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    Discover the best of Canada with your Car Hire

    Book your car hire in Canada with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. We offer exceptional customer service and a Beat Rate Guarantee to assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. Book online today!

    Country Essentials

    Traffic travels on the right-hand side of the road and the steering wheel is located on the left side of the vehicle. Seat belts are mandatory in Canada. Parking metres can be found in major cities across Canada. Parking lots are generally available in most urban locations.

    Standard InclusionsCar Hire in Canada

    Auto Europe includes the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection in the Canadian car rental prices. The CDW and theft protection reduce the liability and excess of the driver to a capped amount. Fire insurance is also included in the price of your car rental. Auto Europe offers the option to purchase Excess Refund Insurance when you make your booking. If any damage occurs to your rental vehicle during the time it is in your possession, you can be refunded up to $5,000 on your return to Australia.


    Driving in Canada

    Hire a car in Canada and visit one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Canada offers a wide range of attractions, from large cosmopolitan cities such as Montreal and Toronto, to isolated Inuit settlements found around Hudson Bay. The contrasting Pacific and Atlantic seaboards and the thousands of lakes and rivers of the Canadian interior provide great opportunities for water sports and fishing. Car hire in Canada is very popular as it is an easy and convenient way to access any place or activity in such a large and wonderful country. Whether you choose to see the famed annual rodeo show known as the Calgary Stampede, or the Halifax Harbour on the Atlantic coast, your rental car will allow you to visit the entire region at your own pace.

    Experience some spectacular self-drive tours in the Great Canadian West and the Rocky Mountains, around Banff and Jasper National Parks. Along the way, look for elk, bears, and other wild creatures. The Old Quebec is also one the famous site that must be visited for its history, museums, European and charming ambience with lively cobblestone streets full of excellent restaurants. If you're a film buff, summer is the best season to experience bustling film events in Vancouver and Toronto. Don't forget to check out the highly acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival in September where bumping into famous faces is as commonplace as maple syrup in a store!

    Licence Requirements

    You must be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Canada, although the age may vary by car category. You must have held your licence for a minimum of 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

    Tolls and Freeways

    There are not many toll roads in Canada. The main toll road is the highway 407 in Ontario. There are two ways to pay for the use of this road, the first being through a transponder that is mounted on the windshield of the vehicle. The other billing method is through overhead cameras that photograph the licence plates, send a bill to the supplier and the bill is then forwarded to the driver. The supplier may charge an administration fee to process this information. This fee will be stated in the rental agreement at the time of collection so be sure to read it carefully. The fee varies depending on supplier.

    Border Crossings

    Most suppliers will allow cars to be driven through any state in the United States. Cars are not permitted in to Mexico. Some restrictions may apply to Alaska. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent. Domestic one-way rentals are available between select locations and additional fees and minimum rental durations may apply. Not all vehicles are permitted on one-way rentals. Only certain suppliers allow international one-ways between Canada and the United States and fees will apply.

    Useful Distances

    • Vancouver to Calgary (970km approx.10hr)
    • Montreal to Quebec (255km approx.3hr)
    • Toronto to Ottawa (400km approx.5hr)
    • Whistler to Vancouver (120km approx.1hr30min)

    Car Hire in Canada with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in Canada with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top Canada Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Canada. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Vancouver Vancouver Car Hire Toronto Toronto Car Hire Montreal Montreal Car Hire Calgary Calgary
    Car Hire Quebec City Quebec City Car Hire Halifax Halifax Car Hire Ottawa Ottawa Car Hire Banff Banff

    Canada Driving Inspiration

    To make your Australia self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's Canada Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in Australia events and itineraries check out our blog.

    Canada Driving Guide       Canada on the Blog                                                     

    DEPOT INFORMATION

    We search & compare the best rates and choices with reputable suppliers in Canada. Our Suppliers are located throughout major cities of Canada.

    DRIVING DISTANCES IN CANADA

    • Calgary to Banff - 130 kms (1 hr/ 20 mins)
    • Montreal to Quebec City - 255 kms (2hrs / 50 mins)
    • Toronto to Niagara Falls - 130 kms (1hr / 30 mins)
    • Vancouver to Seattle, USA - 225 kms (2hrs / 30 mins)

    LICENCE REQUIREMENTS

    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is recommended for Australian drivers licence holders.

