Car hire at Edmonton Airport
Edmonton International Airport services the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. Alberta is full of beautiful parks, and Edmonton is the perfect place to start exploring them.
This information is correct as of September 2015
Where to hire a car in Edmonton Airport
Alamo, Budget, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and National have branches within Edmonton Airport. You can find the branches on level 1 of the Parkade in the airport.
Petrol stations close to Edmonton Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The closest airport is just 3 minutes away from the doors of Edmonton Airport. Turn right when you exit the airport, and continue on Airport Road for 1km. Turn left onto 32 St for the Esso garage.
Driving around Edmonton Airport
Edmonton Airport is south west of the city of Edmonton. Airport Road acts as a loop for buses, taxis and cars exiting and arriving at the airport. Highway 2 connects the airport and the city together, as well as Calgary and Red Deer.
The Yellowhead Highway also runs through Edmonton into Jasper National Park, which is perfect for road trippers in Canada. It’s a really popular area for kayakers, hikers and photographers, due to the stunning surrounds. If you do intend on road tripping, make sure to take plenty of supplies with you, and make sure you aer equipped to handle emergencies.
Popular destinations to drive to from Edmonton Airport
The city of Edmonton is often seen as a mere stop off for travellers, but there’s a big student population and an awesome Fringe Festival every year in the city that make it worth the visit.
Edmonton is a green city, so they try to deter drivers by using parking fees. Check out your hotel to see whether they have a parking facility, or check online for parking prior to arriving.
It takes no time at all to reach the city, just turn left when exiting the airport onto State Highway 2, then turn left or right at the junction for the 216 crossroad, depending on where your accommodation is. If you’re staying in the centre, proceed on State Highway Two to head into south Edmonton, then into the city.
Calgary is a 2 hour drive from Edmonton, and it’s quite literally a straight, long drive down from the airport. Turn right onto State Highway 2 when you leave the airport and continue for 270km until you reach Calgary city centre.
There are 3,000 free weekend parking spots in Calgary, but during the week on street parking is often paid and multi story parking can be expensive.
Jasper & Banff National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, and Banff National Park, just below it, is known for it’s glacial landscapes and deep emerald lakes.
It takes around 3 hours to reach the parks from Edmonton, using Yellowhead Highway, or State Highway 12. It’s around 340km to drive to Jasper National Park from the airport. The easier way to navigate the route is by following Route 2 up to the airport, turning left onto Route 216, then turning left again to join the Yellowhead Highway.