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Explore Big Sky Country with a Kalispell car rental
Pick up a Kalispell rental car and explore northwestern Montana and the Rockies. This small mountain town in the Flathead Valley dates back to the 1800s and is the gateway to the spectacular Glacier National Park. It’s an outdoor lover’s dream with adventures in every direction, incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, and a cosy home base to refresh and recharge after long days of exploring. Get a Kalispell airport car rental deal and make your way to the mountains.
Finding your car rental at Kalispell Glacier Park International Airport
Make sure to grab a window seat when flying into Glacier Park International Airport to get a glimpse of the snowcapped mountain tops. This is the main commercial airport serving the area, also open to General Aviation purposes along with the nearby Kalispell City Airport. GPIA offers one cafe—the Leryna Bistro, a couple of souvenir shops, and free WiFi. Pick up your rental car keys at your designated kiosk, adjacent to the baggage claim area in the arrivals section.
Getting around in your car rental Kalispell, MT
Keep these driving tips in mind when you pick up a Kalispell car rental.
- It takes 30 minutes to drive from Glacier Park International Airport to Kalispell. Coming from the airport, you must turn right onto US-2 W heading south. You may follow this to the downtown area and turn left onto 5th Avenue to arrive in the town center.
- Prepare well before heading to the mountains. Make sure the fuel tank is full, and extra food, water and appropriate layers of clothing are packed.
- Always check the weather and local road conditions before setting off, and bring a roadmap in the car in case of lost GPS signal.
- Yield to animals near or crossing the road and try to avoid driving at dawn and dusk when they are most active.
- Finding parking for your vehicle rental is easy in this small town. Get into on-street spaces or utilise the parking lots at designated shopping areas, hotels, restaurants and attractions. Most accommodation providers offer guest parking with a booking. If you park the rental car on the street on a snowstorm, make sure to follow the snow removal signs.
Sights to visit with your Kalispell Airport car rental
Conrad Mansion Museum
Take a group or a self-guided tour of this 26-room Mansion and learn about the Conrad family’s impact on Montana’s history. Enjoy an afternoon of wonderment and nostalgic grandeur.
Glacier National Park
Nature lovers, backpackers, cyclists, and campers are all in for a treat at this incredible park with over 700 miles of stunning trails. Teeming with magnificent wildlife from mountain goats to grizzly bears, this wilderness area is one of a kind.
Just south of the town, this beautiful body of water offers numerous recreational opportunities, including the opportunity to explore Wild Horse Island, the largest island on the lake.
Explore the town
Besides the untamed adventures, there are lovely local treasures visitors must try. Stop by Moose’s Saloon, sample Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits, wander the Farmers Market on Saturdays, and bite into some ice cream at Sweet Peaks. That's just a start!
GoSee’s tips for Kalispell Airport car rentals
- For mountain excursions, we recommend booking a sporty model appropriate for navigating narrow, winding roads. An SUV rental is recommended in Kalispell, MT.
- If you are travelling with your family or a group of friends, there is a great selection of larger vehicles in Kalispell. Book well in advance to secure the car rental you want.
- If you are planning a road trip, certain rental providers will allow you to pick up a car in Kalispell and drop it off somewhere else. This means you can explore Spokane in your rental car or even Seattle.
- Consider crossing the border in your hire car to visit Canada and cities like Calgary or Kelowna. Make sure to check the rental agreement or contact the renting location directly if they’ll allow this or for any other details on cross border restrictions.
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Kalispell Airport car rental: Frequently asked questions
Which rental car companies are at the airport: Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)?
Kalispell Airport is home to the following car rental brands: Alamo, Avis, Budget Car Rental Kalispell, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty Car Rental Kalispell. Just proceed to the rental counter of your chosen supplier and you will be assisted accordingly. Rental desks are located inside the main terminal, near the baggage claim area.
