Halifax car hire

Halifax car hire

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Halifax, NS, Canada
21 Oct — 28 Oct
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Halifax, NS, Canada
Thu 21/10
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Thu 28/10
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Halifax car hire information

Pick-up locationHalifax
Hire locations27
Airport locations5

Halifax car hire reviews and directory

From $40/dayRated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.9 Excellent (143 reviews)
4 locations in Halifax
Enterprise
Locations in Halifax
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent1 Oct. 2021
Simple pick up and drop off at Avis. No issues and car was in excellent condition
5.9 Okay28 Aug. 2021
The car i was given was not the car I rented I think it was pricey
7.9 Good28 Aug. 2021
Vehicle ride was terrible Service was excellent from staff
8.0 Excellent9 Jun. 2019
I was not explained the détails of the invoice. When asked, there was an extra charge which need to be correct. Pickup and drop off was easy.
10.0 Excellent26 Feb. 2019
Morgan was super helpful and polite, and drop off was easy!
2.0 Mediocre3 Sep. 2018
I made a mistake and booked the car 1 day too early and when we went to pick it up, it had been rented to someone else. So we had to go back to the airport to get a car from Alamo
10.0 Excellent1 Sep. 2018
All good
6.0 Good15 Aug. 2018
Good service, dirty carCar worked really well. Customer service at drop off was excellent.Car interior was worst I ever had. Ketchup on steering wheel, dirty seats and console. Dead bugs. Also hidden charge discovered when dropping off. Agent at time fixed it so that ended up ok.
5.6 Okay6 Aug. 2018
DisappointedThe interior of the car was not detailed, it had not been cleaned. There was mud smeared on the bottom passenger door panel, potato chips on the floor and under the drivers seat. There was an old receipt from the dollar store, the dash was very dusty and hadn't been cleaned, the media screen had fingerprints all over it and the drivers door panel had dirt smudged on it. I had to clean the car myself for my passengers. Not what I expected from Enterprise.
4.8 Okay7 Jul. 2018
Had to come back on second day to sort out my messed up invoice which lost a whole morning of my vacation while trying to get the correct invoice as advertised when I booked the car on line. If I had not gone back I would have been charged for another $200 extra than advertised plus the vehicle did not have a full tank and I had to make sure that was indicated correctly. In the end the supervisor had to come out and sort out the incorrect invoice and seemed to be the only person who knew what to do.
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From $56/dayRated no. 2
Budget
8.8 Excellent (47 reviews)
4 locations in Halifax
Budget
Locations in Halifax
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre13 Oct. 2021
The pick up of the car was really bad. No car available when we arrived to pick up the car we had ordered. Then we got the wrong information from the guy renting out the car that made us even later. The car itself was nice but someone had locked it so not possible to connect your phone for listening to music.
6.4 Good6 Oct. 2020
Staff were fine - no complaints there. Pretty simple process.Did not get what I asked for. Ordered a full-size car, but got a Jeep. Not good for highway driving.
10.0 Excellent25 Nov. 2019
The staff who served me on pickup and return (23 and 24) was very friendly and made the process super easy. He even gave me suggestions where to go during my stay. I usually go to hertz but I think I’ll be going to budget from now on, very happy with this booking.0
10.0 Excellent14 Oct. 2018
Close to cruise shipA few blocks walk from the port... easy pickup and drop off and they were open til 6– some close at 5. Worked great for a day in port. Efficient.
10.0 Excellent11 Sep. 2018
Helpful staff; efficient.
4.0 Okay1 Sep. 2018
be careful when making reservationsII asked for an airport pickup but the reservation was made at an off airport location resulting in my paying double the price.
2.0 Mediocre3 Apr. 2018
I didn't rent a car from Budget ... I am confused so ya, it was poor.That you are saying that I rented a car from Budget and I did not. Please do let me know what is going on as I would like to leave a review. Thank you
9.2 Excellent19 Sep. 2017
I wish there had been a more low cost option for a hybrid vehicle or at least one that was more fuel efficient. Also, it took a bit to figure out how to work the windshield wipers. It was a bit different in this newer vehicle. We had to look it up in the manual. Tired to use the Bluetooth but it wasn't enabled. Someone going through the features would have been nice.
10.0 Excellent1 Sep. 2017
The guys were great, the care was better than expected, they were flexible on the drop off location and they had the best price in town.not 24/7
