Toronto Pearson Airport is also known as the Lester B. Pearson Airport, or more simply as just the Pearson Airport, and is named after the Noble Peace Prize winner and late Canadian Prime Minister, Lester Bowles Pearson. The airport is the largest in Canada in terms of passenger traffic, handling over thirty million passengers per year, and is therefore a very important gateway for the country. Ground transport options are available for arriving passengers, but many prefer to rent a car, from one of the Toronto Pearson Airport car hire companies. A private vehicle is often considered best for travelling the area, and reasonable car rental rates can be acquired from many of the companies offering services from the airport.
The car hire companies at the airport include Avis, Hertz, Europcar, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, Enterprise, Budget and Auto Europa, and they have rental counters in both passenger terminals of the airport. The airport’s terminals are known as Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, and transport between them is provided by the Link Train, the airport’s efficient people mover system. It is just a ninety second journey, and the trains are frequently available. Terminal 1 is the largest, but international and domestic flights arrive at both terminals. The Toronto Pearson Airport car rental companies are found at the parking garages adjacent to the terminals, and can be reached on foot. However, the vehicles of the companies may be parked at a further location, and the Link Train may be needed for transport, as it also connects the terminals to the long-term car park, employee parking grounds and the rental car operations.
The car hire companies at Toronto Airport are international, and all have many years of experience in the car rental industry. They also offer a variety of competitive car rental rates and a large number of high-quality vehicles. Hertz is possibly one of the most popular choices, as they have been around for over ninety years, while Auto Europa is another very long-standing car hire company that has years of experience in providing quality customer services. Avis is always a favourite as well, with vehicles suitable for all occasions, and Budget, as their name suggests, is synonymous with ‘budget’ car rental rates. National is best for corporate rentals, while their partner Alamo handles vehicles that are requested for leisure purposes, and Thrifty is known for their unique car rental services, for example, long-term rentals available for up to eleven months. Dollar has many quality vehicles waiting for their customers, and Europcar is another trusted provider of car hire services. Enterprise has also been the favourite of many car renters over their years of service.
Primary renters, and all additional drivers at Toronto Airport, will need to be at least 21 years of age to rent a car, and should be in possession of a valid drivers license and major credit card. Local driving licenses are accepted, provided that they show a safe driving record, but foreign renters may be required to have an International Driving Permit, especially if their local license is printed in a non-Roman alphabet. A credit card such as American Express or Mastercard will be required, as debit card are not accepted, however, debit cards can often be used for payments due at the end of the rental periods. Similar to many car rental locations around the world, the Toronto Airport car hire companies will charge higher rates for drivers younger than the age of 25, as young driver insurance is applicable.
From Toronto Pearson Airport, one way hire services can be arranged, allowing the rented car to be returned to a different location, and various items of equipment such as child seats and satellite navigation systems are available at an additional cost. They are sometimes charged at a rate per day of car hire, or at a fixed rate for the rental. Hand controls for disabled drivers may also be available, and from Toronto Pearson Airport, hand controls are free of charge. The equipment mentioned should be reserved as early as possible, as there is no guarantee that it will be available upon your arrival. Book all vehicles from Toronto Airport in advance as well, in order to receive the best car rental rates.
Vehicles hired from the Toronto Airport car hire companies are arranged into car groups, and are priced and booked accordingly. The smaller cars, such as the Toyota Yaris, Toyota Matrix, Hyundai Accent Sedan, Pontiac G6 and Toyota Corolla, in the Economy, Compact and Midsize categories, are ideal for single drivers, couples or families without too much luggage, and are generally considered as cheaper to hire. They are also fuel efficient and easy to drive. Fullsize and Standard vehicles include the Chevrolet Impala and the Ford Fusion, while Premium, Luxury and Specialty cars may be similar to the BMW 328I, Cadillac CTS, Toyota Prius (Hybrid), Mercury Grand Marquis and the Ford Mustang V6 Convertible. SUVs are also popular choices from Toronto Airport, and include the Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition, Ford Escape and Jeep Grand Cherokee, while Minivans such as the Dodge Grand Caravan seat up to seven passengers. 15-seater passenger vans may also be requested from certain car hire companies.
Driving in Canadian cities is generally quite straight forward, and quite manageable. The streets of Toronto are organised in a grid-pattern, and are therefore especially easy to understand. However, the city is huge, and the streets go on for long distances. It may be wise to have a satellite navigation system with you so that you don’t end up heading in the wrong direction. Parking areas are frequently available throughout the city, but not quite so easy to find in the busy Downtown Toronto area. Here parking may be more expensive as well. Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Canada, and obey the speed limits, which are generally as follows: 50kph in urban areas, 100kph on open roads, and 130kph on motorways and highways. Wear seatbelts and don’t drive whilst talking on a cellular phone. A number of towns/cities are within easy driving distance of Toronto as well, for example, Belleville, Peterborough, Barrie, Kitchener and London.
Contact your favourite Toronto Pearson Airport car rental company for further details required.