Car Rental in Edmonton

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$126.94 per day
Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark 3d or similar
Chevrolet Spark 3d
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$136.03 per day
Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Elantra or similar
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$138.01 per day
Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Forte or similar
Kia Forte
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$138.01 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$141.18 / per day
Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Forte or similar
Kia Forte
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$148.85 / per day
Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$151.92 / per day
Edmonton Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$152.02 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 19:44 on 2022-08-14. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English,
French
Currency
CAD
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
1
Economy car rental price
$88.93 / per day
Average car rental length
2 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 80 km/h
19 - 50 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
60 - 100 km/h
37 - 62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.0–0.15%
Rating
8.7

One-Way Car Rentals in Edmonton

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

  • From Edmonton to Calgary - 31 offers from US$ 65.46 per day
  • From Edmonton to Vancouver - 33 offers from US$ 89.34 per day

Top ways to enter Edmonton

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is the main gateway both to Edmonton and northern Alberta. It is not as large as Calgary’s airport but does have flights to and from many destinations in Canada and abroad. The airport also serves as a hub for flights to the Canadian Territories. The airport is located roughly 30km (19 miles) south of downtown, a drive of about 30 minutes. Rental cars can be found from the major suppliers in the main parking garage of the airport and from other suppliers via a five to ten-minute shuttle ride. 

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the other major airport in the province of Alberta. It is about a three-hour drive to the south. Calgary International is a larger airport with about twice as many yearly passengers. Just like with Edmonton Airport, at Calgary’s airport, the largest rental companies have desks inside the Domestic Terminal, which other companies can be found just outside the airport. 

VIA Rail’s Great Western Way passes through Edmonton on its way from Toronto to Vancouver (and vice-versa). The scenery on the route to Vancouver is amazing as the train passes through Jasper National Park.  The train station for VIA Rail in Edmonton is located just northwest of downtown. Though there are no car rental facilities either at the station or immediately nearby, many rental companies have locations in downtown which would be only a short taxi ride away. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Alberta Legislature Building -  The building that house Alberta’s legislature was built in 1911 after Edmonton became the capital of the province. Tours are offered every day of the week in summer and every weekday during the rest of the year. They are free of charge. 
  • Golfing - One wouldn’t expect a city so far north would be a golf destination, but in a way, it is. There are quite a few golf courses both in the city itself and in the surrounding area. The sport is popular among local residents, particularly due to the sunny (but not necessarily hot or even warm) weather the city receives. 
  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village - This attraction is actually just outside of the city along Highway 16 on the other side of Elk Island National Park. It is a reconstructed village showing what life was like for Ukrainian immigrants to Alberta around the turn of the 20th century. The village functions as a village then would have with historical interpreters playing village residents. 
  • Northern Lights - Edmonton is located at a latitude of 53°N and is therefore in the area where it is possible to see the Aurora Borealis. Of course, you have much better chances if you go to the northern territories.  If you can not make it there, though, the Northern Lights can be seen about 90 days out of the year around Edmonton. The wintertime is the best time. And you are more likely to get a good view if you go outside of the city. 
  • West Edmonton Mall - While Edmonton may not be known as a chic destination, shopaholics will still find North America’s largest mall of great interest. The mall has even recently added Louis Vitton, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, and other upscale boutiques. The mall, however, has something to offer everyone. There are a plethora of dining options including both fast food and full-service restaurants. There is even an indoor waterpark in the mall with slides and a wave pool. The West Edmonton Mall is a destination in and of itself. 
  • Skiing - Edmonton is near the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the ski resorts that are located in them. There are also a few skiing clubs in the city itself. These are small hills, be they have lifts. These ski centers are particularly good for beginners. Snow Valley is located in the southwestern portion of the city, the Rabbit Hill Snow Resort is further to the southwest just outside of the city, and the Sunridge Ski Area is east of downtown. 
  • Fort Edmonton Park - Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River southwest of downtown, Fort Edmonton Park is a historical park complete with recreated historical streets and buildings. Like the Ukranian Cultural Heritage Park, it has interpreters playing villagers from the turn of the 20th century and the mid 19th century pioneer days. In addition to a streetcar and a train that visitors can ride, younger guests will love the midway (fair) and its antique carousel. 

Traffic and parking

Parking is readily available in downtown Edmonton, though most spaces are metered. You can pay via a phone app, coins, or a credit card (though not Visa). You must return to get more time. Garages can be found and parking is not a problem outside of downtown. 

