Car Rental Ottawa

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Hertz in Ottawa

Hertz car rental in Ottawa is incredibly easy, fast and convenient, and represents by far the simplest way of getting around this great city and seeing the numerous attractions. To rent a car in Ottawa simply drop in to one of the many Hertz rental branches here.

Ottawa is a lovely city to drive in, characterised by wide roads and scenic boulevards and containing some of the best attractions in Canada. These include the likes of Parliament Hill with its Neo-Gothic architecture, the Canadian War Museum and the futuristic Peace Tower, one of Ottawa’s landmarks. There are numerous different parking options and you’ll have no difficulty in getting around quickly and easily by rental car.

Driving and Parking in Ottawa

You will need a full driving license and must be over 21 to rent a car in Ottawa. You will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Ottawa, take a look at our page about renting a car in Canada.

If you rent a car in Ottawa you’ll find that there are numerous on-street and off-street parking options to fit in with your schedule and make exploring the city more convenient. It can become congested during rush hours, when you may want to park outside of the downtown area and continue your journey on public transport, which is fast, efficient and relatively cheap.

Three hours is the maximum time you can park on-street between 7.00am and 7.00pm throughout the week, including at weekends. There are also special arrangements for overnight winter parking, when between 15 November and 1 April you cannot park on any road between 1.00am and 7.00am. There are, however, several off-street options that include municipal parking lots and private garages, where the hourly rates can vary considerably.

Pickup Locations Ottawa

  • St Laurent Blvd

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM, Sat 8:00AM-4:00PM, Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM.

    Address: 881 St Laurent Boulevard

    Phone: (613) 746-6683

  • Brookstreet Hotel

    Opening hours: Mon 7:00AM-5:30PM, Tues-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM, Sat 8:00AM-12:00PM, Sun 8:00AM-4:00PM.

    Address: 525 Legget Drive,
    Suite 11

    Phone: (613) 591-3377

  • Merivale Road

    Opening hours: Mon 7:00AM-5:30PM, Tues-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM, Sat 8:00AM-4:00PM, Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM.

    Address: 1916 Merivale Road

    Phone: (613) 228-0330

  • 1160 Newmarket

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-5:30PM, Sat 8:00AM-4:00PM, Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM.

    Address: 1160 Newmarket

    Phone: (613) 745-1396

  • York Street

    Opening hours: Mon 7:00AM-5:30PM, Tues-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM, Sat 9:00AM-4:00PM, Sun 9:30AM-5:30PM.

    Address: 30 York Street

    Phone: (613) 241-7681

  • Ottawa International Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM-1:00AM, Sat 7:00AM-1:00AM, Sun 8:00AM-1:00AM.

    Address: 1003 Airport Parkway Private

    Phone: (613) 521-3332

  • Bank Street

    Opening hours: Mon 7:00AM-5:30PM, Tues-Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM, Sat 8:00AM-4:00PM, Sun 8:00AM-12:00PM.

    Address: 2600 Bank Street

    Phone: (613) 521-3294

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Driving in and around Ottawa

Key routes

There are several main routes running through the city and across the wider region, making it relatively easy to find your way in Ottawa. Five bridges connect the city with Gatineau to the north, from where you can take Highway 50 to the east of the province.

Highway 417 is known as the Queensway and runs across Ottawa from east to west, skirting the southern part of the downtown district. Exit Queensway at Metcalfe, Kent, Bronson or Nicholas for the core of downtown.

From Gatineau, Highway 5 runs to the north of the city and is used mostly by commuters but is also a good route for accessing the outlying districts.

Major Highways

Use Highway 417 to get quickly across the city from both the east and west suburbs, and for accessing the historic core with its shopping malls and street markets. Be sure also to bear a few general observations in mind when driving on roads in any part of the province:

• Most of the road signs will be written in French but they’ll also feature pictograms which are universally recognised. As in France, autoroutes or motorways are all designated with a letter ‘A’ before the number
• Speed cameras are a common feature on Canadian roads, so keep an eye on your speed. This is 110kph on highways with more than one lane, dropping to 50kph on residential streets.
• Do not use a mobile phone in the car, even if you’re stationary at traffic lights.
• There are few toll highways in Ottawa, although across the Quebec border there are a few you’ll need to be aware of if you go there.
• You are allowed to make a right turn at a red light if the way is clear, which is also the case in the US. Exercise caution when doing so however.