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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Columbia Falls

  • Columbia Falls car rentals offer unparalleled flexibility and convenience compared to alternative transport options. Given the limited availability of buses, a car allows you to explore the region at your own pace. With a car, you can easily access breathtaking natural attractions like Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, which might be less accessible by other means. Montana's vast landscapes and hidden gems become easily reachable, making Car rentals in Columbia Falls the ideal choice for a comprehensive and immersive experience.
  • When renting a car at Glacier Park Airport (FCA), it's essential to know that the car offices are conveniently near the baggage claim area. Specifically, you can find one counter within the baggage claim area. The rental cars are parked just outside this area for easy access. However, if you're renting from agencies like Enterprise, please note that their office is offsite from the airport. Upon your arrival, you'll need to call them to request a shuttle service to their location. This information ensures a smooth experience when picking up your rental car at Glacier Park Airport.
  • Driving in Columbia Falls generally reflects the calm and relaxed nature of the area. Drivers tend to be courteous and respectful of traffic rules, creating a pleasant driving environment. While bicycles and pedestrians are present, they are manageable, and drivers typically share the road harmoniously. Due to the region's rural character, you'll encounter a mix of vehicles, including trucks. The driving style leans more towards patience and consideration, making for a smooth and enjoyable driving experience in Columbia Falls.
  • In Columbia Falls, the rush hour typically occurs around 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays. Traffic congestion can be more challenging on significant routes like Highway 2 and Nucleus Avenue during these times. Winter months, particularly November to March, present difficulties due to snowy and icy road conditions. It's advisable to exercise caution and plan for extra travel time during these seasons and during the mentioned rush hours to navigate the city safely and efficiently.
  • Book your car hire in Columbia Falls at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard hire cars in Columbia Falls are around 56% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Columbia Falls

  • What is the best car hire company in Columbia Falls?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Columbia Falls are Dollar (9,1, 68 reviews), Alamo (8,7, 68 reviews), and Avis (8,1, 61 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Columbia Falls?

    The average price of fuel in Columbia Falls is R71,60 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R859 and R1 146, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Columbia Falls?

    Standard (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Columbia Falls.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Columbia Falls?

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

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Columbia Falls?

    A Standard car hire in Columbia Falls costs R2 223 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Columbia Falls?

    A Compact car hire in Columbia Falls costs R995 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Columbia Falls?

    An Intermediate car hire in Columbia Falls costs R1 416 per day, on average.

  •  What type of car is recommended for driving in Columbia Falls?

    A reliable and versatile vehicle like a four-wheel-drive SUV or a crossover is recommended when looking for car rentals in Columbia Falls. These vehicles are well-suited to handle the varying road conditions due to the city's proximity to mountains and potential winter weather challenges. They offer better traction and stability on snowy and uneven roads. Renting a four-wheel-drive SUV or crossover is a wise choice as it provides comfort, safety, and the capability to navigate both urban and rural areas efficiently, ensuring a smoother driving experience overall.

  • What’s the speed limit in Columbia Falls?

    In Columbia Falls, the general speed limit within city limits is typically 25 mph on local streets and residential areas. However, it's essential to be aware of specific speed limit signs, as some roads may have different limits. The speed limit on major roads like Highway 2 can be 35 to 45 mph. Pay attention to school zones, where speed limits often drop to 20 mph during school hours. Adhering to posted limitations is crucial for safety and avoiding potential fines.

  • Where are the best places to park in Columbia Falls?

    While driving car rentals in Columbia Falls, convenient parking can be found throughout downtown, often on Nucleus Avenue and adjacent streets. Parking is generally free of charge in most areas, including public lots and on-street spaces. Additionally, businesses and attractions usually offer their own parking spaces for patrons. When parking, remember any time limits or specific regulations posted on signs. Paid parking in Columbia Falls ranges from $2 to $10 per hour for shorter stays in privately owned lots or event venues.

Columbia Falls car rental reviews and directory

Dollar

9,2

Wonderful

96 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.3

One location in Columbia Falls

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5506 Hwy 2 West

+1 406 892 0009

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Very accommodating staff- friendly and welcoming. Easy car pick up. Was great!!

