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Why rent a car in Niagara Falls?

Located on the west bank of the Niagara river, Niagara Falls takes its name from the three waterfalls that straddle the border between Canada and the US – a world-famous natural wonder estimated to be 12,000 years old which attracts millions of tourists each year. Visitors can embark on cruises, take a journey behind the falls themselves via specially constructed tunnels and enjoy spectacular views across the water from the top of the 160-metre Skylon Tower.

However, there is plenty more to Niagara Falls than the waterfalls. With a hire car at your disposal, you can fully explore the diverse cultural landscape of the city, from art galleries and open air music to museums and a whole host of festivals celebrating everything from the best in film to the annual Winter Festival of Lights – Canada’s largest lights festival.

How to get to and around Niagara Falls?

Fly into Niagara Falls International Airport in America, and from there it’s a 20-minute drive along the US-62 across the border to Niagara Falls. Alternatively the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Canada is just an hour’s drive away from the city along Queen Elizabeth Way, which runs along the shore of Lake Ontario.

With a hire car at your fingertips, you can easily venture beyond Niagara Falls to other nearby areas of interest. St Catharines is just a 20-minute drive away - the largest city in the Niagara region – known as the ‘Garden City’ for its 1,000 acres of lush green parks, gardens and trails. Welland is also the same distance in the car, where you can watch ships sail into the Welland canal and feast on delicious treats during the Niagara Food Festival, which takes place in the city’s downtown in early autumn each year.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Niagara Falls to suit every budget and requirement, from Thrifty and Hertz to Alamo and Avis.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Niagara Falls

Aside from the waterfalls themselves, there is plenty to see and do in Niagara Falls, from Bird Kingdom (the world’s largest indoor aviary, with over 400 species of free-flying tropical birds) to the botanical gardens, complete with a stunning butterfly conservatory. The Niagara Falls Art Gallery is also a great place to learn about influential Canadian artist William Kurekek, where the largest collection of his drawings, paintings and graphic works is on display, while the Niagara Falls Night of Art is also a popular fixture, with music, poetry, photography and literature alongside local food and entertainment.

Beyond the city, your hire car can take you to America’s Buffalo (a half-hour drive away), on the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York, where you can admire the city’s range of art deco and beaux arts architecture, most prominent in the city’s towering 32-storey city hall – a striking icon of Buffalo. Mississauga is also with easy reach (an hour’s drive away), where the annual Canada Day celebrations are said to be the biggest and best in the region. The Carassauga festival of cultures which takes place annually during mid-May is also the second largest cultural festival in the country and sees the city swamped with food stalls, performances and plenty of lively music.

Tips and tricks for driving in Niagara Falls

Canadians drive on the right and safety standards are particularly high on the roads, with excellent conditions across the country. However, when venturing out of the city, keep an eye out for wild animals. Signs should alert you to areas where wildlife such as deer and elk are present.

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Feeling inspired to start exploring Niagara Falls and other parts of Canada? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

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FAQs for car hire in Niagara Falls

What’s the best price car rental in Niagara Falls?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £8 in Niagara Falls.

What’s the average car rental price in Niagara Falls?

On average, car rentals in Niagara Falls are £9.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Niagara Falls?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Niagara Falls?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.