St. John's car hire

St. John's car hire

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St. John's, NL, Canada
24 Sep — 1 Oct
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St. John's, NL, Canada
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St. John's car hire information

Pick-up locationSt. John's
Hire locations16
Airport locations10

St. John's car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.8 Excellent (76 reviews)
2 locations in St. John's
Enterprise
Locations in St. John's
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent15 Aug 2020
Good value. Very service. Good car.I made the mistake of booking at a location that wasn’t at the airport. Cost us $35 for a taxi. Due to Covid they wouldn’t pick us up. That’s lame. Shuttles run. They would have gotten 5 stars otherwise.
10.0 Excellent8 Apr 2019
Cold weather could have been a problem but van was waiting in drop off parking lot. So I’m happy.
10.0 Excellent1 Apr 2019
Didn't press to buy extra insurance (my Geico covers it). Friendly, helpful. Enterprise is my favorite at any worldwide location.A chauffeur (just kidding!). Nothing. Enterprise is great!
2.8 Mediocre31 Aug 2018
Way too expensive.
8.4 Excellent27 Aug 2018
Great service and price but slipped in an extra charge at the endCar was great, very automated check in process, appreciated the drop off on the way back to the airport.Noticed after reviewing the bill that we were charged an extra $18/hour when we returned the car 2 minutes past 2 o'clock. Nothing was said about the charge during the closing process (just slipped in). Not very transparent.
10.0 Excellent18 Aug 2018
Good car and good service
9.6 Excellent11 Aug 2018
Super customer serviceStaff were the nicest ever in a car rental location. We had free shuttle pick up downtown and drop off at airport. Car was a bit a late in being available but they bent over backwards to fix this including offering a bigger car for no extra charge and not charging us for an extra day on top our weekly rate. We opted for a smaller car that was returned while we were there and the staff member put a priority on getting it ready - she said she'd clean it herself if needed. No hard sell on anything, no hidden issues like not driving on gravel in Nfld (Budget/Avis - impossible in Nfld). Even showed us how they assess damage - we've never had anyone doing that before.Car was about an hour late but staff went out of their way to rectify the problem. Lack of rental cars in St John's during the busiest tourist season is common for all rental agencies.
10.0 Excellent5 Aug 2018
Good serviceFriendly staff. Arranged a ride to the airport after returning the car. Appreciated the discount after having to wait for the car at pick up time. Price was great.
8.0 Excellent17 Jul 2018
I had booked at the downtown centre and not at airport. ? There was a surcharge for airport pick up ?
4.0 Okay13 Jul 2018
Didn't get the compact car; had to choose a pickup truck with worse gas mileage, and even then there were only 3 left; people behind us in line would have gotten nothing
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Rated no. 2
National
10 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in St. John's
National
Locations in St. John's
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  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent28 May 2018
ServiceEveryone was happy and easy to deal eith
10.0 Excellent31 May 2017
Excellent dealLovely car at a very good rate. Good service for a last minute booking.I was not able to extend for one more day at the same rate.
From £39/dayRated no. 3
Alamo
Most popular
9.2 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in St. John's
Alamo
Locations in St. John's
  • 9.4
  • 9.4
  • 9.4
  • 9.1
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent22 Aug 2021
The staff was good at the St Johns Airport even though we had to wait. There was a problem at the number of cars available, but Kayak came through.
9.6 Excellent17 Sep 2019
Honestly it’s an airport thing it was confusing after we returned the car to the airport to know who to report to next! Eventually scar was circling with a very nice guy and he checked the car back in but there was10 minutes of wondering first.
7.6 Good29 Aug 2017
Quick serviceFree upgrade as they did not have the car we booked available.Price quoted online was very different than that of which we paid once we arrived.
From £40/dayRated no. 4
Avis
8.9 Excellent (6 reviews)
1 location in St. John's
Avis
Locations in St. John's
  • 9.6
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.6
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent21 Oct 2019
Really helpful, friendly staff
10.0 Excellent19 Jul 2016
Great customer service.Quick and efficient, no up-sells.
From £38/dayRated no. 5
Thrifty
8.8 Excellent (6 reviews)
3 locations in St. John's
Thrifty
Locations in St. John's
  • 8.6
  • 8.6
