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Explore Newfoundland with a car rental from St John’s Airport 

St John’s is the jumping-off point for many travellers adventuring through Newfoundland. And with an international airport near the heart of the city, you can comfortably make your way to the breathtaking natural trails, historic sites, and coastal lookouts nearby with the help of a rental vehicle from GoSee, before continuing your journey further inland.

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15 May 2022 - 30 June 2022
Minimum hire period: 3 days

What you need to know renting cars at St John's Airport

St John’s Airport is Canada’s gateway to the Atlantic, but it’s also the first place you’ll land if you’re travelling through Newfoundland.  The airport is conveniently located just a few kilometers, or under 15 minutes drive from downtown St John’s. 

When leaving the airport, turn left on Portugal Cove Road/NL 40S. Continue on the road as it changes to Rennies Mill Road, then after a slight left on Prescott Street, take a right on Queen's Road which leads into the city center. 

St John’s Airport offers a range of the best car hire companies including Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, and Alamo. 

Whether you are staying in St John’s or travelling further inland, having a rental car will make your journey much easier, as public transport can be tedious at times. 

A guide for driving St John's Airport car rental in Canada 

  • Always drive your St John's car rental on the right-hand side of the road. 

  • Use signal lights whenever turning or merging lanes. 

  • At uncontrolled intersections, the first vehicle to arrive has the right to go first. If two or more vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time, the driver to the right of you has the right-of-way. 

  • Pay attention to road signs that indicate the speed limit (usually 50 km in urban areas, 60-80 km in rural areas, and 80-100 km on highways). 

  • When driving St John car rental on the Trans-Canada Highway, slow down on sharp curves and steep hills.

  • Avoid driving in snow conditions as much as possible. You may also request winter tires ahead of your vehicle reservation date.

  • Be sure to fuel up your car rental St John's Airport in the cities to avoid running out of petrol. Usually, the price per liter is higher than local fuel prices.

  • The use of mobile phones while driving is not allowed unless you are using a hands-free device.

  • Construction zones are rampant in the summer months, so please follow posted signs.

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Things to see and do with your car hire in St John’s 

 St John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland, also known as “The Rock”, a coastal island rich with British & Irish roots, and majestic scenery and historic sites to match. With a rental car from GoSee, you’ll be able to see and do all the top-recommended activities in the area, or adventure through other must-see spots across the island. 

History with a View at Signal Hill 

st johns signal hill cloudsHead your rental car St John's Airport to Signal Hill, a vantage point located slightly east of St John’s city centre. It was the cities harbour defense post for centuries, defending the city through to the Second World War. Since 1897, it also features Cabot Tower, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s journey from Bristol to what is now Canada. Rich with history and views of the surrounding scenery, Signal Hill is a great starting point for your tour of Saint John’s. 

Family-Friendly Hiking through North Head Trail 

 A few steps away from Signal Hill is one of St John’s most breathtaking nature trails. Accessible to everyone in the family, this unforgettable day-hike takes you through two hours of gorgeous greenery, harbour views, rocky plains, and city streets, with surprise visits from local wildlife, too. It’s important to note that the trail offers multiple routes, some easier and quicker than others, so keep an eye out for signage along your walk to get the most out of your experience. 

Whale Watch with Iceberg Man Tours 

Newfoundland happens to be one of the most incredible whale-watching places on earth. With over ten thousand whales passing through the area each year, many travellers are lucky enough to see these ocean giants with their own eyes just by hanging around St John’s harbour. With Iceberg Man Tours, you have the chance to get an even closer look at the local whales passing through, while enjoying a beautiful guided scenic tour of the surrounding waters. 

Bask in Art and Culture in The Rooms Museum  

Home to over one million natural history specimens and artifacts, and over ten thousand works of art, The Rooms is one of the province's largest public cultural spaces. It frequently hosts exciting exhibits the whole family will enjoy and even offers delicious local fare in its resident kitchen. 

Feel Spirited in the Basilica Cathedral 

The Anglican Cathedral of St John the Baptist is a phenomenal structure, both inside and out. With unforgettable period architecture, marble statues, symbolic stained-glass windows, and artwork, you are in for a truly memorable experience regardless of your faith. 

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Other popular destinations

Want to access all of these beautiful local sites, or travel comfortably inland? A car hire from St John’s Airport will make your trip seamless. 

If you’re embarking on other adventures across Canada, GoSee can help. See the majestic natural beauty in Montreal with the best and cheapest rental cars. Keep cozy through your travels in Halifax with a rental vehicle, or make your way to Moncton. Finish off, or start the entire journey with the best car hire in Charlottetown. The choice is yours!

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Car rentals St Johns Airport: Frequently asked questions

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Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or away from the airport?

You can rent the best and cheapest cars directly from St John’s International Airport before travelling to the city or adventuring throughout Newfoundland, Canada. To find cheap rental cars, no need to chase discount code after discount code, visiting a lot of websites. The GoSee website is your shortcut to finding the best rates for car rental St John's deals, and even for all rental locations in Canada and worldwide!

How much is a rental car per day from St. John’s, NL Airport (YYT-St. John’s Intl.)?

You can find budget car rental in St John’s Airport for as low as $22 per day, or over $150 per day for premium luxury cars. 

How old do you have to be to rent a car from St. John’s, NL Airport (YYT-St. John’s Intl.)

The minimum age for renting a car in St. John’s is 21. However, some companies may have additional restrictions or costs for those aged under 25. 

This rule also applies to additional authorized drivers. They should also present their driver's license requirements upon vehicle pick up as only permitted additional driver is allowed to drive the car rental.

What do you need to rent a car from St. John’s, NL Airport (YYT-St. John’s Intl.)?

The renter must have a valid driver's license, own a credit card for payment and for holding a deposit, and have an additional government-issued identification like a passport. Also, a home country driver's license/Canadian driver's license can be presented along with an international driver's permit. Please note that expired home state license and temporary driver's licenses may be refused.

These requirements are for the entire rental period, from St John's Airport car rental pick up to drop off. For additional details, please refer to the Driver's License Information Policy of your chosen company.

What is the cheapest car rental at St. John’s, NL Airport (YYYT-St. John’s Intl.)? 

The cheapest car rental companies include Thrifty, Budget, and Hertz. 

Which car rental companies in St. John’s have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

All of our partner companies offering car rentals St John's Airport maintain a strict vehicle cleaning and safety policy in accordance with Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Which car rental companies are at the airport: St. John’s Airport (YYT)?

You can find all the best and cheapest car rental companies, including Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, and Alamo.

You may proceed to the rental counter of your chosen brand located near the airport baggage claim area or at the kiosk in the parking garage to get your rental agreement and the car keys.

What type of car is recommended for driving in St. John’s?

Most of St John’s is accessible with economy cars, but bigger groups of travelers will want to opt for more spacious vehicle rentals like SUV’s or minivans. 

You can book several different types of St Johns Airport car rental through our website, depending on your needs. You can also use a car system GPS which can help you navigate your route. No matter what airport rental car you wish to collect, GoSee has everything in store for you.

What is the most popular rental car location in St. John’s?

The best rental location where you can pick up a St John’s Newfoundland car rental is at the airport.

Do I need insurance to rent a car in St. John's?

Insurance provides protection to both the renter and renters' passengers. You may obtain third-party liability insurance coverage provided by our partners.

However, if you already have insurance, please check with your provider if it includes rented vehicles. When you purchase additional insurance which covers excess liability also called third-party liability protection, it is important to take note of the renters' existing coverage, statutory minimum underlying limits, contractually waive renter's responsibility, and if there are minimum financial responsibility limits, which is also stated in the rental agreement.