What you should know before hiring a car in Calgary
|Calgary city centre
|Calgary International Airport (YYC): 6 mi from city centre
Car hires in Calgary: practical information
Where to rent a car in Calgary
Calgary is a huge city (perspective is everything), the fourth largest in Canada. It's almost essential to rent a car in Calgary if you want to travel further than your hotel. Once you've booked your flight tickets from London to Calgary then start your search for a car hire Calgary airport, the best place to pick up cheap car rentals in Calgary. At the Calgary Airport you'll find all the car rental companies located in the Departures Terminal. Choose from Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz or National/Alamo. There are also a couple located off the premises but still nearby, Discount and Zoom Rent-a-Car.
Driving in Calgary: parking and other tips
The streets in Calgary take a little time to get used to. The city is set up on a grid-system, something European travellers can't seem to get over. Streets are numbered rather than named and a peak hours the city centre can become grid-locked very quickly. That being said, rent car in Calgary is still the best way to get around. Parking is widely available throughout the city, just look for the giant "P" signs.
Most, if not all, hotels in Calgary will have parking available to their guests free of charge as many will be arriving with car rentals in Calgary from the airport or from elsewhere. If you're unsure, it doesn't hurt to get in touch with your hotel before arriving to make sure they can accommodate your cheap car rental in Calgary.
Road trips from Calgary: what to do, what to see
Beautiful Banff is a little more than an hour's drive from Calgary. It's prime territory in winter for skiing and snowboarding while in summer the Rocky Mountains offer excellent hiking. Banff itself is know for its scenery and let's not forget the natural hot springs on the way up to the mountain. Occasionally some rams find their way down from the mountains and wander the town streets.
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Go for a dinosaur hunt while in the Calgary area! Just 2 hours to the east is Dinosaur Provincial Park, near Brooks, and has one of the largest fossil beds in the world containing dinosaur bones. Now is your chance to discover the archaeologist inside you and relive your dreams of being part of Jurassic Park. This alone makes booking flights to Calgary worth it!
Why not visit Alberta's second largest city while on holidays in Calgary? Edmonton takes three hours to get to from Calgary with an economy car rental. In case you haven't already heard, Edmonton is home to the largest shopping mall in North America. On top of that, the city's young alternative culture is booming, making it a very vibrant place in the middle of "cowboy country."