Rental companies may charge extra for drivers under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before making your reservation.

Car rental from Calgary Airport

Many travellers love Calgary, Canada. The town in Alberta is rich in history, and a favorite among young families and singles. Renting a car is a great way to check out all the fun in "Cowtown."

Renting a Car at Calgary International Airport

Calgary International Airport, located 17 km from downtown Calgary, is the largest airport serving the metropolitan area. Tourists can rent a vehicle at the airport from major rental companies like Budget, AVIS, Dollar Rent a Car, Enterprise, and many others. Off-site companies include Driving Force, NU Car Rentals, and several others. All offer free shuttle services that pick travellers up at bus bay #6 on the arrivals roadway. 

The most affordable rental options are usually the economy and compact vehicles, like the Chevy Spark, Toyota Yaris, or Nissan Versa. If drivers need more room, nearly all major agencies offer luxury rentals at the airport. Travellers can check rates using Skyscanner and reserve a rental online. 

Many rental companies expect the fuel gauge at the same level as pickup. There are several gas stations near the airport. If travellers are short on time, some companies offer a preferred fuel rate and can refuel cars on site. Keep in mind gas is typically charged at a higher rate with this option. 

Important Information for Drivers in Calgary

There are two major highways to travel in and out of Calgary: the North/South Queen Elizabeth II Highway (QE2 Hwy) and the East/West Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Hwy 1A is a route some may consider if travelling from Calgary to Banff, but officials recommend travellers avoid this route. The narrow winding mountain roads are treacherous in the dark.

Another road to avoid is Stoney Trail freeway (Hwy 201). It is a faster route from the Airport to Northwest Calgary or Banff, but businesses set back from the road and a lack of exit signs for available gas stations, restaurants, and rest spots, makes it a difficult road for tourists to travel. 

Attractions in Calgary

Calgary has a lot to offer to travellers. Visitors can explore indoor botanical gardens, museums, historical landmarks, and much more. Below are a few of the main attractions in Calgary. 

  • Lougheed House - Built for Senator Alexander Lougheed, his wife, six children, and staff in 1891 and expanded in 1907, the Beaulieu as it is also known, is now available to tour. Rich in Canadian depression era history, this mansion is just 26 minutes from Calgary International Airport, via AB-2 S. 
  • Beakerhead - A unique arts and science museum in Calgary, just 22 minutes from Calgary International Airport, via AB-2 S. 
  • Olympic Plaza - Created for the 1988 Olympic medal ceremonies, this Calgary landmark is a popular destination in downtown Calgary. Located only 21 minutes away from Calgary International Airport, the ice skating rink at Olympic Plaza is iconic in Calgary. 

Our city guides will tell travellers everything they need to know about Calgary attractions, and our car rental information pages will lead drivers to the best deal on the car that best suits their needs. That way, visitors can spend less time stressing and more time making the most of their trip to Calgary. 

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