5.6 Okay2 Aug. 2017
Picked up car was not cleaned at ALLlocation of pick up.The car was not cleaned on the inside or outside. There were foot smears on the front windshield on the inside and sand/dirt on the dash board from the front passenger putting their feet on the dash. There was food in the back seats and garbage in the car. The outside was dirty and the windshield was covered in bugs. Very unhappy with the vehicle state when we picked it up.
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From $41/dayRated no. 3
Hertz
8.5 Excellent (53 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Hertz
Locations in Halifax
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.6
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible29 Sep. 2021
$50 charge for 2 week advance cancellation Will never use Priceline or Hertz again
7.9 Good24 Sep. 2021
I have no suggestions for improvement. The staff were efficient and very helpful.
7.9 Good16 Sep. 2021
The only thing I did not like was that i was charged an additional $7.00 for an air conditioning fee. This should be included with the base price.Air conditioning comes with the vehicle when the car is manufactured. I then asked for a car without air conditioning; they do not have any such car. Money grab big time (ridiculous). DJ.
10.0 Excellent28 Aug. 2021
My rental was upgraded as cars were a bit late being turned in. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. I had to wait a bit for the vehicle but it worked out ok.
10.0 Excellent27 Jul. 2021
Liked: A new car ! This does not happen every day, but I was pleased to find a brand new (71km on the odo) 2021 Toyota Corolla. The vehicle exceeded my expectations for comfort and convenience. Not so much: the policy of requiring extra $ for 2nd driver who is on the same insurance policy.
8.0 Excellent24 Mar. 2020
YesThe advertised price was $32 per day - no mention of insurance. When I collected the car I paid over $80. Insurance alone was $42. These hidden charges are bad. $80 per day for a car is excessive.
9.6 Excellent18 Sep. 2018
The car I paid for (full size) was not available in Halifax, NS Canada. They gave me a mini-van which worked fine. Lots of additional fees.
10.0 Excellent7 Jul. 2018
Easy to drive, comfortable. Some blind spots but what car doesn’t have those?! Getting car was a cinch and same with return.Can’t think of anything.
10.0 Excellent25 Jun. 2018
Great rideMy rental was a nice upgrade to an XTS, quick turn around at the counter once talking to counter staff.A little backed up, busy weekend but seemed a little distracted by challenging rentals and as a result waited for 20 minutes before getting my rental picked up.
10.0 Excellent11 Jun. 2018
Easy rentalWe picked up the car at the Halifax airport and two days later dropped it off at our hotel. It worked seamlessly and we were very pleased.Everything was good
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From $49/dayRated no. 4
Thrifty
8.1 Excellent (38 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Thrifty
Locations in Halifax
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 7.9
  • 8.2
  • 8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent29 Sep. 2021
Devon at your Hollis location in Halifax was extremely positive and polite. What. Wonderful young man and you should be extremely happy to have him on your term. He deserves a raise. Sincerely Helen scott
10.0 Excellent20 Sep. 2021
Very friendly and helpful
6.0 Good27 Sep. 2020
it was cancelled due to C-19
8.8 Excellent22 Mar. 2020
Staff excellent, car was goodPrice, very high price for returning to another city when in this day and age rentals are so fluid same company owns all locations!
2.0 Mediocre21 Mar. 2020
No , ended up getting another rental car from another companyBetter and helpful customer service
8.8 Excellent4 Feb. 2020
Yes the staff was helpful and polite. Most notably the return was exceptionally quick and easy.More counter help. The customer in front of me asked EVERY question imaginable and some that were unimaginable and then of course the attendant was trying to up sell. Sorry but the last thing you want to do after a long day of traveling is to wait in line unnecessarily. Once they got done our transaction went smoothly and we were on our way.
8.0 Excellent21 Dec. 2019
Helpful staff, efficient, quick pick up and drop off.
6.8 Good19 Aug. 2019
Drop off was off hours. The signage for Hertz was poor. Only Avis and budget were marked prominently on the lot. Signage and instructions could be more obvious.Thrifty pickup was poor as no cars were available. They had to shuttle me to the local Hertz instead to complete the contract. It took about 1.5hrs to get my vehicle. Once gotten, it was fine as it looks like they gave me an upgraded car-by choice or not, I don’t know.
10.0 Excellent8 Jul. 2019
