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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Mazda 2 or similar
Mazda 2
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
$24.78 / per day
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Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Cobalt or similar
Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
$26.10 / per day
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Calgary Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mazda 2 or similar
Mazda 2
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$26.33 / per day
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Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
$27.11 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Calgary Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Cobalt or similar
Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$27.98 / per day
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Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
$28.32 / per day
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Calgary Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$33.76 / per day
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Calgary Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$34.04 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:43 on 2020-01-19. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English,
French
Currency
CAD
Country code
1
Average car rental length
7 days
Economy car rental price
$34.29 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
60 - 100 km/h
37 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 80 km/h
19 - 50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.0–0.15%
Rating
9.2

Why rent a car in Calgary?

Renting a car in Calgary is a good idea - not only you’ll be able to drive around this interesting city and visit its many neighborhoods and landmarks, you’ll also have the freedom to visit the great province of Alberta and its many nature areas.

Calgary Car Rental

Top ways to enter Calgary

  • Calgary Airport: Also known as YYC Calgary Airport, it handled 17.3 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for Air Canada and WestJet, and has flights by around 15 other airlines. Located 20 km (12.4 miles) northeast of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 25 minutes by car.
  • Edmonton Airport: Serving the second city of Alberta, Edmonton Airport handled over eight million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights to and from all the largest Canadian cities and a lot of small settlements in the north of the country. It also provides connections with the United States, Mexico, Iceland, the Netherlands, and other countries. Located 270 km (168 mi) north of Calgary, Edmonton Airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Useful city facts

  • Calgary has a humid climate with warm summers and cold winters. The average high temperature is 23.2 °C (73.8 °F) in July, the warmest month, and -0.9 °C (30.4 °F) in December and January, the coldest. The precipitation is quite high during the summer months, but very low from December to February; however, Calgary experiences significant snowfall every winter.
  • Calgary has often been mentioned as one of the cities with the highest quality of living in North America and the whole world. Factors like very high levels of income, high public safety, and availability of many services contribute to the high livability. Calgary is also the richest city in Canada by median household income.
  • With a population of 1.23 million (plus an additional 150,000 living in the metropolitan area), Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and the fourth-largest in all of Canada. Calgary is also one of the fastest-growing large cities in North America, its population having increased by 13% from 2011 to 2016. Calgary is made up of five districts: Eau Claire, the Downtown Commercial Core, the Downtown West End, the Downtown East Village, and Chinatown; these are further divided into sub-districts.

Top destinations and activities

  • Calgary Tower. Going to the top of one of the city’s most famous landmarks is a special experience. Not only you’ll see all of the city from above, on a clear day you can also spot the Rocky Mountains to the west. Besides the observation deck the tower also has a restaurant and a bar.
  • Glenbow Museum. One of the largest museums in North America has more than 20 galleries and countless collections that focus both on the local history and such different topics as Canadian art, geology, First Nations history, and cultures from around the world.
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary & Nature Center. A large nature reserve on the eastern outskirts of the city near the Bow River, Inglewood Wildlands is home to nearly 300 species of birds, including great gray owl, great blue heron, belted kingfisher, and osprey, as well as mammals, fishes, and butterflies.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limits vary between different roads. The general limits are 90 km/h to 110 km/h on motorways and outside cities and from 30 km/h to 50 km/h inside cities.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05%. Driving under influence exceeding the limit is a criminal offence and can lead to hefty fines, a driving ban, and even imprisonment.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • Using the mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The rule is strictly imposed with high fines.
  • The phone number for emergencies is 112.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Canada. However, as of February 2019, there are no toll roads in Alberta. 

In the rest of Canada, payment method and fees differ for different toll roads. It is best to look them up in advance, finding the information for each province in which you plan to travel. You can also use a toll calculator to calculate the approximate fees for your upcoming ride.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Banff National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and perhaps the most famous nature reserve in Canada, Banff is famous for its mountains, glaciers, and canyons, a great diversity of flora and fauna, and world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities.
  • Waterton Lakes National Park. Featuring such varied habitats as grassy prairies, alpine meadows, mountains, lakes, and wetlands, this national park is a true Canadian wilderness. It borders the Glacier National Park in the state of Montana, U.S., another great wild place to visit.
  • Edmonton. Alberta’s capital and second largest, Edmonton is best known for its extractive industries, but the city also has vast and beautiful parks, as well as great museums, galleries, and science centers.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Canada is an economy, but travelers also like intermediate and fullsize. Getting a fullsize car is a good idea if you plan to travel outside the city and into nature areas. The most popular rental cars are the Kia Rio, the Jeep Wrangler, and the Nissan Rogue.

