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Calgary, AB, Canada
2 Nov — 9 Nov
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Calgary, AB, Canada
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Calgary car hire information

Pick-up locationCalgary
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, People mover, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations74
Airport locations21
Popular agenciesBudget, Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise

Cheap car hire in Calgary

Economy$13/day
Compact$87/day
Intermediate$18/day
Standard$47/day
Full-size$35/day
People mover$58/day
Full-size SUV$94/day
Premium$18/day
Compact SUV$22/day
Intermediate SUV$43/day
Standard SUV$58/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Calgary car hire reviews and directory

From $60/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.7 Excellent (185 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Alamo
Locations in Calgary
  • 9
  • 8.8
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent26 Apr. 2020
Everything was efficient and an excellent car
10.0 Excellent26 Mar. 2020
friendly staff, smooth transaction, new/clean vehicle
8.0 Excellent29 Dec. 2019
It was easy to get in and out of parking and held our luggage nicelyI would prefer the guy not try to get us to pay for an upgrade . He kept going on and going on about us needing a bigger car .......of course to pay more for . I ordered what o thought we needed and it was fine . No need to waste our time .
8.4 Excellent18 Nov. 2019
It was easy to get the car, the car was perfect, I had a great experience with the overall renting. Easy to get there from the airport, & excellent service at the counter.It was a bit too expensive. I was shocked to learn insurance through Alamo would be $30 / day, when I could have gotten it for $12 / day through Kayak. I realize there are differences, but I don't understand the huge spike in price.
5.2 Okay12 Nov. 2019
There was no windshield washer fluid. The roads were complete slush. It was awful
8.0 Excellent21 Oct. 2019
carca r
10.0 Excellent5 Oct. 2019
Everyone helpful and friendly. The location was easy to get out of and back into. But, there are no gas stations between hwy 2 and the airport so filling the car can be tricky. I filled before I left Calgary but still got charged for a fill up.Can’t think of anything that could be improved
4.8 Okay6 Sep. 2019
Charged me more than estimated
10.0 Excellent3 Sep. 2019
Quick check in and Quick selection and out the Door,Return process was a little chaotic, and unsafe , cars were coming in all lanes while we are alighting and trying to retrieve our stuff,
7.6 Good6 Aug. 2019
Easy to pick up.More help on navigating out of facility; less upselling (yes, know that's how companies make more profit... but enough already. Tried to shame me into larger vehicle.. "it;s very small.. more comfortable full size..etc." Full size is too big for getting around a large city; give me what I want.
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From $33/dayRated no. 2
Enterprise
Cheapest deal
8.6 Excellent (380 reviews)
17 locations in Calgary
Enterprise
Locations in Calgary
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Oct. 2021
Very friendly staff, reliable car and got a very good price for my rental. Extremely satisfied!
1.9 Horrible21 Sep. 2021
There was no car available. Had to rent from another company at much greater expense. I called their 1-800 # to try to sort it out. Their agent promised to get back to me but I never heard from them again. All this tells me Kayak is an unreliability service.
7.9 Good19 Sep. 2021
good expeience
10.0 Excellent19 Sep. 2021
Almost a new car. It was easy to pick it up in Calgary and drop off in Edmonton airport location. Excellent services.
10.0 Excellent15 Sep. 2021
Quick and easy pickup and drop off. Very friendly staff and good value.
10.0 Excellent24 Aug. 2021
The service is fantastic. The car was very clean. The price of a car in Calgary is astronomical at the moment due to the circumstances left by the pandemic.
10.0 Excellent23 Aug. 2021
The car was amazing value for money! Friendly, easy and smooth pick up and delivery.
7.9 Good19 Aug. 2021
easy drop off.. issues with the smell.. carpet had a musty oder.. forgot to refuel upon return.. difficult time finding a gas station
10.0 Excellent11 Aug. 2021
Very good
10.0 Excellent6 Jul. 2021
Staff made a strong effort to get to know you and make rental personable.Nothing
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From $61/dayRated no. 3
Avis
8.3 Excellent (225 reviews)
6 locations in Calgary
Avis
Locations in Calgary
  • 8.6
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible14 Oct. 2021
- i had a reservation, but when i got to the kiosk for the pick up, they didnt have a car for me. They didnt even think to call or email me to let me know before i got there. Then the guy at the kiosk took my number on a piece of paper and said that i was 8th in line. I never got a call back from them. So i basically never got a car from avis.
10.0 Excellent3 Oct. 2021
