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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$31.07 / per day
Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris Advance or similar
Toyota Yaris Advance
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$31.25 / per day
Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$31.88 / per day
Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Standard
Honda Civic or similar
Honda Civic
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$32.67 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Discount
$34.27 / per day
Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Special
Jeep Wrangler or similar
Jeep Wrangler
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$35.86 / per day
Ottawa Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Discount
$36.40 / per day
Ottawa Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Discount
$38.32 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
English,
French
Currency
CAD
Country code
1
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$49.71 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
60 - 100 km/h
37 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 80 km/h
19 - 50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.0–0.15%

Why rent a car in Ottawa?

Ottawa is a great place for renting a car. Having your own ride will give you the freedom to travel around this vast city, and to also visit interesting places in the rest of Ontario and neighboring Quebec.

Ottawa Car Rental

Top ways to enter Ottawa

  • Ottawa Airport: Although not as large as some other airports in Eastern Canada, flying here is still the most convenient way to reach the capital city.
  • Montreal Airport: Located just 157 km (96 mi) from Ottawa, Montreal Airport has connections to many destinations in North America, as well as in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • By rail: If you're arriving in Ottawa by train, you can conveniently pick up the rental car at the Ottawa Fallowfield Railway Station or Ottawa Tremblay Railway Station.

Useful city facts

  • Although Ottawa is Canada’s capital, it is only the fourth largest city in the country. It has a city population of about 965,000.
  • Ottawa borders Gatineau, a city in the Quebec region that is just across the Ottawa River. Together they form the National Capital Region. Unlike Ottawa, Gatineau is overwhelmingly French-speaking.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Parliament Hill. Located in the very center of the city and overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the number one landmark of Canada's capital. Here you can visit Parliament of Canada, House of Commons, the Senate, and the recently renovated Library of Parliament. 
  2. Canada Museum of Nature. Full of artefacts, fossils, and fascinating stories, this modern and interactive museum is the best place to learn about Canada's history, geology, and animals.
  3. National Gallery. Worth visiting for its unique building alone, the National Gallery is home to some of Canada's finest artworks, from traditional to contemporary, and also houses the paintings and sculptures by some famous international artists. 

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limits vary between different roads. The general limits are 90 km/h to 110 km/h on motorways and outside cities and from 30 km/h to 50 km/h inside cities.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05%. Driving under influence exceeding the limit is a criminal offence and can lead to hefty fines, a driving ban, and even imprisonment.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • Using the mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The rule is strictly imposed with high fines.
  • The phone number for emergencies is 112.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Canada. 

Ontario Highway 407 is toll road for which you can only pay electronically. As you will be driving a rental car, the bill will be automatically sent to your rental car provider. The exact fee will depend on how long will you drive along this road. Some rental providers do include an additional toll charge fee. Do get in touch with your rental car provider in advance to find out more. Visit the official Highway 407 website to find out more information about fees and payment methods.

Highway 412 is another toll road in Ontario. It is part of the same toll system as the Highway 407. The exact fee will depend on the time of the day and the day of the week of your travel, as well as the length of your travel along this road. 

There are some other toll roads in Ontario. Do look them up in advance depending on your planned route. 

In the rest of Canada, payment method and fees differ for different toll roads. It is best to look them up in advance, finding the information for each province in which you plan to travel. You can also use a toll calculator to calculate the approximate fees for your upcoming ride.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Montreal. The capital of French-speaking Canada, nearby Montreal is one of the most interesting cities of North America thanks to its unique history, culture, and atmosphere.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park. This nature area is about 240 km (150 mi) from Ottawa, but the rather long road is nevertheless worth traveling. The park is home to countless fauna and flora  species associated with Canada, from moose, white-tailed deer, and great grey owls to sugar maple. 
  • Gatineau. Just across the river, Gatineau's main attraction is the famous Canadian Museum of History. Previously called Canadian Museum of Civilization, it tells the long story of human settlement in Canada, from First Nations migrating on the Bering Strait to Vikings settling on the eastern coast and Western European colonists arriving 500 years ago. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most picked rental car in Canada is the Kia Rio, although travelers also love the Jeep Wrangler and the Nissan Rogue. The most popular rental car types are economy, intermediate, and fullsize. The latter can be a good choice if you plan to travel outside Ottawa and into nature areas.

Further destinations

  • Toronto. About five hours drive away, Ontario's largest city is a great place to visit thanks to its unique neighborhoods, bustling arts scene, and hip atmosphere.
  • Quebec. There's more to this province than Montreal, from the even more French-feeling Quebec City to cozy little towns and beautiful nature areas.
  • NYC: The bustle of NYC might seem like a world away from Ottawa in terms of atmosphere, but the Big Apple is just seven hours drive south. Note that if you'd like to travel from Ottawa to New York City, you'll have to cross a national border, so make sure to first ask your rental car provider if they permit it.

