Cross Border Rental Car US to Canada

Canada USA Border Vintage Image


If you are considering driving your rental car over the border into Canada, it is definitely achievable. Conditions are far more favorable than heading south across the Mexican border with your US rental vehicle. Most rental companies are more than happy with rental car pick up and return originating from the US to Canada and back.


US Rental Car vs Canada Rental Vehicle


Make sure your papers are current and in order. Each time you cross a border into a foreign country, everyone in your group needs valid ID. The same rules apply regardless of whether you drive your own vehicle or a rental car.


Administration Issues


You will need a valid driver's license to drive a car in Canada. US driver’s licenses are valid in Canada but visitors from other countries should hold an international driver's license. In addition, proof of auto insurance is required. US auto insurance is acceptable if you are a tourist in Canada. Click on this link to find affordable rental auto insurance online.


Driving in Canada - The Basics


Have your rental car agreement ready to show. Check the glove box and find the car's registration and insurance documents, just in case you need them. Refusal of entry is a very unpleasant experience that can ruin your planned visit. Good news, Canadians drive on the same side of the road as we do in the US. Foreign registration plates will always attract attention, so be on your guard at all times.


Useful Tips


  • Book in Advance - Yes, call ahead. Rental car companies take your reservation and issue a confirmation based upon the rules applying at the time of booking. If you want to drive in Canada, it makes sense to confirm in advance that it is in order
  • Limited Vehicle Choice – Sure, it might seem awesome to drive a convertible from Miami to Toronto, but the parent rental company will get little demand for a convertible returned to the depot in wintery Toronto. Moreover, local laws may restrict some vehicle types
  • Obey the Rules – Forget those dreams of driving a gravel highway or an ice road in Canada! Driving a rental vehicle on unpaved or icy roads violates every rule in the rental agreement. Simple solution; avoid the temptation!


Clear Message


The choice is yours as to hiring locally and crossing the border, or picking up your rental vehicle in Canada. Either way, regard as your ‘Guardian Angel’ for your visit – we won’t let you down. We offer up to $45,000 theft/damage cover costing a mere US$9 a day.