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Pick-up locationHamilton
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Hire locations24
Airport locations7

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Hamilton

  • If you’re visiting Hamilton, why should you rent a car? First of all, nearby attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and Webster’s Falls are more easily reached by car. In addition, Saint Catharines, Mississauga and Toronto are all just a short drive from the airport; in other words, renting a car will enable you to visit a number of cities in Canada besides Hamilton.
  • Located in Mount Hope, Hamilton International Airport is not a very large facility. However, it offers everything that a larger airport provides including hire car services inside the terminal via several big companies such as Budget, National, and Avis. Consequently, many travelers opt to fly out of or into Hamilton in lieu of Toronto Pearson International Airport to avoid the hassle of crowds.
  • Downtown Hamilton is made up mostly of one-way streets which can be confusing for a tourist at first. If you are not going downtown, you can bypass city traffic by taking the Link. Conveniently, you can also dial 511 from your cell phone to learn about construction and traffic conditions before getting on the road.
  • Traffic is heaviest in Hamilton during commuting hours. This typically ranges from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the morning and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the evenings. Some of the busiest streets during peak hours are Main Street and Upper James Street as well as highway 401. If driving downtown, pedestrians can also cause traffic congestion.
  • Book your rental car in Hamilton at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Hamilton are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

Hamilton car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Hamilton 
Verified travelerSep 2023
Hamilton Airport was very easy to rent a vehicle and they were open for my flight arriving at 1:00 am. I called a few days prior to check if someone would be there.
Verified travelerJun 2023
the pickup/dropoff point is about 100 meters from the terminal. Be prepared to walk.
Verified travelerJun 2023
Driving around town was ok, but fast moving and a bit aggressive.

FAQs about renting a car in Hamilton

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

    If you want to fit in with the locals, you should drive a car that they like. Some of the most popular cars driven around Ontario include cars manufactured by Dodge, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Ford. Choose from a sedan, SUV, or minivan, depending upon the number of passengers you’ll have with you.

  • What’s the speed limit in Hamilton?

    The speed limit on residential streets in Hamilton is quite slow. You’ll be expected to drive a maximum of 24 mph (or 40 km) whenever you are in neighborhoods and 18 mph (or 30 km/h) when driving near a school. Once you are on the freeway, you can drive as fast as 62 mph (or 100km/h). Main roads around the city typically have allowed speeds of 50 mph (or 80 km/h) unless marked otherwise.

  • Where are the best places to park in Hamilton?

    There is ample metered parking in downtown Hamilton. Nonetheless, this is offered as short-term parking only. If you want to park for more than a couple of hours, you should consider a parking lot or garage such as Eaton Centre Parkade or the lot on Bay Street and Market.

  • What is the best car hire company in Hamilton?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Hamilton is Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.3, 56 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Hamilton?

    The average price of fuel in Hamilton is RM 25.34 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between RM 304 and RM 405, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Hamilton?

    Full-size (Toyota Camry or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hamilton.

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

    The only car rental company onsite at Pearson Intl airport is Dollar.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Pearson Intl airport (YYZ)?

    The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Pearson Intl airport to off-airport locations is Dollar.

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

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

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Hamilton?

    A Full Size car rental in Hamilton costs RM 122 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Hamilton?

    A Compact car rental in Hamilton costs RM 125 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Hamilton?

    An Economy car rental in Hamilton costs RM 141 per day, on average.

Hamilton car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.4

Very Good

115 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.1

6 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1 Osler Dr

+1 905 627 9177

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1124 Rymal Road East

+1 905 388 6777

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

1400 Upper James St

+1 905 575 5500

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

203 Main St East St.a

+1 905 529 5001

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

2434 Barton Street East

+1 905 561 5200

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

9300 Airport Rd

+1 289 639 5666

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Friendly staff, served me quickly, answered any and all questions I had.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2024

KAYAK
SUPER

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Amazing service

9.2 Wonderful

Jan 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle I wanted was unavailable. So, they upgraded me at no extra charge. Also, the pick up and drop off were quick and easy. Finally, the staff were genuinely friendly and helpful.

