Banff car hire

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Banff car hire information

Pick-up locationBanff
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Hire locations7
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Banff

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Banff

  • If you’d love a quiet and smooth driving experience, consider booking an electric vehicle. They are often a good option for cheap car hire in Banff, too. Various mainstream Banff car hire providers, including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Enterprise, provide electric cars. Before hitting the road, you need to familiarise yourself with the charging points in and around the town. While Banff is a small municipality within a national park, it has relatively sufficient charging infrastructure to cover your needs. Some strategic locations for charging points within Banff National Park are Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Rimrock Resort Hotel and Lake Louise Visitor Centre. However, you should plan where charging stations are along your Banff trip, as they’re limited in surrounding areas.
  • You should familiarise yourself with various driving laws to enjoy a hassle-free driving experience. Since Banff is harboured in a national park, it’s essential to be alert of wild animals while driving, especially at dawn and dusk when the animals are more active. Should you come across wild animals on the road, slow down or stop, and avoid approaching or feeding them. Also, Banff has stringent laws on distracted driving. Using a hand-held device when driving in Banff is strictly prohibited. If you have to use your mobile device when driving in the town, consider using a hands-free device to avoid attracting hefty fines.
  • Hiring a car in Banff is easy as long as you meet the requirements, the primary one being a valid driving licence. If your government-issued driving licence from your home country isn’t in English, you must submit an international driving permit as well. Also, most Banff car hire providers have a minimum age requirement of 21, with others having a higher age requirement of 25 for some vehicles. Finally, you will need to present a credit card in your name to cover the security deposit, payment and any additional charges.
  • As the town of Banff is located entirely inside Banff National Park, hiring a car in Banff is the best way to be able to get around the area and is one of the most effective ways to see the neighbouring sights without being bound to an organised tour. As public transport options outside the downtown area are very limited, a car hire in Banff is more or less a must if you want to make the most of your stay in the area.
  • The nearest airport to Banff is Calgary International Airport (YYC), which is located 142.9 km away. For Banff car hire, the airport hosts a Rental Car Centre, which can be found directly across the arrivals roadway on the departures level of the domestic terminal. Avis, Hertz, Budget, National, Dollar, Alamo, Thrifty and Enterprise Rent-A-Car all have offices at the centre and hiring a vehicle is simple and affordable.
  • The town of Banff is small and easy to navigate; driving inside the town is very straightforward, which is a great factor for car hire in Banff. Don’t forget that Canada drives on the right-hand side of the road, if you are used to driving on the left. Be sure to obey the traffic signs and speed limits in the town and you should find driving in Banff both easy and pleasant. Please note that, in winter, cars are required by law to be equipped with snow tyres, and you should be prepared for driving in a mountainous environment when travelling outside the town.
  • In winter, you will need to equip your car with snow tyres. The town works hard to keep the streets clear of snow, but you are in the Rockies and snow and ice can be a hazard. If you venture into the surrounding areas of Banff National Park, be ready for very hilly terrain and be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Banff for €60 or less
  • Book your car hire in Banff at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

Banff car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Banff 
TynaSep 2023
Absolutely get a car for the Icefield Parkway. Enjoy the scenery at your leisure instead of a bus tour.
Verified travelerAug 2023
If you don’t have your own car, just rent a car from Avis and visit Jasper National Park as well!

FAQs about hiring a car in Banff

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Banff?

    When considering car hire in Banff, you should definitely have a good all-terrain vehicle in mind. Although the roads are quite well maintained, Banff is in a natural park in the Canadian Rockies, so your vehicle should be appropriate for the terrain and weather. In winter, snow tyres are required by law.

  • What’s the speed limit in Banff?

    The current speed limit inside the town of Banff is 40 km/h. In the national park area, the limit is 90 km/h on major roads and 60 km/h on minor roads; this is to protect wildlife and also to guard motorists against any hazards or dangers that may arise due to falling rocks, ice or other similar problems.

  • Where are the best places to park in Banff?

    As Banff is a fairly small town, on-street parking is generally available and free of charge in residential areas; however, time limits are sign posted and strictly enforced, so be careful not to overstay if you want to avoid a fine. In addition to on-street parking, there are also off-street car parks available, with time limits ranging from 1-12h. Free 9h parking is available at the train station to all residents and visitors to Banff. As of June 2021, Banff is operating a Visitor Pay Parking system throughout the entire downtown area, designed to free up parking spaces in the city centre. The easiest way to register and pay for parking is through the Banff parking mobile app or through the pay stations installed in the relevant streets and car parks in the downtown area.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Banff?

    On average a car hire in Banff costs €97 per day.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Banff?

    The average price of fuel in Banff is €4.80 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between €58 and €77, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Banff?

    Compact (Toyota C-HR or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Banff.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Calgary airport (YYC)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Calgary airport include Avis, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, Budget and Hertz.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Calgary airport (YYC)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Calgary airport to off-airport locations include Avis, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, Budget and Hertz.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Banff?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Banff?

    A Compact car hire in Banff costs €101 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Banff?

    On average a car hire in Banff costs €678 per week (€97 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Banff?

    On average a car hire in Banff costs €2,905 per month (€97 per day).

