Kalispell car hire

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Kalispell car hire information

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Hire locations11
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Kalispell

  • Plonked amidst various scenic lakes and beautiful national parks, renting a car in Kalispell is definitely a must to seize the chance and explore not only inner Kalispell and its casinos, but also the breathtaking surroundings encasing the city. Flathead Lake, for instance, is only a 15-minute ride away, and within a 1-3 hours’ drive you can be in the many surrounding refuges and national forests to explore the beautiful scenery of Montana.
  • The Glacier Park International Airport lies about 10 miles north of Kalispell and sports various car hire agencies on the airport grounds, including Avis, Hertz, Alamo, and National. The four agencies are located at the terminal close to the Baggage Claim area, and within approximately 20 minutes travelers can be at the center of Kalispell. There are also further off-site agencies that offer shuttle services to and from the airport.
  • Montana has particularly scenic and breathtaking scenery, but it is also a pitfall when it comes to concentrating while driving. Remember to stay focused and don’t let the wonderful surroundings distract you. Drunk driving and distracted driving are still the most common reasons why accidents are caused here. Make sure to take regular breaks, especially when driving over longer stretches of road, and change drivers regularly if possible.
  • When venturing out of Kalispell to explore the surrounding parks, make sure to adapt your speed to the winding mountain roads, especially in winter. When visiting Kalispell in winter, generally ensure that the hire car is properly equipped and has winter tires attached. Also, if necessary, rent snow chains and carry some snacks, a blanket, and a thermos with you. When driving in Kalispell, also bear in mind that, due to the piled up snow on either side, the streets will be narrower.
  • Book your car hire in Kalispell at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard car hire in Kalispell are around 18% cheaper than other car types, on average

Kalispell car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Kalispell 
Verified travelerSep 2023
Driving around Kalispell was straight forward. A very easy city to navigate and most drivers are courteous.
auroraJun 2023
EASY TO DRIVE IN KALLISPELL, CLOSE PROXIMITY TO AIRPORT, MANY RENTAL CAR AGENCIES TO CHOOSE FROM
Verified travelerJun 2023
Very easy to rent a car from kalispell
Verified travelerJun 2023
So much has changed there since my last trip. Get a local map.
Verified travelerMay 2023
Driving in Kalispell is wonderful, beautiful views. Beware locals will blow past you on the highways.

FAQs about hiring a car in Kalispell

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

    Opting for a 4-wheel-drive car in Kalispell is definitely a good choice -- and not only in the winter. With gravel roads, winding mountain roads, and wintery conditions all a possible part of the experience, it is better to have a car which provides the essential traction. The SUV is still one of the most popular cars for this area, so opting for one will also make you blend in with the locals better.

  • What’s the speed limit in Kalispell?

    Unless posted differently, 25 mph is allowed to be driven within the city of Kalispell, but, especially during the cold months, it is imperative to adjust your speed and slow down considerably. On some highways, drivers can go up to 80 mph, but some also only permit 70 mph, so check the signs on the right-hand side.

  • Where are the best places to park in Kalispell?

    There are various possibilities for parking in Kalispell, from metered on-street parking to parking garages and lots. When parking on the street, always read the signs for time restrictions and prices, though usually fees apply Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm. Alternatively, there are also parking garages and lots available in the city or at the airport.

  • What is the best car hire company in Kalispell?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Kalispell are Dollar (9,1, 70 reviews), Alamo (8,6, 71 reviews), and Avis (8,1, 60 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Kalispell?

    The average price of fuel in Kalispell is R65,70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R788 and R1 051, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Kalispell?

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

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

    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 Kalispell?

    A Standard car hire in Kalispell costs R1 824 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Kalispell?

    A Mini car hire in Kalispell costs R2 840 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Kalispell?

    An Economy car hire in Kalispell costs R1 865 per day, on average.

Kalispell car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8,7

Very Good

154 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

8.2

One location in Kalispell

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Locations in Kalispell

4170 Us-2

+1 844 917 0964

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
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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.

8,0 Very Good

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes the staff was great and drop off was easy.