clean vehicle, what could have been better ? THE PRICE !
10.0 Excellent27 Sep. 2021
I received the car I wanted
10.0 Excellent26 Sep. 2021
Mix up about off-airport pickup handled teriffically in downtown Calgary office!!
1.9 Horrible18 Sep. 2021
The employee at the desk was extremely aggressive and unpleasant to deal with. He attempted to charge us for damage to the vehicle. Luckily we documented everything really well and were able to prove it was not us. I would not recommend this company after my experience. This is the first time I've been so anxious to deal with an employee before, and return a vehicle.
10.0 Excellent12 Sep. 2021
Good place in downtown Calgary close to the tower. Fast processing and pleasant people
10.0 Excellent12 Sep. 2021
Free upgrade and fast service plus best price in town.
10.0 Excellent7 Sep. 2021
Very good service on our arrival. The clerk spoke French. Recent model of our car. I recommend this company as well as this rental office.
10.0 Excellent6 Sep. 2021
Location was a little far from the airport, but the price was way better. Front desk clerk was both efficient and very helpful. We had the chance of having him for both pick up and drop off and it was a breeze. Definitely recommend!
5.9 Okay4 Sep. 2021
Difficult pickup and drop off but had grandson to help us so turned out okay the woman at the counter was just great ,very helpful and kind
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From $49/dayRated no. 4
Hertz
Most popular
7.8 Good (275 reviews)
5 locations in Calgary
Hertz
Locations in Calgary
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.6
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent26 Oct. 2021
Reasonable price, good service, no surprises, good vehicle.
10.0 Excellent19 Oct. 2021
We arrived at the Calgary pick up location and was greeted by a courteous and friendly staff member. He set us up with a nice Chrysler Pacifica and got us on our way in record time. I would definitely recommend Hertz in the future.
10.0 Excellent10 Oct. 2021
The kiosk attendant was great, good service. Make sure to check on third-party websites, prices are really different for the exact same service. It takes a little bit of time, but researching all the options is worthy.
10.0 Excellent2 Oct. 2021
The service was excellent.The agent asked my husband how he was getting back to the hotel. and upon learning he had a 20 minute walk, offered to give him a lift.
1.9 Horrible21 Sep. 2021
Went onto the site, and despite the fact that I had a reservation, “my email address could not be found” my reservation had disappeared
5.9 Okay22 Aug. 2021
Dropoff times should be extended until 9pm we had a plane at 12am and had to walk 7km to airport from rental location and then wait another 7 hours for a plane. Final dropoff was at 16:30 which is way too early.
1.9 Horrible3 Aug. 2021
They canceled my reservation the day before the pick-up. Screwing up my vacation. Now, 8 days later, I'm still waiting for my refund.
10.0 Excellent16 Jun. 2021
The staff was friendly and the specific car that I requested was ready to go when I arrived.
2.0 Mediocre12 Jun. 2021
nothingplease exclude cars that are unavailable from listing
4.0 Okay4 Dec. 2020
Accused me of damages on the car. I wont be buying from them next time. Unfriendly front desk
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From $41/dayRated no. 5
Budget
7.5 Good (163 reviews)
9 locations in Calgary
Budget
Locations in Calgary
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.3
  • 7.4
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent30 Sep. 2021
Budget Car Rental in Calgary is an excellent rental company. They gave us two SUV for the price of economy car - a Murano and Rogue. Drop off and pick up is just a breeze. I will definitely rent from Budget in the future !
5.9 Okay28 Sep. 2021
pickup location much clearer. I selected airport as my pickup location and it assigned a location very close to airport but did not state it was not at the airport
3.9 Mediocre24 Sep. 2021
Not the car I had on the booking and they had no other cars. No one was at the shop when returning under regular business hours.
10.0 Excellent15 Sep. 2021
No wait time. Car was ready. Easy drop off. All around awesome
10.0 Excellent10 Sep. 2021
Perfect service and friendliness, proposed to drop off car at the airport when they realized I was heading there for no extra charge!
9.6 Excellent1 Oct. 2020
pick up and drop off was great. customer service was awesome. Ana Maria and Mike were awesome.
9.6 Excellent1 Oct. 2020
Ana Maria was a great person to deal with. Customer service was par excellence. She was quick to point out the facts and help us out with the rental. Mike was courteous too. I was amazed at their customer service. Prompt and proactive.The vehicle had some side pockets on the door that were not cleaned and there were food crumbs near the gear-shifter from previous rental. We had to wipe it clean with a wet towel and a disinfectant especially in this pandemic environment.
8.4 Excellent7 Aug. 2020