Cons:

Hamilton needs reliable access to more pick-up trucks.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off we’re quick and easy, staff were very friendly and knowledgeable

Cons:

Booked an F-150, received a Ram, would have preferred the F-150

9.6 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The pick up and drop off was very easy. The staff was very friendly

Cons:

Maybe if the car was a little more clean.. the seats smelled like smoke when we got there.

1 out of 19

Avis

8.0

Very Good

31 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in Hamilton

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2350 Upper James Street

+1 905 679 9556

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

237 Main Street East

+1 905 525 1400

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

9300 Airport Road

+1 905 679 3233

Monday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Friday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Arrived on location only to find out car is not available but website confirmed it.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

the car was nice and peppy with better than i would have imajined gas mileage. they were also cheaper than enterprise and thrifty whom i have also recently rented from. two thumbs up. great staff aswell.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The look , ride and comfort.

Cons:

Enjoyed everything.

7.6 Good

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Insurance premiums per day are outrageously expensive! Appropriate sized car not immediately available because I booked through Kayak and not directly with the company.

8.4 Very Good

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean and suitable car.

Cons:

Most expensive per day rental in 3 weeks of renting from several different companies. Nobody at the drop off in YHM airport. Poor or obscured signage to direct the renter to the parking lot

2.0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

Worst customer service I've ever had and very arrogant manager. I was charged one and a half times more than the original quote.

1 out of 6

National

9.8

Wonderful

18 reviews

Cleanliness

9.8

Comfort

9.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.8

Value for money

9.3

One location in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

9300 Airport Rd

+1 905 679 0066

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Nothing could be better, I guess! Good and fast service, also car return! The best thing is, if they continue this way

8.8 Very Good

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was comfortable.

Cons:

Smelled like an ashtray.

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Exceptional service at the counter! Extra long hours. Great selection of current vehicles.

Cons:

N/A

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Helpful person who listened to my need of needing a bigger SUV and arranged for it

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
They were fast and courteous and a pleasure to deal with

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Someone who had rented the car before me smoked in it. The smell was still there. Other than that everything was great

1 out of 3

Budget

7.9

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

2350 Upper James Street

+1 905 383 1118

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

237 Main Street East

+1 905 525 1096

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

9300 Airport Rd

+1 905 679 3233

Monday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Tuesday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Wednesday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Thursday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Friday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Saturday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

All perfect

2.0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Flight was late 2 hours so instead of 3 pm it was 5 pm that's when they close tried calling no answer and too bad for you. Got screwed

8.0 Very Good

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Location closer to mountain brow, too far.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Overall satisfying experience

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Everything is ok except the multiple id request

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Really enjoyed the Van on our weekend trip to the USA and would rent it again.

1 out of 4

Hertz

5.1

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

6.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.9

Value for money

6.9

One location in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

190 Main Street East

+1 905 522 2277

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday10:00 - 14:00

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6.4 Okay

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The brand new Hyundai Elantra was the biggest positive. Great and smooth car to drive.

Cons:

Specifically, this location of Hertz is unprofessional. I arrived promptly to pick up the car at 8:00 am. But, the manager did not open the store until 8:25, which set back our trip. The same thing could be said on the drop-off. The same person was also late to open the building, which made me late

3.9 Poor

Sep 2021

KAYAK
Asked to extend rental by one day was told not open weekends

1 out of 1

Thrifty

7.3

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1 Parkdale Ave South

+1 905 544 4562

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday10:00 - 14:00

190 Main St East

+1 905 522 2277

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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Europcar

7.3

Good

No reviews available

One location in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1588 Upper James Street

+1 905 575 9206

Opening times not available

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Dollar

7.1

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1 Parkdale Ave South

+1 905 544 4562

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday10:00 - 14:00

190 Main St East

+1 905 522 2277

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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keddy by Europcar

6.3

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1588 Upper James Street, ** Please Go To Discount Counter **, Hamilton

+1 905 575 9206

Opening times not available

Call 1 9055759206 For Shuttle To- Discount//1588 Upper James Street

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Discount Car & Truck Rentals

No score available yet

2 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1588 Upper James Street

Opening times not available

Hamilton Downtown

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

9300 Airport road

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190 travellers who rented a car in Hamilton gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.1

Car hire locations in or near Hamilton

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Most popular car type

Full-size

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