Cons:

The rental could have been a little better. The backup camera glass was broken and the windshield wipers wouldn't shut off.

1 out of 25

Dollar

9,0

Wonderful

96 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.7

One location in Kalispell

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Locations in Kalispell

5506 Hwy 2 West

+1 406 892 0009

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
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Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
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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

Budget

9,0

Wonderful

43 reviews

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.1

Value for money

8.7

2 locations in Kalispell

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2988 Us Hwy 93 South

+1 406 755 7500

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4170 Us Highway 2 East

+1 406 755 7500

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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

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ALL GOOD ! ! !

10,0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Super easy drop off. Young lady at the counter when I picked up was incredibly helpful and friendly.

Cons:

Literally nothing

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick and easy to understand instructions for rentals. Very informative. Beth showed us the car we would be using, so that we wouldn’t get confused and she also offered the best choice for us, since there are some age restrictions. She also gave us unlimited mileage which was a huge bonus for us! We will be booking with Budget again soon! Thanks Beth!

1 out of 6

Avis

8,1

Very Good

73 reviews

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.6

One location in Kalispell

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Locations in Kalispell

4170 Us Highway 2 East

+1 406 257 2727

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
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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

Hertz

9,0

Wonderful

11 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.1

One location in Kalispell

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4170 Highway 2 East

+1 406 758 2220

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
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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.

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

8,0 Very Good

Jun 2023

KAYAK
The van I rented was not available. But the associate I worked with me to rent me two cars for a cheaper price. That came with pros like more luggage space but having two cars was not ideal for my group. Thank you to the associates who did everything in her power to try to solve the van issue for me. Lastly, I did not like that both cars I was given had damage. One had a cracked windshield and the other’s plastic step to get into the car was cracked on the passenger side.

1 out of 2

Thrifty

8,5

Very Good

20 reviews

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

7.7

One location in Kalispell

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4170 U.s. Highway 2 East

+1 406 758 2220

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
Saturday08:00 - 23:30
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6,0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

at drop off, I explained that the gas tank was FULL. After reviewing the bill before boarding my flight, I discovered that I was charged for the cost of $97 for fuel. I had to go back to the agent (behind the security) and she corrected it. I find this annoying as it is a basic component of checking out a rental car. Other attendants go over the statement LINE by LINE. Not at this station. Peculiar, With kind regards, Roger van den Bergh

Cons:

Please pay attention at checkout.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Very friendly staff, no line and easy rental process.

Cons:

I wasn't sure how to return the vehicle - had to take keys to the desk unlike other rental experiences where someone is there waiting to check you in or you leave the keys in the car. Signage would have helped as we were in a rush.

4,0 Mediocre

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

I liked the rental once I got one.

Cons:

The first rental not properly working, it wouldn’t start up right away, the car had several dents and scratches on the car, it also smelled like smoke. When I made the reservation counter aware, they acted as if there wasn’t a problem. Business as usual.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff and super easy pickup / drop off.

Cons:

I had no other expectations to be met that were not. Very pleased.

9,6 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was incredibly helpful and to-the-point. He did not try to sell me any add-ons or unneeded extras, and got us in and out very quickly. The car was top-notch (I don’t think a Chrysler 300 fits in the “compact” category that we paid for, but we certainly didn’t complain) and drove very well.

Cons:

We found a bit of trash in the backseat and the trunk. Nothing shocking, but we did end up cleaning out more trash than we added to the car.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

quick, easy and very good service from the counter help from Hertz/Thrifty employees. I am very pleased. Nancy

1 out of 4

National

7,1

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.5

Value for money

6.5

One location in Kalispell

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4170 Us-2

+1 844 917 0965

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday08:00 - 23:30
Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
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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

Payless

8,8

Very Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.3

One location in Kalispell

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4170 Us Highway 2 East

+1 406 257 2727

Monday08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday08:00 - 23:30
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Thursday08:00 - 23:30
Friday08:00 - 23:30
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Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Kalispell

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Glacier Park International Airport

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Sunnycars

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One location in Kalispell

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4170 Us Highway 2 East

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