Waterloo Airport Car Rental

Region of Waterloo International Airport Background…

What initially began as the Kitchener-Waterloo Municipal Airport started in 1929 on old farmland property that now resides as Hillside Park. The towns of Kitchener and Waterloo bought the land in order to create both a land and water airport both areas could benefit from. Construction of the airport was completed in 1930 and fell under the operational control of the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club in 1932. Everything ran smoothly until civilian use of the airport was ceased during World War II due to the Empire Air Training Scheme. At the end of the war the need for a larger airport was quite evident, so a new airport was built in 1950.

The new airport was also known as Kitchener-Waterloo Municipal Airport until it was sold to Waterloo Region and the name was changed to Waterloo Regional Airport. In 2004, the airport received international status and the name was changed to what it is today while another airport took on the title of Waterloo Regional Airport.

Region of Waterloo Airport

Region of Waterloo International Airport Car Rentals…

The three internationally known car rental companies that serve the airport are Avis, National, and Hertz. Their booths can be found within the terminal building by checking a directory when you step off your plane or by asking a nearby airport employee for assistance. Expansions and renovations are still being planned due to the airport’s recent change in title.

Vehicles are situated right outside of the terminal.  To locate them, simply walk right out of the front of the terminal, and turn to your left.  There will be a grayish metal building to your left.  The rental cars are parked right out in front of that building, designated with little signs to mark the rental car company of your choosing.  You should check in with the airport shortly before your trip to see if anymore rental companies have been added to the airport’s roster and if rental protocols have changed since this article was written.

Waterloo Airport Directions to Waterloo…

If you’re using a GPS to navigate around Waterloo, you may want make sure you designate the town as “Waterloo, Canada” to avoid any confusion your GPS might make with Waterloo, Iowa. You’ll start your vacation in Waterloo by leaving the airport the only way anyone can, via Township 99 Rd, and turning right onto Fountain St N when the road ends (there will be a small green sign pointing right to both Kitchener and Waterloo). After about five kilometers you’ll need to turn left onto Victoria St N and continue for almost eight kilometers on Victoria Street N before turning right onto King St W. Turn right onto Willis Way, left onto Regina St S, and finally take the first right presented to you and you’ll be in the heart of Downtown Waterloo.

Waterloo Canada Airport Car Rental Return…

Gas stations near the airport aren’t very plentiful – if there are any at all.  If you travel back via Victoria Street as directed above, you will find a few (but not many) gas stations there to choose from.  Our favorite is the UPI Energy near Kitchener.  The actual address of the station is 1166 Victoria St N in Kitchener Ontario.  It situated just after a McDonald’s on the left side of the road. 

When driving back to the airport, simply remember where you picked up your vehicle from and you’ll be OK.  Signs are well-posted off of Victoria directing you to the road that leads back to the airport.  After getting on Fountain St, the airport turn-in is marked as well.

Restaurants Near the Waterloo Airport in Ontario…

As the airport is somewhat secluded from the Kitchener/Waterloo area, you won’t find much in the way of eating establishments.  If you’re way to or from the Kitchener area however, and are looking for an upscale restaurant to try, you might check out
on 182 Victoria St. N, Kitchener, Ontario.  The experience itself is pretty neat.  It is actually an old, brick converted church building.  The food is reportedly extraordinary, but the prices are fairly reasonable for such high quality food.  Give it a try!
Verses Restaurant
Other Airport Amenities…

The airport has your basic food and retail stores, so don’t expect to get much upon arrival. All the usual amenities are provided, such as Lost and Found services, ATM machines, Pay Phones and Baggage Carts. The airport is equipped with free Wi-Fi like most modern airports, so you want have to waste your data usage limits chasing away the boredom while waiting for your plane to arrive. Other than that the airport doesn’t offer too much, so I’d avoid staying around the place for long amounts of time if at all possible.

Other Car Rental Options at Region of Waterloo International Airport…

All three car rental companies offer GPS systems with their vehicles that make getting around Waterloo and the surrounding countryside quick and efficient. A GPS system will cost you a bit more per day but will save you much more time and money in the end. With only about a hundred thousand annual passengers, you won’t have to worry much about your car being rented out before you get a chance to reserve it. However, keep in mind that the airport just received international status and will be growing quite a bit in the years to come.

Other car rental locations in Kitchener include one located at 696 Fairway Road South, Kitchener.  Avis and Budget both have rental cars to choose from there.
Source: Region of Waterloo Airport

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