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Car hire at El Calafate Airport

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Top tips for hiring a car at El Calafate airport

  • Securing a car rental at El Calafate Airport (FTE), also known as Commandante Armando Tola International Airport, is an ideal way to travel around this untamed region at the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in Argentina. Because the airport is situated near some major roadways that course through Argentina, an El Calafate Airport car rental can take you to cities and awe-inspiring natural sites throughout this southern tip of South America. When you book a car rental at El Calafate Airport, you are beginning your adventure in one of the southernmost regions of civilization.
  • The El Calafate Airport offers services and amenities that can help you plan your stay when you arrive or that can provide distraction if you need to wait in order to leave the airport with your rental car. At the airport, you will find two different travel agencies in the arrivals area that can help you plan local adventures. You'll also find a coffee shop, a chocolate shop, a gift shop, and a drugstore.
  • There are a few things you want to be aware of when you are driving your El Calafate Airport car rental in Argentina. First, there are few traffic controls at intersections. Generally, the more aggressive driver takes the right of way, and Argentina tends to have very aggressive drivers. To be on the safe side, drive cautiously and defensively and yield the right of way. Second, you must have your headlights on at all times, even during the day. Third, because El Calafate is less than 3 hours from Chile, it might be tempting to drive your El Calafate Airport car rental over the border. While this is possible, not all car rental agencies allow this. If you plan to drive to Chile when you are in El Calafate, make sure you ask your car rental agency if that is allowed at the time that you are making your car rental reservation.
  • Booking your car rental at El Calafate Airport gives you the advantage of dealing with car rental agencies that tend to be open longer than the car rental agencies in town. For instance, Hertz car rental at El Calafate Airport is open 24 hours every day, with the possible exception of holidays. In contrast, Hertz agencies in town tend to close in the evening.
  • Book your car hire at El Calafate airport at least 5 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at El Calafate airport

  • Where can I find the counters for car rental at El Calafate Airport?

    The counters for car rental at El Calafate Airport are located within the small terminal, and they are easy to locate. Car rental agencies that you will find in the terminal include Hertz, Budget, SIXT, Europcar, Dubrovnik Rent a Car, and Localiza Rent a Car. The vehicles are parked in the lot outside the terminal.

  • Do I need an international driving permit in order to book a car rental at El Calafate Airport?

    No, you do not. In order for a US citizen to rent a car in Argentina, you need a valid driver's license issued in the US. You will also need to have the rental car’s registration as well as proof of insurance coverage on the vehicle. If you decide not to get the insurance coverage offered by the rental car company, make sure that your own insurance or your credit card coverage is valid in Argentina.

  • How old do I have to be in order to book a car rental at El Calafate Airport?

    To rent a car in Argentina, you need to be at least 21 years old. However, it is possible that your rental car agency will charge you a daily fee for being a Young Renter if you are under the age of 25. Some rental car agencies also have a maximum age for renting a car. Furthermore, when you book a car rental at El Calafate Airport, most agencies will require that you have a major credit card issued in your own name.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at El Calafate airport?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from El Calafate airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Localiza, National, Sixt, and Thrifty.

El Calafate Airport car rental reviews and directory

Avis

10.0

Wonderful

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8.0

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8.0

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10.0

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10.0

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Intl Comandante Armando Tola

+54 9 2966 50 6020

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3.2 Poor

June 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Was given a Chevy spin and told it was the same as a Jeep...it was out of alignment.

1 out of 1

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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Ruta 11

+54 2902 49 2525

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were very helpful and friendly. Midsize car was big enough for 5 people with 5 backpacking bags in the trunk. Driving to Chile was not a problem.

Cons:

Car pick up took longer than expected (~45 min total) because there was only one employee. There was only one person ahead of us in line when we got there.

4.4 Mediocre

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Location in airport. V easy.

Cons:

I was told the car was new and to be v careful. When we got out I saw the car hasd two cracks in the windshield but was told not to worry about it and some minor scrapes in front and the back. Did not feel like a Hertz rental. Also the Chevy really was a piece of junk.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
EXCEPTIONALLY helpful and friendly staff!

1 out of 1

Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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Ruta 11 Sn Aeropuerto Internacional

+54 9 11 4427 1657

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National

10.0

Wonderful

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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Ruta 11

+54 290 249 5330

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Localiza

9.6

Wonderful

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Aeropuerto Inter Comandante Armando Tola, .

+54 800 999 2999

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Cactus Rent A Car

6.0

Okay

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El Calafate Airport (FTE)

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Fox

2.0

Poor

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Europcar, Ruta 11 , Aeropuerto Internacional Comandante Arman

+54 9 11 4427 1657

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Thrifty

2.0

Poor

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Ruta 11

+54 290 249 2525

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Rent@Car

7.3

Good

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El Calafate Airport Office

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keddy by Europcar

6.1

Okay

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Astor Piazzolla International Airport, Autovia 2 Km 398. 5

+54 114 316 6570

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NextCar

4.6

Mediocre

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El Calafate Airport

+54 9 294 470 1379

Monday09:00 - 22:00
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FlexWays

2.0

Poor

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Avenida del Libertador Nº

+54 11 5263 0917

Monday06:00 - 22:00
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El Calafate Airport

+54 9 294 495 5886

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Rent-A-Wreck

2.0

Poor

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El Calafate Airport

+54 9 294 470 1379

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Budget

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Intl Comandante Armando Tola

+54 9 2966 50 6020

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5.6 Fair

Apr 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff at the counter was excellent, very helpful and friendly. The pickup process was quick and easy.

Cons:

The car had some issues. It was unclean, with candy wrappers in the back seat and a chocolate stain on the upholstery. The windshield washer didn't work which was a problem due to all the dirt roads in this part of the country. There were also hidden fees everywhere for extra kilometers drive (limit is 200k per day, are you kidding me!!??!?) and a big extra fee to "prepare a document" to allow entry into chile (they just printed a customs form).

9.2 Wonderful

Jan 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Really nice staff to work with.

Cons:

The car was a VW UP! and there was no obvious mechanism for locking it. This should be clarified on day of rental.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

Great service and vehicle.

6.8 Okay

Dec 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and professional customer service.

Cons:

Too expensive for the size of the car.

Alamo

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Ruta 11

+54 290 249 5330

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7.6 Good

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The car and the service

Cons:

There were fees hidden that were only disclosed at pickup.

Dubrovnik

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, Ruta 11

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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Ruta 11 Sn

+54 2902 49 1398

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Rentacar

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Ruta 11 , Santa Cruz

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Shouqi

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Ruta 11 Sn Aeropuerto Internacional

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sixt

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Ruta 11

+54 9 2966 70 9666

Monday07:00 - 18:00
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Sunnycars

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Aeropuerto Internacional Comandante Armando Tola

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10 travellers who hired a car in El Calafate Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.9

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