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Rental locations 73
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Calgary car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.3 Excellent (174 reviews)
15 locations in Calgary
Enterprise
Locations in Calgary
1036 - 9 Avenue Sw
+1 403 212 5232
129 17 Ave Se
+1 403 264 0424
14371 Macleod Trail Sw
+1 403 216 3630
155 Crowfoot Way Nw
+1 403 241 7053
2000 Airport Rd Ne
+1 833 619 3654
2615 26 St Ne
+1 403 735 6080
4115 Macleod Trail South
+1 403 243 2100
4603 - 16 Avenue Nw
+1 403 202 8720
4802 - 17 Avenue Se
+1 403 248 1136
4804 Edmonton Trail Ne
+1 403 282 9881
5100 Shaganappi Trail Nw
+1 403 216 3346
626 58th Ave Se
+1 403 253 1853
7700 110 Avenue Nw Suite 20
+1 403 241 5840
7820 Macleod Trail South
+1 403 252 0222
Unit 500, 11488 - 24 Street Se
+1 403 720 1916
  • 8.2
  • 8.6
  • 8.4
  • 8.0
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
15 Jan 2017
Pros: The staff were very friendly
Cons: The pick up point was a long way from the airport
10.0 Excellent
25 Oct 2016
Pros: We were able to get an upgrade from a Jeep Patriot to a Hyundai Sante Fe for $50. Awesome vehicle with all the toys.
Cons: Nothing , all was good .
10.0 Excellent
2 Nov 2016
Pros: They were very professional in all aspects. I will surely come back again
9.6 Excellent
19 Apr 2017
Great Value
Pros: Got a clean car at the right price. They also let me park my car there for overnight. The associate there was professional. Recommended.
10.0 Excellent
9 Jun 2017
Pros: Had a nice full-sized car, clean and well-equipped. Had a problem with the "check engine" light coming on while in a remote away from Calgary, but a nearby Enterprise office sent us to a local repair shop that quickly diagnosed the problem (as not being a problem needing to be fixed) for no charge to us, and we were able to continue our trip with confidence in the car.
10.0 Excellent
11 Jun 2017
Pros: staff were great. I was half an hour late getting back but they waved it. Also had a bit of dog hair and blades of grass in the car. I told them about it and said I would pay for the cleaning. they waved that also saying it was minor. loved the car, Rode easily and hardly used any gas. thank-you! Lois
10.0 Excellent
1 Jul 2017
Smooth experience all around
Pros: When I got a call at the Calgary airport that someone had damaged the SUV set aside for us, Enterprise was ready with options and patient as I discussed those options with my family while on the phone. The 4x4 truck was perfect for our needs and the upgrade was the same price as my original booking. The staff was courteous, friendly, and informative and I shall rent from again when I return.
Cons: Nothing to report.
10.0 Excellent
21 Sep 2017
Pros: everything
Cons: nothing
10.0 Excellent
9 Dec 2016
Great experience
Pros: My car recently quit so I was looking into rentals for the next while, as I only need to travel for work a few days a month. Theses are the reasons I chose to go with enterprise: -No charge prior to picking up my rental, if things change, thats ok -Able to return the car a day earlier than I booked it for -excellent staff, the girls working offered me a ride home, as it was -26 and I was walking. I arrived only 10 minutes before closing and they insisted they didn't mind. -signed me up for enterprise plus -unlimited kilometres with rentals
Cons: That I've booked with other companies like Budget before when I could've been renting with Enterprise!
4.0 Okay
17 Oct 2015
Cons: They asked me if I wanted a bigger and nicer car for a few extra dollars a day and I said no because I don't like to drive big cars and I don't know anything about cars so I really don't care. I saw later on the receipt that they did give me the bigger car and charged me for it. And the car smelt like spoiled milk for the entire 2 days. Grosse.
Rated no. 2
Hertz
7.2 Good (148 reviews)
5 locations in Calgary
Hertz
Locations in Calgary
114 5th Avenue Se
+1 403 267 1690
2000 Airport Road Ne
+1 403 221 1676
3318 32nd Street Ne
+1 403 221 1341
4101 Macleod Trail, South
+1 403 221 1339
927-6th Avenue Sw
+1 403 221 2560
  • 6.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
22 Sep 2018
They help me with lost driving license
Pros: staff were very supportive. I forgot my driving licnese but they help me to get the car with police lost report
6.4 Good
17 Aug 2016
Kayak provided wrong location for pickup and drop
Pros: Car worked
Cons: Pick up and drop off weren't at airport, which is what I searched for. There were fees attached, removed, discounted, applied. The whole thing was shady and never resembled the quote I reserved the car for.
10.0 Excellent
8 Jan 2017
Hertz makes it easy.
Pros: Clean car, good value, great service! I thought it might be a long wait since I was renting internationally but it was breeze. Thanks Hertz! Pat
2.0 Mediocre
8 Apr 2017
Misleading location. Will never book this way again!
Cons: I selected the Calgary Airport as the rental pick up / drop off location. The vehicle offered indicated an addresses which I assumed was the Calgary airport as I have not been to this city before. There was no mention that the rental location was off site. When I arrived at the car rental counter at the airport, they politely informed me the vehicle was booked for was a location in the city ($45 taxi ride to get there.) Completely misleading reservation!! I paid an extra $100 to the Hertz desk at the airport in order to pick up and drop off on site instead of having to get to the downtown location just to pick up the vehicle.
10.0 Excellent
23 Apr 2017
Quick and easy
Pros: Great car, great service very quick
10.0 Excellent
25 Apr 2017
Customer service above and beyond
Pros: They were extremely accomodating and friendly.
