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Calgary is in the Canadian province of Alberta, about 50 miles east of the Canadian Rockies. On the one hand, the city is a big metropolis with skyscrapers dominating the skyline, as befits a city with a status of major industrial hub. On the other, it has a deep western culture heritage. Calgary is often referred to as “Cowtown”, with the Calgary Stampede rodeo happening every July with over one million visitors.
A Calgary hire car will allow you to leave the big city to explore the extraordinary natural beauty of Canada. Some of the most awe-inspiring mountainous landscapes in the world are situated within a short drive from Calgary.
Visitors arriving by plane arrive at Calgary International Airport. From the airport the AB-2S will connect you to Calgary in about 20 minutes with a Calgary hire car.
Another 20 minutes west of Calgary, and you will be at the Calgary Olympic Centre, scene of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, still used today to train young athletes. Next to it, the Olympic Hall of Fame Museum exhibits the world’s largest collection of Olympic artefacts.
Travellers with children could easily spend a full day of fun at the Calgary Zoo, which houses more than 1,400 animals. The zoo also has a botanical garden and the Prehistoric Park with lifesize roaring dinosaurs that allow children to experience how dinosaurs might have lived in Alberta. Another popular site for families is the Heritage Park (closed during winter) on the banks of Glenmore reservoir, which replicates an 1860s Calgary Wild West village.
There are plenty of options of car hire companies to be picked up from Calgary International Airport.
In one or two hours in a Calgary hire car, you can be in one of many stunning national parks in the Canadian Rockies, taking in the mountainous scenery: Kananaskis Provincial Park, Yoho National Park and the highly recommended Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada. In the Banff and Lake Louise area there are events on all year round. In winter you can hike, ski, ice-skate, go dog sledding with a pack of huskies or soak in a hot spring; in spring and summer there are marathons and water sports to be enjoyed.
For visitors who fancy a car crossing of Canada while admiring the scenery, Vancouver, to the west of Calgary, can be reached by car in 10 and a half hours. Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, can be driven to in less than three hours. There are also good flight connections to Ontario on the eastern side of Canada.
Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Use of seat belts is compulsory, and mobile phones should not be used except with a hands-free kit. In Alberta you are eligible to drive from age 14; elsewhere in Canada the age limit is16. Car hire companies prefer drivers of a minimum age of 21 and at least one year’s experience.
As long as the driving licence is in English or French, there is no need for an international driving licence. Always carry your ID (passport) and proof of insurance with you when travelling.
The speed limit on highways or freeways is 62mph, but in the town centre it is 31mph. When driving on country roads, beware of signs warning drivers of the presence of wild animals and slow down in those areas.
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When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia Rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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