Car rentals in Alberta: All you need to know
An Alberta car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You'll be able to check out all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Virginia has to offer. We've collected the most popular questions about renting a car in Alberta. Read on to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a bargain car rental in Alberta?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to get the cheapest deals. Just enter your travel dates and go through the list of car rental suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Alberta. You can also:
- Compare daily and weekly rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually get the car of your choice and save more
- Educate yourself on any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. This way you will know the true cost before you book
- Don't rent more car than you'll need. Normally, the smaller the car, the lower the rate
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Alberta?
From global names like Enterprise and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Alberta?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Alberta. If you're having a bit of trouble choosing, be sure to go over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||When you deserve the best||Infiniti, Mercedes Benz, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Family vacations where you need the extra room||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Economy Car||For those on a strict travel budget||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Alberta?
Typically, the age limit for renting a car in Alberta is 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read through the terms to figure out any additional charges is before you book your vehicle.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Alberta?
Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary coverage with the rental car company. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout. Many credit card issuers (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) will provide some coverage. But there may be limitations, such as not covering bigger vehicles such as trucks or SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Alberta.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you pick up your vehicle. Use as much gas as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only need to replace the fuel you used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll receive the car with a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Some rental car companies offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station as soon as you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out winner is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. Just be sure you make time to shop for the cheapest gas prices.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to explore all that Alberta and maybe even the rest of Virginia offers, you're going to need unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Read the fine print to be sure they are actually "unlimited."
Know before you go
Before you begin on your Alberta adventure, check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. It's important to:
- Look over your vehicle and make certain there is no damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to determine if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable operating the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new city
Book your Alberta rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get the best wheels Alberta has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the highly-rated restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Alberta.