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Friendly and professional on both pick up and drop off.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly. Car was very nice.

Cons:

A little more info in how the shuttle picked you up and where.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

They called me to arrange the ride from the airport to the rental site. So convenient!

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The service was incredible. They sent a shuttle on time to pick us up without me having to do anything but make the reservation. They were super friendly and made us feel welcome. A real nice surprise for a rental company!

Cons:

Nothing on their end. I was unsure how it'd work with the shuttle and you could tell people that they'll show up just for you based on your time input upon reservation. This personal service is such a nice benefit that you could let the customer know upon reservation on Kayak. But the service itself was perfect!

2,0 Poor

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Plane was late, they shut down for the evening and went home, stranding me at the aiport.

Cons:

Show up -- Duh!

1 out of 20

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9,2

Wonderful

44 reviews

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

8.3

One location in Columbia Falls

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4785 Hwy 2 E

+1 406 755 4848

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday10:00 - 14:00
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4,0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

we were able to pick up the car quickly

Cons:

The car itself was not good. When we asked if the car had 4 wheel drive we were told we would be fine without it without ever inquiring into where we were going-we could’ve used four wheel drive. While driving just along the highways themselves the car had difficulty maintaining speed and struggled at the slightest incline. The Bluetooth connection in the car was spotty at best; not to mention if you need to plug your phone in it wouldn’t play navigation from that phone anymore. If any of us had been traveling alone with this vehicle it would’ve been almost dangerous trying to read navigation from our phones the whole time. Having a good system for navigation on a rental car should absolutely be standard.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

We did a one way rental and everything went as planned. Staff at both enterprise locations were efficient and very professional.

Cons:

We arrived early into Whitefish and had hoped to pick up our vehicle early but there was insufficient inventory. Not the company’s fault but some flexibility would have been ideal.

8,8 Very Good

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at Enterprise is always superior. Helpful, fun, friendly.

Cons:

this one cost a bundle and it was a mid-size SUV.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The woman running the place when I picked up the car was terrific! Friendly, well-informed, helpful.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The branch manager, Krystal, was absolutely fantastic!!

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

drop was easy. immediate shuttle to FCA airport. Customer service rep proactively met me outside to do final paperwork

1 out of 8

Easirent

4,6

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Columbia Falls

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Glacier Park International Airport

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Alamo

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4170 Us-2

+1 844 917 0964

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
The price was excellent, and I received a free upgrade to a Jeep Compass. I was able to pick up at one airport, and drop off another. Best rental car experience I've had- I wish they were all like this!

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Everything was perfect. The gentleman at the counter was very kind. Very professional pick up. The lady at the counter at drop off was very nice. Very professional. Excellent five star service.

6,0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I asked for a full size car, was given a compact SUV, was told that was an upgrade. Negative, the Chevy Malibu I requested has more cubic square feet over all than that compact SUV. We had a wedding party for our daughter's wedding and wanted the space, but I could barely get our luggage in this compact, much less more people with room.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and drop off was easy. Agent even asked if they could have done something to make my rental better. Great Alamo team in Kalispell at FCA.

Cons:

May just be a mountain thing and all cars being parked outside but car was pretty dusty.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

yes and very efficient, no wait time, very nice car , easy return!

Cons:

Nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

I was pleased with the car and rental experience.

1 out of 25

Avis

No score available yet

One location in Columbia Falls

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4170 Us Highway 2 East

+1 406 257 2727

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2021

KAYAK
This location is great, right outside the doors when you land. The folks were friendly and super helpful. Our car was newer, cleaned and on full for our fun hiking trip.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The front desk was super accommodating. Friendly and organized staff.

Cons:

Nothing

2,0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

dollar rental was very friendly and helpful. When our flight was delayed Avis would not assure us that we would have a suv to rent.

Cons:

If someone is willing to pay for a suv even though they can't pick it up when planned, they should make sure the suv is there when they get there.

