There is much to explore in and around Quebec City, and the surrounding areas are perfect for extensive road trips, during which travelers can discover the various attractions of the city, like the Citadelle or Chateâu Frontenac. Gain the flexibility to create your own travel schedule when exploring French Canada with your own rental car during your stay in the city.
When landing in Jean Lesage Quebec International Airport, head to the administrative building, on whose ground floor there are various onsite agencies offering vehicles for every need. The airport is about 11 miles from the heart of Quebec and travelers can be in the vicinity of the Citadelle and city center in about 40 minutes via the Autoroute 440 E. Note that public transport will take well over an hour to get you to the center, so picking up your car directly upon arrival is a good idea.
Quebec is a beautiful city with many old and new parts -- there are old cobblestone streets and broad highways alike. Maneuvering through the narrower streets can be a challenge at first, so adjust your speed, if necessary. Drivers in Quebec usually adhere to the street regulations, making it a pleasant experience to drive through the city. The average speed is faster than some US cities, which may take some getting used to.
Rush hour usually hits the city between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 8 pm on weekdays and can lead up to delays of one hour. Especially the 73 can get clogged up during peak times in both directions and should be avoided by either taking the side alleys or heading out at another time of day altogether, if possible. Also remember to stay in the right lane, as the left is only for passing other cars, a rule that is mostly adhered to by Canadian drivers.
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Some car rental companies in Québec City which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Enterprise, Hertz and Budget
On average a hire car in Québec City costs C$ 45 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget (C$ 51/day), Enterprise (C$ 53/day) and Discount Car & Truck Rentals (C$ 54/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Budget 1284 Boulevard Laurier G1S 1E9 (4 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Québec City are Enterprise (8.8, 100 reviews), and Hertz (8.3, 85 reviews).
The average gas price in Québec City 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.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Québec City.
A Compact car rental in Québec City costs C$ 39 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Québec City costs C$ 50 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Québec City costs C$ 57 per day, on average.
In Québec City, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar 44 Cote Du Palais (1 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Québec City costs C$ 315 per week (C$ 45 per day).
On average a rental car in Québec City costs C$ 1,349 per month (C$ 45 per day).
If you intend to drive mainly within the city limits, a compact car may be a better choice due to the many narrow roads within the old parts of the city. If visiting in the winter with plans to venture out of the city, a 4-wheel-drive car such as an SUV is recommended.
Unlike in the US, speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour in Canada, so keep the conversions in mind. Within the city limits of Quebec City, 50 km/h (31 mph) is generally permitted, though it is only 30 km/h (18 mph) in some areas. Secondary roads allow up to 90 km/h (55 mph) and on freeways 100 km/h (62 mph) is permitted.
Gas prices are measured in liters, and the average liter costs around $1.24 CAD ($0.93 USD, which translates to $3.72 per gallon). Familiarize yourself with what kind of gas your rental car needs and refill the tank accordingly. When venturing out into the Canadian countryside, it is recommended to fill up the tank completely beforehand, as gas stations can become scarcer the further you drive away from the city.
On-street parking is metered in most areas in Quebec City, but there is also a plethora of parking lots available in and around downtown, such as the D’église Saint-Dominique in Montcalm or the Place Haute-Ville in Saint-Jean Baptiste, which cost about $11 CAD ($8 USD) for two hours and approximately $18 CAD ($13 USD) for one day.