Canada, which include the best hotels and a personalised Road Book to see the sights. We can also tailor-make your dream driving holiday.
East Coast Fly Drives
Canada's East Coast borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. Here you'll find some of the most famous cities in Canada, like the iconic Toronto, the capital Ottawa, and the French-speaking Montrèal and Quèbec City. You'll also find the Atlantic Canada provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Perfect for city-hopping and charming coastlines.
West Coast Fly Drives
Canada's West is made up of the prairie provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Pacific Coast province of British Columbia, and the Northwest province of Yukon, which borders Alaska. This region in Canada is world-famous for its spectacular scenery. You'll find the Rocky Mountains, temperate rainforest, and wine-growing regions here. Popular destinations here include Calgary, Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
The best stop-offs
Add hotels to your car hire Canada holiday
You can book your cheap car hire in Canada and hotels at the same time. Just add hotels to your booking, and you can explore Canada's highlights without worrying about where to spend each night. We have fantastic hotels in Canada's best cities and mountain towns, from modern luxury to wilderness lodges. We're happy to help you find the perfect hotels in Canada to suit your driving route, so please ask.
Tailor hotels on your fly-drive
If you'd like to take the hassle out of booking a road trip, we can help you find the perfect, carefully curated package that includes flights, car hire, hotels and a suggested driving route. Even if you've chosen one of our packages, you can still personalise and tailor the tour to suit you. Just call us, and we can talk you through the different hotel upgrades available.
How to drive a car hire on Canada holidays?
Canada car rental credentials
Remember that you need to be aged 21 or over and hold a valid driving license in English or French or an International Driving Permit to hire a car in Canada. Most hire car companies also request a credit card to secure the booking, so make sure you take yours with you on holiday.
Rules of the roads in Canada
• Driving right - Don’t forget that in Canada, you drive on the right-hand side of the road.
• Speed limits – These are usually 100kmph for highways and 50kmph for towns, but different provinces vary.
• Fuel stops - Keep your tank half-full as even on major highways it can sometimes be 60km between petrol stations. Canada is the second-largest country in the world.
National parks and wildlife
Remember you must buy a National Parks Pass from a ranger station to drive through any of the parks.
Wildlife encounters are common in Canada especially whilst driving through national parks. Although, it is exciting to see a bear, elk, moose, or deer crossing the road, don’t forget that these are wild animals. Watch for warning signs, drive slowly in such areas, and don’t get too close when you stop to take a picture.
British Columbia Ferries
Driving in British Columbia isn’t complete without a ferry trip. Popular sailings link Vancouver with Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island. You can also sail up to the Sunshine Coast, to the Southern Gulf Islands or overnight to Prince Rupert. Book in advance and get ready to island-hop.
Our favourite Canada driving routes
As one of the largest countries in the world, Canada has some absolutely epic driving routes - it's the perfect excuse to hire a car and get out on the open road.
Roads built for driving
Watch our videos for an insider's view of road-tripping Canada
Your car hire in Canada
Want to know the best way to explore the country on your holiday? Hire a car in Canada. With your own wheels, you’ll have the flexibility to travel further and the freedom to discover Canada’s hidden gems. The country has nearly 260,000 miles of road – and trust us, these roads were built for driving.
With our cheap car hire in Canada, you not only get a great deal, but you also get to cruise along some of the most iconic driving routes in the world. The Cabot Trail hugs the cliffs of Nova Scotia’s windswept coastline, and Alberta’s Icefields Parkway soars past mountain peaks and glaciers between Banff and Jasper.
Using car rental Canada services for your holiday gives you the freedom to visit Canada’s amazing attractions at your own pace. For example, on a Toronto holiday, you can collect your car hire in Toronto, and set off to visit the beautiful Niagara Falls in just 80-minutes. Over on Canada’s West Coast, the rugged wilderness of Alaska is a short drive away from the province of Yukon along Canada’s Alaskan Highway. Or how about witnessing coastal beauty and epic mountains with a car hire in Vancouver?
When you book your car rental in Canada through Canadian Affair, you enjoy all the perks as well as unique and helpful travel advice. We offer one-way car rental on lots of routes in Canada, which is perfect for an epic road trip (our tip: try the Pacific to the Rockies). All our hire cars come with fully inclusive insurance to keep you covered and offer peace of mind.
We only work with the most reputable car hire suppliers, like Avis, so you know you’re booking a quality rental car for your Canada holiday. Plus, you can pick up or drop off your car in a range of convenient locations, from airports like Calgary and Vancouver to downtown Toronto and Montréal, and we can book your Canada flights from any of these airports.
Hire a car by itself or add on a flight and a Canada hotel to turn your trip into an unforgettable experience. Just give us a call on 0203 424 9654 or contact us online, and we will happily arrange your car hire in Canada.
We hope to welcome you to Canada soon for your very own adventure. As Canada Travel Experts, we can tailor-make the perfect itinerary for you. So, get planning, familiarise yourself with Canada’s road signs, and book your Canada car hire today. You can also read on for a few helpful driving tips and recommended road trips!
Frequently asked questions about car hire Canada holidays
Read the most common FAQs below. If you have any further questions about hiring a car in Canada, just contact us.
How old do you have to be to hire a car in Canada?
Before hiring a car in Canada, you should be aware that all drivers should be at least 21 years of age and that they have a minimum of 12 months of driving experience.
Can I hire a car in Canada with a UK licence?
Yes, you can hire and drive a car in Canada using a full UK driving licence.
Can I drive a hire car from Canada to USA?
Vehicles rented in Canada can be driven throughout Canada and the US.
What are the speed limits in Canada?
Speed limits are usually 100kmph for highways and 50kmph for towns, but different provinces vary, so check before you travel and watch for speed limit signs whilst driving.
How much does fuel cost in Canada?
The average fuel price in Canada is $1.60 a litre, although this will vary.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Canada?
The prices for car hire in Canada can vary and it very much depends on the model and size of car you rent. A compact car like a Nissan Versa or similar generally costs around £50 per day, whilst premium car hire vehicles like a Chrysler 300 or a midsize SUV like a Toyota Rav4 can cost you around £79 per day. Minivans tend to be slightly more expensive and can cost around £90 per day.