Further destinations

  • More Alberta. We’ve already mentioned Banff, Waterton, and Edmonton, but Alberta Province has even more to offer. Larger than most world countries, it doesn’t stop to amaze a truly curious traveler, especially in terms of its pristine nature.
  • British Columbia. Alberta’s neighbor to the west should be visited for fun Vancouver, the long Pacific coastline, and the great Okanagan wine region.
  • Washington and Montana. The two U.S. states bordering Alberta are just a few hours drive away from Calgary and offer just as much in terms of regional history, hospitality, and natural beauty as their Canadian counterpart.

Car Rental Prices in Calgary

  • Large cars - from $55 per day
  • Medium cars - from $43 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $84 per day
  • Premium cars - from $62 per day
  • Small cars - from $47 per day
  • SUVs - from $74 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Here's a list of the things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Calgary:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Calgary is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 21% cheaper than the yearly average and about 43% cheaper than renting a car in July.

Top 18 Cities near Calgary

  1. Vancouver Car Rentals from $17.07 per day
    686.4 km / 426.5 miles away
  2. Abbotsford Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    638.5 km / 396.8 miles away
  3. Edmonton Car Rentals from $31.36 per day
    246.0 km / 152.9 miles away
  4. Victoria Car Rentals from $33.76 per day
    727.0 km / 451.7 miles away
  5. Saskatoon Car Rentals from $33.76 per day
    518.4 km / 322.1 miles away
  6. Regina Car Rentals from $70.83 per day
    661.7 km / 411.2 miles away
  7. Kamloops Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    452.6 km / 281.2 miles away
  8. Grande Prairie Car Rentals from $47.92 per day
    556.2 km / 345.6 miles away
  9. Nanaimo Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    738.6 km / 458.9 miles away
  10. Fort McMurray Car Rentals from $80.21 per day
    642.5 km / 399.3 miles away
  11. Cranbrook Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    208.7 km / 129.7 miles away
  12. Courtenay Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    784.9 km / 487.7 miles away
  13. 399.8 km / 248.4 miles away
  14. Chilliwack Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    604.7 km / 375.7 miles away
  15. 720.8 km / 447.9 miles away
  16. Port Hardy Car Rentals from $58.50 per day
    936.0 km / 581.6 miles away
  17. 357.4 km / 222.1 miles away
  18. Prince George Car Rentals from $72.19 per day
    661.8 km / 411.2 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Calgary

  1. Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $25.13 per day
  2. 208.7 km / 129.7 miles away
  3. Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $31.36 per day
    246.0 km / 152.9 miles away
  4. Kamloops Airport Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    452.6 km / 281.2 miles away
  5. 518.4 km / 322.1 miles away
  6. 556.2 km / 345.6 miles away
  7. 604.7 km / 375.7 miles away
  8. 638.5 km / 396.8 miles away
  9. 642.5 km / 399.3 miles away
  10. 661.7 km / 411.2 miles away
  11. 661.8 km / 411.2 miles away
  12. 686.4 km / 426.5 miles away
  13. 727.0 km / 451.7 miles away
  14. Nanaimo Airport Car Rentals from $40.58 per day
    738.6 km / 458.9 miles away
  15. 784.9 km / 487.7 miles away
  16. 936.0 km / 581.6 miles away
  17. Winnipeg Airport Car Rentals from $33.76 per day
    1191.4 km / 740.3 miles away
  18. 1791.8 km / 1113.4 miles away
  19. 2541.1 km / 1578.9 miles away

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Calgary?

Car rental prices in Calgary vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Calgary
$46.50
January
$43.89
February
$51.74
March
$61.57
April
$40.49
May
$45.15
June
$69.84
July
$57.71
August
$24.34
September
$27.44
October
$23.76
November
$31.90
December
The best month to rent a car in Calgary is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $23.76). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 66% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $69.84 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Calgary?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in December, travelers rent a car for an average of 13 days in June, the average rental period is 1 days.
Average Rental Length in Calgary
7
January
7
February
9
March
10
April
8
May
1
June
2
July
3
August
4
September
5
October
4
November
13
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Calgary?