Cons: Nothing. They were great.
6.8 Good
1 May 2017
Cons: na
2.0 Mediocre
19 May 2017
Cons: I was routed to a hertz location nearly 45 minutes away from the airport. I had an absolutely terrible experience working with your website and I will recommend evreyone I know to never use you again.
2.0 Mediocre
23 May 2017
Car rental was not at the airport,
Cons: We had to drive 30 miles from airport to rental location...
8.0 Excellent
23 Sep 2018
Reasonable rental
Pros: Good price for a good car
Cons: Got a chip in the windshield and had to pay an extra $45. But that isn’t too bad.
From $69/day
Rated no. 3
Alamo
Cheapest deal
Most popular
8.3 Excellent (82 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Alamo
Locations in Calgary
120 10 Ave Sw
+1 403 444 5464
2000 Airport Road Ne
+1 833 619 3653
  • 8.2
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
27 Jul 2018
Pros: quick and easy and courteous service
2.0 Mediocre
29 Dec 2016
The car was not there.
Pros: I woke up 7 in the morning to reach at Alamo to pick up my reservation only to fond the car was not there are they are unable to provide me any substitute. I AMA NEVER USING KAYAK TO BOOK MY RESERVATIONS AGAIN. FREAKING DISGUSTING.
2.0 Mediocre
4 Jan 2017
Cons: Alamo took my online reservation yet did not have any vehicle when I went to pick up.
9.6 Excellent
22 Jun 2017
Best rental company
Pros: Great customer service was looking for a specific model of car and they assisted me in finding the right one , great customer service. Not to mention unlimited kilometers !
Cons: Nothing really.
10.0 Excellent
18 Jul 2017
Great value
Pros: The staff were great, gave me the rental a day early and no issues at all. Great deal as well!
10.0 Excellent
21 Feb 2018
Cons: It was great.
7.6 Good
21 Aug 2018
Price was not as advertised / booked
Pros: Car was clean and in good condition. Staff were good and pickup was quick and easy.
Cons: The price was not what was booked (~$70 more than advertised); daily fee and young driver fee were more than what was stated in the Kayak booking.
2.0 Mediocre
5 Nov 2018
Waste of my time and money
Cons: I booked a car through Kayak with Alamo. I spent $35 on an Uber from YYC to the pick-up location just to find out the location had shut permanently. I was on a tight schedule after just missing a flight for reasons out of my control. This will be my last time booking anything through kayak. I recommend going directly through another company if you want to save your time and money and actually get the service you are needing. Extremely disappointed.
5.6 Okay
25 Jan 2016
Asleep at the swithch
Cons: I arrived at the Alamo desk at Calgary airport to find it closed. There was no indication of a number to call. I called the general 800 number and had to wait a long time for a reply, only to be told to come back the next morning. I had to spend the night in an airport hotel and pick up the car hours after my arrival. I find this to be absolutely disgraceful service, especially as I arrived on a full flight from Toronto, not some special charter from the wilderness.
8.8 Excellent
19 Sep 2016
Nice clean rental
Pros: My rental was nice and clean. Pick up and drop off was fairly easy.
Cons: I felt like the price was too high.
Rated no. 4
Avis
7.9 Good (94 reviews)
6 locations in Calgary
Avis
Locations in Calgary
115 9th Avenue Southeast, Unit 162
+1 403 269 6166
1525 16 Avenue Northwest
+1 403 503 8540
2000 Airport Road
+1 403 221 1700
2828 23 Street Northeast
+1 403 571 3236
400 Midpark Way Southeast
+1 403 873 2580
5707 A Macleod Trail
+1 403 287 2113
  • 7.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.9
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
5 Jul 2016
Alberta/BC tour
Pros: Great car Great price and free upgrade
4.8 Okay
7 Jul 2017
Supply chain problems
Pros: They provided an upgrade when the car we booked was not available
Cons: They had no cars available whatsoever, their planning to have all the cars that are reserved is very poor. This was not limited to the day I was there, when returning the car they had the same problems. The facility is small and crowded, no place to sit, it's a mobile shack in the middle of a parking lot.
4.4 Okay
24 Jul 2017
Poor downtown service
Pros: The car ran and was fairly clean. It was equipped with winter tires which are not appropriate for mid July usage and were loud.
Cons: Pick up service was terrible-upon entering the non airport location, we waited for twenty minutes while the middle aged attendant, Rezaul, argued over his personal cell phone and did not even acknowledge us. We were waiting and the actual business phone was ringing and he ignored both. He then pushed the sale of insurance aggressively and with an attititude. Our actual rental was not available, so we were, "upgraded" to a larger vehicle with worse fuel economy. I would avoid the 1616 14th AVE NW Avis in Calgary if at all possible.
9.2 Excellent
14 Jun 2016
Pros: Price was excellent people were friendly car was clean and nice
Cons: The location was farther then i thought from the airport. It cost me 30.00 cab ride to get there.
7.6 Good
30 Jun 2016
Pros: The car was almost brand new. Didn't have any issues with the paperwork or reservation.
Cons: I thought the cost was way too high.
8.0 Excellent
15 Aug 2016
Pros: Good value.
8.8 Excellent
24 Aug 2016
Pros: the car and the professionalism Drop off was excellent
Cons: Location of the pickup was a bit out of the way.
10.0 Excellent
24 Sep 2016
excellent car rental experience
Pros: We were pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy it was to pick up the car and start our trip. They upgraded us from an economy car to a midsize SUV which turned out to be a nice change! Overall I am very happy with our experience at Avis.
3.6 Mediocre