Friendly staff. This is the third time I've rented from this location and there's always a bit of a wait.The after hours drop off worked well but they tell customers "you are responsible for the vehicle until the keys are picked up in the morning". So it feels risky to do it but we had to due to our timelines.
10.0 Excellent27 Jun. 2020
Great price, great vehicle!
8.8 Excellent28 Apr. 2020
Friendly fast service ,,,,
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Rated no. 6
Driving Force
8.3 Excellent (87 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Driving Force
Locations in Calgary
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent8 Aug. 2018
Friendly Service, Awesome VehicleThe 2016 Surburban LTZ reserved was exactly what we needed to transport 7 with carry-on size luggage on a trip from Calgary to Kelowna. I called in a few months before to ask for either a Surburban or Yukon XL so it was great that Driving Force was able to accommodate my needs. This vehicle had all the added bells and whistles such as, adaptive cruise control, pretty good fuel mileage for it's size, collision sensors, A/C seats (front only), and a pretty bumping sound system. It definitely made it easier for me to feel safe and confident enough to drive the SUV since I normally drive a Mazda 3 so it was a big change for me.Honestly nothing to complain about!
8.4 Excellent21 Jul. 2018
Good Car, Unexpected Extra CostGreat customer service at pick up. Shuttle service. Nice vehicle.Unexpected extra fees, not included in Kayak quote...final cost was $100 MORE...NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT. Rental company blamed Kayak for not informing me about those fees. I won’t book through Kayak or that company again...not cool to be overcharged.
10.0 Excellent13 Jul. 2018
Best car rental experience to dateFriendly and easy going staff. We made a few modifications to our booking over the course of a few days and the staff were more than accommodating to our requests. They were a pleasure to deal with and I will look no where else on returning to Calgary for car rental.Nothing..
5.6 Okay24 Jan. 2018
Took 40 minutes to get picked up from the airportCar was new and clean and drove well. Staff at the office was nice and friendly. Price was fair. They did not hassle me about getting insurance.Called the office to have the shuttle come pick me up at the airport. It took 40 minutes for them to arrive. Then their garage is another 15-20 minutes from the airport. If you are flying in and out of the airport and time and convenience is important to you, rent from someone at the airport.
8.0 Excellent15 Jan. 2018
VanClean.I was upgraded to a van at no extra charge, but it was too big of a vehicle for me, and consumed lots more gas than the car I asked for would have. I was told at time of pick up that there would be a shuttle to the airport for me, but when I arrived to return the van, they were closed and I had to pay for a cab.
8.4 Excellent9 Jan. 2018
Excellent vehicle at a great priceI rented a Yukon XL and it was a 2018 with 2K km's. It was loaded with everything including a DVD which was great for a long drive.They overbooked my reservation that I had for 6 weeks. They tried to slough off a Ford Transit instead, but after I refused they miraculously found my reservation at another location. I had to drive there to pick it up, but after that all was good.
10.0 Excellent4 Oct. 2017
The price quoted was the price charged
10.0 Excellent3 Oct. 2017
you have to call to be picked up from the airport, we waited about 35 minutes before they finally got there and than had to drive another 15 minutes. but we did get a nice upgrade
10.0 Excellent3 Oct. 2017
Driving forceWe didn't anticipate not having cell service but thankfully the Rent-A-Car had a navigation system. Saved the week! Thanks
6.0 Good29 Sep. 2017
The vehicle has many blind spots and the automatic side mirror adjustment when reversing was inconvenient
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From $35/dayRated no. 7
Thrifty
7.6 Good (76 reviews)
4 locations in Calgary
Thrifty
Locations in Calgary
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.4
  • 7.4
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent27 Sep. 2021
Good service.
10.0 Excellent25 Sep. 2021
Good service!
10.0 Excellent19 Sep. 2021
Guys working at the Thrifty in downtown Calgary at 5th were really nice and I had no issues with their service.
1.9 Horrible19 Sep. 2021
My flight was delayed, and for some reason they were closed after 1pm and closed on Sunday. I was lost a day of vacation because of it.
3.9 Mediocre29 Aug. 2021
When we arrived in Calgary the office for Thrifty was closed. It closed at 1pm which was not publicized when we booked. We went back to the airport and only through contacting the head office would they rent us a vehicle, at an increased cost. We were stuck. Head office was great.
1.9 Horrible26 Aug. 2021
