Compare Alaska Car Rental Companies

Flying into Anchorage and renting a car gives you the freedom to go wherever Alaska's road system (aside from a few unpaved roads) will take you, while traveling at your own pace. You'll find plenty of good car-rental companies at the Anchorage airport and downtown. While rates vary with season, duration, and car category, here's some information that will help you make your rental decision:

Standard Rental-Car Policies

  • Rates do not include Alaska tax and licensing fees
  • Most one-way drop-offs require steep fees-anywhere from $100 to $500!
  • Rental cars aren't usually allowed on unpaved gravel roads, such as the Denali, Dalton, Elliott, and Steese highways

Travelers who want to drive to the Arctic Circle, the Brooks Range, or other spots along the Dalton Highway north of Fairbanks can rent an SUV in Fairbanks.

CompanyProsConsLocation & TimeWhat's Different
Alaska 4X4 Rentals
  • 4 Wheel drive fleet - Trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, Vans
  • No restrictions on where you can go
  • Truck Campers complete with kitchen and queen bed available
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • One-way drop offs ($375)
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off available ($35)
  • After-hour pick-up & drop-off available
  • Discounts: corporate, AAA, AARP, military, AK resident & long-term rental of 15 days or longer (10%)
  • Newer model vehicles
  • Optional accessories available: GPS, satellite phone, coolers & more
  • 2nd driver pays one-time extra fee of $25 (spouse free)
  • Must be 21+ years of age to rent

Anchorage Airport North Terminal: 5-6 minute walk from the South Terminal baggage claim

  • Winter Hours: 10am-6pm | 7 Days a Week
  • Summer Hours: 9am-midnight | 7 Days a Week
  • 100% Alaskan owned business
  • Rentals into Canada
  • Gravel Highway Rentals (Dalton Hwy, Denali Highway, etc)
  • One way rentals to/from any destination
Thrifty
  • Cars, Trucks & SUVs are 6-12 months old
  • Discounts: corporate, AAA, senior citizens
  • Frequent flyer miles
  • Free pickups from hotels, B&Bs, and railroad depot
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Ages 21-24 ok; extra fee
  • Open 7 days/wk
  • Use Promo Code 101063
  • Paved roads only
  • No one-ways
  • No debit cards
  • 2nd driver extra fee/day
  • (extra fee if 21-24)

Airport

  • 6:00am - 2:00am

Midtown

  • June - Aug, 7am - 7pm
  • Sep 1 - May 31, 8am - 6pm
Some of the newest cars in town
Budget
  • One-way drop-offs ($250.00)
  • 6 Alaska locations
  • Discounts: corporate, AAA, AARP, military (10%)
  • Frequent flyer miles: American and Alaska
  • Courtesy shuttle for Anchorage Bowl (no airport pickups)
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Ages 21-24 ok; extra fee
  • Most cars one year old or newer
  • Debit cards ok ($300 deposit)
  • Paved roads only
  • 2nd driver extra fee/day
  • (extra fee if 21-24)

Airport

  • June 1 - Aug 29, 5:30am - 2:30am
  • Aug 30 - May 31, 6am - 2am

Off-Airport

  • June 1 - Aug 29, 6am - 7pm
  • Aug 30 - May 31, 8am - 7pm

Downtown

  • Yr-round, Mon - Sat: 7am - 8pm
  • Sun: 11am - 7p
Three Anchorage locations
Avis
  • One-way drop-offs
  • Cars are current year or one year old
  • Discounts: corporate and associations
  • Frequent flyer miles: Alaska Airlines
  • Free pickups from hotels and railroad depot
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Ok to pay w/debit; must have credit card to rent
  • Paved roads only
  • 2nd driver pays one-time extra fee (spouse free)
  • Surcharge for drivers under the age of 25

Downtown (5th and K)

  • Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 9am - 5pm
  • 10 Alaska locations
  • 50 yrs in Alaska in ‘05
  • No fee for under-25
Hertz
  • Vehicles always current year
  • One-way drop-offs
  • Discounts: corporate, AAA Frequent flyer miles
  • Debit cards OK
  • Paved roads only
  • 2nd driver extra fee/day
  • Must be 25 or older (extra fee if 21-24)
  • Mileage rate depends on contract

Airport

  • 6am-3am

Downtown

  • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
  • Only corporate location in Alaska—resources of world’s largest car-rental company
  • 6 Alaska locations
  • Debit cards no problem

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