Airport pickup/dropoff
9.6 Excellent30 May 2019
Efficient check-in. Free upgrade.Grace period is a bit short. No sign or address number visible at Hollis Street, wasted minutes looking around.
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Rated no. 5
Avis
8.9 Excellent (11 reviews)
4 locations in Halifax
Avis
Locations in Halifax
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.5
  • 9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible11 Sep. 2021
My rental was canceled after I advise Avis my flight was delayed. I will extremely surprise if I ever rent a car from that compagnie again. I have absolutely no control on flight delay or canceled. Real Langford
10.0 Excellent4 Oct. 2017
Halifax to Bangor rentalI loved getting an SUV for our vacation and the price was very reasonable considering we returned it out of the country!
9.2 Excellent13 Aug. 2017
Pleasant Avis ride in beautiful Cape BretonThe Taurus we rented was in great shape, clean and ready to go as promised. The manager at the Avis outlet in Halifax was courteous and helpful. Though I rented with Kayak, he found my Avid Preferred number in the system and saved me a little more. We immediately drove up to Cape Breton and all over the island. Very enjoyable trip, and the car served its purpose quite well. If we visit NS again, I will certainly rent with this agency.Not the franchise's fault, but the road construction on Grafton Street in Halifax, not to mention all over downtown was horrible. This is on the City, with a seeming lack of proper traffic flow analysis before they'd shut down streets. Total lack of signage too.
9.2 Excellent21 Jul. 2017
Overall good, gas tank unfilled at pickupFriendly representatives, clean car, modernGas tank wasn't completely filled at pickup, didn't notice till started driving
10.0 Excellent10 Oct. 2016
The car was clean and in good condition; the counter help at pick up in Halifax was very friendly and very informative; the drop off at the airport was quick and easy.
8.8 Excellent16 Sep. 2016
They were conveniently located in the city center. The agent was by himself when we arrived soon after they opened, but he was very helpful. Perhaps we were scheduled to drop off at the airport location, we were super-upgraded for free.Nothing really. If we must, the upgrade was a bit too luxurious (we'd requested an economy car, as it was just two of us with not much luggage, but got a Cherokee. Hmm, extra gas...)
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Rated no. 6
Europcar
8.8 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Europcar
Locations in Halifax
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 8.2
  • 8
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
8.4 Excellent8 Mar. 2019
Yes to staff ...excellentTires were worn but ok
5.2 Okay4 Jan. 2019
Fight to get my carThat I got a better car for the same costThat I had to stand there and refuse to take the mini bus that they tried to find me that was not what I booked and not what I wanted.
9.6 Excellent21 Jul. 2017
UpgradeWe had a reservation for a compact car, and were offered an upgrade to a larger car at no charge. Had a Hyundai Sonata, very nice car with good fuel economy.We arrived at Halifax airport late (9:30 PM), and called the number. No answer. Waited about 10 minutes, called again, go someone to pick us up. Staff should have headsets to be able to answer phone wherever they are, to avoid panic attacks by customers.
7.6 Good15 Jun. 2017
Good car rental in Canada but beware of excess insuranceCar was good fitted with satnav fitted and we received an upgradeRental company would not accept vehicle excess insurance which had been purchased, so we had to take full insurance with the rental company which was more expensive and then claim a refund on the external policy
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From $73/dayRated no. 7
Alamo
8.5 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in Halifax
Alamo
Locations in Halifax
  • 9.1
  • 9.4
  • 8
  • 7.4
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent18 Sep. 2018
ExcellentThe people working at the pick up in Halifax were great..friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I was in and out within twenty minutes. When we dropped off the car in Toronto the process took less then five minutes. The car was clean and great on gas. We would definitely rent from Alamo again and we highly recommend them as the place to rent vehicles.
10.0 Excellent20 Oct. 2017
Helpful staff at rental counterHelpful suggestions. Maps already marked. Super nice.
6.4 Good10 Oct. 2017