I liked the vehicle. It was exactly what I had hoped for. Picking the vehicle up in Calgary was ok. The gentleman who we dealt with (Talat) was very nice and accommodating. When our vehicle was not available, he made sure it was taken care of as quick as possible and made sure we were compensated with a free tank of gas. Dropping the vehicle off in Toronto was a nightmare. Talat had told me that I could close the contract at the Carlton Street location rather than at Pearson airport because it turned out that I stayed in walking distance to it. I had a hard time finding it. When I got there, there was no sign and I had to ask around. Was directed to a small place where I was told THrifty was not there. I was given an address on Front Street, which was not in walking distance any more. I drove there and again could not find the place. I called and was told it was there and there would be a sign but I never found it. Circled around the area, looked and looked and followed the directions of the person on the phone, who was hard to understand too. But could not find it. I called the main THrifty line and was not assisted well, just told that I would have to pay extra in order to change the location of drop off. FIrst of all I was never told that there would be a fee (by Talat when I picked the vehicle up) but second, my concern at that time was finding the place. I ended up having to drive all the way to PEarson Airport anyway and lost valuable time in Toronto besides being very stressed. Communication with me was horrible and finding the location should be easier
10.0 Excellent24 Jul. 2021
I would like to mention the staff great service, specially Mr. Ulises at Vancouver airport, he makes the drop off a very easy experience, he is kind and very professional.
2.0 Mediocre25 Feb. 2021
I rented a car through kayak only to be told by the vendor on arrival that they were sold out and the online merchant who sold the deal to me neglected to give them any contact so that they could let me know. This was discovered after my ride left leaving me stranded on an unfamiliar road in an unfamiliar city in the cold at 5 PM when essentially everything was shutting down and derailing my plans completely. It looks like you over sold and now are pawning me off on the third party (carrentals.com) for resolution “in a few days.” The reservation was paid in advance for a rental that KAYAK was claiming to guarantee and failed to deliver. On your own website you write “we work hard as the world’s leading travel search engine to get our users the information they need so they can plan trips the way they want, confidently.” In big bold letters no less! What a crock, this was my first experience booking through you and I’ll be sure to tell everyone I know about my experience with KAYAK. Finally I request again you either secure a car so I may complete my delayed travel or refund what I paid. Thank you.
10.0 Excellent3 Jan. 2021
Everything experienced was great. From pickup and drop-off. Frank was made my experience seamless as he has in the past on previous rentals.Nothing at all!
10.0 Excellent24 Aug. 2020
Carlos was amazing. So helpful and professional. Thank you!!
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From $51/dayRated no. 8
Dollar
7.5 Good (59 reviews)
4 locations in Calgary
Dollar
Locations in Calgary
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible4 Oct. 2021
I tried to cancel my reservation, and they made it impossible. Literally.
10.0 Excellent27 Sep. 2021
Provided great suggestions, answered all my questions
10.0 Excellent25 Sep. 2021
The staff were terrific especially David at the rental return . He was helpful and friendly Dollar has a great employee there!
7.9 Good23 Sep. 2021
So, I am the one doing all the bookings and organization of travel plans. As my husband is not computer literate and less inclined to do such things. So I put in my name as the driver and paid for it on the credit card. I figured when we got there he could be the primary driver and everything could go on his credit card as he has the insurance coverage etc.. We are told we cannot do this and I have to be the primary driver because that is what I filled in. This has never happened to us before. I always book the stuff and when we check in he is the primary driver. The clerk said this is not the case with DOLLAR, I said there was no info informing me of this process. So in the end we had to pay extra to have him as a primary driver! this is such a money grab and I am not all happy with this transaction that was added on later and we still had to add it to my credit card! NOT HIS!
10.0 Excellent26 Apr. 2021
Manu at Calgary airport did an awesome job. Great service !Nothing, everything was perfect.
2.0 Mediocre17 Feb. 2021
NothingDollar rental car did not have a car to give me, so when i arrived they could not provide the service confirmed.
7.6 Good25 Jan. 2020
Staff was great. Good value. Convenient location.Make sure all vehicles have apple car play. It is safer for travellers and others on the road. Also figure out your lot it is always hard to get in and out. Dangerous even.
4.0 Okay25 Sep. 2018