30 Sep 2016
The car was beat up
Pros: Tires were relatively new.
Cons: I have taken a vacation with my family and we have chosen to rent a good vehicle since we were going to drive a lot. We chose the GMC Yukon XL premium which is a full size SUV fully loaded. The car was very very dirty in and out and it was beat up. The windshield had many cracks and the paint was scratched/damage all around the car. It did not feel right. Specially because we were paying for a luxury ride. Before driving away with the car, I complained that the car was dirty. Their response was " That is the only one we have available".
6.8 Good
26 Jun 2017
Pros: I liked that we were able to drop our car off at the airport without an extra charge.
Cons: 1) Coffee cup was left in the glove box. Still had liquid left in it that spilled on my pants when I trashed it. 2) Cost for insurance was way too expensive! Ended up being something like $50+ a day compared to $10 at Enterprise. 3) No one did an inspection at the beginning to make note of different marks/scratches.
Rated no. 5
Budget
6.7 Good (84 reviews)
9 locations in Calgary
Budget
Locations in Calgary
140 6th Avenue Southeast
+1 403 226 1550
15180 Bannister Road Southeast
+1 403 226 1550
1544 16th Avenue Northwest
+1 403 226 1550
2000 Airport Road Northeast
+1 403 226 1550
3328 26th Street Northeast
+1 403 226 1550
5210 Macleod Trail Southwest
+1 403 226 1550
724 6th Avenue Southwest
+1 403 226 1550
7687 110 Avenue Northwest
+1 403 226 1550
Bay 6,125 11450 29th Street Se
+1 403 226 1550
  • 6.4
  • 7.2
  • 7.3
  • 6.5
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
6.0 Good
20 Sep 2016
Not near the airport
Cons: I reserved a car I thought was at/near the airport. When I went to the Budget counter I found out the Budget location you gave me was almost 20 miles away. I ended up renting a car at the airport for twice as much as I was expecting. Thanks a lot.
6.0 Good
8 Jun 2018
Dirty smelly vehicle
Pros: They were quick and efficient. Drop off guys quickly walked around and said it was good to go.
Cons: Car smelled like somebody was smoking weed in it. They told me it was new car smell. When my wife got in her first reaction was "ew". Car was dirty, exterior not washed so we are doing this walk around and can't tell what was a scratch and what was dirt. They kept telling me I was responsible for windshield damage. The windshield was chipped in 2 spots, but when asked if the existing chip spreads am I responsible they were unable to provide an answer.
8.0 Excellent
15 Aug 2018
Good experience, but would prefer the car I booked.
Pros: Great experience overall.
Cons: Had booked a much smaller compact car online, but upon pickup I was given a "free upgrade" to a much large sedan. While the car was bigger and had more features, it also used much more gasoline than I would have liked and therefore I really did not appreciate my "free upgrade."
10.0 Excellent
8 Feb 2016
Easy pick up and drop off great quality cars
Pros: The pickup and drop off at the airport with simple and quick less than 5 minutes each time. Also the rental office is inside the airport so there's no shuttle that takes you to the car lot, they are right there in the terminal! We also had a brand new car that had only 200 kilometers on the odometer. Leather seats and all the options were included in our rental was super cheap, great pricing for the quality. Overall I would rent from this office again they were fantastic and the customer service was great. Only piece of advice was to either bring your own GPS then download Canada maps, or make sure your phone is usable in Canada. The GPS rental is more expensive than the car rental per day so we opted not to do it but driving around Alberta is easy
Cons: Na
3.6 Mediocre
18 Apr 2016
Pros: Nothing
8.0 Excellent
13 Jul 2016
Pros: Very nice car and agents.
Cons: The check in process. Took about 30-40 mins.
4.8 Okay
20 Jan 2016
Clean you car inside
Pros: Standard car...
Cons: Arrived at midnight - first car offered was dirty, inside and out. Replacement car offered but process took half hour. Budget reluctant to offer like-for-like replacement despite having many cars available (as confirmed by agent's colleague). Car also poorly cleaned and 30,000 k, but not worth the long walk back. What's with extra charge for snow tyres at 15 dollars per day? Are we renting out unsafe cars? Snow brush broken and useless for scraping off ice. Used credit card instead.
10.0 Excellent
4 Feb 2016
Pros: Quick Check In and Check Out. We were upgraded to a larger SUV without asking, which was helpful. When we found that the first vehicle had been through some sort of interior carpet cleaning routine and all of the floors were soaked, they quickly switched us into another vehicle with no issues.
5.2 Okay
24 Feb 2016
Sketchy rental experience
Pros: Front desk attendants were professional.
Cons: Car had multiple scratches and dents, including two small cracks in the windshield that were not noted. Had to return twice to have them documented. Large scratch not noted on form, but had a "sticker" near it on the car to show that they were aware of it. Nice, and when the sticker comes off, then what? Finally, there were no gas stations within 15 minutes of the airport, and all were closed at 6:00am. Not unlikely, but unusual. It would make a significant difference in loyalty to the brand if they were to share minor details like this when renting. Otherwise, you'll end up returning a half full tank so you can catch your flight.
9.6 Excellent
29 Feb 2016
good value for the money!
Pros: I was picking the car up at Calgary Intl. Airport. I loved the location of the rental company, literally across the street from the arrivals. I also liked the fact that Budget is opened late, until 1 or 2am.