How can I save money on my rental car?

Follow these tips to get a good rental car deal in in Ottawa:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Ottawa is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 59% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 11 Cities near Ottawa

Toronto Car Rentals from $29.64 per day
363.5 km / 225.9 miles away
Montreal Car Rentals from $36.06 per day
151.5 km / 94.1 miles away
Windsor Car Rentals from $50.62 per day
675.5 km / 419.7 miles away
Hamilton Car Rentals from $55.25 per day
415.3 km / 258.1 miles away
Quebec City Car Rentals from $34.46 per day
368.1 km / 228.7 miles away
London Car Rentals from $46.24 per day
505.7 km / 314.2 miles away
Dieppe Car Rentals from $46.24 per day
857.1 km / 532.6 miles away
Kingston Car Rentals from $50.62 per day
142.6 km / 88.6 miles away
Saint John Car Rentals from $43.52 per day
764.2 km / 474.8 miles away
Sarnia Car Rentals from $50.62 per day
589.0 km / 366.0 miles away
427.5 km / 265.7 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Ottawa

Ottawa Downtown Car Rentals from $35.05 per day
Ottawa Airport Car Rentals from $31.07 per day
5.9 km / 3.6 miles away
Kingston Airport Car Rentals from $50.62 per day
137.7 km / 85.5 miles away
Montreal Airport Car Rentals from $36.06 per day
157.0 km / 97.6 miles away
344.8 km / 214.2 miles away
Toronto Airport Car Rentals from $29.64 per day
357.6 km / 222.2 miles away
373.9 km / 232.4 miles away
Hamilton Airport Car Rentals from $55.25 per day
409.5 km / 254.4 miles away
499.8 km / 310.6 miles away
583.2 km / 362.4 miles away
669.6 km / 416.1 miles away
769.6 km / 478.2 miles away
862.7 km / 536.1 miles away
1086.8 km / 675.3 miles away
Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $27.11 per day
1219.5 km / 757.8 miles away
1646.1 km / 1022.8 miles away
Winnipeg Airport Car Rentals from $43.52 per day
1684.9 km / 1046.9 miles away
1772.7 km / 1101.5 miles away
2216.7 km / 1377.4 miles away
2374.6 km / 1475.5 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Ottawa?

Car rental prices in Ottawa vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Ottawa
$31.25
January
$31.47
February
$22.00
March
$38.67
April
$27.50
May
$64.24
June
$46.03
July
$47.56
August
$89.18
September
$75.47
October
$87.69
November
$87.69
December
The best month to rent a car in Ottawa is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $22.00). This is 59% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in September (when rental prices start at $89.18 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Ottawa?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 25 days in February, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Ottawa
6
January
5
February
6
March
8
April
25
May
9
June
8
July
5
August
6
September
7
October
6
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Ottawa?

While travelers visit Ottawa year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is April.
Ottawa Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
61%
January
54%
February
78%
March
45%
April
108%
May
143%
June
185%
July
175%
August
94%
September
88%
October
86%
November
83%
December

Our Customers Reviews

February 11, 2019
Fairly small city. Lots of historical buildings. People are friendly and you don't have to speak French like you do in Quebec or Montreal.
January 25, 2019
Great place to see and you need to rent a car so you can go and do things at your own pace
October 9, 2018
Ottawa is a fantastic destination. A car is handy for side trips to places like the Gatineau or Merrickville
September 20, 2018
Did not see much of Ottawa as we were just visiting family there. We drove about an hour away visiting Perth, Newboro and Elgin and other areas in the Rideau Lakes district. We really enjoyed the beauty of the countryside. We had our folding bikes along enabling us to enjoy part of the Cataraqui trail (former railbed). It was a very good experience.

Top 8 Suppliers for Ottawa in 2019

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
001 613 737 7264
1003 Airport Parkway Private, Ottawa, Ontario
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
6137377023
1003 AIRPORT PARKWAY PRIVATE,
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
613-523-3003
2644 LEITRIM RD.
Discount
Discount
Excellent 8.5
001 613 667 9394
1749 Bank St, Ottawa
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8
001 613 667 9394
1749 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1V 7Z4
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8
001 613 523 3003
2644 Leitrim Rd. Ottawa, K1T3V3
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
613-667-9394, 613-667-9397
1749 Bank Street
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.1
001 613 523 3003 / 001 613 822 1639
2644 Leitrim Road, Ottawa

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