Select the best vehicle hire deal in Calgary, compare all the top brands and get on the road quickly. Hassle-free, our easy-to-use website allows you to pick and choose exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or a family, just book before you arrive and drive away.
Calgary has famously hosted the Olympic Winter Games, but isn’t just for those who want to hit the mountains. Multicultural and friendly, Calgary is a fresh and vibrant tourism destination, getting busier by the minute.
Bargains at your fingertips
With so many rental companies in the marketplace, it’s difficult to know which option to choose. The beauty of our site is that we take all of the top Calgary brands so you don’t have to trawl the web. All you have to do is input your travel details and the cheapest vehicle will appear first, directly suited to your itinerary. From two-door Toyotas to Opel mini-vans or Ford four-wheel-drives, we have you covered and you can collect directly from the airport.
If you wish to filter by pick-up spot, class of vehicle, or passenger number, simply click on the filter tools on the left-hand side of the page. You can also see the specifications of your deal. There could be unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver, theft protection or even cross-country border travel allowed. Again, we give you all the options, so you can make the right choice. There’s also a Special Offers tab on the home page. These vary from extra days of rental, upgrades and other bonuses. Keep checking back so you don’t miss out.
Trust us to deliver the best rental deal
You can’t put a price on what we offer. More than 900,000 business and leisure renters have successfully used our robust search engine, with a fully trained customer service team ready to answer any queries. Operating around the clock on weekdays, 12 hours a day on weekends, our crew of car rental experts is here for you. Most vehicles have free cancellation and amendments, while our FREE phone app is a must for any traveller.
The lowest-price guarantee means that if you find a better deal somewhere else, we will beat it by $1 and give you a 25% discount off DriveEasy Excess Cover (subject to terms and conditions). Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section if you need to know more. There’s also some customer feedback.
Preparing to hit the road in Canada
The more knowledge you have, the safer you will feel. Here are some handy tips for driving in Calgary:
● Although stunning in terms of scenery, winters can be very harsh. Accidents in the snow are common, so talk to your hire company about driving to the conditions. Winter tyres are a must.
● Due to the harsh weather, you will need a few key items. Warm clothing is a given, torch, small shovel – again, talk to the rental company.
● City streets generally operate a 50km/h speed limit throughout Canada.
● Hitchhiking is forbidden within the city limits, so don’t be tempted to pick anyone up.
● Cyclists are regular road-users, so always check your blind spot when opening your doors and give them plenty of space.
All set for the ideal road trip
In order to make sure you get exactly what you want, book your vehicle as far in advance as possible. You’re also more likely to nab the best deal… once everything is in place, get planning. A fantastic adventure awaits.
Many people choose to go explore the Canadian Rockies from Calgary starting by Banff National Park and then heading to Jasper National Park. Edmonton is also a popular weekend getaway from Calgary if you are into shopping. Another option is going to Vancouver, just across the Rockies and easily reachable in 2 days spent on the roads. Finally, you could head East to the Prairies.
Car rental brands
There are 12 international and local car rental brands to choose from in Calgary, some available right on site at the airport, others via shuttle from the airport or at city locations.
Pick up at the airport
When you rent with one of the following brands, pick up your rental car in the Rental Car Centre, located on the Departures level across the roadway from the main terminal building. The Rental Car Centre can also be accessed by the elevator lobby across the arrivals roadway.
● Discount - All off-site car rental pick-ups will be done at Bus Bay 22.
● Ace Rent A Car - For free customer pickup, please call (403) 299-1201 upon arrival or use the payphone to call toll free 888-261-7368 from the Arrivals hall. Ace Rent A Car will send a driver for pick up at Post 6 opposite Gate 1.
● Economy - Pick up your rental vehicle via shuttle from Calgary Airport.
● Routes Car & Truck Rentals - Upon Arrival and luggage collection, call 403 398 3930 for pick up. Head outside the terminal at arrivals level and cross the arrivals roadway to Bus Bay number 22, opposite to door 6 to wait for the shuttle.
Choose from a variety of accommodations in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Whether you are flying in for business, enjoying the local sights or heading west for the mountains, there are lodgings to suit every traveller.
Alberta’s capital ropes in over 1 million visitors from all over Canada and across the world for its annual Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Ten days of rodeoing, dancing and cowboying takes over the city, bringing one heck of a good time at the height of summer each year. Besides horses and bulls, Calgary also hosts some incredible culturally diverse festivals, celebrating delectable cuisine, theatre, sport, winter and more. Try to time your visit with one of these fantastic events:
Delicious eats are everywhere in Calgary! You could spend your whole visit strolling from venue to venue sampling delicacies. From Korean tapas and Mexican street food, to delicious pub food and scrumptious fine dining, the foodie in your will never want to leave this urban centre.
Calgary is perched in the foothills of Alberta, about an hour’s drive from the stunning Rocky Mountains. Fresh water rushes in via the beautiful Bow and Elbow rivers, a lovely sight against a backdrop of city skyscrapers. As the engine room of Canada’s oil industry, the city is bustling and contemporary, and while it can feel the boom and bust nature of the energy sector, it thrives in several areas of business and functions as headquarters for a variety of corporations.
There is strong ties to western culture and it’s not uncommon to see cowboy hats donned on the locals throughout the city, earning itself the nickname ‘Cowtown’. Sport is celebrated in Calgary, with a large number of the city’s residents dedicated to spending as much time in the neighbouring mountains as possible. Long weekend ski trips in the winter and camping trips in the summer are common.
Calgary is a city spread out over a large area, so the best way to get around is by rental car. A train line does run through certain sections of the city and the bus service is quite extensive so public transportation (Calgary Transit) is always an option, albeit not the quickest one. Regular taxi services and Uber are also available in Calgary.
Calgary is home to a humid continental climate, experiencing stark seasonal differences. Summers are warm with little rain, averaging temperatures in the low to mid 20 degrees Celsius. Winters can be harshly cold, reaching -30 degrees Celsius, but city dwellers are often given respite by the famous “chinook”, a westerly wind that warms up the city. Calgary boasts more hours of sunshine than any other city in Canada and clear, blue skies are common throughout all seasons. Autumn is crisp and can experience early snowfalls and melts, while spring brings rain and is slow to stick.