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Calgary Airport, located a 10-mile drive from the city centre of Calgary, supplies convenient access to a number of other locations around Alberta, all of which can be easily reached with car hire in Calgary Airport. By passenger numbers, this is Canada's fourth-busiest airport.
Who to Book With
Calgary Airport’s specially-designated Rental Car Centre is located across the road from the main terminal, on the same level as Departures. Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Hertz, Enterprise and National all have a presence in the Rental Car Centre but another option is Discount Rent-A-Car, which has an office off the premises that can be reached by shuttle bus.
Need to Know Essentials
Bring the following documents with you at vehicle collection:
- Full and valid UK driver’s licence
- Booker's credit card that was used for the reservation
- A passport or other proof of identification
- Printed confirmation of booking
Although there are huge distances between most cities due to Canada's sheer size, driving is still a rewarding experience and one of the best ways to absorb the country's unique scenery. Charges are usually involved when dropping off a rental vehicle in another city to the one it was picked up in. Toll-roads usually exist between large cities, with charges usually submitted electronically. The majority of roads in Calgary are numbered.
By car, Calgary Airport can be accessed via the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, which is also referred to as the Deerfoot Trail. Without traffic, the trip from the CBD should take between 30 and 45 minutes. Other transport options include buses, the Downtown Shuttle Service, limousines, the Red Arrow Motorcoach and taxis.
Taxis can be caught from outside the main terminal, on the same level as Arrivals. Services are supplied by Livery Transport Services, which is operated by the City of Calgary. Fares are metered. There is also a limousine service through Allied Limousine which operates according to a fixed fare system from near the regular taxi stand.
Calgary Airport to Calgary is about £30
Bus bays 10 and 11 are where the Airport Downtown Shuttle Service can be caught from. Services leave every 30 minutes and usually run from 08:00 to midnight seven days a week. A one-way fare to the city is around £5 and only exact change is accepted is paying on the bus.
Calgary Airport consists of one main terminal, which receives nearly 13 million passengers per year. While being the headquarters of WestJet, the airport is also a hub for Air Canada and its sister airline Air Canada Express. Between them, the airlines that operate here offer flights to cities around Canada, North American at large including the US and Mexico, and places in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
Parking at Calgary Airport is divided into: Short-Term, Long–Term, Overheight and Economy Lot. In Short-Term, parking is free for the first 30 minutes. In the Economy Lot, vehicles can be left at reasonable costs for up to 60 days.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the main terminal building. The network, which is named YYC.Free.Public.WiFi, must be connected to in order to take advantage of this service.
There is an information desk in the Arrivals hall of the main terminal.
Information Desk: +1 403 735 1372
Those with reduced mobility won't struggle to get around Calgary Airport, whether they have their own equipment or pre-arrange equipment. The Short-Term parking area has several accessible parking stalls in P2 and P4, and wheelchair-friendly taxis are available from Access Calgary.
Restaurants and Bars
There are numerous restaurants both before and after security. In the Food Court & Mezzanine, some of the popular choices include Sbarro, Taco Time, A & W and Harvey's. Popular cafés around the hub include Canadian favourite Tim Hortons and Starbucks.
Servisair Chinook Lounge
Rocky Mountain Lounge
Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge
Money and ATMs
Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank, Toronto Dominion and BankCanadian Imperial Bank of Commerce all have a branch each in the main terminal and ATMs. An ATM that dispenses US currency can be found on Concourse C. Travelex has no less than five bureaux de change outlets in the main terminal building.
There are numerous shops before and after security. They mainly sell local produce or handicrafts but there are other establishments, such as Virgin Books & Music, Relay and Hudson, which sell books and magazines. Duty-free outlets such as Skyway Liquour sell goods at tax-free prices.