2,0 Poor

Oct 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

This was at Glacier National Airport in Kalispell, MT. Made the reservation with Avis because the value was reasonable and they were open at 8 AM when I needed to pick up the car and make it to an appointment. Arrived at 8 AM and two people at the counter, neither of which could rent me the car because they did not work the front desk. They said the person was running late and would be in shortly. Thirty minutes later, the front desk person was still not there. Could not wait any longer so I went to Budget and they had just what I needed and for the same price. Avis lost the rental and a customer.

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The tires on my rental required filling every other day. As soon as I left the lot, the tire light came on....luckily nothing happened and they didn’t deflate completely but I still feel like this should have been looked at prior to me driving

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The Staff was friendly but didn't talk my ear off, the Vehicle was newer & in great shape. It also got decent gas mileage for a big ford expedition, about 20 MPG. Pick Up & Drop Off was a breeze & took less than 5 minutes for both.

Cons:

I thought the $1,300.00 Price Tag was Pretty Steep for 6 Days, especially since the last day I dropped the vehicle off between 7:30 & 8:00 AM.

1 out of 14

Budget

No score available yet

One location in Columbia Falls

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4170 Us Highway 2 East

+1 406 755 7500

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
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Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
Super easy and very friendly!

2,0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
I booked through Kayak and upon arrival at my destination they informed me they didn't accept the payment type I carry. “If you had booked through our website you would have known that.” I was really frustrated and thankful another company had me covered and even price-matched so I wasn't bent over a barrel due to the situation.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Easy to get, drop off.

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
No sat nav in car which is a bit strange / cheap

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Personnel at the Budget booth were great; friendly, talkative, and good-humored. We actually got an upgrade from a VE Jetta to a fairly new Kia Sorrento gratis.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

ALL GOOD ! ! !

1 out of 6

Hertz

No score available yet

One location in Columbia Falls

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4170 Highway 2 East

+1 406 758 2220

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
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10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Super friendly staff. Very easy rental and return. One of my better rental experiences.

8,0 Very Good

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Pickup took over 1.5 hours. Vehicles were returned late due to travel delays and as a result we were waiting in baggage claim for our car in FCA for over 90 minutes. And had to wait for a second car because of a faulty back seat issue.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Got car I needed and everything went quick and smooth

Cons:

Nothing

4,0 Mediocre

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Thecar was ok but not what I ordered. They offered me $20 off per day which frankly was an insult. They initially offered me a hundai sonata which would totally not work for 4 large adults. I booked the car 3 months ago so I gave them way more lead time than necessary,

Cons:

As above

9,2 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Check in and paperwork were simple

Cons:

Parking lot is 100 yards from the terminal and in the dirt.

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The best van i ever rented

Cons:

would aways prefer unlimited miles did not like the restriction as we were out west in a national park

1 out of 3

National

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4170 Us-2

+1 844 917 0965

Monday08:00 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:59
Sunday08:00 - 23:59

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10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Very easy process, very friendly staff.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2022

KAYAK
The car was nice. The process of getting it was a headache. I did not pick it up through national it changed hands to two other companies before we finally figured out who I was to pick it up from which turned out to be Avis. Due to weather I had to change drop off location. It took forever to get ahold of a representative to make this change. Different ethnicities made it very difficult to understand what they were saying.

3,9 Poor

Sep 2021

KAYAK
Waited for an hour and a half to get our car after traveling all day. The office was obviously understaffed, and everyone who asked about the delay was told that it would just be a few more minutes. Vehicle was dirty with trash still in it from the previous renters.

7,9 Good

Aug 2021

KAYAK
Good service. Good pickup and return. Very expensive. We were told there were no cars to rent. So price was high. But there were lots of cars there. We paid far too much.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2021

KAYAK
Easy to work with and upgraded my vehicle when requested.

7,9 Good

Aug 2021

KAYAK
Easy pickup and return

1 out of 2

AutoEurope

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One location in Columbia Falls

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Glacier Park International Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Columbia Falls

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4170 Us Highway 2 East

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438 travellers who hired a car in Columbia Falls gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4.8

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