Canada’s largest city, Toronto, boasts the best of the cultural melting pot metaphor: less than 50% of the city’s residents have their roots in Anglo-European countries, leading to a genuine mix of shopping, dining, and arts experiences throughout the city. It’s also one of the safest cities in the world, according to the 2015 Safe Index. Make the most of your visit to this metropolis on the coast of Lake Ontario by booking a rental car and exploring the area in comfort.
Toronto witnesses four distinct seasons each year, with bitingly cold winters and hot, humid summers. This makes the shoulder seasons, from late April through May, and from mid-September through mid-October, the most comfortable time of the year to visit.
English and French are the two official languages of Canada, though Canadians are generally quite multilingual. Toronto was originally home to the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Mississauga of the Credit River, though many of Canada’s First Nation’s languages are spoken in Toronto as well, including Ojibway, Inuktitut, Mi’kmaq and Dene.
Toronto is located in the Eastern Time Zone, UTC-5.
The currency is the Canadian dollar, and most financial transactions take place via credit or debit card.
Automobile hire is available in over 20 locations throughout Toronto, including the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), the Billy Bishop City Airport (YTZ), downtown, and at the Union Railway Station.
Citizens from a vast number of countries can enter Canada as a tourist visa-free for up to 6 months. You will need to fill out the eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) in advance of your arrival; the fee is $7. A number of other nationalities must apply for a visa at a Canadian Visa Office in advance of their departure.
Public transportation is clean and efficient in Toronto and this huge city’s downtown is also quite walkable. For attractions and exploration outside of the city center, however, a rental car can provide you unbeatable convenience and comfort.
Automobile hire in Toronto typically starts at around $20 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Toronto:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Through agencies such as Thrifty, Dollar, and Ace Rent-a-Car, the typical rental price year-round for your basic car throughout Toronto is $33. However, if you book your car within 5 months of your arrival at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, you can typically save another $10 to $20 a day! Local agencies such as Routes Car Rental, Zoom Rent a Car, and E-Z Rent a Car offer unbeatably low prices.
Only international companies such as Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty lower their prices by around $5 a day for extending your rental period to over a week.