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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Discount
$38.69 / per day
Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Discount
$39.73 / per day
Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Discount
$39.91 / per day
Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Discount
$41.79 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$43.20 / per day
Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Note or similar
Nissan Note
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Alamo
$44.07 / per day
Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris Advance or similar
Toyota Yaris Advance
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$44.25 / per day
Vancouver Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$44.79 / 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
7 days
Economy car rental price
$50.80 / 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 Vancouver?

Vancouver is a great place for renting a car. Having your own ride will not only give you the freedom to travel the whole of Greater Vancouver area, it will also let you visit important landmarks across British Columbia province.

Vancouver Car Rental

Top ways to enter Vancouver

  • Vancouver Airport: By far the province's largest, Vancouver Airport provides great domestic and North American connections, as well as regular flights across Pacific to Asia.
  • Victoria Airport: This small and cozy airport near Vancouver is served by 12 different airlines.
  • Calgary Airport: Located in nearby Alberta province, Calgary Airport is 686 km (426 mi) from Vancouver. It's quite popular to arrive in one and leave from the other.
  • Seattle-Tacoma Airport: The main airport of neighboring U.S. state of Washington, flying to Sea-Tac is another great way to reach North America's Pacific Coast. Note that if you plan to drive from Seattle to Vancouver (or vice versa), you'll have to cross the border, so it's a good idea to contact your rental car provider in advance to make sure they allow it.

Useful city facts

  • Vancouver is Canada’s warmest large city. Summers are warm, with temperature often exceeding 30 °C (86 °F), and very dry. Winters are mild are very wet. On average, there are only nine days with snowfall per year.
  • Vancouver is capital of British Columbia province. Although the province’s area is 944,735 km2 (364,764 sq mi), about half of its population lives in Greater Vancouver area.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Museum of Anthropology. If you're looking to learn about the people of the Northwest Coast and some of its history, one good spot is the impressive Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, which houses several thousand objects from BC's First Nations. The museum is also home to significant collections of archaeological objects and ethnographic materials from other parts of the world.
  2. The Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown combines local with international through a variety of exhibitions and a permanent collection that focuses on renowned British Columbia artist, Emily Carr. Contemporary Art Gallery is also very much worth a visit.
  3. Stanley Park. at the tip of the downtown peninsula. Its miles of trails for walking and cycling, beaches, magnificent views and the attractions (including totem poles) within the park gives it something for everyone. The most popular trail is the Seawall, a paved trail that runs around the perimeter of Stanley Park and now joins with the seawalls in Coal Harbour and Kitsilano, 22 km in length. The Vancouver Aquarium is in Stanley Park.

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. However, as of February 2019, there are no toll roads in British Columbia. The only tolls in place are to cross the Port Mann Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge. 

 

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

  • North Shore. Best known for Grouse Mountain, also known as the Peak of Vancouver, that offers great cityscapes, the nearby North Shore is also a place where you can do things like snowboarding, kayaking, and mountain biking if the weather permits it, or to simply be in the nature.
  • Bowen Island. Easily reached by water taxis that depart from downtown Vancouver, Bowen Island and its beaches, walking trails, and small restaurants is a  perfect place to unwind from the more busy atmosphere of the big city.
  • Okanagan. Most people don't think of Canada as a wine destination, but Okanagan can change anyone's mind. Thanks to the mild ocean climate, this British Columbia region is home to high class wineries and a number of tasting tours. Okanagan is more than four hours drive east of Vancouver which probably makes visiting here a two (or even three) day trip, but since you'll be coming here with a rental car, that will only let you experience more of what it has to offer.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Canada is an economy, but fullsize and intermediate are also often picked. The most popular rental cars are the Kia Rio, the Jeep Wrangler, and the Nissan Rogue. 

Further destinations

  • British Columbia. The rest of the province is much more sparsely populated, but there's plenty to explore here, especially in terms of pristine, untamed nature.
  • Alberta. Just east of B.C., Alberta province is, for many, a logical next step after visiting Vancouver thanks to stunning nature areas like Banff National Park and the city of Calgary, another arts, culture, and architecture destination.
  • Seattle. Famous for its music, culture, and free spirit, Seattle is one of the most unique American cities. It is just about three hours drive away from Vancouver. Note that if you plan to drive from Seattle to Vancouver (or vice versa), you'll have to cross the border, so it's a good idea to contact your rental car provider in advance to make sure they allow it.

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good rental car deal in Vancouver:

  • 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 Vancouver is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 15 Cities near Vancouver

  1. Calgary Car Rentals from $19.20 per day
    686.4 km / 426.5 miles away
  2. Abbotsford Car Rentals from $55.47 per day
    62.8 km / 39.0 miles away
  3. Edmonton Car Rentals from $31.19 per day
    809.1 km / 502.7 miles away
  4. Victoria Car Rentals from $46.42 per day
    63.3 km / 39.4 miles away
  5. 287.2 km / 178.5 miles away
  6. Kamloops Car Rentals from $73.07 per day
    258.0 km / 160.3 miles away
  7. Nanaimo Car Rentals from $55.47 per day
    52.3 km / 32.5 miles away
  8. Courtenay Car Rentals from $55.47 per day
    135.8 km / 84.4 miles away
  9. Prince George Car Rentals from $73.07 per day
    523.3 km / 325.2 miles away
  10. Grande Prairie Car Rentals from $35.23 per day
    726.9 km / 451.7 miles away
  11. Cranbrook Car Rentals from $55.47 per day
    537.4 km / 333.9 miles away
  12. Chilliwack Car Rentals from $55.47 per day
    90.7 km / 56.3 miles away
  13. 800.3 km / 497.3 miles away
  14. Port Hardy Car Rentals from $73.07 per day
    341.9 km / 212.4 miles away
  15. 749.7 km / 465.8 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Vancouver

