Thunder Bay car hire

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Thunder Bay car hire information

Pick-up locationThunder Bay
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Hire locations16
Airport locations8

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Thunder Bay

  • Booking car hire in Thunder Bay will make it much easier to explore the stunning nature around the city. You can even take multi-day road trips to major cities like Montreal or Toronto. Along the way, you could stop at Pukaskwa National Park (around 4 h from Thunder Bay). There are also a number of shorter trips like Kakabeka Falls (roughly 30 minutes from Thunder Bay), and Pigeon River Provincial Park (about 50 minutes from Thunder Bay). Thunder Bay is also on the Trans-Canada Highway making it easy to travel across the country.
  • At Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT), you'll find several companies offering car hire in Thunder Bay. You'll usually find the offices in the Baggage Claim area and most vehicles are located just outside here, so you can be on your way in no time. Make sure you have all your documentation ready, including your driving licence, passport and booking information. Thunder Bay International Airport is roughly a 10-minute drive from the centre of Thunder Bay.
  • If you're taking longer trips on rural roads and highways outside of Thunder Bay, you'll want to keep an eye out for animals. This is particularly true during dusk and dawn. Moose are one of the most important animals to be aware of. If you spot a moose up ahead, slow down and come to a stop if necessary, giving it plenty of space to get across the road. They're most active from April to November. Otherwise, you'll generally find driving in Thunder Bay similar to driving in the UK, with the notable exception that you'll need to drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • If you book car hire in Thunder Bay during the winter months, be prepared for snow. Winter tyres are mandatory in Canada from December 1st to March 15th, and your Thunder Bay car hire company will be able to provide winter tyres for your vehicle. Ontario 511 usually has very up-to-date information about road conditions, so it's a good idea to check your planned route on their app or website before leaving. Additionally, although it may be warm in the car, make sure you have warm clothes including gloves and a beanie easily accessible just in case.
  • Book your car hire in Thunder Bay at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hire in Thunder Bay are around 41% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Thunder Bay

  • How much is the price of fuel in Thunder Bay?

    The average price of fuel in Thunder Bay is R97,61 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 171 and R1 562, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Thunder Bay?

    Intermediate (Kia Forte or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Thunder Bay.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Thunder Bay?

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

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Thunder Bay?

    An Intermediate car hire in Thunder Bay costs R840 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Thunder Bay?

    An Economy car hire in Thunder Bay costs R759 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Thunder Bay?

    A Standard car hire in Thunder Bay costs R1 948 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Thunder Bay?

    The car you choose for your trip to Thunder Bay will mostly depend on how you plan to use it. Standard vehicles will suit most travellers and economy or compact cars can be a great way to save money, if you don't have too much luggage. A 4x4 may be useful if you plan on driving in alpine areas, as they can also be helpful for general driving in particularly snowy conditions.

  • What's the speed limit in Thunder Bay?

    While driving in built-up areas of Thunder Bay, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h (roughly 30 mph). School zones are often 40 km/h (about 25 mph). When you're on motorways, the limit is generally either 100 km/h (around 62 mph) or 110 km/h (approximately 68 mph). On other roads outside the city, you can usually drive up to 80 km/h (roughly 50 mph). Bear in mind that if you drive into other Canadian provinces, the maximum speed limits may change.

  • Where are the best places to park in Thunder Bay?

    Most metered parking in Thunder Bay costs around 1.50 CAD (roughly 0.90 GBP) per hour. If you want to park at the Waterfront or Victoriaville multi-storey car parks, you'll pay about 2.50 CAD (approximately 1.45 GBP) for the first two hours, and around 1.25 CAD (roughly 0.70 GBP) for every hour after that. It can be handy to head to the Victoriaville Civic Centre at the start of your trip and pick up a meter card, so you don't need to carry change around for the meters.

