Car hire in Toronto
Hiring a car in Toronto
Known as one of Canada's most populated cities, Toronto is located in the Ontario province, alongside Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore and is only a short drive away from the American border.
The city is known for it’s beautiful skyline lined with skyscrapers, with the famous CN Tower standing at its forefront. It is an international centre of business, finance and art, with history in Toronto dating as far back 1787.
Not only does Toronto boast a mix of culture, heritage and contemporary architecture but it’s modern motorways and roads make the city extremely accessible and easy to navigate.
What you need to know
During winter months, temperatures will plummet into the minuses and snowfall will make driving your best form of transport. Similarly in the summer, temperatures in the high 20s will make journeys by foot uncomfortable and difficult.
Weather aside, unless you want to limit yourself to the immediate centre of Toronto, many tourist attractions and cultural spots are only accessible via the motorway, which can very quickly become expensive should you wish to travel by taxi.
We compare prices from 1,500 suppliers by working with many major car hire companies and alongside independent local suppliers, so that you can rest assured that Holiday Autos will find the best car hire deal for you. Our booking toolis straightforward and easy to use but to avoid any problems we offer free cancellation and amendment and we never charge transaction fees.
Where to pick up your car
There are many car rental outlets dotted throughout downtown Toronto, should you want to sort out car hire one you arrive in the city. However, to ensure you find the best deal, we recommend you book through us before your trip and we will have your car keys waiting for you as soon as you touch down at the airport.
There are many airports in Toronto, all with car hire services, but the two main ones Toronto Pearson International (YYZ) and Toronto Island (YTZ), will have car hire desks located through the arrivals hall.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Offering car hire deals in more than 30,000 locations worldwide, over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos. So once you’ve picked up your car keys it’s time to get on the road and start exploring. Where you choose to visit is entirely up to you and nowhere is out of bounds with the freedom of a hire car.
If you fancy an adrenaline rush, head over to one of Toronto’s exhilarating theme parks. If you dare, head downtown and brave the glass floor at the top of the CN Tower. Or if you just want to relax, sit back and taste the city's dishes in one of its many world-class restaurants. Toronto is one of the most multiculturally diverse cities on the planet, with over 140 languages spoken every single day, so no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, this city will have something that caters to your needs.
Whilst visiting Toronto, a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum is definitely worth a visit, especially if you want to learn more about Canada’s history. The museum can be accessed on the 401 motorway or from Queen Elizabeth Way and has two car parks only one or two blocks away.
Casa Loma, Toronto’s only castle, which boasts unique architecture and grandeur, was built in 1914 for Sir Henry Pellat, a wealthy financier who made his riches from his contract to provide Toronto with electricity. Tourists can visit the castle all year round and it can be accessed from the 401 motorway.
To make the most of your hire car and for a slightly longer drive, why not take a roadtrip across the Canadian/American border to Buffalo. At 98 miles the journey should take you just under two hours.
If you're visiting Toronto for a week or two, it could be worth spending a weekend in Point Pelee National Park, which takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Toronto. Located at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada, Point Pelee National Park boasts beautiful scenery and the chance to canoe, hike or even soak up the sun on the beach.
Whether you’re visiting Toronto in the summer or winter, the scenic caves in Collingwood will offer you a number of fun activities. In colder months you will find many ski resorts where you can hit the slopes. Alternatively, when it’s warmer, why not try zip lining, hiking and walking across the longest suspension in Southern Ontario
Top attractions to visit in Toronto
Take in some of the best sites in Toronto with the flexibility and independence your hire car offers you.
Once the tallest building in the world, you’ll have no problems finding the CN Tower on your visit to Toronto.
Although it is used as a communications tower, tourists flock to the top of the skyscraper to get an impressive view over the city. You’ll feel your ears pop as you rise to the top of the tower where you will find a revolving restaurant and a glass floor for those who dare to cross it.
On a clear day, a trip to Niagara Falls is a stunning sight to behold. One of North America's most natural wonders, there are three waterfalls which make up Niagara. From the Canadian border you will be able to visit the Horseshoe Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the whole of North America.
Tourists can take a boat trip along the river to the waterfall where they will hear the 600,000 gallons of water thundering down, and feel the refreshing mist on their faces.
The city's largest public park features a number of hiking trails, sports facilities, a beautiful waterfront and convenient parking.
You will also find a dog park, zoo, playgrounds and plenty of picnic areas where you chill out and relax. The park is beautifully taken care of, with Japanese cherry trees lining the pathways. Winter, spring, summer or autumn, the gardens are an enjoyable trip all year round.
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