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Make your move with a Juneau Airport car rental

This incredible capital city sits between a waterway and rugged mountain range, always overlooked by ice and snow and so remote that it cannot be reached by road. If you want to visit somewhere off the beaten track, Juneau should be top of your list. From the state museum to the Mendenhall Glacier, there’s plenty to see and do. Find a great deal on Juneau car rentals with GoSee and drive away with no worries.

Juneau car rental locations 

There are several car rental companies with locations in Juneau International Airport. This makes it easy for travelers to fly in and drive away with no extra hassle. 

Juneau Airport is located just off Alaska Route 7, not far from the Mendenhall Glacier and 12 minutes’ drive from downtown Juneau.  

All you need to know for your Juneau car rental journey 

Guide to Juneau Airport 

Juneau International Airport (JNU) is a city-owned airport and seaplane base located eight miles from the city center. It has one main passenger terminal and one runway which see a large volume of airplane movements, many of these being air taxi services. 

There are concession stands both pre and post-security offering snacks and light meals. There is also a locally-owned gift shop, free WiFi available, and an information desk near the baggage claim. No smoking is permitted inside the terminal building. 

Short-term and long-term parking are available in front of the terminal, and there is also a cell phone waiting lot. Take advantage of the free pick up service if this is included in the deal you booked.

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Guide to driving a rental car in Juneau 

Staying safe on the Alaskan roads should be top priority during your road trip. Knowing the local road rules and a bit about local customs and quirks will set you up for a journey that’s memorable and enjoyable.

Here are our top tips:

  • Always drive on the right! If you are arriving from a country that drives on the left, it may be a good idea to take some time to acclimatize. 

  • If you see something particularly spectacular and would like to take a closer look, pull over to properly enjoy the view. Driving while distracted—by cellphone or by scenery—is dangerous. 

  • Distances are posted in miles, and speeds in miles per hour. 

  • The highest posted speed limit in Alaska is 65 miles per hour, which is allowed on certain stretches of highway. Default limits are set at 20 mph in a business district and 25 mph in a residential area. 

  • When traveling in winter, you should check with the rental provider that the vehicle is well equipped for the conditions. Drive slowly and carefully in wet or snow.

  • Keep an eye out for large animals like moose and caribou on the roads. 

  • Remember that roads from Juneau will only go so far—it is not accessible by road from the rest of Alaska, and therefore you cannot travel from there to any other significant center, even nearby Skagway.

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Destination ideas for an unforgettable Juneau adventure

With a rental car from Juneau Intl Airport, you’ll be able to visit the city and the spectacular surrounding region at your own pace. Drive the 15 minutes between “Downtown” and “The Valley” to experience both faces of the city, enjoy museums and visitors centers, travel to board your fishing charter or catch your sightseeing flight, and follow the shoreline of the Gastineau Channel and beyond to discover more of Alaska’s natural delights.

Heading in and out of Juneau is a different story. The lack of roads in and out of Juneau means that a long road trip is out of the question, but there are plenty of places nearby to visit in your rental car—and ferries and planes can take you to other parts of the USA and Canada. For example, some travelers make the intrepid journey on a car ferry to Skagway and beyond to spectacular spots like Whitehorse in the vast and wild Yukon.

The following are a few things you can see and do close to Juneau.

Sightseeing flights

Whether by plane or helicopter, sightseeing flights are a top way to truly take in the majestic scenery of the region. There are plenty of providers near the airport, so pick one that appeals and enjoy Juneau from the air.

Mendenhall Glacier

juneau lake mountains snowIt’s a 20-minute drive from downtown Juneau to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ($3 entry fee from May to September). You can get a great view from there, and there are also several trails available to get you a bit closer. During late summer and early spring, black bears often visit the area. If you want to walk right up to the glacier, you can take the West Glacier trail which starts near Mendenhall Campground on the other side of the lake.

Mount Roberts

This peak overlooks the city and can be summited via the tramline starting on South Franklin Street or the hiking trail starting on Basin Road. At the top is the Mount Roberts Nature Center.

Shrine of St Therese

Make the scenic drive north (about 35 mins along the coast) in your rental car to see this picturesque shrine and associated chapel. The surrounding area is enchanting with beaches, coves, hiking trails, and more—a fantastic place to spend a day exploring.

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Car rental Juneau Airport: Frequently asked questions

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Which car rental companies in Juneau have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Many US car rental companies have made changes to their policies and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also ask our rental consultants any questions about your booking.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Juneau?

The cost of a rental car will vary widely depending on the type of car, the season, and the supplier in question. As an indication, you might pay something like USD$75 per day for a more basic car rental Juneau AK and USD$1000+ for an SUV or larger vehicle.

In the travel industry, insurance is also already a standard. If you already have a policy, check the third party liability insurance coverage provided and the minimum financial responsibility limits arising out of the use of the owner rental vehicle. There are policies not honored in a certain location or by a specific car rental company, so be sure to verify such.

To find the rental vehicle that suits you, enter your details into our easy-to-use search engine and use the filters to narrow down the options for Juneau International Airport JNU car rental deals.

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Juneau Intl Airport (JNU)? 

Car rental companies operating at Juneau AK Airport include Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and National.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Juneau?

Because you can’t travel very far from Juneau itself by road, any rental vehicle will suffice for your time there. If you want some extra space or capability in adverse weather conditions, an SUV is a good option.

What type of driver's license do I need?

You will need your valid driver's license to book and drive rental cars in Juneau. If your home country driver's license is not in English, it should be accompanied by an International Driver's Permit.

Any additional authorized driver must have the same official identification and documents, as only permitted additional driver will be allowed to drive the hire car for the entire rental period.

What is the minimum age for renting a car in Juneau?

Not just for car rental Juneau Alaska, most suppliers in the USA will rent to customers aged 21+. Some will take customers aged 18 and up. Young driver fees are common to any car rental agency; these apply up to 25 years of age in some cases.

What is the best month to rent a car in Juneau?

Summer is widely regarded as the best time to visit Juneau—during May to August, the sun is often out and the whales are migrating.

Can I rent a car if I arrive or depart outside regular business hours?

Some Juneau rental car companies are open outside of business hours or can arrange pick-ups and drop-offs during these times. Enter your anticipated drop-off and pick-up times when searching Juneau car rentals to see what is available.

Where are the best places to park in Juneau?

Free (time restricted) on-street parking and affordable off-street parking are available in downtown Juneau, provided by the city.