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Jul 2019
Everything went smoothly.Nothing. All was good
10.0 Excellent17 Jun 2019
Staff were exceptionally friendly, professional, customer-focused ... even made sure we got a ride home after we dropped it off.The computer program seemed to have a mind of it's own - but the staff person knew just how to make it cooperate - but it did make it more time consuming than it should have been.
9.2 Excellent15 Dec 2017
AccommodatingThey came in early to accommodate our schedule.Windshield wipers needed replacement - no small thing in Newfoundland winter.
8.0 Excellent24 Jun 2017
Reasonable RateNice car, low mileage, free upgradeShort wait for clean car
From £29/dayRated no. 6
Budget
8.2 Excellent (11 reviews)
2 locations in St. John's
Budget
Locations in St. John's
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 Nov 2019
Customer service was awesome
9.2 Excellent22 Sep 2018
Car was new and clean. Pick up staff was friendly and efficient. We had a Dodge Charger which had lots of trunk room for luggage for 3. Quite fuel efficient also.Drop off staff was not overly pleasant, however, she was efficient! A snails would have been nice!
8.0 Excellent29 Aug 2018
GoodLots of trunk space, drove nicely and pretty fast/kind pickup/drop off service.I didnt get the vehicle of choice but it worked for what we needed. A little more pricey then I thought it would be and some extra expenses that I had to pay were not outlined when I rented the vehicle such as paying an extra $20 per day because I am under the age of 25.
2.0 Mediocre19 Nov 2017
I will be writing a letter of complaint to Budget concerning the customer service I received at pick-up in Newfoundland. The security agent told me to also complain to the airport as he said she was rude to me. I did not receive the rental. I needed to spend the remainder of the evening and the next morning to arrange a new rental. I went with Enterprise. Good customer service, lower price, better car, etc. I will NEVER rent with budget again.
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From £21/dayRated no. 7
Hertz
Cheapest deal
8.2 Excellent (22 reviews)
1 location in St. John's
Hertz
Locations in St. John's
  • 8.4
  • 8.7
  • 8
  • 8.1
  • 8
Recent reviews
9.2 Excellent12 Aug 2019
Staff were friendly.Truck was not ready when I arrived. Had to wait 10 minutes while it was being refueled.
2.0 Mediocre15 Jul 2019
No car!
10.0 Excellent7 May 2019
Extremely friendly and helpful staff.
6.0 Good9 Dec 2018
Stuck for want of a shovelI asked for a shovel as St John’s Newfoundland has just received 20-20 cm snow. They said that they didn’t provide shovels. I had already paid $20 for four snow tires to be installed. I told the individual in charge that I had just had shovel my way out to come ask for a shovel when I realized that the car didn’t have one. We had to look for ways around to avoid windows left by plies or just uncleared streets as we had no means to dig our shelves out of trouble short of buying a shovel if we could find one Roy
10.0 Excellent27 Nov 2018
Great Service at HertzSuch friendly staff that were extremely helpful
10.0 Excellent8 Nov 2018
Great Customer ServiceI had requested an economy car, when I noticed that they had a KIA Soul ( which I currently own and I’m very familiar with) they had the Kia Soul ready for me. Possible the highlight to my trip to St John’s NL
6.0 Good8 Oct 2018
Staff was excellentCar was a lemon
10.0 Excellent23 Sep 2018
Very good car and very good service.No anything I didn't like.
10.0 Excellent18 Sep 2018
Great fast service. No fuss no muss.
8.0 Excellent9 Sep 2018
Pick-up in Deer Lake - Return in St. JohnsI drove the Tuscon over 2700 km during the 11 day rental period, and it was comfortable, roomy, pleasant to drive and reliable.I returned the vehicle at St. Johns, Newfoundland. The location of the off-airport return site was not provided in the rental documents, and I had some delays in trying to find it. Fortunately, the shuttle ride back to the airport with our luggage was prompt and pleasant. The rental agents handled the return quickly and professionally.
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Rated no. 8
Dollar
7.9 Good (1 review)
2 locations in St. John's
Dollar
Locations in St. John's
  • 7.9
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  • 5.9
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
7.9 Good18 Jul 2021
I reserved a RAV4 and ended up with a Trailblazer. MPG not as good nor the trunk room. The lady at the Dollar pick up site was very nice.
Sunnycars
2 locations in St. John's
Sunnycars
Locations in St. John's
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Discount Car & Truck Rentals
1 location in St. John's
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in St. John's
Recent reviews
132 travellers who hired a car in St. John's gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Car hire locations in or near St. John's