Cons: none
Rated no. 6
Driving Force
8.2 Excellent (26 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Driving Force
Locations in Calgary
2332-23 Street Ne
+1 403 296 0770
3660-50 Avenue Se
403-296-0776
  • 8.4
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 7.5
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
18 Jul 2016
Pros: Did not return the tank full so they charged 4 times the normal price of gas. Affer booking online and given a total price, when I returned the car they added $60.00 in additional taxes for 3 days rental
6.0 Good
29 Sep 2017
Cons: The vehicle has many blind spots and the automatic side mirror adjustment when reversing was inconvenient
10.0 Excellent
13 Jul 2018
Best car rental experience to date
Pros: Friendly and easy going staff. We made a few modifications to our booking over the course of a few days and the staff were more than accommodating to our requests. They were a pleasure to deal with and I will look no where else on returning to Calgary for car rental.
Cons: Nothing..
10.0 Excellent
29 Aug 2016
Pros: Reasonable rates.
8.8 Excellent
6 Oct 2016
Driving Force Calgary Car Rental
Pros: -Easy to work with -They allowed me to drop off after hours -Good Pricing
Cons: -Driving Force is about 15-20 minutes from the airport
2.0 Mediocre
7 Mar 2017
Very tricky rentals
Cons: I searched on Kayak car rentals at Calgary airport and Kayak opened Driving Force wich was not airport at all, it was about 15-20 minuted drive from airport and plus they were charging for shuttle pickup from airport. Too many tricks for rental.
4.0 Okay
20 May 2017
Pros: Like the vehicle
Cons: Takes a lot of time to send receipt through email. I have been waiting for my receipt and still waiting even after talking with the staffs for several times
9.2 Excellent
5 Jul 2017
Pros: Ready and waiting Less then 5 minutes to get the car and leave.
Cons: I didnt get to choose my car it was a similar to what i reserved.
9.6 Excellent
15 Jul 2017
Pros: Very quick drop off and pick up. Good value for money
9.2 Excellent
16 Jul 2017
Pros: Good price, simple pick up and drop of, not being at the airport kinda sucked with regards to the taxi fare but in all it was a good experience
Cons: Didn't know about the $500 deposit
Rated no. 7
Europcar
8.0 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Europcar
Locations in Calgary
140 17th AVENUE SE
+1 403 265 6821
Upon Arrival Call (403)299-1201 To
+1 403 299 1201
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
1 Jan 2019
Good service and nice clean vehicle
Pros: Excellent suv handled snow in the rockies very well
Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent
26 Oct 2017
Dropping the vehicle off in Calgary
Pros: We were allowed to drop off at 40 Hopewell Way NE. a location closer to the airport. Tony He and Ravdeep Singh were professional and cordial. They proceeded to inspect the vehicle and process through. We were shuttle to the airport immediately. ALL RENTAL EXPERIENCE SHOULD BE THIS WAY. EXCELLENT!
6.0 Good
7 Feb 2018
Put a sign on the building yo
Pros: Ultimately the truck was really dope
Cons: Couldn’t find the shop easily because it was named discount rentals with no street signage of europcar. When we arrived they didn’t have the car we ordered and uphold us to a truck. That I was three hours late to get the car shouldn’t have been an issue, my planes were delayed so I was delayed.
Rated no. 8
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
7.9 Good (11 reviews)
1 location in Calgary
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Calgary
130-588 Aero Road NorthEast, Calgary AB
+1 403 398 3930
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 8.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
30 Nov 2018
Pros: Everyone was really friendly and airport pickup/drop was prompt and easy!
8.4 Excellent
30 Jan 2019
Cons: It was not particularly clear how to contact them when I arrived. Other than that, good experience.
2.0 Mediocre
10 Mar 2019
Cons: If they were open when I arrived from my flight
10.0 Excellent
13 Mar 2019
Pros: Easy pickup, friendly staff that took time to answer all my questions. Staff (EJ) was nice enough to drive me back to my hotel even though I came in near closing time. Would definitley return.
Cons: Overall great experience. Make sure to really inspect the windshield as a small crack can be cause for having to pay to replace the whole thing. I found a small crack in the windshield before I drove off and it was noted that it was there before I left so no harm no foul. Great service overall.
4.0 Okay
14 Mar 2019
Cons: Didn’t get the vehicle they promised. Tried to double charge me if I keep it an extra day.
10.0 Excellent
16 Mar 2019
Pros: Staff was very helpful.
9.6 Excellent
20 Mar 2019
Pros: I was unsure about the pick up and drop off aspect, but it went very smoothly and was very little trouble. The staff were very helpful and cheerful.
5.2 Okay
25 Mar 2019
Pros: They upgraded my rental due to allow stock on hand, the suv was comfortable but was not as fuel efficient as the one I had expected.
Cons: The car was not cleaned before they gave it to me
10.0 Excellent
29 Mar 2019
Pros: Shuttle from the airport. Customer service was great. Only a 500 deposit in Calgary vs 1500 deposit in Mississauga.
10.0 Excellent
31 Mar 2019
Pros: Yes it was easy to find. Friendly staff as well.
Cons: Not much everything was great.
Rated no. 9
National
7.4 Good (8 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
National
Locations in Calgary
120 10 Ave Sw
+1 403 444 5449
2000 Airport Rd Ne
+1 833 619 3655
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 6.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
24 Jul 2017
Pros: Very good customer service, flexible hours, cheap.