    AGE RESTRICTIONS

    Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    RULES, LAWS AND REGULATIONS

    General driving rules, laws and regulations in Canada;

    • Vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road.
    • Pass others on the left hand side of the road.
    • Always give way to pedestrians on pedestrian crossings.
    • All occupants in a vehicle must wear a seat belt.
    • Mobile Phones are not permitted while driving, with the exception of a hands-free system.
    • Always use indicator lights when turning.
    • Radar detectors are prohibited.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving: a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

    EQUIPMENT

    Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.

    CHILD SAFETY SEATS

    Children weighing 9kg or less are required to use a rear-facing car seat, children weighing 9-18kg must use a forward-facing child seat and children weighing 18-36kg and with a height of up to 145cm must use a booster seat.

    SPEED LIMITS

    Frequent speed checks are carried out by authorities in Canada using radars, speed traps and speed cameras to ensure speeds are obeyed by motorists. Below are the speed limits in Canada, unless signed otherwise;

    • Urban Areas (built up areas): 50km/h
    • Rural Roads (outside towns): 60-80km/h
    • Motorways: 80-100km/h

    DRINK DRIVING

    Penalties for DWI (Driving While Impaired) is a criminal offence in Canada, heavy penalties apply to drivers found to be over the allowable prescribed limit of 0.08mg per 100ml of blood.

    TOLLS

    There are only a few road tolls payable on bridges and highways. The Highway 407ETR (Express Toll Route) is one toll road in Canada that is fully electronic (no toll booths), hence the name 'Express Toll Route' (ETR). The 407ETR uses an overhead gantry which automatically collects your licence plate details, vehicle type and transponder details using a number of cameras and detectors. This will occur during entry and exit of the Highway, therefore the cost of your trip will then be determined on the distance travelled, time of the day, vehicle class and if a valid transponder was used. Rental vehicles that fail to pay the applicable toll, the supplier of the vehicle will forward the toll notice/invoice to the hirer.

    ROAD SIGNS

    Road signs in Canada and in the USA are very much alike but do not recognise the standards used in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) adhered to within the USA. Canadian road signs are very much independent taking on unique differences such as shapes, colours, typefaces or arrows.

    • Regulatory Signs give directions which road users must obey. These signs are mainly rectangular or square in shape with a white or black background and black, white or coloured letters. They will also have a circle or square type coloured border, green meaning that the activity inside the border may or must be obeyed. A red circle border with a line through means the activity shown is not allowed. Signs will include no parking, non-permitted directions, or keep right.
    • High Occupancy Vehicle Signs (HOV), Lanes that have HOV marked along a lane and posted on the road sign allow public vehicles such as buses or passenger vehicles with a specified minimum number of passengers to use this lane.
    • Warning Signs warn road users of any potential danger, changes in road conditions or hazards ahead. Shapes are commonly diamond shaped, coloured in either yellow or fluorescent yellow and with the exception of a few signs that have a square or rectangular shape.
    • Temporary Condition Signs warn road users of temporary conditions along the road, such as constructions, lane closures, detours or traffic control officers. These signs are diamond shaped with an orange background and black text or symbols.
    • Information Signs provide road users with distances, street names, directions, attractions or facilities. They are generally found with a green background with white text, but depending on the information being provided colours and shapes will vary.

    PARKING

    Parking in most cities within Canada operate using parking meters and bay numbers. No tickets are issued, therefore parking is paid at a near-by parking meter, select your bay number the vehicle is parked in and insert coins or in some machines credit cards are accepted. Although some cities and towns in Canada still operate using the pay-n-display system.

    VISA INFORMATION

    Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Canada;

    • No visa is required for Australian passport holders visiting Canada for tourism or business reasons (not employment) to a maximum stay of 6 months. Contact the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney for additional information regarding visas and entry requirements.
    • A valid passport is required.
    • A return/onward travel ticket/itinerary is required.

    WINTER DRIVING

    Safe driving is always important, but being on the road during winter warrants extra precautions. Stay alert, slow down, and stay in control -- the three key elements of safe winter driving. Drive according to highway and weather conditions. Maintain a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly.

    Top Canada Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Canada. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Vancouver Vancouver Car Hire Toronto Toronto Car Hire Montreal Montreal Car Hire Calgary Calgary
    Car Hire Quebec City Quebec City Car Hire Halifax Halifax Car Hire Ottawa Ottawa Car Hire Banff Banff
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