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From Mountain to Ocean: Book Your Vancouver Car Hire

A seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver is known for its mountain-view scenery and coastline of pure blue waters. The 2-hour drive up north from Vancouver via hire car to Whistler on BC-99 brings with it a road-mapped guide to what makes the area so popular to visitors. In Whistler, you’ll have front door access to ski resorts and ski classes taught by local experts. Visitors are also advised to take in the exhibits at Science World on Quebec Street and to sample the world-class cuisine at noted locales such as Chambar Restaurant and Blue Water Café. has you covered whether you’re booking a 4x4 for the ultimate trip north to Whistler or you wish to traverse the city in a comfortable compact. We can help you save money on your holiday and choose that perfect hire car for your Vancouver trip.

Driving Your Hire Car in Vancouver

Picking up your hire car at Vancouver International Airport is often the best choice for visitors looking to begin their trip immediately upon arrival. A number of companies offer direct rental services at the Airport, including the following brands:

  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Car Rental
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty Car Rental

Driving in Vancouver can be challenging for those not used to navigating their way through large cities, but learning more about the city can help you on your journey. Below are regulations to make note of before you set off in Vancouver in your hire car:

  • It is illegal to do a U-turn at an intersection, and you will be fined if you complete one.
  • Drive cautiously through blinking green lights, and when the light has stopped blinking and turned amber it indicates a pedestrian is about to cross the road.
  • You are legally required to use mud and snow tyres on your hire car if you are driving on Highway 99 between Vancouver and Whistler between October and March.
  • Many streets in the city centre do not allow left turns; plot your route carefully before travelling.

Most vehicle hire companies in Vancouver follow full-to-full policies, which require you to fill the tank before you bring the vehicle back to the hire office. Those travelling beyond Vancouver and into Whistler might also consider unlimited free miles services, which allow you to travel extensively for a set hire price.

Exploring the Vancouver Sights in Your Hire Car

Taking a trip via BC-99 from the city centre offers the quickest route to discovering Granville Island. From here you can board a local ferry and take a whale-watching tour to view nature’s gentle giants in their natural habitat.

Golfers visiting Vancouver can drive their hire car over the Capilano Suspension Bridge from Vancouver toward Capilano Golf and Country Club. Built in 1938, the course is considered one of the finest in Canada and offers unrivalled views of the Coast Range Mountains and Burrard Inlet.

Head over to and check out our Vancouver hire car search, which allows you to select the dates for your trip, the preferred pick up and drop off points and your preferred style of vehicle. Whether you’re looking for a 4x4 or compact car, offers direct access to affordable options from the leading car hire companies.

The Answers to Your Vancouver Hire Car Questions

What if I wish to extend my contract?

If you would like to extend your car hire beyond the terms of your contract, you are first required to contact the company within 48-hours of your vehicle return date. You can then find out if the vehicle is available for an extension.

Can I take my hire vehicle outside of BC?

Some companies will allow you to drive your hire vehicle outside of British Columbia if you get the appropriate authorisation prior to your travel date. You should confirm your plans with your hire company before proceeding.

What if the cardholder paying for the trip is not the driver?

If the cardholder does not have a driver’s licence, they will need to bring a further piece of government identification, such as a passport, along with their credit card, to confirm the booking.

What is the minimum age to hire a vehicle in Vancouver?

The minimum age to hire a vehicle is 19 years of age. However, those under 21 face a number of driving restrictions. In addition, drivers 25 years of age and younger may have an underaged driver’s fee applied to their hire contract.

FAQs for car hire in Vancouver

What’s the best price car rental in Vancouver?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Vancouver.

What’s the average car rental price in Vancouver?

On average, car rentals in Vancouver are .

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 Vancouver?

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 Vancouver?

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