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Prince Edward Island Guide


Known as PEI for short, Prince Edward Island brings the old fashioned country charm captured in the bestseller Anne of Green Gables to life. The 140-mile long Atlantic Provinces island is Canada’s smallest yet most populous province. Joined to the mainland by a lengthy bridge, it is easy to reach by car, including the provincial capital of Charlottetown and the nearby coastal tourist areas within Prince Edward Island National Park.

Hiring a Vehicle

The best place to obtain car hire in Prince Edward Island is in Charlottetown or the island’s second largest community, Summerside. Here, visitors will find branches of international chains such as Avis, Budget and Enterprise, with the best deals on vehicles found when you compare car hire.

Transport Options

Buses and shuttles serve the provincial capital from neighbouring provinces. Alternatively, visitors can fly into Charlottetown, which host the only airport on PEI. Both US and domestic flights are available. Car ferries link the province with Nova Scotia. Intra-island public transport is limited to a few shuttle services between major locations, making car rental in Prince Edward Island highly recommended.

Car Hire Driving Tips for Prince Edward Island

Winter snow here rarely leads to the closure of major roadways but blizzards between December and April can make driving difficult. Winter tires may be necessary. The island offers many scenic drives which follow the coast. Police carry out random breath tests.

Not to be Missed!

Outside of Charlottetown lies the island’s main tourist draw, Prince Edward Island National Park, where the sand dunes at Greenwich and the popular beach at Cavendish are must-visits. The Anne of Green Gables house at Cavendish is where the Montgomery story was set. The North Cape, the Central and the Points East coastal drives take visitors through charming communities and past diverse landscapes, with stops at lobster supper joints, dairy bars and red clay beaches along the way practically obligatory.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Avoid mid-September to mid-June when many shops and accommodations close. July and August are the most popular months, but early September and early June offer fewer crowds but just as pleasant weather. Summer temperatures often hover above 20°C. Winters are snowy, with snow cover often lasting until May, and cold, with below freezing temperatures and blizzards common.

Practical information

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

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

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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