Car Rental Alberta

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Alberta

Hertz Car Rental has more than 22 branches offering car rental in Alberta, making it a simple matter to choose a suitable vehicle and explore Canada’s wonderfully varied western province. Car rental from Hertz allows you to avoid the hassle and limitations of public transport and gets you to where you need to be quickly and easily. By car is the preferred way of getting around Alberta, thanks in large part to the excellent highways and regular fuel stations.

Alberta is a region of lakes and mountains and home to two of the oldest national parks in the world, Banff and Jasper. The Columbia and Lake Louise Icefield is breathtakingly beautiful, and the Badlands in and around Drumheller are encrusted with the fossilized remains of dinosaurs. Driving south along the Crypt Lake trail to Waterton Lakes National Park you can spot wild bison, and in cities like Calgary and Edmonton, you’ll find all the modern conveniences. A car is essential for exploring all this wonderful diversity and making the most of your trip.

Driving and Parking in Alberta

You’ll need to be 24 years old to rent a car in Alberta, and have a full driving license. Drivers aged 19 or over can hire a car from Hertz Car Rental if they are willing to pay a daily age differential additional fee. In addition, you should have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP). For further information about driving regulations in Alberta check out our page about renting a car in Canada.

As in most countries, if you’re driving in a major city such as Calgary it’s always advisable to avoid the rush hour traffic, as this is guaranteed to slow you down and delay your travel schedule, even if you’re using the main highways near urban centers.

Parking in Alberta presents few problems, as there’s so much wilderness involved that you can simply pull over at the side of the road. It is advisable to carry a warning triangle if you do so near any sizeable settlements, however. In Calgary, Canada’s biggest city and gateway to the Rocky Mountains, there are a few additional restrictions as you’d expect. There are certain free parking spots, especially near the parks, although after heavy snowfalls certain routes ban parking at any time for 72 hours. As always, pay attention to the signage.

Driving in and around Alberta

Key Routes

When you rent a car in Alberta with Hertz Car Rental, you’ll find that the highway network is extensive and well maintained, and you’ll easily be able to get to where you want to be. It’s important to look out for wildlife like moose and elk, which frequently wander onto the roads. South of Calgary roads are prone to strong Chinook winds in the foothills, and this applies especially to the major highways such as 22 and 23 south of the city. Highway 22 has the worst reputation, but if you keep a check on weather warnings you’ll be okay.

Highway 22 is colloquially known as the Cowboy Trail, famous for its hills, ranchland and breathtaking scenery, and of course for its desolate and windswept atmosphere. Secondary highways such as the 21S and 56S through Drumheller are also popular with visitors, and many of the small towns in this area sell dinosaur fossils.

Major Highways

The major route across Alberta is Highway 2, also known as Queen Elizabeth II Highway. It crosses the US border and continues on through the cities of Calgary and Edmonton to the prairieland farther north. It becomes US Route 89 beyond the border, and if you’re based in the area you’ll almost certainly find yourself driving along it at some point.
** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.