Car Rental in Edmonton
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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$ 77.03 per day
- From Edmonton to Vancouver - 33 offers from US$ 105.13 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 tips
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.
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 rental types and 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 $45 per day
- Medium cars - from $46 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $93 per day
- Premium cars - from $85 per day
- Small cars - from $40 per day
- SUVs - from $64 per day
Top 20 Cities near Edmonton
Vancouver Car Rentals from $39.44 per day799.0 km / 496.5 miles away
Calgary Car Rentals from $17.16 per day246.0 km / 152.9 miles away
Abbotsford Car Rentals from $63.46 per day774.9 km / 481.5 miles away
Surrey Car Rentals from $16.05 per day794.1 km / 493.5 miles away
Victoria Car Rentals from $58.98 per day861.3 km / 535.2 miles away
546.7 km / 339.7 miles away
Saskatoon Car Rentals from $58.98 per day480.0 km / 298.2 miles away
Regina Car Rentals from $77.04 per day689.9 km / 428.7 miles away
North Vancouver Car Rentals from $63.46 per day796.2 km / 494.7 miles away
Prince George Car Rentals from $78.52 per day603.5 km / 375.0 miles away
Fort McMurray Car Rentals from $111.30 per day401.0 km / 249.2 miles away
Grande Prairie Car Rentals from $60.99 per day402.4 km / 250.0 miles away
Kamloops Car Rentals from $42.72 per day551.8 km / 342.8 miles away
Courtenay Car Rentals from $63.46 per day877.6 km / 545.3 miles away
Cranbrook Car Rentals from $43.57 per day438.6 km / 272.6 miles away
562.5 km / 349.5 miles away
Port Hardy Car Rentals from $63.63 per day986.4 km / 612.9 miles away
Chilliwack Car Rentals from $63.46 per day742.4 km / 461.3 miles away
Nanaimo Car Rentals from $63.46 per day858.1 km / 533.2 miles away
172.3 km / 107.1 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Edmonton
Edmonton Airport Car Rentals from $31.65 per day27.3 km / 17.0 miles away
Calgary Airport Car Rentals from $17.16 per day273.2 km / 169.8 miles away
Fort McMurray International Airport Car Rentals from $111.30 per day374.1 km / 232.4 miles away
Grande Prairie Airport Car Rentals from $60.99 per day393.3 km / 244.4 miles away
Canadian Rockies International Airport Car Rentals from $43.57 per day465.6 km / 289.3 miles away
Saskatoon Airport Car Rentals from $58.98 per day481.0 km / 298.9 miles away
Kamloops Airport Car Rentals from $42.72 per day570.0 km / 354.2 miles away
Prince George Airport Car Rentals from $78.52 per day605.1 km / 376.0 miles away
Regina International Airport Car Rentals from $77.04 per day696.1 km / 432.6 miles away
Chilliwack Airport Car Rentals from $63.46 per day762.7 km / 473.9 miles away
Abbotsford International Airport Car Rentals from $63.46 per day794.9 km / 493.9 miles away
Vancouver South Car Rentals from $46.84 per day821.5 km / 510.5 miles away
Vancouver Airport Car Rentals from $32.31 per day827.8 km / 514.4 miles away
Nanaimo Airport Car Rentals from $63.46 per day876.4 km / 544.6 miles away
Victoria International Airport Car Rentals from $58.98 per day880.9 km / 547.3 miles away
Comox Valley Airport Car Rentals from $63.46 per day893.4 km / 555.1 miles away
Port Hardy Airport Car Rentals from $63.63 per day997.7 km / 619.9 miles away
Winnipeg Airport Car Rentals from $58.98 per day1187.1 km / 737.6 miles away
Thunder Bay International Airport Car Rentals from $50.76 per day1777.7 km / 1104.6 miles away
Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport Car Rentals from $55.02 per day2560.7 km / 1591.1 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Nissan Rogue||5||3||SUVs|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Kia Rio||4||1||Small cars|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Dodge Durango||5||3||SUVs|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Toyota Yaris||4||1||Medium cars|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Nissan Frontier||4||5||Large cars|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Jeep Wrangler||4||2||SUVs|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Kia Forte||4||3||Large cars|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Kia Sorento||4||2||SUVs|
|Routes Car & Truck Rentals||Toyota Yaris Advance||4||2||Medium cars|