Cons: Nothing to say!!
2.8 Mediocre
3 Apr 2018
Pros: Very Friendly helpful staff in Winnipeg, however the van we rented was not up to highway standards. the back wiper didn't work properly. Not worth the price we paid. There was no staff to return the vehicle to, was difficult to find return location.
10.0 Excellent
7 Aug 2018
Pros: Great car and service. price was decent too. customer service was positive. free upgrade to larger car
Cons: nothing. it was all good.
8.0 Excellent
1 Jul 2017
Great price watch out for fees
Pros: Car was $200 for a week. And they gave us a slight upgrade with gps.
Cons: When I went to pay i was charged for roadside assistance and insurance which I was not asked to purchase which doubled the cost of the rental. I had to work with their management to take the charges off. Had I not had the time I would have had to call and fight on the phone. Be aware of those before leaving with car.
10.0 Excellent
26 Jul 2018
Pros: Customer service was superior and in and out was quick. The vehicle was what was advertised. Great price!
Cons: Nothing.
9.2 Excellent
26 Aug 2018
Drop Off
Pros: Reasonable gas return rate of $1.89
Cons: No gas station close to the airport and was forced to fill upon return at NATIONAL. No fault of the rental company but, an inconvenience and added cost none the less.
4.0 Okay
10 Mar 2019
Pros: The vehicle was smooth ride,give all the credit on this rental to Nissan for amazing eco fuel car they build.
Cons: check the Rental agreement and paper work of the rental they give to costumers who pay lots of money to prevent alot of trouble can led in
5.2 Okay
22 Sep 2019
Pros: The weangler jerp
Cons: The cidf
Rated no. 10
Thrifty
6.8 Good (25 reviews)
4 locations in Calgary
Thrifty
Locations in Calgary
114 5th Avenue Southeast
+1 877 283 0898
2000 Airport Road Ne
+1 403 221 1806
4101 Macleod Trail Se
+1 403 539 0206
927-6 Ave Sw
+1 403 262 4400
  • 6.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
28 May 2019
Pros: EASY PICK UP...I DISPUTED A CHARGE AND THERE WAS NO ARGUMENT. CLEARED UP NICELY
Cons: THE HERTZ SIGN ONLY...THE THRIFTYS AND DOLLAR SIGNS WERE VERY SMALL...THEY NEED TO BE BIGGER
5.6 Okay
1 Aug 2019
Pros: Staff readily available. Car ready to go.
Cons: Bait and switch not appreciated. Printed quote we had from Thrifty.com was not honored and went up by $60 at pick up. All manner of fast-talking reasons were cited, all of which had already been accounted for when we got the quote online. Branch or quote software needs examination.
8.8 Excellent
28 Jul 2017
Pros: Great value and convenience!
8.4 Excellent
26 Jun 2018
Pros: Great check-in and check-out service.
Cons: Car was a bit marked on the outside.
8.0 Excellent
5 Oct 2018
Pros: Car was clean and new. Helpful staff when we encountered a couple of issues.
Cons: we encountered a terrible snow storm during our vacation and could have used different tires or all wheel drive. The people at the car rental office didn't mention or suggest any of this. Unfortunate as they are used to this kind of weather - would have been nice had they informed us
2.0 Mediocre
27 Dec 2016
Unsafe vehicle, thrifty refused to help
Pros: Terrible vehicle that wouldn't drive with even a light dusting of snow. We had to abandon the vehicle for almost our entire trip and Thrifty refused to help or give us a car with proper tires for the city and season we were visiting. Charging extra in order to trade in for a safe car that we could actually drive is unacceptable. I was also seven months pregnant.
10.0 Excellent
11 Jul 2017
Pros: Great rates, nice people at counter.
4.8 Okay
16 Sep 2017
No help from airport rental desk
Pros: Vehicle was good for our needs, but was not clean.
Cons: Upon arrival at the airport rental desk we were told our rental cars were at two different locations in Calgary. We asked how we were supposed to get there and we're told "I don't know" (and apparently didn't care). Ended up renting two shuttles to move a total of eight people and luggage to the different locations where, in all honesty, staff was much better at customer service. Paid extra money for drop off at the airport rather than going through the hassle of getting transportation to the airport from the original pick up location. Be sure your pick up location is where you want it to be! Two mini vans were rented and were adequate.
9.2 Excellent
12 Oct 2017
Cons: No where in the reservation process was I told that Thrifty is part of Hertz and they were operating in a Hertz location. Besides that, it was poorly signed at the location
8.0 Excellent
10 Jan 2018
Winter needs winter tires
Pros: Simply I got stuck in a normal street because of the tires so I didn’t enjoy my rent at all
Cons: Tires
Rated no. 11
Dollar
6.7 Good (24 reviews)
4 locations in Calgary
Dollar
Locations in Calgary
114 5th Avenue Southeast
+1 866 434 2226
2000 Airport Road Ne
+1 403 221 1806
4101 Macleod Trail Se
+1 403 539 0206
927 6 Avenue Southwest
+1 866 434 2226
  • 6.4
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 6.4
  • 6.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
5 Jul 2016
Pros: The woman at the front desk was extremely helpful! I loved talking to her.
Cons: I don't appreciate that I bought insurance online when reserving the car and it was a 3rd party. I just felt pretty stupid, when she told me I had not purchased their insurance when I was sure I had.
10.0 Excellent
24 Oct 2016
Convenient and a good deal
Pros: The car was clean, and ready to go. The staff were courteous and helpful. I love Toyota and was pleased to have one - it felt like home!