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Average price

£45/day

Good deal

£34/day

When to book a car hire in St. John's

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Top tips for renting a car in St. John's

  • A hire car is the perfect way to explore not only St. John's, but the whole of Newfoundland, as most of its best places can't be accessed without four wheels. There are so many scenic routes to drive along that it will be hard to choose, but driving to St. Anthony on the northern tip of the island is a popular option, as you can take your time and even stay overnight in the charming towns as you make your way there.
  • All the big car hire companies can be found at St. John's International Airport (YYT), which is located less than 10 km (6.2 miles) from downtown St. John's. Car hire services are situated in the Baggage Claim area of the airport's main terminal. If you're heading there during high tourism season (May-September), you should book your car in advance.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway connects St. John's to other cities and towns around Newfoundland and, although the highway is in great condition, you will likely encounter sharp curves while driving through these hills. Always stay alert when driving on the island, as moose roam around freely and sometimes cause accidents. Stop the car and wait for the animals to fully disappear if you bump into them.
  • Although traffic is quite tame when compared to other big Canadian cities, rush hour traffic (between 7 and 9 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.) can affect certain areas of St. John's, particularly Parkway, which is made up of three roads funneling into a single route. Most heavy construction work takes place during summer, so take that into consideration in case you have to be somewhere by a specific time.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in St. John's for £34 or less
  • Book your car hire in St. John's at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about car rentals in St. John's

  • Some car hire companies in St. John's which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Alamo, Budget and Avis

  • On average a hire car in St. John's costs £45 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire company in St. John's is Enterprise (8.7, 80 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in St. John's is £3.43 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £41 and £55, depending on the car size.

  • Car hire companies onsite at St John's airport include Alamo, Budget, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from St John's airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Budget, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • In St. John's, cars are most frequently hired at Budget 100 World Parkway (4 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in St. John's costs £312 per week (£45 per day).

  • On average a car hire in St. John's costs £1,339 per month (£45 per day).

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in St. John's? If you're just driving in the city, a small, compact car is a good option as it's easy to park downtown. If you're traveling through Newfoundland, you may prefer an SUV, and in the summer months a convertible may be a great option as it allows you to drive with the top down through the scenic routes. Families can opt for a minivan.

  • The speed limit within the city is typically 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour), but it can be lower in certain residential areas, in which case signs will be posted. Speed limits on rural roads can range from 60 to 80 km/h (37 to 50 mph), and on highways they range from 100 to 110 km/h (62 to 68 mph).

  • The average petrol prices in St. John's are about $4.66 CAD ($3.49 USD) per gallon. Average prices can go as low as $4.03 CAD ($3.02 USD) per gallon and as high as $5.36 CAD ($4.01 USD) per gallon. Petrolin Canada is expressed in Canadian dollars per liter. There are very few big cities across Newfoundland, so plan your refueling stops well so you don't run out of gas.

  • Street parking in St. John's must be paid between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking meters usually have a two-hour time limit, and cost about $0.25 CAD for 10 minutes. Some streets may observe overnight parking restrictions during winter due to snow clearing operations. Brunswick Square shopping center also offers free parking on weekends.