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Victoria car hire information

Pick-up locationVictoria
Car types
Hire locations21
Airport locations6

Cheap car hire in Victoria

Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
People carrier
Passenger van
SUV
Commercial
Pick-up truck

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Victoria

  • Renting a car in Victoria lets you explore the city and its surroundings on your own schedule without having to pay for cabs or face the crowds in public transports. Perched on the edge of Vancouver Island, the city has lots of places you can drive to such as Beacon Hill Park. A hire car is also perfect for discovering other destinations outside Victoria, including the scenic route to nearby Saanich Peninsula, which is only 45 minutes away.
  • All the big car hire agencies can be found at Victoria International Airport (YYJ), which is located approximately 25 km (15.5 miles) north of Victoria. Car hire services are situated in the arrivals hall of the airport's passenger terminal, straight across from the Information Desk. Handicap hand controls are available with some companies when requested in advance.
  • Victoria itself is a fairly easy city to navigate, but remember that traffic signs will be expressed in kilometers rather than miles. If you're heading to other destinations outside the city, beware that some back roads may be trickier, especially in the winter months. Vancouver Island is also popular among cyclists, so be extra careful when driving through the area.
  • Traffic around Victoria usually flows nicely throughout the whole day, especially when compared to other big cities in Canada and the U.S., but driving into or out of the city during morning or evening rush hour can be a bit chaotic. Avoid driving into the city between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and out of the city between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Book your car hire in Victoria at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hire in Victoria are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

Victoria car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Victoria 
Verified travelerOct 2023
Option to take Brentwood ferry is a lovely alternative to heading North driving through Vancouver.
Verified travelerSep 2023
Make sure all damage is documented when picking up the vehicle!
Verified travelerOct 2023
Pick up and return outside rush hours.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Renting a car is far superior (both logistically and frequently in cost, too) to bringing your own car on the ferry from Port Angeles. The exception would be if you are planning on spending days driving up island. A car downtown is nothing but a big parking fee. But if you must park downtown the Empress garage is convenient and surprisingly reasonably priced. Rent a car for a trip to Butchart Gardens- you can stay as long as you want, and even come back in the evening to see the Gardens after dark, a totally different experience than seeing them in daylight.
AzaadJul 2023
If staying downtown lots of parking options ranging from $15-30 per day and didn’t have any major concerns about vehicle safety or auto crime. Meter parking also an option (pay 8am-8pm and free otherwise). Not a difficult place to drive and I recommend renting a vehicle if you like to check out nearby parks, lakes, and outdoor activities in addition to seeing the city amenities.
JohnsonJun 2023
National car service a the airport was very quick anded convenient and the employees at National were terrific!! Being treated politely and with respect was very much appreciated! I would recommend renting from National in Victoria!
Verified travelerJul 2023
Know where you are going and where are the parkings located in advance
Verified travelerAug 2023
Easy to find - go first inside the airport to find agent.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Try National on Courtney Street before you try anywhere else.
Verified travelerJun 2023
Before parking, must care to pay enough bill.
Verified travelerJul 2023
It was very busy on #1 highway

FAQs about hiring a car in Victoria

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Victoria?

    If you're just driving within the city limits, a compact car is a good option as it's easy to park downtown. If you're traveling through the regions valleys and hills you may prefer an SUV, but in the summer months a convertible may be a fun option to drive with the top down along the scenic roads.

  • What’s the speed limit in Victoria?

    The speed limit within the city is typically 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour), but it can be lower in certain residential areas, in which case signs will be posted. Speed limits on rural roads range between 60 and 80 km/h (37 and 50 mph) and on highways they range from 100 to 110 km/h (62 and 68 mph).

  • Where are the best places to park in Victoria?

    The city of Victoria has plenty of street parking spaces as well as parking lots. Street parking must be paid between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, and after this time it is free. Parking is free all day Sunday and on public holidays. Some meters are limited to 90 minutes while others allow you to park all day, and prices range between $1.50 and $3 per hour.

