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Alberta Guide


Spanning 750 miles from north to south, this western province has something for everyone, from the Canadian Rockies to gorgeous mountain towns and strikingly scenic national parks. Whether you come for the Badlands wildlife or the superb skiing and hiking, or even the cosmopolitan capital of Edmonton or the cowboy town that is Calgary, Alberta offers a diverse experience. Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff are unmissable, but just about anywhere in this oil-rich province makes for a worthy driving tour.

Hiring a Vehicle

Being as vast as most other Canadian territories, the province is best traversed with car hire in Alberta. Leading international suppliers such as Budget, Avis and Dollar operate in the two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, and at their airports, as well as at tourist spots like Banff and Jasper. Compare car hire before you get here for the most competitive rates.

Transport Options

Calgary features Canada’s third-busiest airport, while Edmonton’s airport is the fastest growing in the nation and the second busiest in the province. Connections with Europe, the Caribbean and other places in North America are possible at both airports. Likewise, Calgary and Edmonton act as key bus depots, with bus connections to most major centres, including Jasper and Banff, possible. Trains run to Edmonton from Saskatoon and Vancouver. Highway 16 crosses the province from east to west, passing through Jasper and Edmonton, while Highway 1 is the key route for accessing Banff, Calgary and Medicine Hat.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Alberta

Drivers should watch out for wildlife such as deer and moose in rural areas. Local drivers, for the most part, heed local driving regulations, but drink driving can be a problem in rural areas. Even large, mostly grid-like cities like Edmonton are easily navigable by car.

Not to be Missed!

The Canadian Rockies are best appreciated from mountain towns like Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise, with the Icefields Parkway the most recommended drive with car rental in Alberta. Those needing a taste of urban comfort can hit Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall on the planet, while Calgary offers world class attractions such as Calgary Zoo and the annual Calgary Stampede in July. Skiers and hikers won’t want to miss the slopes and trails of Jasper and Banff.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Cold winters and warm, relatively dry summers with frequent thunderstorms are characteristic of Alberta’s continental climate. The north sees temperatures plummet to below -50°C in winter, but summer highs of 30°C are also common. Snow settles in the ski resorts annually, while cities like Edmonton and Calgary only see snow over Christmas around 55 and 85 per cent of the time. Come in winter (November to late March) for skiing or in summer (mid-May to mid-September) for hiking and wildlife spotting.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).