Cons: Just that the pick up location WAS at the airport, but the website had said it was off site with a shuttle - it was more convenient this way - but it would have been good to update your website. The other thing was that one key was bent, and I couldn't get it out of the ignition - but I couldn't get the other key off the ring to use it to lock the car (may have been my ignorance about how to work the ring but it appeared to be locked closed). If you're giving out two keys, they need to be detachable for a case like that.
2.0 Mediocre
5 Nov 2016
Canceled
Cons: Pushy sales and poor service. I canceled and went with a different provider
9.6 Excellent
12 Nov 2016
Pros: Car had a rear-view camera and I didn't know it came equipped with it. I was pleasantly surprised.
Cons: I was satisfied with the rental. No complaints.
2.8 Mediocre
7 Dec 2016
Rip off
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Tried to upsell us on everything for 30 minutes after we'd been flying all day. They even tried to get us to buy their insurance after we had already bought insurance on Kayak, claiming that there's was much better for $35 a day. Then said they would give us a free upgrade for snow tires and then charged us $150 for them. Complete rip off. We will never use them again!
2.0 Mediocre
1 Jan 2017
Christmas Eve
Pros: Dollar is the worst car rental company I've ever encountered. I show up my flight was delayed show up at 11 pm Christmas Eve and nobody was at the desk. Called the number and was watching the phone ring I front of us with our number. Had to go buy another rental car from another company bc I had an hour and a half drive. I bring back the other rental car for my original reservation and when I get to the Front desk the lady tells me that my reservation has been given away. Let me remind you that I drove all the way back to Calgary on Christmas and they could not accommodate me one bit. In fact it was by far the worst experience I have ever had at a car rental company. Do not use dollar because they are very unfriendly as well as they would not allow me to speak to the manager.
6.0 Good
14 Feb 2017
You have to decline every add on
Cons: They automatically add on every possible perk and they got pretty insistent about it. It tripled my quoted price before I demanded that they just give me the basics.
2.0 Mediocre
18 Feb 2017
Crooks
Pros: Insurance scammers
4.8 Okay
5 Mar 2017
Pros: Camry was clean, operated well, was ready upon pickup drop off was process was smooth
Cons: multiple scratches that weren't noted upon initial evaluation pick up desk personnel was very rude, she made it seem as if I was annoying her to give dollar my business the drop off fee was 2x as much as the actual rental
6.8 Good
25 Jun 2017
False pricing advertisement
Pros: Easy to pick up and drop off the car
Cons: The advertised price was 30$/day and i paid almost three times this price (170$/two days). Hidden fees should be more clearly specified.
Rated no. 12
Ace
5.6 Okay (12 reviews)
2 locations in Calgary
Ace
Locations in Calgary
140 17th Avenue SE
+1 403 265 6821
40 Hopewell Way NE
+1 403 299 1201
  • 5.1
  • 5.8
  • 5.5
  • 4.6
  • 5.5
Recent reviews
6.0 Good
25 Jan 2017
No transport to airport
Cons: When I called asking about transportation to and from the airport, the sales associate was happy to tell me that they would pick me up. When I asked about getting back to the airport, he said that they open at 7:00am. I'm glad I asked because I would have had to take a taxi back since we planned on returning the car at 4:30am. I successfully cancelled our reservation.
2.0 Mediocre
4 Sep 2016
Never even got a car!
Pros: Nothing!
Cons: We scheduled our pickup time for 9pm. We were within an hour of that time and learned that we needed to take a shuttle because the pickup was not at the airport. However, the rental place was completely closed and there was no way to get there or to get a car. We had to rent from someone else and paid significantly more. The next day I called Ace and they did issue a refund and charged nothing. It was a stressful way to start our honeymoon.
4.4 Okay
11 Sep 2016
Lacks Early Flight Accomodations!!
Pros: SUV was comfortable and could accommodate 3 adults with luggage. Check in crew Sat Sept 3, 2016 was awesome and went out of their way to help us find our way and gave us great directions, really wonderful service
Cons: SUV windshield was filthy and cleaned it ourselves so we could see clearly. Although we made a call 1 week prior to state that we will need a GPS as we were coming from the US, no GPS was available when we checked in No accomodations for early flights, no staff and not open for a 6am drop off. Our only option was to find our own way to the airport, not only did we pay for the rental we then had to pay for a cab to the airport....not happy, we will not rent from Ace again!
9.6 Excellent
28 Mar 2017
Pros: Ace stayed open late for us as we waited to receive our luggage. They didn't give us any grief and were very patient even though they had to stay open about and hour after they were supposed to close. The rest of the rental process was smooth.
Cons: The rental car location is a bit out of the way from the airport and somewhat difficult to find.
10.0 Excellent
12 Sep 2017
Pros: Friendly staff. Shuttle service to the airport was a blessing!
2.0 Mediocre
29 Nov 2017
Unorganized and my transparent.
Pros: Nothing, they just brokered it to Avis.
Cons: Terrible service.
3.6 Mediocre
31 Dec 2017
No cars in Calgery
Cons: Waited 5 hours for cars we did not order. Sent to competitor who had no cars, either. Extremely disappointing. No snow tires on Prius in snow storm. Extremely dangerous.
2.0 Mediocre
31 Dec 2017
ACE ran out of cars!
Cons: Had to wait for hours at Avis to get a car. Avis was helping us out, it was Ace's fault we had to wait.
5.6 Okay
2 Jan 2018
Great price. Bad pickup experience
Pros: Value.
