Glacier International Airport Car Rental

3 Tips For Your Glacier International Airport Car Rental

 

When planning your next getaway, don’t forget to plan for your Glacier International Airport Car Rental. Having lived here for many years, we have some tips to make your car rental for Glacier National Park as smooth as possible. The planning can take some time but is well worth the effort to be able to enjoy a fun-filled time. 

1. Fly into Glacier International Airport
2. Book Rental Cars Early
3. Compare Rental Car Amenities and Prices
4. (BONUS) Create a Trip Itinerary

 

Read on to make your Glacier International Airport car rental experience seamless. 


1. Flying into Glacier International Airport

Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) is the closest airport to all things fun in the Flathead Valley, although it may not be the cheapest option you will find. While the prices weren’t the issue this year, the rental car shortage took the cake for flight decisions. Book your rental cars early, folks!

Glacier International Airport Air Plane

2. Book Glacier International Airport Rental Cars Early

The Glacier International Airport itself has a few rental car options inside; Avis, Enterprise, Hertz which are all good options. Dollar Rent-a-car is another good option that is located just down the road from the airport. If none of those options suit your style or are booked during your expected trip dates, you could also look into Turo. The app allows you to privately rent a car from some locals in the valley. 

This year we saw more people canceling their trips due to the rental car shortage. People drove instead or even flew into another town and drove in from where they had rental cars available.  Some other towns to consider flying into are Missoula International Airport (MSO) which is about a 2.5-hour drive from the Flathead, or some people even choose to fly into Spokane International Airport (GEG) and drive the beautiful 4 hours over to the Flathead. 

Glacier International Airport Car Rental - Driving

3. Compare Rental Car Amenities and Prices

There are lots of options and decisions to make when you are planning a trip, let alone shopping for a rental car. Let your Glacier International Airport car rental be something that fits the needs of your crew and consider 4-wheel drive as you don’t know where you may end up around here. Especially if you are traveling in the winter months you will definitely want something with an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive so you are prepared for all the elements Montana can bring. 

There are websites that can cut down on some of the work it takes to compare companies. A few to consider when you’re comparing amenities and prices are Priceline.com, Kayak.com, or Hotwire.com.

Compare Glacier International Car Rentals

4. (BONUS) Create a Trip Itinerary

When mapping out your trip to Glacier National park, we recommend planning to be in the area for 3 days. (We have a full Glacier National Park 3 day itinerary if you want to avoid the planning altogether.)Your days will be long but they will be JAM PACKED! There’s a lot of things to do and explore, but here are some of our top favorites you shouldn’t miss out on!

  • Drive the Going-To-The-Sun-Road. Consider renting a UTV from Glacier Ridge Runners to have a fully immersive experience. 
  • Explore at new heights with your whole family. Spend some time up in the trees here with us at Glacier Highline for a day of family fun with our adventure pass. 
  • Go rafting with Glacier Raft Company. If you’re going to come rafting or to Glacier Highline, hit 2 birds with 1 stone and sign up for our Park-N-Paddle package and save 10% on each ticket! 
  • Hike Avalanche Lake or any of our other amazing trails that are in our backyard. If you’re traveling with a pet, explore the Jewel Basin with your furry friends as well!
  • RELAX! Make sure you take some time to explore the stars at night or make s’mores over a campfire.

Glacier Highline offers the ultimate treetop adventure with over 50 different highline and ropes course activities, including Glacier Ziplines, Burma Loops, Log Walks, Cargo Nets, a Giant Swing, Rock Climbing Wall, and the Tarzan Swing.