Hamilton car rentals from C$ 42/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Hamilton with a pick-up date of 14/3 and drop-off date of 22/4. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car rentals in Hamilton

EconomyC$ 46/day
CompactC$ 42/day
IntermediateC$ 43/day
StandardC$ 48/day
Full-sizeC$ 46/day
PremiumC$ 53/day
Supplier choiceC$ 42/day
Compact SUVC$ 43/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 48/day
Standard SUVC$ 52/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Hamilton

  • For a successful trip in your cheap car rentals in Hamilton, know the city's major thoroughfares. Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) is a significant highway that connects the city to Toronto and Niagara Falls and travels through it. The Lincoln Alexander Parkway is a significant motorway that connects the western portions of the city to the QEW and other major highways, including the Red Hill Valley Parkway. Other significant highways in the city include Upper James Street and Main Street West, which traverse the central business district, King Street West and East, which traverse the lower city, and Upper Wellington Street, which traverses the southern mountain region.
  • If you wish to have congestion-free navigation in your cheap car rentals in Hamilton, learn about the city's toll thoroughfares. There are tolls on the Red Hill Valley Parkway, Lincoln Alexander Parkway, and Queen Elizabeth Way. The Red Hill Valley Parkway links Queen Elizabeth Way and Lincoln Alexander Parkway. The toll is collected in both directions on this highway. Lincoln Alexander Parkway connects the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Queen Elizabeth Way. Also, this highway is tolled in both directions. From the city of Hamilton to the Niagara region runs Queen Elizabeth Way, which has toll plazas in both directions.
  • If you're looking for an electric ride from Hamilton car rentals, know about the city's free EV stations. The city has free level 2 charging stations located in a variety of public parking lots, including those near the Hamilton GO Centre, the Hamilton Waterfront Trail, and City Hall. Certain workplaces, including McMaster University, Hamilton Public Health Services, and the City of Hamilton also offer charging stations. Each charging facility has a universal charging cable compatible with the majority of electric vehicles. The charging stations are also outfitted with a monitoring system that displays the status of charging at each station in real-time.
  • 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 rental 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.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Hamilton for C$ 51 or less
  • Book your rental car in Hamilton at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Hamilton are around 20% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Hamilton are around -8% 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.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Hamilton?

    On average a rental car in Hamilton costs C$ 61 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Hamilton?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis (C$ 42/day), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (C$ 42/day) and Budget (C$ 46/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 2350 Upper James Street L0R 1W0 (9 kilometers from city center).

  • What is the best rental car company in Hamilton?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Hamilton is Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.4, 54 reviews).

  • How much is gas price in Hamilton?

    The average gas price in Hamilton is C$ 6.49 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 78 and C$ 104, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Hamilton?

    Compact (Hyundai Venue or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Hamilton.

  • Which car rental companies are at Pearson Intl airport (YYZ)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Pearson Intl airport include SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Thrifty, York Car Rental, Hub Rent a Car, Dollar, City Car & Truck Rental, Payless, Discount Car & Truck Rentals, York Rent a Car and Iversta Rentals Inc.

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

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Pearson Intl airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Thrifty, Zoom Rent A Car, Budget, Dollar, Avis, Alamo, Swift Rent a Car and National.

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

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

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

    A Compact car rental in Hamilton costs C$ 81 per day, on average.

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

    A Mini car rental in Hamilton costs C$ 136 per day, on average.

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

    A Standard car rental in Hamilton costs C$ 79 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Hamilton?

    On average a rental car in Hamilton costs C$ 429 per week (C$ 61 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Hamilton?

    On average a rental car in Hamilton costs C$ 1,838 per month (C$ 61 per day).

  • What are the child seat rules in Hamilton?

    Every kid under the age of 8 must use a properly-installed car seat or booster seat. Until they reach the manufacturer-specified height and weight restrictions, infants and toddlers must ride in a rear-facing car seat. A booster seat which has both a lap and shoulder belt may be used for children between 4 and 8 years old.

  • What is the blood alcohol level in Hamilton?

    The legal limit for BAC in Hamilton is 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood. Any driver whose BAC is over this threshold is regarded as driving while intoxicated and may face criminal charges. This is a criminal offence that might result in significant penalties, including imprisonment.

Hamilton car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.4

Very good

114 reviews
Best rated
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.1

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

8.1

Very good

31 reviews

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

7.7

Locations in Hamilton

2350 Upper James Street

+1 905 679 9556

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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237 Main Street East

+1 905 525 1400

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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9300 Airport Road

+1 905 679 3233

Monday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
Wednesday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Thursday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
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Saturday00:00 - 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

Locations in Hamilton

9300 Airport Rd

+1 905 679 0066

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 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

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.7

Value for money

7.8

Locations in Hamilton

2350 Upper James Street

+1 905 383 1118

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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237 Main Street East

+1 905 525 1096

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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9300 Airport Rd

+1 905 679 3233

Monday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:0012:00 - 23:59
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Thursday12:00 - 23:5900:00 - 00:00
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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

Locations in Hamilton

190 Main Street East

+1 905 522 2277

Monday09:00 - 12:00
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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

7.4

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Hamilton

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1 Parkdale Ave South

+1 905 544 4562

Monday09:00 - 12:00
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190 Main St East

+1 905 522 2277

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Europcar

7.2

Good

No reviews available

One location in Hamilton

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1588 Upper James Street

+1 905 575 9206

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Dollar

7.0

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Hamilton

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Locations in Hamilton

1 Parkdale Ave South

+1 905 544 4562

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190 Main St East

+1 905 522 2277

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keddy by Europcar

6.4

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Hamilton

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

+1 905 575 9206

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Discount Car & Truck Rentals

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2 locations in Hamilton

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1588 Upper James Street

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Hamilton Downtown

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Sunnycars

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One location in Hamilton

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9300 Airport road

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189 travellers who rented a car in Hamilton gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.2

Car rental locations in or near Hamilton

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Most popular agency

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

C$ 61/day

Good deal

C$ 51/day

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