While travelers visit Calgary year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is August.
Calgary Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
90%
January
78%
February
81%
March
81%
April
113%
May
June
July
August
September
108%
October
November
649%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Yaris Advance 4 2 Medium cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers / Vans
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Honda Civic 4 3 Large cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Jeep Cherokee 4 3 SUVs
Alamo Ford Escape 4 4 SUVs
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Nissan Altima 4 3 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Nissan Versa
October 14, 2019
Good Service, & Location
Canada
Toyota Corolla
September 11, 2019
This city is best explored by car because there are some many cool drives just outside the city and in general the city is fairly spread out.
Canada
Toyota Yaris Advance
August 27, 2019
Icefield parkway worth to have your own car to stop where you want
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
July 26, 2019
Routes is good to save money but understand you are not at the airport. The shuttle is a ten minute ride but it was not clear where you go to get the shuttle. In Calgary it is column 22 and 23. Easy airport though. Language barriers can be a problem.
Canada
Honda Civic
June 17, 2019
Best place to rent a car for a tour of the parks in the Canadian Rockies. We visited 3 National Parks : Banff, Kootenay and Jasper.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
May 30, 2019
Short drive to Banff, and totally worth it.
Canada
Kia Rio
May 15, 2019
A lot of downtown parking options.
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
May 10, 2019
I used to live in Calgary. It's a nice, clean city. The new library is beautiful and the Shaw music studio is awesome. A trip to the mountains is a must, beautiful scenery all the way.
United Kingdom
Jeep Wrangler
April 2, 2019
Great city next to the wonderful Rocky Mountains.
Canada
Toyota Yaris Advance
March 8, 2019
I used to live in Calgary. the driving is fast paced. one needs a good map or a very good GPS system as many of the old routes have been altered. the ring road is a very helpful way to get to where you wish to go but once rush hours start one needs to be ready to have lots of patience due to the volumes of traffic.
Canada
Jeep Wrangler
January 7, 2019
Calgary is a wonderful city. Its easy to navigate, large, clean roads, and the airport is a good location to rent from.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
January 5, 2019
I loved Banff and the surrounding areas. The vehicle was really great with getting around.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Cherokee
January 2, 2019
Watch your agreement for a mileage/kilometer limit. Ours was 800km max.
United Kingdom
Mazda 2
October 6, 2018
Barely spent time in calgary, didn’t travel 10+ hours to see just another city. Got the hire car to travel across the rockies out West. Would definately recommend a truck in Autumn ir Winter, you need a vehicle to get around and see some parts of Canada.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
September 23, 2018
I highly recommend flying into Calgary, renting a vehicle and heading to the National Parks!
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Wrangler
August 24, 2018
I used the Jeep to see the country around Banff, Kananaskis to Waterton. Beautiful mountains, cool temps, and great Canadians!
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
August 20, 2018
We rented a car for a trip to Banff National Park. Would recommend doing that
Canada
Toyota Yaris Advance
August 12, 2018
Overall, good value and decent service!
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
August 12, 2018
Renting a car allows you to go outside the city limits. We took a day trip to Drumheller so this worked out well.
Canada
Kia Rio
July 30, 2018
A great place to visit

Top 11 Suppliers for Calgary in 2020

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+14034445464
120 10 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
4034445449
120 10 AVE SW,
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
4033983930
130-588 AERO DRIVE NE
Discount
Discount
Excellent 8.5
+14032656821
140 17 Ave SE, Calgary
Zoom Rent A Car
Zoom Rent A Car
Excellent 8.2
+15878858888
2021 100 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T3J 0R1
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8
+14032656821
140 17th Avenue SE
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8
+14033983930 / +14033983931
130-588 Aero Dr Ne Calgary, T2E 7Y4
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+14032656821 / +18778223872
140 17 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1H2
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7.5
+15878858888
11124 36 St NE UNIT#2010, Calgary, AB T3N 1L3
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Very good 7.2
+15873567888
2120 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1L4
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.1
+18883179666 / +19056707368
Calgary City 11124 36 St Calgary

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