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St. Catharines car hire

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St. Catharines car hire information

Pick-up locationSt. Catharines
Car types
Hire locations9
Airport locations3

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in St. Catharines

  • St. Catharines is well worth visiting because you'll explore the city's vibrant streets and stunning, culturally rich neighbourhoods. But you need a convenient means of transport to help you adventure the bustling old town and the natural features defining its culture and traditions. The public transport system is pretty developed and can help you get to several places, but it involves rushing to catch your commuter bus at the terminus. To this end, St Catharines car hire offers a convenient way to explore the city and other destinations. With our car hire in St. Catharines, you can travel to several places, including Hamilton Harbour, 52 km (32 miles), and Centreville Amusement Park, 53 km (32.3 miles) from the city centre.
  • If you’re flying into St. Catharines, you’ll likely land at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM), about 72 km (44.7 miles) from the city centre. There are multiple car hire companies at the airport, including Avis, National, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Keddy, and Enterprise. The car hire companies have desks on-site at all terminals, accessible via shuttle. Booking your St. Catharines car hire online saves you the hassle of long queues at the airport desk.
  • Generally, driving your car hire in St. Catharines is safe and enjoyable due to well-established roads. Drivers and other road users are generally less impatient and typically abide by all the traffic regulations. To this end, be sure to abide by all the city's traffic regulations. Pay attention to when you should slow down and cautiously approach roundabouts and built-up areas. The city has a zero-tolerance policy on drinking and driving. Be sure to avoid drinking while driving your St. Catharines car hire.
  • Like other cities in Canada, St. Catharines experiences considerable traffic congestion, especially during rush hours. Typically, the city's weekday rush hours begin from 06:30 to 09:30, and the evening rush hour starts from 15:00 to 19:00. Plan your route well to avoid traffic delays, as they can impact your driving experience.
  • Book your car hire in St. Catharines at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini hire cars in St. Catharines are around 16% cheaper than other car types, on average

St. Catharines car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in St. Catharines 
CliffDec 2023
No need to shop around.
Verified travelerJun 2023
English people need to be aware that pedestrians can cross pedestrian crossings even when the light is green for cars. Also, turning right on a red light is an alien concept for English drivers, though less dangerous to ignore than the advice above about pedestrians.
EAug 2023
If you cancel the trip, note that you may need to make a separate call to the insurance provider to cancel the insurance coverage.

FAQs about hiring a car in St. Catharines

  • How much is the price of fuel in St. Catharines?

    The average price of fuel in St. Catharines is R95,50 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 146 and R1 528, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in St. Catharines?

    Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in St. Catharines.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Pearson Intl airport (YYZ)?

    The only car hire company onsite at Pearson Intl airport is SURPRICE CAR RENTAL.

  • How can I find car hires near me in St. Catharines?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in St. Catharines?

    A Mini car hire in St. Catharines costs R853 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in St. Catharines?

    A Standard car hire in St. Catharines costs R1 101 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in St. Catharines?

    A Full Size car hire in St. Catharines costs R1 588 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in St. Catharines?

    Roads in St. Catharines are typically narrow, and the streets are brimming with vehicles. So, when looking for your car type to drive in the city, smaller vehicles are recommended to help you navigate the narrow, busy streets. In this case, consider a compact. Additionally, the smaller vehicle is cost-savvy when looking for car parks. However, if you plan to visit upcountry destinations, an SUV is a good option with a well-raised body to manoeuvre the uphill roads.

  • What is the speed limit in St. Catharines?

    Beware of the varying speed limits when driving your car hire in St. Catharines. The speed limit on the multi-lane highway is 100 km/h (62 mph), and it's 80 km/h (50 mph) on most two-lane highways outside the city centre. The speed limit for major urban roads is between 60 and 70 km/h (37 to 44 mph), but the speed limit reduces to 30 km/h (20 mph) in school zones. When driving your St. Catharines car hire around built-up areas like residential and business districts is 50 km/h (30 mph). The city has posted speed limits. Be sure to abide by them.

  • Where are the best places to park in St. Catharines?

    You'll ultimately need car parks when driving your car hire in St. Catharines. While finding car parks shouldn't be challenging, it comes with stress worth avoiding. In that case, consider booking a hotel with car parks. Multiple hotels offer car parks if you reside on their property. Canada Best Value Inn St. Catharine, Best Western St. Catharines Hotel & Conference Centre, Hampton Inn St Catharines Niagara, and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St Catharines Hotel are worth considering. But if you opt for metered or garage parking options, downtown offers both convenience and affordability. Generally, parking your car hire in St. Catharines costs around $2 (about £1.17) per hour.

St. Catharines car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,4

Very Good

69 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in St. Catharines

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Locations in St. Catharines

404 Ontario Street

+1 905 685 1500

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

455 Merritt St

+1 905 680 6290

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

5590 Stanley Ave

+1 905 357 5777

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Knowing what vehicle I was getting sooner than 16 hrs before

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Pat was excellent.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The worst enterprise ever.

4,0 Mediocre

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Customer service was good. Was told if I brought it back a couple hours past due I'd be charged 30 bucks an hour. I was charged for another whole day. Wasn't sure what the problem was.

2,0 Poor

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They didn't have cars and had to walk 10 km back to my hotel room

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Got upgraded! Excellent staff at Merritt site.

Cons:

Nothing!

1 out of 13

Budget

6,0

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

6.6

One location in St. Catharines

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436 Saint Paul Street

+1 905 684 2375

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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2,0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Everything was great just this is second time he Warning me to you have to bring clean car like you pick up it if I see a small thing in the car I’ll charge you

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Great service. Friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely use Budget again.

1 out of 1

Hertz

6,0

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.2

One location in St. Catharines

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414 Ontario Street

+1 905 934 0163

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Really nice guy sorting cars out. Great price, clean well maintained car. Exactly what I needed.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
They didn't have a car

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The gentleman that helped me at hertz was awesome!

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Helpful staff.

2,0 Poor

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The money has not been returned to me. I returned the car Tuesday 26 September, a day early. I was promised that by 3 working days I would have the excess around $200.00Can + the rental for returning the car early back on my card. But the moneyhas not been returned and I am leaving Canada nlw. So how can I get my Mkney back?

6,4 Okay

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Vehicle was really clean when we picked up and the only rep that worked at the hertz desk in the building was nice.

Cons:

When we first showed up to pick up our reserved car they didn't have a vehicle. The vehicle they ended up giving us we had to return 2 days later to pick up our reserved car.

1 out of 4

Avis

7,6

One location in St. Catharines

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436 St. Paul Street

+1 905 346 2845

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00

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2,0 Poor

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

They had no cars when I got there and wouldn't get me a car to replace it I had to go to another car rental place hertz and they were very good with me

1 out of 1

Europcar

7,3

Good

No reviews available

One location in St. Catharines

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304 Lake Street

+1 905 687 9725

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keddy by Europcar

6,1

Okay

No reviews available

One location in St. Catharines

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Call 9056879979 For Disc Shuttle, 304 Lake Street, St Catharines

+1 905 687 9725

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Discount Car & Truck Rentals

No score available yet

One location in St. Catharines

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304 Lake Street

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in St. Catharines

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Locations in St. Catharines

304 Lake Street

+1 905 687 9725

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92 travellers who hired a car in St. Catharines gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.0

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Most popular car type

Mini

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