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Getting Around Hamilton in a Rental Car

Driving Tips in Hamilton

Located close to Ontario's capital, Toronto, visitors will also find plenty to do in Hamilton. If you are planning on renting a car and exploring Hamilton and its surrounds, here is a quick guide to help you.

Where to drive your rental car in Hamilton

  • Dundas - Located at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment, Dundas has a vibrant arts community. Dundas Peak offers fantastic views over Hamilton.
  • Stoney Creek - Stoney Creek is on Hamilton's waterfront. Visitors can see the Battle of Stoney Creek Monument.
  • Mt Hope - Anyone visiting Mt Hope should not miss out on the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The area is also home to the airport.
  • Waterdown - This region on the outskirts of Hamilton is home to many waterfalls. The region also has an interesting history.

Driving tips in Hamilton

  • If you are travelling further in Ontario, particularly in winter, it is a good idea to check the car.  Make sure everything is functioning before you leave. Drive to the conditions as there may be snow and ice on the road.
  • Traveling to Toronto? Hamilton Airport is less than one hour drive from downtown Toronto, but traffic can be heavy in and around the city. Check the traffic beforehand to avoid any unnecessary delays. Avoid driving at busy times of the day.
  • In Canada, you could face fines unless everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt.
  • Are you visiting during a look weekend such as Labor Day? Expect the roads to be very busy around Hamilton.
  • If you are travelling long distances, be sure to take a lot of breaks. Distances between destinations in Canada can be vast.

Parking in Hamilton

If you are parking in the streets of central Hamilton, you will need to pay at one of the meters. On weekends and public holidays, parking is generally free. In some cases, you may have to use Pay and Display machines.

You will also find a few public car parks in the center of the city. You need to pay to use these lots, with coins accepted.

Toll roads in Hamilton

There are no toll roads in central Hamilton. However, you may need to access these roads if you are travelling to Mississauga or Toronto. The Express Toll Route (407) runs from Hamilton toward Toronto.

Driving Distances

Hamilton to Mississauga - 30mins

Hamilton to Toronto - 50mins

Hamilton to Niagara Falls - 1hr 10mins


When you return your rental car in Hamilton, make sure you have returned it with the tank full. Here are a few gas stations in central Hamilton. 

Petro Canada: 911 King St E, Hamilton

Costco Gasoline: 100 Legend Ct, Ancaster

PIoneer Energy Gas Station - 610 King St W, Hamilton

Stop at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum while you are in Hamilton. See historic military aircraft from Canada. That isn't the only piece of military history you will find in Hamilton. The HMCS Haida National Historic Site. Additionally, spend some time at the beautiful Bayfront Park.

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