If you are looking to hire cars in Kalispell from an off-airport location, you can take advantage of the free pick-up service from car rental companies such as Dollar, Enterprise, and Thrifty. Just call the location phone number listed for your chosen brand for more details and other rental locations' policies.
Which Kalispell rental car companies have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Most car rental Kalispell MT airport suppliers have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies as a result of COVID-19. Check the individual cleaning policies under the specifications of each provider before booking.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Kalispell?
The cost of Kalispell car rentals can vary due to factors such as seasonality, supply, and demand. Check current rates by typing your dates into the search function on this page, and comparing prices across multiple brands.
What is the cheapest rental car company in Kalispell?
The cheapest car rental company in Kalispell can change according to multiple factors, but Thrifty, Dollar and Alamo are consistently cheap. Remember to check the inclusions, pick up details and fine print before booking.
What type of rental cars are recommended for driving in Kalispell?
A sporty model like an SUV is recommended for driving in Kalispell, MT due to the mountainous terrain. However, you can also book several different vehicle classes in Kalispell through our website, depending on your preferences. You may also choose from various types including Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar), Compact Nissan Versa or similar), Intermediate (Toyota Corolla or similar), or Full Size (Chevrolet Malibu or similar). No matter what vehicle you wish to pick up for your rental cars Kalispell MT trip, GoSee have everything in store for you.
Please note that the minimum rental period for a Kalispell car rental varies per brand. Some suppliers allow rental for at least 24 hours, while others have a minimum of 3 days. Please double-check the rental agreement of your chosen company or call the renting location directly for any clarifications.
How old do you have to be to rent a car from Kalispell, MT Airport (FCA-Glacier Park Intl.)?
Most brands require that the renters and additional authorized drivers are at least 21 years old to get Kalispell car rentals, with the exception of Hertz, which has a requirement of 20 years old. Do note that many suppliers will charge a young driver's fee for those who are under 25 years old and must also complete the driver's license requirements.
What do you need to rent a car from Kalispell, MT Airport (FCA-Glacier Park Intl.)?
The renter must have a valid driver's license and own a credit card for payment and for holding a deposit. For foreigners/non-US residents, if there is no US driver's license, the home country driver's license must be presented along with an international driver's permit. Please note that temporary driver's licenses may be refused. Also, some brands require that the name and address shown on the renter's driver's license must match their current home address except for active-duty military personnel. These requirements are for the entire rental period, from Kalispell Airport rental car pick up to drop off.
Please note that the only permitted additional driver is allowed to drive the rental car aside from the renter. The additional authorized driver is also required to submit the same documents and may incur an additional fee.
Can I rent a car for a month or longer from Kalispell, MT Airport (FCA-Glacier Park Intl.)?
Longer-term rental cars Kalispell Airport are allowed by certain companies. Type your details into the search function on this page to see which of our partnered brands will allow this and what the associated costs will be.
Can I rent a car for a month or longer from Kalispell, MT Airport (FCA-Glacier Park Intl.)?
Longer term rentals are allowed by certain companies. Type your details into the search function on this page to see which of our partnered brands will allow this and what the associated costs will be.
What is included in the rental rate?
Once you have decided what your Kalispell Glacier Park International Airport car rental would be, just click on the 'select' button and this will lead you to a summary of what’s included in the car hire, from unlimited mileage to Collision Damage Waiver and 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. You may also select optional extras that you wish to add to your rental. When you click on the 'next step' button, the page will clearly show only a summary or the breakdown of the charges and what payments have to be made when you book the vehicle using any major credit card, and which payments are made when you collect the vehicle. No booking fees and no hidden charges!
Please ensure you purchase additional insurance coverage before you get a car rental Kalispell Airport. Make a habit to know the insurance coverage provided to avoid any hassle. Always read the terms and conditions to understand third-party liability insurance coverage topics such as owner rental vehicle third-party liability protection/third-party liability claims, minimum financial responsibility limits/statutory minimum underlying limits, or anything about the insured or the insured's insurer obligations and renters existing coverage before you complete your booking.