Cons: Pickup and dropoff experience. Car availability.
10.0 Excellent
1 Jul 2018
Great staff
Pros: I was very hesitant to book with Ace after reading the reviews but they were half the price of other rental cars so I figured I’d try it. I was pleasantly surprised. I had to wait a bit to get my car when I arrived in Vancouver but when I did it was a brand new Jeep which was a free upgrade from what I reserved. I had no problems on the drive from Vancouver to Calgary (and all the sightseeing trips in between). When I dropped off the car the staff even gave us a ride to the hotel, saving us cab or Uber fare. Thanks!!
Rated no. 13
Economy Rent a Car
5.1 Okay (16 reviews)
1 location in Calgary
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Calgary
Calgary International Airport Via Shuttle
+1 403 291 4666
  • 5.0
  • 5.6
  • 5.4
  • 4.3
  • 5.1
Recent reviews
7.2 Good
14 Aug 2017
Pros: The car was nice and clean.
Cons: The pickup was a hassle. Per the booking the location was in the Airport. In reality you had to call a shuttle to come pick you up which ate time out of my vacation.
2.0 Mediocre
13 Jul 2018
Car rental was not available despite being prepaid on full
Pros: N/A
Cons: I prepaid for the rental ($500) but the rental location did not honor the reservation since I was over an hour late. However, they still charged me and refuse to issue a refund.
7.6 Good
11 Oct 2015
Pros: Rental site is quite far from the airport.
Cons: Despite purchasing insurance thru kayak site online, was still required to sign "refusal"; very confusing.
8.0 Excellent
14 Oct 2015
Decent off airport rental
Pros: Price, the mostly stock Jeep Wranglers, so you may be lucky to get a very cheap upgrade.
Cons: It was a 10 - 15 ride from the airport. Their hours are 8 - 8 so make sure you have accurate hours on your reservation, They use shuttle bay number 6 near door number 2 at the Calgary airport. It takes a few mins for them to get there, and it also takes quite a while if you drop off the car at 8am to get a ride back to the airport. Other than that, we had an awesome experience!
2.4 Mediocre
16 Nov 2015
Rip off. I will be contacing the BBB about this re
Pros: Nothing
Cons: The quoted price didn't match the current price. The posted location was close to airport, in reality it was 20 minute wait for shuttle then a 25 minute ride to a remote location. The extra charges at pick up was exhortation, $500 deposit for windshield $10 per day out of province fee.
10.0 Excellent
27 Aug 2017
Cons: Kayak and economy both charging for car insurance
8.0 Excellent
28 Sep 2017
Good service
Pros: Good value and the 3 staff members I dealt with were professional and very nice and friendly. The off-site location is easy to find and access so it's nice to have shuttle pick up/ drop off at door and not have to drag my own baggage from terminal to car rental location at airport. (I didn't need to use their shuttle service after arrival as I rented car second day onto trip, only for return). First time renting from this company and have rebooked for next trip. Had found a great rate online with another rental company prior and they were able to beat that rate. Will see how well shuttle service works. Be sure to have their phone number handy when you arrive.
Cons: The pick up and drop off location are not at airport however they do provide shuttle service. Had I not shown up with excessive time to get to airport I could have been late. Ended up sharing shuttle with a couple with a lot of baggage (they were moving) and there was barely enough room for all of us in shuttle van.
2.0 Mediocre
5 Mar 2018
Accepted my 9pm reservation but did not mention they would be closed
Pros: Nothing, I was not able to rent a car
Cons: That I was lied to and forced to pay more than double for a sedan, not an SUV. Need refund ASAP, would NOT recommend this company
8.8 Excellent
1 Sep 2018
Pros: Friendly staff, best price, and flexible. We're willing to swap in the car for another when I had issues.
Cons: Long ways from airport, confusion on shuttle. Originally gave me a.jeep rental which is very different to drive.
6.0 Good
5 Nov 2018
Cons: At seats were not super clean. Shuttle was not at the airport when we arrived as they had said they would be. Waited for a while then called and had to wait again - rather disappointing when they confirmed our arrive time and said they would be there for us.
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
discount
4 locations in Calgary
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Calgary
140 17th Avenue SE Alberta
+1 403 299 1201
2790, Windsor Street
40 Hopewell Way Ne
Calgary Airport
+1 403 299 1201
Sunnycars
sunnycars
4 locations in Calgary
Sunnycars
Locations in Calgary
120, 10th avenue south east
2000 Airport Road NE
2332 - 23 Street NE
3660 - 50 Avenue SE
keddy by Europcar
keddy
2 locations in Calgary
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Calgary
140 17th Avenue Se
Please Go To Post 6 Opposite Gate 1- A Driver Will Be Send For Pick Up
Maxx Car Rental
maxx
1 location in Calgary
Maxx Car Rental
Locations in Calgary
3863 54 Avenue NE
+1 403 407 2400
MEXRENTACAR
mexrentacar
1 location in Calgary
MEXRENTACAR
Locations in Calgary
2021 100 Avenue NE
+1 334 170 8243
Miles Van Rental
milesvan
1 location in Calgary
Miles Van Rental
Locations in Calgary
57 freeport cres NE
+1 587 393 0709
NU Car
nucar
1 location in Calgary
NU Car
Locations in Calgary
11124 36 St NE Unit 2010
Ofran Holiday Autos
ofran
1 location in Calgary
Ofran Holiday Autos
Locations in Calgary
In Terminal
Zoom Rent A Car
zoomrentals
1 location in Calgary
Zoom Rent A Car
Locations in Calgary
Calgary airport
+1 587 885 8888
707 travellers who rented a car in Calgary gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.6