Thunder Bay car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,5

Very Good

60 reviews

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.3

3 locations in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

100 Princess St.

+1 807 473 5222

Monday08:00 - 19:0020:45 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 19:0000:00 - 01:0020:45 - 23:59
Wednesday20:45 - 23:5900:00 - 01:0008:00 - 19:00
Thursday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 19:0020:45 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 01:0020:45 - 23:5908:00 - 19:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:0000:00 - 01:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

1100 Arthur St. W

+1 807 622 1222

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00

727 Memorial Ave.

+1 807 344 2800

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
I was happy with everything so far

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly - transaction was quick and painless!

9,2 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were great, very friendly. Car was clean and in good condition with good options.

8,8 Very Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Car wasn’t the cleanest inside

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was great, ride was great

Cons:

Knowing how to open the hatch - bit figured it out eventually

8,4 Very Good

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

The windows on the inside were marked by a dog, needed a cleaning & excess dog hair in side

1 out of 9

Budget

8,4

Very Good

13 reviews

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.3

2 locations in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

100 Princess Street

+1 807 473 5040

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

230 Waterloo Street South

+1 807 622 3366

Monday08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday08:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 19:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Communication of terms

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing! Customer service at Thunder Bay airport was exceptional! Easy process picking up car and dropping it off

7,6 Good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

At could have been ready at designated pick up time. Car could have been in pick up area instead of in front of the airport

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Will always go with BUDGET anytime anywhere any day.

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2022

KAYAK
More friendly when checking in

2,0 Poor

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Very poor experience at pickup and no staff available at dropoff and outrageous price for add on insurance

1 out of 3

National

8,2

Very Good

24 reviews

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

8.3

2 locations in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

450 Sifton Ave

+1 807 577 5783

Monday08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday08:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 19:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:00
Sunday08:00 - 19:00

Thunder Bay Airport

+1 807 577 5783

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 23:59

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2,0 Poor

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Person at counter was knowledgeable.

Cons:

Mobile website deceptive. Confirmation email said"$total rental: $286" was told at pickup that let per km fee would bring cost to over $1800.00. Travel plans messed up. Never again

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Very helpful people on staff.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Everything went very quickly and efficiently for pick up and drop off.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
All around stress free rental experience

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2023

KAYAK
They gave me a hybrid car but didn't know it was. When I went to start it... it didn't start the engine... It created confusion. A good briefing would have been required. Thanks

10,0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
Great service and dealing with Kathy Randle was awesome!!

1 out of 4

Avis

8,0

Very Good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

100 Princess Street

+1 807 473 5040

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

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6,0 Okay

Jun 2022

KAYAK
The customer representative put a earlier time to drop off the vehicle even though I booked for twenty four hours.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2021

KAYAK
The kiosk is close to the baggage pickup area. Our flight was 4 hours late arriving and the clerk stayed long by past their work hours so that we could have our car at 1 am. Loved the Kia van clean and new.

1 out of 1

Alamo

8,6

Very Good

1 review

One location in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

100 Princess St

+1 807 344 3331

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 23:59

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Hertz

7,5

3 locations in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

100 Princess Street

+1 807 473 8111

Monday08:00 - 19:0000:00 - 01:00
Tuesday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 19:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:0000:00 - 01:00
Friday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 19:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:0010:00 - 23:59
Sunday10:00 - 23:59

1142 Alloy Drive

Monday08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday08:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 19:00

951 Memorial Ave

+1 807 475 3334

Monday08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday08:00 - 19:00
Thursday08:00 - 19:00
Friday08:00 - 19:00

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Driving Force

9,4

Wonderful

No reviews available

Best rated

3 locations in Thunder Bay

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Locations in Thunder Bay

100 Princess Street

+1 807 789 4522

Opening times not available

1170b Waterford Street

+1 807 789 4522

Opening times not available

1475 W Walsh Street

+1 807 789 4522

Opening times not available

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102 travellers who hired a car in Thunder Bay gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car hire locations in or near Thunder Bay

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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