More than dealing with the traffic, in Edmonton, you will have to deal with the winter weather if traveling in the area from November to April. Rental cars will generally have all-season tires installed on them. While these are sufficient for driving under normal winter conditions, they are inferior to proper snow tires during heavy snowfall and in the mountains. Some roads through the Rocky Mountains may additionally require snow chains, though rental companies do not allow them to be installed on their calls. Therefore, if you plan to transit through the mountains with a rental car in winter, be sure to check your planned route and leave extra days in case you are not able to transit due to heavy snowfall. The main roads will be cleared when the storm subsides, of course. 

If you are from an area that doesn’t see snow or that makes use of salt, you will be surprised at the city roads in Alberta. They attempt to use as little salt as possible. The snow is generally packed down and sand put on top to help with traction. Expect only the highways to be completely clear of snow. 

Those from further south may also be surprised to see electric cables hanging out of the front of most cars. These are connected to heaters on the engine block of the car. Residents heat the engine before attempting to crank it when it is extremely cold. Most rental companies do not use them and do not tell their customers to use them. Your rental car may have an engine block heater with the cable hidden. Rental companies don’t want you to use it because people that are not used to using them tend to drive away forgetting to unplug it beforehand. 

If your rental car does not have a snow brush, stop at a gas station and purchase one. They are cheap and essential if it snows. All considered, driving in Edmonton in winter should not worry any driver that has had prior winter driving experience. If you have never driven in a  northerly location in winter, you may want to get some tips beforehand and don’t plan to drive to the Rocky Mountains. 

Toll roads

There are no toll roads in Alberta. Neither are there toll roads in neighboring Saskatchewan or British Columbia. You may find some outdated information online indicating that the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) in British Columbia has toll booth, but since 2008, it has been toll-free. 

The closest thing to tolls in Alberta are the roads in the national parks which require paying the entrance fees to the parks to use. 

If you are planning a cross-Canada road trip, be aware that there are a few toll roads in the eastern part of the country.  

Most popular cars

The most popular type of rental car in Edmonton is the Economy class of which the Kia Rio is a great example. Many renters prefer SUVs, both full size and smaller intermediate versions, due to the winter weather and for going on long road trips. The Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Rogue are great examples of these and are both very popular. 

Car Rental Prices in Edmonton

  • Large cars - from $99 per day
  • Medium cars - from $159 per day
  • Vans - from $295 per day
  • Premium cars - from $182 per day
  • Small cars - from $95 per day
  • SUVs - from $237 per day

Top 20 Cities near Edmonton

  1. Calgary Car Rentals from $139.11 per day
    254.4 km / 158.1 miles away
  2. Vancouver Car Rentals from $118.78 per day
    809.1 km / 502.7 miles away
  3. Abbotsford Car Rentals from $120.64 per day
    774.9 km / 481.5 miles away
  4. Victoria Car Rentals from $183.98 per day
    873.5 km / 542.8 miles away
  5. North Vancouver Car Rentals from $197.56 per day
    796.2 km / 494.7 miles away
  6. Surrey Car Rentals from $300.37 per day
    794.1 km / 493.5 miles away
  7. Kelowna Car Rentals from $240.85 per day
    546.7 km / 339.7 miles away
  8. Saskatoon Car Rentals from $364.30 per day
    480.0 km / 298.2 miles away
  9. Regina Car Rentals from $65.47 per day
    689.9 km / 428.7 miles away
  10. Banff Car Rentals from $139.11 per day
    272.1 km / 169.1 miles away
  11. Kamloops Car Rentals from $224.79 per day
    551.8 km / 342.8 miles away
  12. Prince George Car Rentals from $266.66 per day
    603.5 km / 375.0 miles away
  13. Courtenay Car Rentals from $208.87 per day
    877.6 km / 545.3 miles away
  14. Nanaimo Car Rentals from $197.56 per day
    858.1 km / 533.2 miles away
  15. Grande Prairie Car Rentals from $51.83 per day
    402.4 km / 250.0 miles away
  16. Fort McMurray Car Rentals from $94.59 per day
    401.0 km / 249.2 miles away
  17. Cranbrook Car Rentals from $37.03 per day
    438.6 km / 272.6 miles away
  18. Chilliwack Car Rentals from $224.79 per day
    742.4 km / 461.3 miles away
  19. 562.5 km / 349.5 miles away
  20. Port Hardy Car Rentals from $208.87 per day
    986.4 km / 612.9 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Edmonton