  1. Nanaimo Airport Car Rentals from $55.47 per day
    52.3 km / 32.5 miles away
  2. 62.8 km / 39.0 miles away
  3. 63.3 km / 39.4 miles away
  4. 90.7 km / 56.3 miles away
  5. 135.8 km / 84.4 miles away
  6. Kamloops Airport Car Rentals from $73.07 per day
    258.0 km / 160.3 miles away
  7. 341.9 km / 212.4 miles away
  8. 523.3 km / 325.2 miles away
  9. 537.4 km / 333.9 miles away
  10. Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $19.20 per day
    686.4 km / 426.5 miles away
  11. 726.9 km / 451.7 miles away
  12. Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $31.19 per day
    809.1 km / 502.7 miles away
  13. 1150.6 km / 715.0 miles away
  14. 1204.7 km / 748.6 miles away
  15. 1332.4 km / 827.9 miles away
  16. Winnipeg Airport Car Rentals from $43.69 per day
    1863.9 km / 1158.2 miles away
  17. 2461.8 km / 1529.7 miles away
  18. 3175.3 km / 1973.0 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Vancouver 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 Vancouver
$31.99
January
$40.68
February
$35.11
March
$60.12
April
$51.74
May
$62.45
June
$74.62
July
$83.27
August
$22.82
September
$26.68
October
$20.27
November
$43.89
December
The best month to rent a car in Vancouver is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.27). This is 56% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $83.27 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Vancouver?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in August, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Vancouver
10
January
9
February
8
March
10
April
9
May
10
June
8
July
6
August
8
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Vancouver year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is May, and the least popular is June.
Vancouver Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
93%
January
98%
February
117%
March
128%
April
166%
May
June
146%
July
122%
August
70%
September
122%
October
66%
November
71%
December

Our Customers Reviews

July 10, 2019
Vancouver and whistler are beautiful places to visit.
June 20, 2019
Vancouver was an easy place to drive a car. Parking can be expensive and parking can be difficult to find but we were glad we had a car in the city.
May 19, 2019
a lovely city to explore and curtyious drivers and outside Vancouver city are good wide roads
April 14, 2019
Vancouver very beautiful city. We went skiing in Whistler which is a fantastic resort.
February 23, 2019
Nice place
December 31, 2018
easy to navigate - parking in the city is difficult
December 16, 2018
Downside of renting a car is the hotel fee for parking. We went to Whistler for a day and having your own car to drive up the sea to sky hwy was nice.
October 10, 2018
Rented a Jeep that was great for our road trip around British Columbia.
September 27, 2018
You should have maps or GPS navigator available when driving in Vancouver.
September 18, 2018
Straight forward easy to drive and navigate, Ferry to Victoria easy, worth booking in advance , if you turn up early you still might get on an earlier ferry. Ferry can sometimes be full at week ends and peak times. So coastal roads on vancover Island can be a bit rough so choose an appropriate car.
September 7, 2018
You need a car to get around.
September 3, 2018
Route car and truck rental is a very easy location to find from airport. Shuttle service is very frequent.
September 3, 2018
Routes is located a short distance from the airport but the shuttle was very quick. I would definitely rent from Routes again (probably through Discover Car Hire) as it was significantly cheaper than airport rental companies.
August 20, 2018
Visiting Squamish and Whistler are musts. Cycling around Stanley Park and visiting Granville Island should be on your list as well.
August 20, 2018
Terrific city. Hotel rates are very expensive. Cars can be difficult to rent in peak times - book early.
August 15, 2018
Best city and environs in Canada. Whistler is a destination vacation must when visiting Vancouver.
August 8, 2018
Vancouver is incredible! I lived there for 21 years and I'm always in awe when I see the mountains again for the first time.
August 2, 2018
Vancouver is an amazing city. You don't need a car if mostly spending time in the urban areas, but it is useful to visit North Van, Squamish or other places just outside the city.
July 29, 2018
Beautiful city

Top 9 Suppliers for Vancouver in 2019

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
001 8 336 193 650
3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, British Columbia
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
8336193652
VANCOUVER INTL AIRPORT, 3211 GRANT MCCONACHIE WAY
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
604-370-4445
8991 CHARLES ST,
Discount
Discount
Excellent 8.5
001 604 370 2277 / 001 866 967 0846
8971 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
604-606-2847
3880 Grant Mcconachie Way Vancouver International
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8
001 604 370 2277 / 001 866 967 0846
8971 Bridgeport Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X AR9
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8
001 604 370 4445 / 001 855 753 2343 / 001 866 467 6883
9231 Beckwith Road, British Columbia
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
604-207-8140, 604-370-0583
8971 Bridgeport Road
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Very good 7.2
001 778 385 5551 / 001 604 689 1231
2651 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2B2

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