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Newfoundland and Labrador Guide


Growing in popularity as a tourist destination, remote Newfoundland and Labrador is nevertheless frequently the brunt of jokes by Canadians living elsewhere. While Labrador adjoins Quebec, Newfoundland is an island which was, up until 1949, a British colony. St John’s and Labrador City are the main hubs, but the likes of Gros Morne National Park and Marble Mountain draw hikers and skiers. The coast boasts icebergs from April through June and whales in August. While you may not be able to understand the friendly locals due to their unique dialect, this offbeat Atlantic province is well worth a visit for its rugged natural beauty.

Hiring a Vehicle

Car hire in Newfoundland and Labrador is the best way to tour this rugged part of Canada which is little served by public transport. Vehicles are most easily picked up in large centres such as St John’s and Labrador City. Prices are competitive so don’t forget to compare car hire before booking. Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise and National have a presence St John’s airport.

Transport Options

St John’s airport on Newfoundland is the main gateway from the US and other Canadian airports, while it also offers season flights to the UK. Airports are also present at Stephenville, Deer Lake, Gander and Wabush. Limited coach services operate between major provincial destinations such as Port aux Basques and St John’s. Rail services connect Labrador with Quebec, but there are no trains on Newfoundland. Car ferries serve Newfoundland from ports in Labrador, Nova Scotia and Quebec, with the shortest crossing around 2 hours. The Trans Labrador Highway is the main road route through the province.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Newfoundland and Labrador

Over 100,000 moose call the province home so drivers need to watch out for crossing animals, especially at night. Roads here are in poor condition compared with those in other parts of Canada, with many gravel routes and potholes on remote roads. It is imperative to carry an emergency kit in case of breakdown as distances between petrol stations can be vast and mobile phone coverage is often unavailable.

Not to be Missed!

Head to Twillingate in winter to experience the offshore icebergs on a cruise or go hiking along the East Coast Trail. St John’s offers Signal Hill fort, the Battery and a pretty natural harbour, but visitors shouldn’t miss daytrips out of the city with car rental in Newfoundland and Labrador to discover the quaint communities of the Avalon Peninsula. History buffs can make a stop at the Viking UNESCO World Heritage site of L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland’s north.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The province offers cool summers with temperatures of around 20°C, while winter temperatures in St John’s hover just below freezing, but temperatures in Labrador can drop to as low as -20°C. June through September is the warm period and the most comfortable time to visit, but skiers and iceberg-spotters may prefer the snowy winter months of December through March. October is the wettest month.

Practical information

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

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Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

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.

Are there any additional costs?

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.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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