Use the advanced booking engine on airportrentals.com to quickly compare car rental rates for your trip to Winnipeg, capital of “friendly Manitoba”. Fill in a few booking details on the website, then sit back and relax. Your car rental will be ready upon arrival at Winnipeg International Airport.
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From rental pick-up to Winnipeg town centre
In addition to its modern layout and world-class design, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is conveniently located inside the city, about 20 minutes’ drive to the downtown area.
You may already have transportation organised to your hotel, which is why airportrentals.com offer a wide variety of city-based pick-up locations. Enjoy maximum flexibility in your travel plans and explore the Canadian prairies on your own terms.
Plan Your Trip to Winnipeg
Drive out to the gorgeous northern lakes in the summer or head downtown to see a high-energy hockey game during winter months. Whether you’re in need of a sporty jeep, family van or anything in-between, airportrentals.com will deliver the most appropriate rental car before touching down at Winnipeg Airport.
City dwellers will enjoy a walk around the newly-opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights, shopping in Osborne Village and a bite to eat and a stroll around The Forks.
Those of you of an outdoorsy disposition can explore all Manitoba has to offer - majestic wildlife, stunning scenery and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Car Rental Winnipeg - Seasonal Discounts
Affectionately nicknamed “Winterpeg”, this ever-changing city will surprise you with the heat of its summers and beauty of its landscape. Different times of the year bring different experiences, and with that, fluctuating demand and prices.
You will likely find increased availability and lower car rental rates if you’re willing to brave the cold. Winter travellers will be rewarded with a uniquely Winnipeg experience, complete with ice-skating on the frozen Red River and culturally-rich winter carnivals.
Ice and snowstorms have been known to wreak havoc on travel plans and flight schedules at Winnipeg International Airport. We account for this with flexibility on bookings affected by weather and other disruptions - offering free amendments and cancellations on most vehicles.
Winnipeg is a great destination to start a road trip because of its central destination. If you choose to head West, you will discover Regina and Saskatoon, the two other major cities of the Prairies. If you choose to go South, the endless possibilities of American road trips are waiting for you. Finally, if you head East, you will arrive in Ontario, with Thunder Bay being the first major city on your way to Toronto.
Car rental brands
Budget - Pick up your Budget rental car in the south or east locations of Winnipeg, or at the airport upon your arrival. Pick up your keys at the kiosk in the terminal next to baggage claim.
Alamo - There are two Alamo pick-up locations - one in downtown Winnipeg and one at the airport terminal. Follow the signs at the airport upon arrival.
Avis - Avis has two pick-up depots, one in the west end of Winnipeg and one at Winnipeg Airport. Upon landing, head across the street to the Administration Building to organise your rental. Preferred service renters can proceed to the rental counter in the baggage claim area or the kiosk in the parking garage.
Hertz - There are two Hertz pick-up locations, one in the west end of Winnipeg and one at the airport location. Pick up your keys in the terminal counter located at the east end of the skywalk.
National - Pick up your National rental car at the airport. Collect your keys at the rental counter located at the kiosks on the main level of the 4-level parkade.
Economy - Economy has two pick up depots in Winnipeg, one in the west end and one at the airport.
Enterprise - Enterprise has several pick-up locations available throughout Winnipeg, including the airport. Find your keys at the kiosks on the main level of the 4-level parkade.
Fox Rent a Car - You must catch a shuttle from the airport to collect your vehicle, call 204-774-3488 for the on demand service.
Dollar - Visit the rental counter in the terminal to complete your reservation, then you will be taken to your car via shuttle.
Thrifty - Thrifty renters will need to catch public transportation to their respective depots.
If you’re looking to experience Winnipeg’s hot spots, head to the beloved Fort Garry Hotel for a mix of local history and authentic charm in the downtown area. The Inn at the Forks offers beautiful accommodations and spa service, and is on the doorstep of the famous Forks Market.
Every summer, performing artists descend on Winnipeg for roughly ten days of comedy, drama, music and more. Walk around to enjoy the atmosphere in the exchange district and head along to one of the fantastic shows.
A divine display of cultures, Folklorama brings together people from all around the world to enjoy 40-odd volunteer-run pavilions featuring lively entertainment, interesting displays, warm hospitality and authentic ethnic cuisine. It’s the longest running multicultural event of its time.
Every winter, Winnipeggers gather together in the old French quarter, Saint Boniface to celebrate the histories of Voyageur, Métis and First Nations with music, traditional cuisine, incredible snow sculptures and fabulous shows. Come enjoy the largest winter festival in western Canada.
Located just outside the city at Birds Hill Provincial Park, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is four days of camping, celebrating music and feel good vibes. Visitors come back year after year for this popular event.
Kicking off the summer season in June, the Red River Ex is a massive fair complete with rides, delicious treats and exciting entertainment. Celebrate the arrival of warmer temperatures when you hit the outskirts of Winnipeg for this yearly festival.
Dining out in Winnipeg
Winnipeg will surprise you with its selection of incredible eats. From foodie-worthy fine dining and craft beer, to poutine parlours and drive-in ice cream treats, your taste buds will be singing in this prairie city.
Winnipeg is located near the centre of North America, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. It is a leafy city in prairieland with large lakes to the north and the US border to the south. Rich with indigenous history, this city of roughly 800,000 is the largest centre in Manitoba and functions as a transport hub connecting eastern and western Canada. Economically and demographically diverse, Winnipeg has a unique, lively character endearing to all who visit.
● Visitors who love to slowly meander around, sampling tasty delights and shopping must hit up the Forks Market, located downtown at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
● Winnipeg is a hockey city, so a winter visit here must include a Winnipeg Jets game (NHL) to experience legendary fandom. Football and baseball fans can also catch a Blue Bombers or a Goldeyes game, respectively.
Driving a rental car is your best option to conveniently get around Winnipeg but there is a bus system (Winnipeg Transit) that will get you from point A to B. Rapid Transit is also in development to decrease congestion and offer feasible alternatives to driving. Taxi services are available, but so far only talk of allowing ride sharing services.
Lovingly nicknamed ‘Winterpeg’, this city gets snowy and cold for several months of the year, making driving a bit of a challenge. Spring brings a dramatic change with frozen waterways melting and flowers blooming. The summers are short, hot and humid but highly celebrated with an injection of festivals, outdoor patios and long weekend trips to cabins at nearby lakes. Autumn welcomes another stunning change with gorgeous foliage and crisp, cloudless days in time for Thanksgiving and Halloween. Winnipeg weather is legendarily extreme, with summer temperatures in the 20-35 degree Celsius range, and winter temperatures hitting -15 to -40 degrees Celsius.