What you should know before hiring a car in Montreal
Car hires in Montreal: practical information
Where to rent a car in Montreal
Bienvenue a Montreal! If you’re on your way to French-Canada with flights to Montreal, then don’t forget to also book a Montreal car hire for your journey. Pick up your Montreal rent car from the airport and choose from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
In the city centre, you’ll find Avis in Peel, Budget in Bonaventure, Discount Car near McGill University and Hertz in Lucien-L’Allier.
Driving in Montreal: parking and other tips
Driving in Montreal may take some getting used to. For starters, it’s prohibited to make a right-hand turn on a red light, unlike the rest of Canada and the rest of Quebec. This rule only applies for the island of Montreal. Traffic in the city centre can be dense at times, but no more than any other big city.
Do not get caught with a parking fine. Montreal streets have unusual parking rules and exceptions so be careful when parking to read the signs. Parking metres are in use 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Best to find a hotel in Montreal that has a car park for its guests to use to avoid any fines for overnight parking.
Road trips from Montreal: what to do, what to see
If you’re visiting Montreal in winter, consider a trip to Mont Tremblant, just a two hour drive away, for some skiing. Located in the Laurentian Mountains and surrounded by lush boreal forests, you can get some really breathtaking views from the top. While a top ski destination, Mont Tremblant is increasingly becoming a popular destination in summer too.
Beautiful Quebec City is the capital of Quebec and is rich in historic monuments. Quebec City is an easy three-hour drive to the north-east on Highway 40. While it’s an easy drive, you might consider staying at least overnight as there’s plenty to see that merits more than just an afternoon.
Take your Montreal car hire west for two hours and you’ll arrive in the Canadian capital, Ottawa. Visit Parliament Hill, national museums of all types, shop around the marketplaces and don’t forget to eat a Beaver Tail, a popular fluffy pastry that comes drizzled in maple syrup.