What rental?Not much at all.We waited in line for 20 minutes only to be told they had no car for us. They walked us down to Hertz where we waited another 30 minutes in line only to be told we had to wait for a car. We waited 45 minutes. We ended up arriving to our destination over an hour late and missing an important dinner. The car itself was fine, but we will never rent from dollar again - when you add in the list time and missed dinner with colleagues, this was a very expensive rental and one we don’t want to repeat. There was no apology and no explanation - they oversold and did nothing.
6.8 Good10 Mar. 2018
Great desk staff. Car not checked over properly.Friendly professional desk staff.The car has a slow leak in the right front tire. I wish I'd paid better attention to ensure the care had cruise control. Leaving the parkade on foot involves a trip through a nasty old stairwell and corridor where I thought I might get stabbed. The frost scraper was badly chipped and mostly useless. If pickup/dropoff was an option, I wasn't made aware of it.
7.6 Good8 Nov. 2017
Car was not vacuumed - possibly because I picked it up a few hours early
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From $53/dayRated no. 9
Europcar
6.7 Good (30 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Europcar
Locations in Calgary
  • 7.6
  • 7.4
  • 5.8
  • 5.9
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
6.0 Good22 Jun. 2019
Drop off staff was friendly and made the process easy.Europcar doesn’t accept insurance from USA/int’l policies, although they are valid in Canada. They cited difficulty recouping claims from int’l insurance companies. I had to purchase their insurance for $12-13/day, which increased my rental cost by 25%. This policy was not stated until I arrived.
8.0 Excellent1 Jan. 2019
Good service and nice clean vehicleExcellent suv handled snow in the rockies very wellNothing
6.0 Good15 Sep. 2018
Good valueCustomer service could have been better. A walk through the car features, would have been helpful
8.4 Excellent23 Jun. 2018
Everything was good thank you.
8.0 Excellent26 Mar. 2018
Upgraded car.
6.4 Good25 Feb. 2018
Far from airport and didn’t have my vehicleThe price. Reserved a mini van and ended up with a Dodge Ram 4 x 4. Worked out well only because the weather was dry - all our luggage went in the bed and there was no cover. Had it been wet and sloppy roads, it would have been a disaster.Was 15 min drive from airport. By the time you wait for the shuttle it’s half hour one way. I reserved months in advance a mini van and when I got there there were none available - some “broke down”. Ya right. This happens all the time with car rentals. I’m sure they over book in order to sell out to capacity. Not sure it was worth the savings.
2.0 Mediocre19 Feb. 2018
There was NO CAR for me!!There was no car for me and no one bothered to let me know via text, call, email, etc!
6.0 Good7 Feb. 2018
Put a sign on the building yoUltimately the truck was really dopeCouldn’t find the shop easily because it was named discount rentals with no street signage of europcar. When we arrived they didn’t have the car we ordered and uphold us to a truck. That I was three hours late to get the car shouldn’t have been an issue, my planes were delayed so I was delayed.
6.4 Good29 Dec. 2017
Did not have the car I booked (compact) when I arrived, only had a massive pickup truck. Also, the truck had no gas in it. Had to return the next day to swap the truck for a smaller car.
7.6 Good28 Dec. 2017
Very nice, clean, comfortable, feature-packed vehicle. Handled well in the winter snow and ice. Didn't get the car I ordered, but they upgraded me at the same price.The battery was spotty and I needed to jump start it quite frequently in the cold weather.
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From $60/dayRated no. 10
Zoom Rent A Car
7.9 Good (1 review)
1 location in Calgary
Zoom Rent A Car
Locations in Calgary
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
7.9 Good21 Sep. 2021
Location a little difficult to find when returning car even with GPS
From $63/dayRated no. 11
National
7.7 Good (20 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
National
Locations in Calgary
  • 7.8
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible9 Oct. 2021
I had a booking for September 27 to October 8th. Our flight schedule changed so I asked for a two day increase - September 25 to October 8th. The cost increase was $1321 !!! We are retired and travel more than ever now. Kayak is off my list of travel/rental providers....permanently.
5.2 Okay22 Sep. 2019
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4.0 Okay10 Mar. 2019
The vehicle was smooth ride,give all the credit on this rental to Nissan for amazing eco fuel car they build.check the Rental agreement and paper work of the rental they give to costumers who pay lots of money to prevent alot of trouble can led in
9.2 Excellent26 Aug. 2018
Drop OffReasonable gas return rate of $1.89No gas station close to the airport and was forced to fill upon return at NATIONAL. No fault of the rental company but, an inconvenience and added cost none the less.
10.0 Excellent7 Aug. 2018
