Montreal-Trudeau Airport is located in the Canadian province of Quebec, and approximately 20km, or 12 miles from downtown Montreal, in the area of Dorval. It used to be referred to as the Dorval Airport, but has recently been officially named as the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, in honour of Pierre Elliott, a former Canadian Prime Minister. The airport is also known by its IATA code of YUL. Passengers of the airport have all the facilities they require at their disposal, including the Montreal-Trudeau Airport car hire companies, which all offer competitive car rental rates and a large selection of high quality vehicles. The car hire companies are also international businesses, present in many countries of the world.
From outside the terminal of Montreal Airport, passengers have access to a number of ground transport services. A variety of buses serve the airport, and taxis are available as well. However, arriving passengers often prefer a more private form of transport, and rent a car for their holiday or business trip in Montreal. The airport car hire companies are found on the ground floor of the multi-level parking garage, which is in front of the terminal, and they are open from 06:00 or 07:00 to midnight, seven days a week. The Montreal-Trudeau Airport car rental companies present include Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, Auto Europa, Europcar and Enterprise. They are within walking distance of the baggage claim areas, and their vehicles are parked nearby as well. Passengers will therefore not require any further form of transport once arriving at the airport.
Customers of Europcar will need to go to the National car rental counter in order to collect their vehicle. Avis and Budget have cars that are ideal for business or leisure travel, and are known for their low car rental rates. Both companies also offer good loyalty programs, which are referred to as the Avis Preferred Membership and as the Budget Fastbreak Service. National is famous for their service to frequent airport business renters, and Alamo has made a name for themselves by promoting holiday travel. The longest standing car rental company in the world is Hertz, and not far behind is Auto Europcar, and both companies have thousands of rental locations in a wide variety of countries. Rentals for longer periods of time are available from Thrifty and Dollar, with their Multi-Month Car Rental Programs, where vehicles can be hired for up to eleven months. Thrifty and Dollar also supply a good selection of high quality vehicles for low car rental rates.
The primary renter of a car from one of the Montreal-Trudeau Airport car hire companies should be at least 21 years of age, and will be asked to produce a valid drivers license and major credit card. Driving licenses issued in Canada or the United States are accepted, however, Canadian G1 and G2 licenses are not accepted at this rental location. Renters with a foreign license may need further documents, and should find out from their car hire company if an International Driving Permit is required. Drivers over the age of 25 can hire from any car category, but drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 may be restricted to only a few. Younger drivers will also pay higher car rental rates. The car hire companies will use the renter’s credit card account to hold the estimated rental charges that are due at the end of the rental period (and sometimes plus 20%). A debit card cannot be used for this purpose at Montreal Airport, but may be used for the final payment.
The cars for hire in Canada and at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport include the Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla, Pontiac G6 and the Chevy Cobalt. These are all vehicles found in the Economy, Compact and Midsize car classes, and are considered to be light on fuel. They are also often environmentally friendly, and are hired with reasonable car rental rates. Slightly larger vehicles are similar to the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car, of which the last two are Premium cars suitable for prestigious occasions. A large variety of SUVs are available from Montreal Airport as well. SUVs for five passengers include the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition and Jeep Grand Cherokee, while those for seven include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and the Lincoln Navigator. The Dodge Grand Caravan is a Minivan that is ideal for seven passengers as well.
The Montreal Airport car hire companies could offer vehicles of a larger size, that have room for more than seven people, for example, the Chevrolet Express is a Passenger Van for up to fifteen people. There could be specialty cars for hire as well, similar to the Dodge Challenger RT, Jeep Wrangler and Volkswagen Beetle, convertibles such as the Fiat 500 Convertible and the Ford Mustang Convertible, and Pickups similar to the Chevrolet Silverado and Chevrolet Colorado. Most vehicles hired in Canada have automatic transmissions, and can be arranged as a one way hire from Montreal-Trudeau Airport. One way hire services allow the vehicle to be returned to a different car rental location, and could even be allowed to be driven into the United States. However, a cross-border rental may need to be arranged for travel into Vermont.
At this rental location, during winter, snow tires may be mandatory. These will cost a few extra dollars per day of car rental. Child seats and satellite navigation systems can also be arranged, and hand controls for disabled drivers are available from most of the car hire companies of Montreal Airport. Hand controls are free of charge, but will require an advanced reservation. All vehicles hired from Montreal-Trudeau Airport are recommended to be booked early as well, and most passengers find online reservations to be convenient.
Driving in Montreal is quite easy, and many of the roads are organised in a grid-pattern that is simple to navigate. The streets are mostly well marked, and large highways lead to areas further from the city, such as the Highway 35 to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the Highway 20 to Drummondville. In the city, there is parking available along the streets and also in dedicated parking lots. Cars are always driven on the right-hand side of the road in Canada, and the speed limits to follow are 30mph/50kph in urban areas, 63mph/100kph on open roads and 81mph/130kph on motorways and highways.
Rent a car online from your favourite Montreal-Trudeau Airport car hire company for the lowest car rental rates, or contact them for further information.