Cross-Border Car Rental: USA to Canada | Budget Car Rental


U.S. to Canada Cross-Border Car Rental

Can you take a rental car to Canada?

Yes, you can take a rental car to Canada after you pick up a vehicle at many U.S. Budget locations. Keep in mind that taking a rental car to Canada requires a Canadian non-resident insurance card, which indicates that you have auto insurance that works in Canada. You can get a free non-resident insurance card at the Budget rental counter, so make sure to tell your agent your travel plans when you begin your rental.  

What Do I Need to Know About Driving a Rental Car to Canada?

Taking a car rental from the USA to Canada isn’t too tricky, but you’ll need to be aware of the following when it comes to actually driving a rental car into Canada:

  • Tell us in advance that you plan to drive your Budget rental into Canada.

  • Do your research on your personal insurance coverage before traveling.

    • You can get insurance coverage from Budget.

  • Make sure you have a non-resident insurance card, which you can get at the rental counter at no additional cost to you.

  • Be prepared with the necessary documents:

    • License

    • Passport

Canadian Residents Renting in the U.S.

If you have a Canadian driver’s license, your Budget agent will give you a car with a Canadian license plate if one is available. If not, you can enter Canada in a car with a U.S. license plate for up to 30 days if your trip is for non-commercial purposes. 

What is a Non-Resident Insurance Card?

A non-resident insurance card is a yellow card that indicates a vehicle is properly insured. Budget provides these cards for free. They need to be kept inside the car at all times.

Does Budget Allow One-Way Rentals into Canada?

Based on availability at each location, one-way rentals to Canada may be allowed. In order to check the availability of such rentals, renters should fill in an online reservation form and set their preferred pickup and drop-off locations. 

Start your online car rental reservation today with Budget. 


Does Your Pickup Location Allow Travel Into Canada?

In order to find out if your pickup location allows you to drive a rental car to Canada, follow the steps below: 

  1. Find the location’s page on

  2. Scroll down on that page to “Terms & Conditions.”

  3. Click on “Travel Into Other Countries.”

Please call 800-218-7992 for more information.


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