Great car and service. price was decent too. customer service was positive. free upgrade to larger carnothing. it was all good.
10.0 Excellent26 Jul. 2018
Customer service was superior and in and out was quick. The vehicle was what was advertised. Great price!Nothing.
2.8 Mediocre3 Apr. 2018
Very Friendly helpful staff in Winnipeg, however the van we rented was not up to highway standards. the back wiper didn't work properly. Not worth the price we paid. There was no staff to return the vehicle to, was difficult to find return location.
10.0 Excellent24 Jul. 2017
Very good customer service, flexible hours, cheap.Nothing to say!!
8.0 Excellent1 Jul. 2017
Great price watch out for feesCar was $200 for a week. And they gave us a slight upgrade with gps.When I went to pay i was charged for roadside assistance and insurance which I was not asked to purchase which doubled the cost of the rental. I had to work with their management to take the charges off. Had I not had the time I would have had to call and fight on the phone. Be aware of those before leaving with car.
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From $36/dayRated no. 12
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
6.9 Good (22 reviews)
1 location in Calgary
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Calgary
  • 7.3
  • 7.8
  • 6.9
  • 6
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
7.9 Good9 Sep. 2021
It was a great rental service with good cars and honest prices. Just wish the servicd at the desk was faster.
6.4 Good3 Oct. 2020
Car is clean. Drop of was very easy and convenient.When we got to the airport we had to wait for two hours before getting the car because they didn't have any available.
2.0 Mediocre30 Sep. 2020
staff let you read the fine print.AVOID this rental car. have all sorts of hidden fees . while booking, it was 'unlimited mileage'. then because i am an Albertan renting in Calgary, it is 200kms per day and have to pay for extra mileage. RIPPED OFF , Used another rental agency last week to go to Victoria BC with real 'unlimited mileage"- well now i know how ROUTES works, i will never ever rent a car there. i actually declined and cancelled the car rental on that day, i went to another agency and get another car for unlimited mileage almost the same price. AVOID this agency !
4.0 Okay30 Sep. 2020
no commentsThey have hidden fees, while booking, it was supposed to be unlimited mileage however since i am an Albertan ,it is not unlimited, it is 200kms per day and the agent told me you should have read the fine print . Thats fine! i missed it , i thought it would be "unlimited mileage" as it states . I rented a van from another agency a week ago in calgary , we went to VICTORIA BC with unlimited mileage . So folks, avoid this company , its ripped off - choose a better rental company !
8.0 Excellent20 Apr. 2019
staff were good
10.0 Excellent31 Mar. 2019
Yes it was easy to find. Friendly staff as well.Not much everything was great.
10.0 Excellent29 Mar. 2019
Shuttle from the airport. Customer service was great. Only a 500 deposit in Calgary vs 1500 deposit in Mississauga.
5.2 Okay25 Mar. 2019
They upgraded my rental due to allow stock on hand, the suv was comfortable but was not as fuel efficient as the one I had expected.The car was not cleaned before they gave it to me
9.6 Excellent20 Mar. 2019
I was unsure about the pick up and drop off aspect, but it went very smoothly and was very little trouble. The staff were very helpful and cheerful.
10.0 Excellent16 Mar. 2019
Staff was very helpful.
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From $36/dayRated no. 13
Economy Rent a Car
6.5 Good (29 reviews)
1 location in Calgary
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Calgary
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.4
  • 6.2
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre17 Jun. 2019
It's honestly hard for me to think of something I liked. The lady who picked us up from the airport was nice. Overall it was horrible.It says they are at the airport, but they are actually 20 minutes from the airport, after you have to wait 20-30 minutes for them to pick you up. Coming back to the airport you need to factor in at least an hour because they only have one small shuttle and you do not know where it will be in route.
2.0 Mediocre6 May 2019
Shuttle never showed up at airport to pick up because my pickup time was close to closing. Reservation had incorrect phone for car rental place. Number was to a local hotel, therefore getting direct contact with car rental was a hassle. Had to book a car with different company at airport.
4.0 Okay18 Apr. 2019
The car was not safe to be on the road. Tires were completely bare.
2.0 Mediocre10 Feb. 2019
Bait and switch for rental car Insurance
2.4 Mediocre9 Dec. 2018
