London, Ontario welcomes travelers with many interesting attractions and sights, including Storybook Gardens, various museums, and golfing clubs. Whether you’ve come to enjoy a golfing vacation or spend quality time with your family, the easiest way to maneuver through the city is on your four wheels. Rent a car for your time in London to do everything whenever you want to and create your own travel itinerary.
London International Airport is just over 7 miles from the heart of London, so consider renting a car directly from the airport grounds to be in the city in less than a quarter of an hour via Oxford Street E or Trafalgar Square, depending on your next destination. Upon landing at the airport, head to the rental car desks and choose a car from multi-national companies like Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz.
To enjoy a pleasant and smooth driving experience in London, adopt a defensive driving style, as some local drivers have the reputation of regarding street regulations rather as suggestions. Changing lanes without indicating beforehand or running a yellow light are common sights, and jaywalking by pedestrians is also a regular occurrence. Drive slowly and attentively and do not let the local drivers stress you into speeding.
Morning rush hours can mean delays and a honking crescendo, so try to avoid going on the roads between 6 and 8 am, and also between 4 and 7 pm if you want to avoid the worst traffic times in London. Winter can bring ice and sleet to the city, so make sure to slow down and drive extra carefully to avoid slipping.
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Intermediate rental cars in London are around 27% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in London
Some car rental companies in London which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty
On average a hire car in London costs C$ 48 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz (C$ 45/day), Thrifty (C$ 48/day) and Enterprise (C$ 48/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Thrifty 460 York Street N6B 1R2 (1 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in London is Enterprise (8.6, 91 reviews).
The average gas price in London is C$ 5.75 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 69 and C$ 92, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in London.
A Intermediate car rental in London costs C$ 42 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in London costs C$ 41 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in London costs C$ 88 per day, on average.
In London, cars are most frequently rented at Thrifty 460 York Street (1 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in London costs C$ 333 per week (C$ 48 per day).
On average a rental car in London costs C$ 1,427 per month (C$ 48 per day).
Especially when visiting in winter, a 4-wheel-drive car is recommended to get better traction. When driving mainly within the city, a compact car is a wise choice, as it will fit into more parking spots and take up less space on the road.
Remember that the metric system is used in Canada and general regulations allow up to 50 km/h (31 mph) in residential areas, but only 30 km/h (18 mph) in school zones. On rural roads outside the city limits, 80 km/h (49 mph) is allowed, while 100 km/h (62 mph) is the speed limit on highways. Speed limits are strictly enforced in Ontario so make sure to stick to them.
London is known as one of the cheapest cities regarding gas prices with an average price of $1.30 CAD per liter ($0.97 USD, or around $3.88 per gallon). Familiarize yourself with which gas to put in the rental car and remember to refill the tank before roving out into the Canadian landscape so there is no risk of running out of gas in the more remote areas.
There is metered on-street parking available throughout London, but various time restrictions and prices apply, so check the signs beforehand. For long-term parking, opt for one of the many municipal downtown parking lots, which are located on Oxford Street, Thames Street, or Richmond Street, and have an average rate of $2.00 CAD per hour ($1.50 USD).