1) I didn't like that the Alamo office was closed when we dropped off our vehicle. We asked businesses close by and figured out what to do. It should have been mentioned on our rental agreement. 2) We were contacted by Alamo the next day that there was damage to the vehicle. It was marked on our form when we picked up the vehicle but it was not communicated on the receiving end. My husband informed them of this and it was cleared. We arrived home to find a letter from Alamo requesting us to get in touch with them re: damaged vehicle. My husband called again to inform them of the history. Message was left a few days late stating the letter could be disregarded.
10.0 Excellent27 Jul. 2017
The compact size of the Tiguan on the outside was great. The roominess on the inside was good. The service counter personnel were fast, friendly and helpful although a little too eager to try to upsize our rental to a yukon-like behemoth of a vehicleThe gas mileage was so-so.
4.0 Okay9 Oct. 2016
Car was fine, performed wellGave me a reservation to pick up after the downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia location was closed. Had to hire a cab to take me back to airport, to obtain car, Besides the extra $120.00 canadian for the two cab fares, the whole first day of our vacation lost. Would appreciate your consideration, of reimbursing me the $120.00, as reservation from Kayak the flawed cause.
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From $37/dayRated no. 8
Dollar
Cheapest deal
Most popular
7.4 Good (22 reviews)
2 locations in Halifax
Dollar
Locations in Halifax
  • 8.1
  • 8.1
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible9 Oct. 2021
The pick up experience was dreadful. We went the day before we were to pick up our car rental to ensure that everything was in place. We were assured that the mid size car we rented and paid for would be there. When we returned the next day to pick up the car we were told that they only had a compact car available and that we should pay the extra for an SUV that was available. We said no that we wanted the mid size car we rented and paid for. The two attendants wasted 30 minutes trying to convince us to take the SUV. We refused and they finally said they would have to bring the car that we ordered from another location and that would take another 30 minutes. We did not appreciate the attendants wasting our time. The drop off was much less onerous. Dropped the keys left a phone number and email address.
10.0 Excellent29 Sep. 2021
Very nice people on both ends. Quick and efficient
7.9 Good5 Sep. 2021
Surprise charges to sign on second driver for the last 5 days of the contract usage, even though we were returning the car 5 days early we were charged the second driver for 14 day minimum = $200
2.0 Mediocre22 Mar. 2020
I tried to cancel because could not travel because of -andemic. No luck. so a complete waste of money
10.0 Excellent5 Dec. 2019
Very friendly, very easy
6.0 Good15 Oct. 2019
The staff were friendly, but there was a long line to pick up and a long line to drop off. You need a second staff person in the mornings. I won't rent from you again in Halifax. It's too big a hassle.The car was also dirty. Not horrible, but not washed, and had dirty floor mats and a couple of scattered pieces of debris inside. This was not a terrible experience, but the pickup-dropoff wait of more than half an hour made it not worth it. I went by the counter of the competition in the bus station, and they had a much shorter line. I'll use them next time, which is upcoming in the spring.
2.0 Mediocre13 May 2019
If they had a car available instead of wasting our time, that would have made the overall experience better..
10.0 Excellent21 Sep. 2018
Convenient LocationDrop off location was convenient for walking around the city after. Staff was friendly. Service quick and easy.
5.2 Okay21 Jul. 2018
Poor customer service and misleadingly expensiveIt was great to have a car for my stay in Halifax and it was very clean.I didn't like how my rate went from $89 to $177 because I asked to extend it less than 24 hours longer which in the beginning they told me was okay to do. The lady who I spoke with on the phone was extremely rude, so I asked to speak with a manager who was much better to deal with. I think the charges associated with extending it a day was excessive and I felt ripped off. I wouldn't recommend this company.
10.0 Excellent14 Jun. 2018
All as expectedThey had the correct car. Checkout went smoothly. No high pressure. Car was nice. Good expereince.
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From $42/day
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
2 locations in Halifax
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Halifax
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Halifax
Sunnycars
Locations in Halifax
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Halifax
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Halifax
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From $197/day
National
1 location in Halifax
National
Locations in Halifax
Recent reviews
329 travellers who hired a car in Halifax gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.6