Car hire locations in Calgary

Good to know

Most popular agency Alamo
Most popular car type Full-size
Average price $79/day
Good deal $69/day

When to book a hire car in Calgary

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Top tips for renting a car in Calgary

  • Calgary is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. Situated at the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and with the Canadian Rockies on your doorstep, exploring the surroundings of Calgary is a dream with a hire car. The world famous Banff National Park is only a little over an hour’s drive west and will leave you awestruck with the picturesque turquoise glacial lakes, untouched wilderness, and natural hot springs. Canada’s third largest city by population is located nearly 3,500 feet above sea level and has something to offer for every willing traveler.
  • Once you land at Calgary International Airport and collect your baggage, follow the signage to the Car Rental Center elevator. On the second level you will find the counters of multiple major car hire companies including Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Thrifty. The drive from the airport to downtown is seamless along the AB-2 S Highway and will only take approximately 25 minutes. If you are heading to Banff National Park you can either take the Highway 1, which will allow you to pass through Calgary on the way, or the Stoney Trail (201) Highway, which is a more direct route.
  • Canada, and specifically the mountain range, is blessed with wildlife that sometimes feels an explorative urge and wanders onto the roads. Be mindful when driving and keep an attentive eye out for animals. If you do approach any hazardous animals, remember to drive carefully and reduce speed.
  • Thanks to its higher altitude, Calgary can experience significant snowfall in the winter months, causing difficult driving conditions. The roads are designed to best deal with this snowfall; however it is important that you follow some simple tips to increase your safety. Scrape any accumulated snow off your car before driving, paying extra attention to the windows and headlights. Listen to weather reports and adhere to any warnings; the city has a Traffic Advisory station which you can tune in to at 106.5 FM. Be mindful to reduce your speed when driving in poor conditions and be extra cautious around pedestrians.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Calgary for $69 or less
  • Book your rental car in Calgary at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Calgary are around 52% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Calgary

How much does it cost to hire a car in Calgary?

On average a hire car in Calgary costs $79 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Calgary?

Full-size (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Calgary.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Calgary?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($32/day), Alamo ($53/day) and Economy Rent a Car ($115/day).

What is the best rental car company in Calgary?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Calgary are Alamo (8.7, 6657 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 13183 reviews), and Avis (7.7, 2438 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Calgary Airport (YYC)?

The only car hire company onsite at Calgary Airport is Alamo.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Calgary Airport (YYC)?

The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Calgary Airport to off-airport locations is Alamo.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Calgary?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Avis 2000 Airport Road T2E 6W5 (10 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Calgary?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

How much does a Full-size car rental cost in Calgary?

A Full-size car rental in Calgary costs $76 per day, on average.

What is the most popular rental car location in Calgary?

In Calgary, cars are most frequently hired at Routes Car & Truck Rentals 130-588 Aero Road NorthEast, Calgary AB (5.42 km from city centre ).

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Calgary?

On average a rental car in Calgary costs $550 per week ($79 per day).

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Calgary?

On average a rental car in Calgary costs $2,359 per month ($79 per day).

What type of car is recommended for driving in Calgary?

A four-wheel drive is the safest car option to help navigate icy roads. A Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar 4WD will provide extra traction on the surface, leading to easier control and handling. When planning for driving in snowy conditions, the larger the car the better, as additional weight will help provide more grip on the road.

What's the speed limit in Calgary?

Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on Calgary roads is 50 km/h (31 mph). Keep an eye out and be careful when driving in school zones as the limit drops to 30 km/h (19 mph). Freeways and highways will vary between 80 km/h (50 mph) and 110 km/h (68 mph) so it is important to always pay attention to the signage.

How are gas prices in Calgary?

You can expect to pay slightly above the U.S. average for petrol in Calgary, with a liter costing approximately $1.01 Canadian Dollars. This translates to approximately $2.87 USD per gallon. If you are planning on exploring the mountain ranges, be sure to fill up on petrol before heading off on a long trip, as an empty tank is the last thing you want to worry about.

Where are the best places to park in Calgary?

Parking in downtown Calgary is quite manageable and cheap, considering the population of the city. If you are heading out for a meal or to explore the city’s nightlife, make the most of free street parking across the city after 6 pm. The Calgary Parking Authority also provides free street parking all day on Sundays and holidays.