Car hire Toronto: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Toronto

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Car hires in Toronto: practical information

Where to rent a car in Toronto

Toronto is the biggest city in Canada! If you're arriving on flights from London you're most likely to land at Toronto's Pearson Airport which is about 30 minutes to 1 hour drive from the city centre, traffic pending of course. That being said it's highly recommended to get yourself a cheap rent car in Toronto while you're visiting Canada. The airport is the best place to pick one up as there are both on-site and off-site Toronto car hire companies available, covering just about every possible Toronto car rental company out there. On-site: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo. Off-site: Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Discount & ACE, E-Z Trans Canada Car Rental, Roadstar, Payless, TRAC and Zoom.

If you're only going to stay in the city centre of Toronto, there's no use to rent a car hire Toronto city. But why would you stay in Toronto with so many great attractions nearby? To get in and out of the city, it's almost essential to rent a car in Toronto. From the city centre, head to the Central Station along Front Street where you'll find Budget, Enterprise and Hertz. That's the easiest since the Gardiner Expy is nearby. There is also an Enterprise along King St. W as well as a Dollar Rent A Car at the University of Toronto. Already booked your tickets from London to Toronto? Get going on your cheap car hire in Toronto too!

Driving in Toronto: parking and other tips

Parking in Toronto can be a nightmare if you refuse to pay up at a lot. Street parking downtown is non-existent during peak hours, meaning 7am-7pm during weekdays. Stick to side streets without street cars but watch out for the "resident parking only signs." It's not uncommon either to happen upon signs indicating confusing rules like "No parking except from April to October from 1st of the month until the 15th, only on odd numbered days." Unless you're absolutely sure you're in the green, don't risk it. A parking fine will set you back $50. Car parks or empty lots are the best way to park all day, expect anything from $5-20, depending on location. They're safe and hassle-free.

Many hotels in Toronto offer parking to their guests, mostly because Canada has such a driving culture and most guests will arrive by car. Parking is usually underground and comes at an additional cost to your room, unless the hotel is fancy swanky. Best to let your hotel know in advance if you will need a parking space so they can reserve one for you.

Road trips from Toronto: what to do, what to see

Greater Toronto Area

Toronto to Vaughan

Get out of the Greater Toronto Area and head north! It doesn't take long on Highway 400 to reach Canada's Wonderland… the place every Canadian kid dreams of going all summer. Thrilling roller-coasters, wild water park, snacks, games, 3D movies, arcades, many prizes to be won and more! This is the biggest theme park in Canada and is worth a whole day and will be a highlight of your holidays in Toronto.

Kitchener and Waterloo

Toronto to Kitchener

About one hour drive to the west of Toronto is the Kitchener/Waterloo region where Mennonite culture is strong. The two cities are home to some of Ontario's most prestigious universities while the countryside is dotted with towns known for their artisan markets and hobby farms. There are some great hikes in this area as well, especially in the autumn.

Niagara Region

Toronto to Niagara Falls

The Niagara Region is famous for a few things. First of all the roaring falls in Niagara Falls are a must. Once you've done that, head over to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a charming historic town surrounded by dozens of vineyards and wineries. Taste your way around! It takes just over an hour to reach the escarpment, heading south on the QEW.

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Find a cheap flight to Toronto

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