Car hire locations in or near Halifax

Good to know

Most popular agency

Dollar

Average price

$71/day

Good deal

$60/day

When to book a car hire in Halifax

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Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Halifax

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Halifax car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Halifax.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Halifax car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Halifax

  • Halifax is the major economic and cultural hub of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. A hire car is the best transport choice as it will provide the scope to enjoy the breathtaking rugged coastline and reach major tourist attractions such as Peggy’s Cove with ease. Halifax has extensive maritime cultural history, which cannot be truly understood without traveling along the jagged coastline roads and stopping by small rural towns such as Duncan’s Cove and Clam Harbour.
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located 35 km (22 miles) from the downtown district and, thanks to the quiet and uncongested roads, will take approximately 40 minutes to reach by car. Major car hire companies such as Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Budget have counters at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and are located on the lower level of the airport parking area. Once you have picked up your baggage, follow the signage displayed Airport Parkade and you will have the keys in your hand before you know it.
  • Despite being a major industrial hub for Atlantic Canada, Halifax holds on to its small-town culture -- and this is represented on the roads. Pedestrians are always given priority and often cross at random sections of the street. Therefore, keep a careful eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, especially in built-up residential areas or in the downtown district.
  • Driving around Halifax is a peaceful experience; road congestion is a rarity and commuters are known to travel at appropriate speeds and yield. If you plan on traveling west towards the rural community of Peggy’s Cove, take the scenic northern route (103 Highway, then Peggy’s Cove Road) and enjoy the wonderful scenery and lighthouses along the way.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Halifax for $60 or less
  • Book your car hire in Halifax at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice car hires in Halifax are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Halifax

  • Some car hire companies in Halifax which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Hertz and Alamo

  • On average a hire car in Halifax costs $71 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Halifax are Enterprise (8.9, 187 reviews), Budget (8.9, 55 reviews), and Thrifty (8.1, 51 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Halifax is $6.37 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $76 and $102, depending on the car size.

  • Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Halifax.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Halifax Intl airport include Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Halifax Intl airport to off-airport locations include Dollar, Hertz, Alamo, National, Thrifty, Budget, Discount Car & Truck Rentals and Enterprise.

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

  • A Supplier choice car hire in Halifax costs $32 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car hire in Halifax costs $32 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Halifax costs $34 per day, on average.

  • In Halifax, cars are most frequently hired at Budget 1554 Hollis Street (1 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Halifax costs $500 per week ($71 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Halifax costs $2,142 per month ($71 per day).

  • A car that can handle the winding coastal roads surrounding Halifax with ease should be your preferred choice for your trip. An intermediate sedan such as the Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra will provide the optimal handling capabilities and let you cruise between seaside towns with joy.

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit in urban areas of Halifax is 50 km/h (31 mph). Be wary to check if you are traveling in a school zone, as the speed limit would then be reduced to 30 km/h (18 mph). The majority of highways in close proximity to Halifax have a speed limit of 80 km/h (49 mph) or 90 km/h (55 mph).

  • You can expect to pay approximately $0.98 Canadian Dollars per liter in Halifax, which equates to approximately $2.93 USD per gallon. Be careful when driving extensive distances along the coastline, as smaller independent petrol stations sometimes charge a premium because of their isolated location. It is best to fill up with a full tank before leaving the urban metropolis of Halifax.

  • On-street parking is affordable and abundant throughout Halifax, with the cost per hour in the downtown district only $1.50 ($1.15 USD). To make things even easier, the city provides free on-street parking on weekdays after 6 pm and all day on the weekends.