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Car hire Canada

121CarHire.com Canada is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

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Location information for Canada

Canada is best explored by rental car. 121CarHire.com has over 167 pick-up locations in Canada. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.

No other North American nation can rival Canada's vast size, which covers six separate time zones and stretches for more than 5,000kms from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Although driving a car rental in Canada across this huge country can sound intimidating, private vehicles are often the only available way to travel in large parts of the country.

Transport

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Most Canadian airports give their passengers plenty of ways to go online and compare car hire offers. Although many foreign tourists enter Canada by air, they often need private vehicles to travel outside of Canada's major cities. Bus journeys are often long and uncomfortable across this vast country, especially along stretches of the western Prairie Provinces. Via Rail's famous three-day journey from Toronto to Vancouver is the most comfortable and relaxing way to travel across the country.

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Car hire in Canada is very useful for driving between Canada's smaller cities and communities, many of which have few public transportation options. Renting a vehicle solo is more expensive than group travel, and unlimited kilometres are usually only valid in the province where the vehicle is rented. It's also worth noting that rentals with manual transmissions are virtually non-existent in Canada.

Driving

Driving difficulties in Canada vary from major traffic jams in big cities to getting stuck on isolated roads during snowstorms to sheer fatigue while driving such long distances. Driving in Canada is very similar to driving in the United States except for the fact all signage is in metric, and in the predominantly French-speaking province of Québec signs are in French.

Things To See and Do

Visitors wishing to explore Canada by car should either focus on a specific region of this vast country or have a lot of free time on their hands. A cross country road trip across Canada takes at least a week with few sightseeing stops in between. Some regions of Canada that can comfortably be explored by car include the busy corridor between Québec City and Windsor, the smaller Maritime provinces on the east coast and the area between Vancouver and its namesake island.

Best Time To Visit

Except for skiers wishing to cruise down the Rocky Mountains, the vast majority of tourists come to Canada in summer. Summer temperatures in Canada range from as low as 12°C in far northern Nunavut to as high as 35°C in southern Ontario and western Canada. Southern Canada's climate is generally the same as the northern United States. Canada's mildest winters are found in Vancouver, where temperatures rarely reach the freezing point and rain falls far more often than snow. Warm jackets are a must for any visitors to Canada between October and April.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French
  • Popular car category
    intermediate
  • Popular rental companies
    Thrifty

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by 121CarHire.com? at this location
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