  1. Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $126.94 per day
    27.3 km / 17.0 miles away
  2. Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $137.62 per day
    273.2 km / 169.8 miles away
  3. 374.1 km / 232.4 miles away
  4. 393.3 km / 244.4 miles away
  5. 465.6 km / 289.3 miles away
  6. Saskatoon Airport Car Rentals from $364.30 per day
    481.0 km / 298.9 miles away
  7. Kelowna Airport Car Rentals from $240.85 per day
    568.7 km / 353.3 miles away
  8. Kamloops Airport Car Rentals from $224.79 per day
    570.0 km / 354.2 miles away
  9. 605.1 km / 376.0 miles away
  10. 696.1 km / 432.6 miles away
  11. 762.7 km / 473.9 miles away
  12. 794.9 km / 493.9 miles away
  13. Vancouver South Car Rentals from $324.99 per day
    821.5 km / 510.5 miles away
  14. Vancouver Airport Car Rentals from $118.78 per day
    827.8 km / 514.4 miles away
  15. Nanaimo Airport Car Rentals from $197.56 per day
    876.4 km / 544.6 miles away
  16. 880.9 km / 547.3 miles away
  17. 893.4 km / 555.1 miles away
  18. Victoria Burnside Car Rentals from $183.98 per day
    893.5 km / 555.2 miles away
  19. 997.7 km / 619.9 miles away
  20. Winnipeg Airport Car Rentals from $130.96 per day
    1187.1 km / 737.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Edmonton 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 Edmonton
$40.19
January
$31.38
February
$38.96
March
$50.24
April
$37.94
May
$41.59
June
$37.17
July
$40.77
August
$25.05
September
$30.29
October
$34.86
November
$29.80
December
The best month to rent a car in Edmonton is September (when prices for an Economy class start from $25.05). This is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 50% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $50.24 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Edmonton?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 16 days in June, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Edmonton
6
January
5
February
9
March
6
April
16
May
4
June
8
July
6
August
7
September
5
October
4
November
4
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Edmonton is March, and the least popular is October.
Popularity of Car Rental in Edmonton by Monthly Searches
296%
January
312%
February
359%
March
110%
April
54%
May
6%
June
8%
July
54%
August
September
October
November
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 Jeep Wrangler 4 2 SUVs
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Dodge Durango 5 3 SUVs
Alamo Hyundai Elantra 4 2 Large cars
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Honda Civic 4 3 Large cars
Thrifty Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Dodge Durango 5 3 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Rav4 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Canada
Kia Rio
April 25, 2019
for me it's family..
Hungary
Dodge Caravan
October 4, 2018
It is worth to rent a car for long journeys. It is also worth visiting the city's attractions by car. It is also easy to visit the sights of the area by car. The rocky mountain is not far away by car. This is a great experience!
Canada
Kia Rio
October 2, 2018
Rental location has easy access to Highway 2 north or south - convenient for my trip to Red Deer.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.79 / 10
Lowest rated company
Avis
8.3 / 10
Total number of reviews
3
Total rental companies
10
Average daily price
$88.93
Lowest daily price
$26.90
Total cars available
43

Top 10 Suppliers in Edmonton in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 3 reviews
+17808907345
1, 1000 Airport Rd, Leduc, Alberta
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
8337183042
1, 1000 AIRPORT ROAD
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:59
Tue:08:00-23:59
Wed:08:00-23:59
Thu:08:00-23:59
Fri:08:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
7808904436
Edmonton Int'l Ap
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
National
National
Excellent 8.5
8337183048
1, 1000 AIRPORT ROAD,
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+17804482000
1000 Airport Road
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4
8772830898
1000 Airport Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
+17809552224 / +33017666025
405 11th Avenue Nisku, T9E 7N2
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:30
Tue:08:00-19:30
Wed:08:00-19:30
Fri:08:00-19:30
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Excellent 8.4
+17809552224
405 11 Ave, Nisku, Edmonton
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:30
Tue:08:00-16:30
Wed:08:00-16:30
Thu:08:00-16:30
Fri:08:00-16:30
Sat:09:00-12:30
Sun:09:00-12:30
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.3 / 42 reviews
+17809552224 / +14033983931
405 11th Avenue Nisku, T9E 7N2
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:30
Tue:08:00-19:30
Wed:08:00-19:30
Thu:08:00-19:30
Fri:08:00-19:30
Sat:09:00-16:30
Sun:09:00-16:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3
+17808907596
1000 Airport Road
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 07:30-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
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