Car Hire at Calgary Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Whether you want to snowboard in the perfect powder of Banff National Park, spend spend spend in the markets of Calgary or explore the frontier in Edmonton, you can find the best car hire at Calgary Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Calgary Airport
There are eight car hire companies with desks at Calgary Airport: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car and Alamo. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Calgary Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a petrol station located just 15 minutes from the airport. Take the Airport Road NE to the Barlow Trail NE where the Husky Car Truck Stop will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Calgary Airport
Calgary Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. It is just over an hour's drive East of Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, which also links Calgary to the west coast and Edmonton on Highway 2. From the U.S. side, the I-15 connects with the Alberta Highway 4. Calgary is about 200 miles north of the border. The Trans-Canada comes to Calgary from Saskatchewan and Manitoba i the east.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Calgary Airport.
One of thousands of stunning national parks in Canada, Banff in the Canadian Rockies, is a UNESCO Heritage Site thanks to its extraordinary natural beauty. Here hiking, canoeing and walking take in sights like the Weeping Wall, dazzling Peyto Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Alabaster Galcier and the Banff Gondola boasting breath-taking views. It is also one of the best skiing spots in the world.
Banff is one hour and 20 minutes from Calgary Airport. Take the Airport Road NE then the Barlow Train NE. Merge with the AB-2 then exit at the 271 for Alberta. Merge onto the Stoney Trail and exit at 36 for the AB-1 Trans Canada Highway. Follow signs to Banff.
Icy Edmonton in Alberta is warmed by its annual fringe festival, which is second only to Edinburgh. National Parks and the largest mall in North America give this frontier town even more appeal. The university quarter with its all-American diners and lively nightlife is where the fun is at.
Less than three hours from Calgary Airport is Edmonton. Take the Airport Road NE then the Barlow Train NE. Merge onto the AB-2 near Red Deer and follow this towards the Calgary Trail. Follow signs to Edmonton.
This oil rich city is as big, bold and brash as the all-American Stetson. A lively Chinatown, a zoo, museums and historic parks are just a few of its attractions. Those with a love of sports will be in their element with football, hockey and rodeo to watch. By night, restaurants teem with diners hankering for the Alberta beef before hitting the theatre and live music scene. Huge farmers and flea markets make for some brilliant shopping.
Calgary city centre is just 20 minutes by car from the airport. Take the Airport Road NE and then on to the Barlow Train NE. Turn onto 96 Avenue and head for the city centre. Calgary has a "ParkPlus" system. When you park on the street or in a parking lot, there are 4-digit lot numbers in each fee-paying parking area. These are colour coded based on priority, which affects the pricing. You can go to the electronic parking machines situated every 100 metres or so, and enter your number plate and zone number. You do not need to put the receipt on your dashboard as a car with cameras comes by and automatically takes pictures of each car's number plate and matches it to their database. Parking fee times are from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday’s are free. Some hotels in Calgary offer parking. *Prices subject to change