I would gladly pay more elsewhere for a rental carI liked that we were able to have unlimited driving allowance. It was a bonus having a vehicle with command start.The vehicle didn't have bluetooth. The windshield had cracks in it and continued to crack as small chunks of snow hit the windshield (it was a Jeep). When I booked the rental, I received a detailed invoice stating I would be charged $137 CAD but when I went to pick up the car, I was charged $178 CAD. When I brought it up, I was told I had to call in to the website which was closed. It was upsetting ever since we picked up the car. I would not recommend Economy Rent a Car to anyone. I would gladly pay more to have a better experience at just about any other rental agency.
6.8 Good14 Nov. 2018
This company is okayThe price is very good, and the staff was friendly. They even called the night before to see what time I landed and asked for my flight info going over what their pickup process was going to be.This company takes a while to pick you up and get you to their offsite location (20-30 min) which is a small room inside a hotel. The car didn’t have enough windshield washing fluid which could have made the trip up the mountains very dangerous if I didn’t catch it while I was still near civilization. They were very picky while checking the condition of the car with me. Had me use my phone flashlight as it was dark out so they could write down ever scratch and chip on the body (and there ended up being a considerable amount) which makes me glad that I took the insurance (who knows if they missed a tiny scratch?) The vehicle was past due on an oil change for over 2,000 km at the time of pick up. My reservation was for a Toyota rav 4 or similar ( I love Toyota’s) and their only options were a dodge pickup truck, or 3 types of kia’s.
6.0 Good5 Nov. 2018
At seats were not super clean. Shuttle was not at the airport when we arrived as they had said they would be. Waited for a while then called and had to wait again - rather disappointing when they confirmed our arrive time and said they would be there for us.
8.8 Excellent1 Sep. 2018
Friendly staff, best price, and flexible. We're willing to swap in the car for another when I had issues.Long ways from airport, confusion on shuttle. Originally gave me a.jeep rental which is very different to drive.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jul. 2018
Car rental was not available despite being prepaid on fullN/AI prepaid for the rental ($500) but the rental location did not honor the reservation since I was over an hour late. However, they still charged me and refuse to issue a refund.
2.0 Mediocre5 Mar. 2018
Accepted my 9pm reservation but did not mention they would be closedNothing, I was not able to rent a carThat I was lied to and forced to pay more than double for a sedan, not an SUV. Need refund ASAP, would NOT recommend this company
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Ace
5.6 Okay (26 reviews)
1 location in Calgary
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4.0 Okay27 Mar. 2021
The actual car was niceThe car reaked of the guys cologne, it was also dirty when he gave it to us. The guy was not very friendly and when he dropped us off back at the airport, I had asked him if he could drop us near the taxi section and he dropped us off in a dead zone of the airport really far from the taxis with all our luggage and skis...
2.0 Mediocre17 Sep. 2019
NothingAfter receiving the email confirmation I made specific plans to get a ride to the pick location office only to be told they don't have the car and nothing could be done about it. Then I had to pay Uber for a ride back to my hotel. No offers to help in any way. Who runs a business like this?
2.0 Mediocre13 Sep. 2019
They could have provided the car for me that I had reserved. They said I would be inconvenienced but they did not have a car for me and did nothing to help me out.
10.0 Excellent18 Sep. 2018
Great ServiceSafety and ComfortIt is a big vehicle to park
10.0 Excellent1 Jul. 2018
Great staffI was very hesitant to book with Ace after reading the reviews but they were half the price of other rental cars so I figured I’d try it. I was pleasantly surprised. I had to wait a bit to get my car when I arrived in Vancouver but when I did it was a brand new Jeep which was a free upgrade from what I reserved. I had no problems on the drive from Vancouver to Calgary (and all the sightseeing trips in between). When I dropped off the car the staff even gave us a ride to the hotel, saving us cab or Uber fare. Thanks!!
5.6 Okay2 Jan. 2018
Great price. Bad pickup experienceValue.Pickup and dropoff experience. Car availability.
2.0 Mediocre31 Dec. 2017
ACE ran out of cars!Had to wait for hours at Avis to get a car. Avis was helping us out, it was Ace's fault we had to wait.
3.6 Mediocre31 Dec. 2017
No cars in CalgeryWaited 5 hours for cars we did not order. Sent to competitor who had no cars, either. Extremely disappointing. No snow tires on Prius in snow storm. Extremely dangerous.
2.0 Mediocre29 Nov. 2017
Unorganized and my transparent.Nothing, they just brokered it to Avis.Terrible service.
10.0 Excellent12 Sep. 2017
Friendly staff. Shuttle service to the airport was a blessing!
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1578 travellers who hired a car in Calgary gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.1

