Car Rental in Montreal
Canada’s second largest city, known fondly by locals as the “Paris of Canada”, Montreal is situated in the French-speaking province of Quebec. This sprawling city is comprised of 19 districts including the modern Downtown area, the historic Old Montreal and the vibrant and colorful Quartier Latin-Le Village. With many fascinating day-trip destinations just a drive away from Montreal, getting your own rental car during your stay in the city is sure to enhance your experience.
Where to rent a car in Montreal
You will be able to visit numerous leading car rental providers at Montreal Airport including Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar and Avis. All agencies are situated in the multistorey parking garage on the ground floor level, which is within close walking distance of the passenger terminal. Companies also have a presence within Montreal so you can collect your vehicle from the city if necessary. A dense concentration of car rental offices are located close to the Gare Lucien-L’Allier train station but you will find offices across the city.
Driving in Montreal
Getting around Montreal by car isn’t a problem but you will find the Downtown and Old Town areas get heavily congested so you will want to avoid driving around in these parts whenever possible. Montreal also experiences bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall so drive extremely carefully at all times if you visit over the winter. It is best to get a satnav system with your rental vehicle to help you get around Montreal, especially in the Downtown area with its confusing one-way system. Montreal enjoys excellent connections across the rest of Quebec and Canada via highways and is also within driving distance of the United States border.
Parking in Montreal
It will be a challenge to find parking in central areas of Montreal due to the limited availability, but there are plenty of multistorey and underground parking lots available if street parking is not available. Street parking in the city is managed via parking meters which are in operation 09.00-21.00 weekdays and up to 18.00 on weekends – in central areas you can pay up to 8 AED per hour for parking but it is cheaper around the outskirts. Although there are several private parking lots around the city, these are often full at peak times so you may want to reserve a place or consult with your hotel about parking to avoid disappointment.
Where to go around Montreal
Head down to Old Montreal where you will find an endless range of beautiful historic buildings or visit the more modern Downtown district with its skyscrapers and quality museums. The district of Plateau is just by the Downtown area and is known for its excellent restaurants, trendy cafes and shops, or check out the diverse melting pot of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie known especially for its vibrant markets. Just a three-hour drive from Montreal is Quebec City which is teeming with history, or you can head west and check out the capital Ottawa with its world-class museums and excellent theaters. Check out our guide to the top places to visit in Canada.
* This information is correct as of December 2018