About Winnipeg International Airport (YWG)
Address: 2000 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg Ap (mn), R3h 1c2, Mn
Winnipeg International Airport (YWG) is the main entry point to Manitoba, Canada, for regional and international travelers. Located on the west side of Winnipeg, (YWG) is roughly 4 miles (7 km) from the triangle convergence of the Downtown, Exchange Center, and Main & Portage neighborhoods. Canada’s seventh busiest airport is served by the Big Six of airport car rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
Prevailing wisdom is clear-cut — you will rent a car in Winnipeg (or The Peg, as locals say), a sprawling city of wide-open spaces, serviced by a paltry public transportation system. Moreover, visitors exploring the rest of Manitoba will be crippled without a car hire. Unlike the majority of North American cities, Winnipeg lacks any sort of sophisticated urban expressway system. While you’ll encounter some bumper-to-bumper traffic during rush hours on downtown city streets, for the most part, Winnipeg is a breeze to navigate. Plus, half of the city’s real estate is occupied by outdoor parking lots.
Winnipeg does have a ring road system — the Perimeter Highway — which doubles as a by-pass for vehicles using the Trans-Canada Highway. Some things to watch out for while driving around Winnipeg include one-way streets downtown, frequent street name changes, no left turns at major intersections, and the North End — Winnipeg’s most impoverished neighborhood and basically a No-Go Zone for visitors.
Choosing your car
Value is the number one priority of all consumers. Choosing your car involves meeting your needs at the most affordable price, you’ll find plenty of great deals at (YWG). For tight budgets, you’ll find compact cars from Nissan, economy cars from Kia, and standard 4-door sedans from Ford. Get solid value with additional space and comfort in an intermediate or fullsize from Chevrolet, or a luxury Cadillac. Your 7-9 seater options include the trusty Dodge Caravan. And of course, no car hire line-up is complete without a Jeep or Toyota SUV.
Tips and advice
With the exception of a few museums downtown, most of Winnipeg’s major attractions (The Canadian Royal Mint, St. Boniface Cathedral, and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden) are spread out across the city.
Bus lanes are notorious for causing confusion at intersections throughout Winnipeg. Multiple lanes going in different directions are a major headache, even for local drivers.
Again, you probably don’t want to wind up in the North End, which is just north of downtown, opposite the railroad tracks. Avoid the intersection of Route 62 and Selkirk Avenue. Traveling through the area can be avoided by sticking to Route 52.
“The Gateway to the West” is an 8-hour drive to Saskatoon, 6 hours to Regina, and another 8 hours to Thunder Bay.
Street parking in downtown Winnipeg is generally available, but be forewarned that these spaces convert to No Stopping Zones during rush hours. Look for the signposts.
Auto theft is rampant in Winnipeg. While your airport car rental isn’t technically yours, it can’t be a pleasant experience to come out of a casino to find your Jeep SUV isn’t where you left it. Have a chat with your car hire provider about anti-theft devices. Meanwhile, never leave your vehicle running and never leave personal possessions inside.