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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
$22.91 / 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
$23.39 / per day
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Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
$23.87 / 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
$24.40 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Hyundai Santa Fe or similar
Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
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$27.24 / per day
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Calgary Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$28.48 / per day
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Calgary Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$29.03 / per day
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Calgary, Downtown Car Rental
Minivan
Dodge Caravan or similar
Dodge Caravan
  • 7x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Zoom Rent A Car
$29.17 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:02 on 2020-03-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    English,
    French
    Currency
    CAD
    Country code
    1
    Average car rental length
    7 days
    Economy car rental price
    $28.91 / 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

    One-Way Car Rentals in Calgary

    The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Calgary and drop off in another city include:

    • From Calgary to Vancouver - 121 offers from 73.96 USD per day
    • From Calgary to Edmonton - 33 offers from 71.10 USD per day
    • From Calgary to Jasper - 4 offers from 90.91 USD per day
    • From Calgary to Saskatoon - 13 offers from 83.69 USD per day
    • From Calgary to Toronto - 47 offers from 118.56 USD per day

    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 $32 per day
    • Medium cars - from $30 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $48 per day
    • Premium cars - from $55 per day
    • Small cars - from $29 per day
    • SUVs - from $42 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 $26.31 per day
      686.4 km / 426.5 miles away
    2. Abbotsford Car Rentals from $39.44 per day
      638.5 km / 396.8 miles away
    3. Edmonton Car Rentals from $31.21 per day
      246.0 km / 152.9 miles away
    4. Saskatoon Car Rentals from $31.80 per day
      518.4 km / 322.1 miles away
    5. Victoria Car Rentals from $38.23 per day
      727.0 km / 451.7 miles away
    6. Regina Car Rentals from $71.11 per day
      661.7 km / 411.2 miles away
    7. Nanaimo Car Rentals from $39.44 per day
      738.6 km / 458.9 miles away
    8. Fort McMurray Car Rentals from $80.53 per day
      642.5 km / 399.3 miles away
    9. Kamloops Car Rentals from $39.44 per day
      452.6 km / 281.2 miles away
    10. Grande Prairie Car Rentals from $48.11 per day
      556.2 km / 345.6 miles away
    11. Cranbrook Car Rentals from $40.74 per day
      208.7 km / 129.7 miles away
    12. 399.8 km / 248.4 miles away
    13. Courtenay Car Rentals from $40.16 per day
      784.9 km / 487.7 miles away
    14. 720.8 km / 447.9 miles away
    15. Chilliwack Car Rentals from $39.40 per day
      604.7 km / 375.7 miles away
    16. 357.4 km / 222.1 miles away
    17. Port Hardy Car Rentals from $58.74 per day
      936.0 km / 581.6 miles away
    18. Prince George Car Rentals from $72.48 per day
      661.8 km / 411.2 miles away

    Top 20 Locations near Calgary

    1. Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $28.48 per day
    2. 208.7 km / 129.7 miles away
    3. Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $31.21 per day
      246.0 km / 152.9 miles away
    4. Kamloops Airport Car Rentals from $39.44 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 $39.44 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 $31.80 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

    Map of Car Rental Locations

    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
    $46.69
    January
    $44.07
    February
    $51.94
    March
    $61.81
    April
    $40.65
    May
    $45.33
    June
    $70.12
    July
    $57.93
    August
    $24.43
    September
    $27.55
    October
    $23.85
    November
    $32.03
    December
    The best month to rent a car in Calgary is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $23.85). This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 66% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $70.12 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
    4
    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 March, and the least popular is August.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Calgary by Monthly Searches
    79%
    January
    346%
    February
    357%
    March
    35%
    April
    50%
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    47%
    October
    November
    286%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Yaris Advance 4 2 Medium cars
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
    Alamo Ford Escape 4 4 SUVs
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Honda Civic 4 3 Large cars
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
    MEX RENT A CAR Mazda 2 4 1 Medium 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 12 Suppliers in 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
    Europcar
    Europcar
    Excellent 8.6
    +14032656821
    140 17th Avenue SE
    Economy rent a car
    Economy rent a car
    Excellent 8.5
    +15873567888
    2120 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1L4
    Avis
    Avis
    Excellent 8.5
    +14032211700
    2000 Airport Road Calgary International Airport
    Budget
    Budget
    Excellent 8.5
    +14032261550
    2000 Airport Road Northeast Calgary Intl Flyin Cust Only
    Zoom Rent A Car
    Zoom Rent A Car
    Excellent 8.2
    +15878858888
    11124 36 St NE #2010,Calgary, AB T3N 1L3
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals
    Routes Car & Truck Rentals
    Very good 7.9
    +14033983930 / +14033983931
    130-588 Aero Dr Ne Calgary, T2E 7Y4
    NuCarrentals
    NuCarrentals
    Very good 7.6
    +18883179666 / +19056707368
    Calgary City 11124 36 St Calgary
    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
    +15878858888
    11124 36 St NE UNIT#2010, Calgary, AB T3N 1L3

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