Rental companies may charge extra for drivers under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before making your reservation.

Car rental in Vancouver

Whether people live in Vancouver, British Columbia, or are visiting from another city, renting a car can make a holiday more relaxing. Use Skyscanner to find the best deals on a range of vehicles, from fun convertibles to practical people carriers and the most affordable hotels.

Vancouver Car Rental Options

The best place to rent a car is Vancouver International Airport, about 25 minutes, or 15 kilometres, from the city centre. It's especially convenient for people flying from another city, and a wide choice of vehicles from Hertz, Dollar Thrifty, Avis, Routes, Budget, and more are available. For a wheelchair-accessible car, give the rental company at least 48 hours of advanced notice. Car rental facilities are on the ground floor of the parkade, just a few steps from the terminal.

Renting a vehicle from Alamo or National in North Vancouver is usually cheapest, but the airport offers a better selection. In downtown Vancouver, drivers can choose Enterprise Rent-a-Car or Discount Car and Truck Rentals. Free shuttles from the airport to these companies are available. Just wait in the car rental bus shelter in the Value Parking Lot.

What to Know When Driving in Vancouver

Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts, and only hands-free cell phones are permitted for drivers. Also, headlights should be on even during the day. There are a lot of one-way streets, and many don't allow right or left turns. A blinking green traffic light won't turn red unless a pedestrian presses the walk button to cross the street. Many roads and bridges have bike lanes, and drivers should watch out for the many cyclists in Vancouver. Foreign driver's licences are valid for up to six months.

Parking downtown is expensive, and spaces in parkades can be narrow. Parking next to a meter if it's out of order is illegal, and parking isn't allowed in some metered spaces during rush hours. Avoid driving during these busy times, from 7-9 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays. Use the Canada Line train to travel easily to many car rental locations, including the airport.

The Best Attractions in the Area

After renting a car and finding a hotel on Skyscanner with plenty of luxurious amenities, don't miss these popular activities: For a beautiful scenic drive, take Highway 99, also called the Sea to Sky Highway, from downtown through Stanley Park and across the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver. Keep going to Horseshoe Bay, and then travel along the coast of Howe Sound to Britannia Beach. The road is more than 200 kilometres long, and people can spend a day or just an hour or two seeing the sights.

Grouse Mountain near downtown Vancouver is popular for its restaurants, hotels, and skiing spots. It also offers beautiful views of the city all year. The Museum of Anthropology houses more than 535,000 objects, including totem poles and First Nations artifacts. It's about 20 minutes away from downtown, and admission is free for children 6 years old or less.

For great deals on car rentals, hotels, and flights to Vancouver, download Skyscanner's app. This scenic city has great views and attractions for everyone.

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