Alaska Rental Cars, Hire Companies, Motor Homes Alaska

Alaska Rental Cars: Budget, Avis and More

A rental car is a great idea for your Alaskan holiday with potentially thousands of the state’s miles to cross. Alaska rental cars can add freedom and flexibility to your vacation, and can be extremely cost effective for groups of three or more.

Renting a car in Alaska is as simple as renting anywhere else in the United States. Travelers are able to rent minivans, SUVs, RVs and sedans without fuss in most major cities and towns. Anchorage, Seward, Fairbanks, Nome and Juneau all have several branches of national car rental agencies – like Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, and Enterprise. Most tourists do pick their cars up at airports, particularly Anchorage, as it’s the main transport hub of Alaska and has the largest number of rental car outlets.

Booking early

The summer months of June through August are Alaska’s boom months for tourism, and as you plan your holiday it’s important to take this into consideration. Traditionally demand for rental cars in the state has always outstripped supply, and prices for can up to triple over the busy period. Make your car rental arrangements the same time you confirm your holiday and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Hiring a vehicle opens Alaska up to a lot of sightseeing options that the car less tourist won’t have. Alaska has the same laws and traditions on the road as the continental U.S. roads are mostly paved and even those less travelled are in relatively good condition.If hiring a car consider whether you’d like to drive off road, as many agencies restrict their vehicles to paved highways.

Things to remember

It’s important when hiring a car that you examine the terms and conditions attached to your rental. Many firms don’t include taxes, fees or insurance in their daily rates. For example, if you can transfer yourself two miles to a rental office instead of collecting the car at Anchorage airport, you’ll save a 12 per cent airport concession fee.

Motor homes can be expensive to rent but you will save on your accommodation expenses if you sleep on board. These massive homes on wheels can stretch up to 28 feet in length and include every facility needed for a comfortable, self catering vacation.