  • What is the best car hire company in Victoria?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Victoria are Budget (8,8, 59 reviews), National (8,2, 96 reviews), and Hertz (7,7, 61 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Victoria?

    The average price of fuel in Victoria is R87,84 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 054 and R1 405, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Victoria?

    Intermediate (Nissan Kicks or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Victoria.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Victoria?

    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 Victoria?

    An Intermediate car hire in Victoria costs R585 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Victoria?

    An Economy car hire in Victoria costs R544 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Victoria?

    A Mini car hire in Victoria costs R1 230 per day, on average.

Victoria car rental reviews and directory

National

8,2

Very Good

172 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.8

4 locations in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

1640 Electra Blvd

+1 250 656 2541

Monday06:30 - 23:59
Tuesday06:30 - 23:59
Wednesday06:30 - 23:59
Thursday06:30 - 23:59
Friday06:30 - 23:59
Saturday06:30 - 23:59
Sunday06:30 - 23:59
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1721 Old Island Highway

+1 250 479 0036

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 16:30
Sunday08:30 - 16:30
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2898 Douglas St

+1 250 386 1828

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 16:30
Sunday08:30 - 16:30
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727 Courtney Street

+1 250 386 1213

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30
Sunday07:30 - 17:30
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10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
I made the mistake of making my reservation downtown Victoria which the National employee caught that mistake, since i was at the airport ready to pick up the van. He helped me a great deal by finding me a van available at the airport so I could not be more grateful! Very polite, kind, helpful and provided a lot of information to a newcomer to Victoria! I would rent a vehicle from them again!

7,6 Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

There were scratches on the car that weren't reported.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff, excellent location, nice comfortable vehicle.

Cons:

A little difficult to return the vehicle due to one way roads not easily maneuverable but on the 2nd go-around we figured out how to get into the lot and through the road construction. Nice staff, but they really scrutinize the vehicle so take pictures before you drive off the lot.

7,6 Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The drop off was convenient.

Cons:

We went to National twice after driving a distance to get there and were not able to add a second driver either time. Misinformation, computer system down, nobody there. Very frustrating,.

3,6 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Damage check when returning felt like a criminal investigation. It ended up fine, but seemed like they were really trying to find insignificant damage to hold you accountable for. They also shadily dodged questions about the gas fill up requirements.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The whole experience was awful, I will never use national car rentals again.

Cons:

The customer service and management

1 out of 28

Hertz

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.5

3 locations in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

1640 Electra Blvd

+1 250 657 0380

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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548 David Street

+1 250 952 3765

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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565 Alpha Street

+1 250 657 0380

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Was great. Friendly staff and value for the money

2,0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
second time this location has incorrectly charged me for wrong fuel when I return. The car was 8/8 full but they claimed it was 7/8 when I had just filled up 5km away in town.Thank god I took photos of the fuel gauge and milage so I can charge back to my credit card. Such scammers this particular location. Won't us again

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Loved the vehicle. Appreciated a decent price and everything was quick and easy. Thank you.

8,0 Very Good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Everything was good except they changed me around $40 besides my confirmed booking price.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
A reduced rate was advertised because the pickup location was supposedly a shuttle ride from the airport. But the car was at the airport after all - bonus!

6,0 Okay

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Good car! Just cost way too much

1 out of 21

Avis

9,1

Wonderful

34 reviews

Cleanliness

9.4

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.8

One location in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

1001 Douglas Street

+1 250 386 8468

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 15:00
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8,0 Very Good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
God experience, would recommend. However damage report was wrong and when challenged I was told to talk a video. Damage report not updated. Which caused worry throughout the hire. However there were no problems on return so all good.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Front desk guy was professional, friendly and thorough.

Cons:

Those underground drop-off locations are always a little dicey.