  • How can I add an extra driver?

    You can add a co-driver to your Banff car hire agreement, but this option has additional restrictions and surcharges. The additional driver should meet the exact car hire requirements as the primary driver, including the driving licence and age terms. You may incur a daily surcharge for each additional driver, which is something to consider if you want cheap car hire in Banff.

  • What other payment methods are accepted by Banff car hire providers?

    Besides credit cards, most car hire companies in Banff accept other payment methods, especially debit cards. Hiring a car with a debit card tends to come with additional requirements, like credit checks, money holds and proof of insurance. Some companies accept prepaid cards, while cash is generally not accepted.

Banff car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.3

Very Good

23 reviews

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

8.3

2 locations in Banff

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Locations in Banff

514 Bow Valley Trail

+1 403 609 3070

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

521 Banff Ave (caribou Lodge)

+1 403 762 2688

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
You should have cars first then run the company. We booked 2 times within 2 weeks firstly they booked the car for us then the next day when we were ready to pickup the car they are informing us that they don't have cars right now , we have to have another 2-3 days. Such a poor management of staff, service and specially cars. Get the cats first so people can book when they urgently need it.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
👍👍🤙🤙

9.6 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The upgrade to a Jeep

Cons:

The waiting time at pick-up, but understand as it was the busiest week of the year

6.0 Okay

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Well I haven't seen anybody I just dropped the car. The office was closed, but the cariboo lodge reception was open.

Cons:

The underground car park is a bit narrow. It's difficult to park, therefore it's quite scary with a rental car.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Excellent service from the get-go, both checking out and returning.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

These guys were very friendly, seemed genuinely pleased I was bringing them such a nice new car (not that I had anything to do with it), gave the car a once over and I was on my way.

1 out of 3

Avis

6.7

Cheapest deal
Most popular

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.4

One location in Banff

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Locations in Banff

317 Banff Avenue

+1 403 762 3222

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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8.8 Very Good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

It took a while to get used to the car's buttons but it was a very good and clean car. The second person I spoke to who brought the car keys to the railroad station was very helpful and clear on return instructions. The return went very smoothly.

Cons:

The 1st person I spoke to on ten (10) calls repeatedly gave me wrong directions for RR station pickup. I said repeatedly that I had was having trouble with phone reception but he kept saying "Call me when you get there." Also they didn't answer phones between 11:30am & 1pm on pick up or return days.

7.2 Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Better coordination with customers

4.8 Mediocre

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was the worst experience to date. They literally stole my money.

7.2 Good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Good car and value for money

Cons:

I arranged to collect the car at 9am, at 8:59 the Banff Avis office called me unfortunately I missed the call as I was on the way to the office to collect the car. When I arrived the customer agent advised there were no cars available until 11am. I advised her I had booked the car for 9am however the agent advised she called me to change the time at 8:3am. When I checked my phone the call was missed at 8:59, 1 minute before collection. This took 2 hours of our car driving through Banff National Park and we couldn't do this when it had got dark after 6pm.

5.6 Fair

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Counter person very unhelpful.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
So easy, clean car and full of gas.

1 out of 4

Budget

6.6

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.6

One location in Banff

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Locations in Banff

317 Banff Ave

+1 403 762 3222

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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6.0 Okay

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Price too high. I had previously booked car from Banff to Calgary Airport for much less.

3.6 Poor

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Price beat the competition.

Cons:

The full size I reserved due to hip replacement was not available so they shoehorned me into a low slung Mustang. The pickup location is in a mall with no street number on the building nor marquee placard outside...hard to find. I trusted the agent to point out the dings/damage to the dirty car and he overlooked the chip in the windshield...though when I found him after 20 minutes upon return he verbally agreed it had been present at pickup.

7.6 Good

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

i got an upgrade on the car when I arrived

Cons:

Their credit card machine was down... so they took an imprint of my card, left my yellow carbon copy in the car and when i called to make sure they destroyed it, no one answered, have yet to get a call back. Also left a small gift from a local giftshop in the back (just a magnet, touristy stuff, and have yet to hear back from the rental car place)... did not have enough people working for such a touristy place.

1 out of 1

Hertz

6.0

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

5.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

6.2

2 locations in Banff

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Locations in Banff

111 Lake Louise Drive

+1 403 522 2470

Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
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Friday09:00 - 12:00

405 Spray Ave

+1 403 762 2027

Monday09:00 - 12:00
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2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Had to change booking date but no availability. Ended up cancelling the booking.

1 out of 1

National

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

2 locations in Banff

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101b Lake Louise Dr

+1 403 522 3870

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Sunday08:00 - 17:00

521 Banff Ave

+1 403 762 2688

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
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Alamo

8.6

Very Good

1 review
Best rated

One location in Banff

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Locations in Banff

521 Banff Ave

+1 403 760 3236

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Banff

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Locations in Banff

521 Banff Avenue

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54 travellers who hired a car in Banff gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.4

Car hire locations in or near Banff

Good to know

Most popular agency

Avis

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

€97/day

Good deal

€60/day

When to book a car hire in Banff

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Car hire insurance in Banff

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Banff car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Banff.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Banff car hire.