About Regina International Airport (YQR)
Address: 4850 Buffalo Trail, Regina, S4w1a2 , Sk, Sk
Regina International Airport (YQR) lies 7 km (4.2 mi) southwest of central Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan, Canada. Airport car rental counters for the likes of Alamo, Enterprise, National, and Thrifty are located within the arrivals area, while the rental lots are accessed by a courtesy shuttle.
Transport via automobile is the rule, not the exception in Canada, but you know you’re in car country when the city in question doesn’t have passenger rail service to regional destinations — and we’re speaking now of Regina, which is not serviced by Canada’s national railway, ViaRail. There are two ways in and out of Regina — by air or by motorized vehicle. And as far as getting around the city and surrounding attractions, most visitors rent a car.
The majority of the Regina metropolitan area is laid out on a wide-ranging and symmetrical grid, which eliminates a lot of the guesswork. There are four, maybe five main highways in and around town that the average visitor needs to be concerned with, starting with the ubiquitous Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) that more or less runs straight through downtown Regina — that’s the primary east-west route. Meanwhile, Highway 6 (aka Albert Street) runs decidedly north-south through the center of town. Most notable attractions are located within a 15-minute drive of the historic city center.
Choosing your car
You don’t have to worry about choosing the right car at the right price at Regina Airport. The name brand providers have a comprehensive fleet of reliable vehicles. Start with the Chevrolet economy sedan, which couldn’t be any better for inter-city travel. Likewise, Nissan compact and Hyundai intermediate sedans do well on highways and in downtown traffic. The Chrysler fullsize 4-door sedans is the road cruiser of choice, with a smooth ride and a classy look. Choose from Toyota, Ford, and Jeep SUVs to experience that all-wheel drive rush of performance. For transporting cargo, rent a Dodge pick-up truck, and for people moving, rent a Dodge 7-9 seater minivan.
Tips and advice
Heading west on Highway 1, Moose Jaw is the next settlement of note, 71 km (42.6 mi) down the road. Brandon lies 363 km (225 mi) to the east, in theneighboring province of Manitoba. Saskatoon is 259 km (160 mi) northwest on Highway 11, while the U.S. border is a 188-km (116-mile) straight shot down Highway 6 to Plentywood, Montana.
Stopping distance is important in wintery conditions — which Regina has in spades. The Canadian rule of thumb is: if you can’t see the tires of the car ahead, you’re too close.
The exceedingly polite and courteous Canadian motoring public would really appreciate it if you didn’t use your car hire horn for anything other than warning someone of impending danger.
If you read Tip #3, you’re probably going to wonder why you see so many Regina drivers rolling through stop signs on a right turn. It’s a Saskatchewan thing, apparently.
The highways are patrolled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who have a reputation for being a rather humorless bunch. When getting pulled over, be forewarned that the officer may instruct you to get off at the next exit before stopping the car. Once you do, stay in the vehicle and await further instruction.
Using your turn signals in Regina is not just respectful, it’s imperative in slippery conditions.