8,8 Very Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was good, location was good, parking for my vehicle was available and reasonably priced. The vehicle was in perfect condition and the late drop provision was very easy.

Cons:

I reserved a minivan very specifically, because I needed that size of vehicle. When I picked it up though, they did not have any minivans at all. They said my options were either a Suburban or a Ford Flex. I reserved a van because I needed a van. It didn’t really work that well, but we made do.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was ready when required, well prepared. Staff were great. On return also very helpful. No issues at all!

Cons:

Nothing

8,0 Very Good

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

First class always.

Cons:

Counter lady a bit of an attitude but we all have off days. They are better left at home though.

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

unfortunately I don't have the name of the agent but was this ever a great, fast and pleasant experience and I got a great car - Ford Fusion- incl GPS awesome!!!

Cons:

nothing

1 out of 6

Budget

8,8

Very Good

91 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

8.7

4 locations in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

132-1640 Electra Boulevard

+1 250 953 5300

Monday06:30 - 23:59
Tuesday06:30 - 23:59
Wednesday06:30 - 23:59
Thursday06:30 - 23:59
Friday06:30 - 23:59
Saturday06:30 - 23:59
Sunday06:30 - 23:59
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2224 Douglas Street

+1 250 953 5300

Monday07:00 - 17:30
Tuesday07:00 - 17:30
Wednesday07:00 - 17:30
Thursday07:00 - 17:30
Friday07:00 - 17:30
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3657 Harriet Road

+1 250 953 5300

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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724 Douglas Street

+1 250 953 5300

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30
Sunday07:30 - 17:30
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10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Excellent all round!

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
ALL WENT WELL

8,0 Very Good

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Over all we were pleased. It would have been helpful to be accompanied from the office to the vehicle to help find it and to have a quick explanation of the set up in the car. Otherwise 👍😊.

6,0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Had to pay extra for insurance- should have been included

8,8 Very Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was very clean. The price was great (likely because of COVID)

6,4 Okay

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The pick up was unorganized and took a bit for anyone to acknowledged me. They seemed to be understaffed and not aware of what was going on. The office was extremely hot and was not well kept.

1 out of 16

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,3

Very Good

81 reviews

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.1

One location in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

2507 Government Street

+1 250 475 6900

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

It was all a positive experience.

Cons:

There is nothing that I could identify as needing improvement.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was helpful and pleasant

Cons:

Every thing went well

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff. Awesome SUV.

7,6 Good

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

everything on time and as expected however... the new electronic "agreement" seems pretty sketchy, no hard copy for the customer... could easily be changed on their side cant fit all the negatives into the better part, oops

Cons:

first off, the guy who i picked up the car from straight up lied to me saying gas from them would be 2.15/liter if i dropped it off empty, saying its below market price, great deal, no extra fees... wow sounds very nice... i looked closer at the electronic agreement, nope, almost 3.00/liter....

9,6 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were efficient and friendly. The rental pick up and drop off was quick and easy. Great value for the money.

Cons:

Only issue was the exterior of rental vehicle was not clean when picked up.

8,4 Very Good

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

nice car, friendly staff

Cons:

had to wait 1.5 hours (past closing time...) for a car, because other renter was 3.5 hours late returning the vehicle. Seemed like a lack of communication, but not sure if one person was just blaming other for the situation... I was offered a small discount for the trouble.

1 out of 15

Thrifty

8,2

Very Good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

8.1

One location in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

1640 Electra Boulevard

+1 250 657 0380

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
Sunday08:00 - 23:30
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7,9 Good

Jul 2021

KAYAK
Nothing really

1 out of 1

keddy by Europcar

6,4

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

95 Esquimalt Road

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Sunnycars

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3 locations in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

1640 Electra Blvd Suite 134

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2898 Douglas Street

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767 Douglas Street

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Discount Car & Truck Rentals

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One location in Victoria

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Locations in Victoria

742 Johnson Street

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492 travellers who hired a car in Victoria gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,6

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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