Car Hire from Hamilton Airport
Hamilton Airport offers a great base from which to explore the Canadian province of Ontario. It’s also a gateway to the world famous Niagara Falls. Adventure at the falls, outdoor activities along Lake Ontario and a host of historic towns are all easily accessed when you hire a car from Hamilton Airport.
Where to hire a car at Hamilton Airport
Hamilton Airport is home to two car hire companies, Avis and National. They are located inside the small terminal building, opposite the domestic baggage reclaim area and adjacent to the main exit.
Petrol Stations near Hamilton Airport
The closest petrol station to Hamilton Airport is an Esso garage, under 10 minutes’ drive away. It’s located just off route 6 heading north, on Garner Road East.
Driving around Hamilton Airport
Route 6 is the main road to and from Hamilton Airport. It travels south towards Port Dover and north to join route 403. The 403 heads towards Hamilton, providing a north-western side to the city’s ring road, and travels on towards Oakville and Toronto. It also travels westbound towards Brantford.
Driving in Canada is an easy and pleasant affair. Out of big cities, congestion is a rarity and roads are all well-maintained and signposted. Drivers from the UK need to remember to drive on the right hand side of the road and, also, that they can turn right on a red traffic light as long as they come to a complete stop first.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Hamilton Airport is a great way to see more of Ontario. Here are a few of the province’s top destinations, all an easy drive away:
Hamilton is a port city located on the westernmost banks of Lake Ontario. The city is home to many historical sights, a range of arts venues and lots of museums. Confederation Park has a waterpark with wave pool and activities for children. There are also public and private golf courses throughout the local area and a popular district of antique shops in the city centre.
It takes around 20 minutes to drive from Hamilton Airport to Hamilton city centre. The quickest route takes the Airport Road and then Upper James Street all the way into the city. However, Upper James Street can get busy during rush hours. Roads around the downtown area are well-signposted and Route 403, Queen Elizabeth Way, Red Hill Valley Parkway and Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway form a ring road around the city centre.
There are parking metered street spaces throughout the downtown area. It costs $1 per hour to park but there are often time restrictions. Municipal car parks offer longer stays.
Niagara Falls, on the border between Canada and the USA, is one of Canada’s top attractions. Visitors can get a look at the thundering falls from viewing platforms, from the heights of the Minolta Tower and from the Whirlpool Aero Car cable car. The local area offers lots of activities too including museums about the falls and a number of casinos.
Niagara Falls is around an hour’s drive from Hamilton Airport. Drivers should head towards Hamilton city to pick up Queen Elizabeth Way, which runs along the banks of Lake Ontario. There are plenty of places to park around the falls.
Kitchener is a historic town, closely linked to neighbouring Waterloo and Cambridge. The town is home to lots of impressive old architecture, a beautiful central park and a memorial tower in memory of the first pioneers. Visitors can go hiking or cycling along the Walter Bean Trail, buy some local produce at the farmers’ market or enjoy an annual calendar of events including the Kitchener Blues Festival and Oktoberfest.
It takes an hour to drive from Hamilton Airport to Kitchener, taking route 6 northbound, route 403 west and then the 52 north. Unlike many other local towns, Kitchener roads are not laid out over a grid system so you will probably need a good map to get around.