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Car rental companies in Nanaimo

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  • National Car Rental

    8.5 (360)
  • Budget

    7.9 (8488)
  • Hertz

    7.8 (5743)

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Nanaimo Guide


Nanaimo is located in British Columbia, Canada, on the Vancouver Island, referred to as the harbour city and also known as the bathtub racing capital of the world, it is a great place for tourists who enjoy going on a holiday where you can fish, relax sunbathing, or enjoy a day out on a boat.

Explore Nanaimo

This beautiful city was first founded by Europeans in the 1700's, so there's plenty of great, interesting historic attractions, which you will see as you walk through the beautiful streets of this old city.

Visit Duke Point, a peninsular jotting out into the bay, a lovely place to relax and watch the ferries coming in and out of the harbour. There are even a saw and pulp mill located at the end in a small industrial park.

Tourists should definitely take a trip to Newcastle Island, a marine provincial park. If you time it right, on particular days they do a stunning Salmon BBQ, popular with many locals and tourists that return to Nanaimo. They can even stay over night and camp on the island if they enjoy the great outdoors. To get there a ferry departs from Nanaimo Harbour from Maffeo Sutton Park. The island exhibits beautiful beaches and forests, great for exploring. Bike hire is also available and visitors to the island are able to enjoy a glorious swim in the sea during the summer season.

Less than an hours drive north of Nanaimo are the Englishman River Falls which should definitely be on your itinerary. To view interesting native rock carvings take a trip south of the city to Petroglyph Provincial Park, its a sight not to be missed. Another great attraction is located within the city itself called the Bastion, which is an octagonal shaped white building with a museum to explain its history.


Car hire is a great way to travel around this fantastic city. Tourists can even spend a day in the surrounding countryside, as opting for car hire provides you with the freedom to explore, to areas where public transport touch not reach. For the best deals search and compare prices from dozens of car hire companies and prebook a vehicle before travelling to Nanaimo.

Nanaimo Airport is located 14km's south of the city. Budget, Hertz and National car hire companies operate from the airport so make sure to collect and drop off your rental vehicle here, if this is your destination. This will save costs on airport transfers.

Buses and trains operate from Nanaimo Airport into the city center, so if car hire is not for you there are other, cheap ways to travel around.

AC Taxi's and Yellow cab taxi's also provided a fast means of transportation for getting tourists into the city.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French
  • Popular car category

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To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

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In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

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  • National Car Rental
  • Budget
  • Hertz
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