Car hire locations in or near Calgary

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$60/day

Good deal

$46/day

When to book a car hire in Calgary

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Car hire excess insurance in Calgary

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Calgary car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Calgary.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Calgary car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Calgary

  • Calgary is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. Situated at the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and with the Canadian Rockies on your doorstep, exploring the surroundings of Calgary is a dream with a hire car. The world famous Banff National Park is only a little over an hour’s drive west and will leave you awestruck with the picturesque turquoise glacial lakes, untouched wilderness, and natural hot springs. Canada’s third largest city by population is located nearly 3,500 feet above sea level and has something to offer for every willing traveler.
  • Once you land at Calgary International Airport and collect your baggage, follow the signage to the Car Rental Center elevator. On the second level you will find the counters of multiple major car hire companies including Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Thrifty. The drive from the airport to downtown is seamless along the AB-2 S Highway and will only take approximately 25 minutes. If you are heading to Banff National Park you can either take the Highway 1, which will allow you to pass through Calgary on the way, or the Stoney Trail (201) Highway, which is a more direct route.
  • Canada, and specifically the mountain range, is blessed with wildlife that sometimes feels an explorative urge and wanders onto the roads. Be mindful when driving and keep an attentive eye out for animals. If you do approach any hazardous animals, remember to drive carefully and reduce speed.
  • Thanks to its higher altitude, Calgary can experience significant snowfall in the winter months, causing difficult driving conditions. The roads are designed to best deal with this snowfall; however it is important that you follow some simple tips to increase your safety. Scrape any accumulated snow off your car before driving, paying extra attention to the windows and headlights. Listen to weather reports and adhere to any warnings; the city has a Traffic Advisory station which you can tune in to at 106.5 FM. Be mindful to reduce your speed when driving in poor conditions and be extra cautious around pedestrians.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Calgary for $46 or less
  • Book your car hire in Calgary at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Calgary are around 66% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy car hires in Calgary are around 9% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Calgary

  • Some car hire companies in Calgary which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Thrifty and Avis

  • On average a hire car in Calgary costs $60 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Budget ($24/day), Hertz ($50/day) and Enterprise ($66/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Budget 3328 26th Street Northeast T1Y 4T7 (6 kilometres from the city centre).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Calgary are Alamo (8.7, 227 reviews), Enterprise (8.6, 463 reviews), and Driving Force (8.3, 98 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Calgary is $6.52 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $78 and $104, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Calgary.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Calgary airport include Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Routes Car & Truck Rentals, Dollar, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, National and Ace.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Calgary airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Dollar, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, National, Ace and Zoom Rent A Car.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Calgary costs $52 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Calgary costs $60 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Calgary costs $61 per day, on average.

  • In Calgary, cars are most frequently hired at Thrifty 4101 Macleod Trail Se (3 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Calgary costs $418 per week ($60 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Calgary costs $1,793 per month ($60 per day).

  • A four-wheel drive is the safest car option to help navigate icy roads. A Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar 4WD will provide extra traction on the surface, leading to easier control and handling. When planning for driving in snowy conditions, the larger the car the better, as additional weight will help provide more grip on the road.

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on Calgary roads is 50 km/h (31 mph). Keep an eye out and be careful when driving in school zones as the limit drops to 30 km/h (19 mph). Freeways and highways will vary between 80 km/h (50 mph) and 110 km/h (68 mph) so it is important to always pay attention to the signage.

  • You can expect to pay slightly above the U.S. average for petrol in Calgary, with a liter costing approximately $1.01 Canadian Dollars. This translates to approximately $2.87 USD per gallon. If you are planning on exploring the mountain ranges, be sure to fill up on petrol before heading off on a long trip, as an empty tank is the last thing you want to worry about.

  • Parking in downtown Calgary is quite manageable and cheap, considering the population of the city. If you are heading out for a meal or to explore the city’s nightlife, make the most of free street parking across the city after 6 pm. The Calgary Parking Authority also provides free street parking all day on Sundays and holidays.