Car Hire at Toronto Pearson International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Explore Canada’s most multicultural city at your own pace, or get out and discover Ontario’s beautiful countryside. The choice is yours when you hire a car at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Where to hire a car at Toronto Pearson International Airport
Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Alamo all offer car hire from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Their desks are on the ground floor of the parking garages by the terminal.
Petrol stations near Toronto Pearson International Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a Shell Garage and a Petro-Canada filling station on the main road just outside the airport. You will need to drive past the entrance to the airport grounds to reach the fuelling station (one to the left and the other to the right), but it should be easy enough to get turned around.
Driving around Toronto Pearson International Airport
There’s a large interchange for Highway 409 and Highway 427 just outside the airport. Highway 409 (the Belfield Expressway) runs from east to west and eventually joins the 401, the busiest highway in the world. The 427 is another expressway, which runs from north to south. Needless to say the roads around the airport are a bit complicated. We recommend choosing a car hire package that includes a sat-nav system. You can choose this option from the menu on the left-hand side when you search for car hire.
Getting to your destination
Multicultural and buzzing Toronto was voted one of Lonely Planet’s “best in travel” destinations for 2015, and with good reason. If you need some inspiration, check out our list of the Top 10 Things to do in Toronto.
It should take about half an hour to reach downtown Toronto from the airport. Journey length depends on which part of the city you’re visiting, and on what the traffic is like. Parking in downtown Toronto, like in any large city, can be difficult. To make life a little easier, we recommend looking for hotels in Toronto with car parking facilities.
The honeymoon capital of the world is famous for its stunning waterfall, but the surrounding area is also known for ice wine, romantic hotels, and cosy little restaurants.
It takes about an hour and ten minutes to drive to Niagara Falls from Toronto Pearson International Airport. There are parking lots near the falls if you want to leave your car for the afternoon, and many of the accommodation options in the area boast guest car parks.
Peterborough is the hub of the Kawarthas, one of Ontario’s most popular tourist destinations. The Kawartha region is dotted with beautiful lakes, fantastic rivers for fishing, and lots of leafy hiking trails. Peterborough itself has plenty of art culture and a fairly laid back nightlife.
It takes about an hour and forty minutes to drive to Peterborough from Toronto Pearson International Airport. There are plenty of places to park your car in downtown Peterborough, with more than 2,200 spaces to choose from. You can park on-street for up to two hours, at a rate of $1 (about 50p) per hour. There are plenty of parking lots where you can stay a little longer: expect to pay $1.25 (about 60p) per hour or $8.75 (about £4.35) for the full day.
Prices subject to change