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Car hire

USA and Canada car hire

The flexibility and independence of having your own car adds an extra dimension to your ski holiday, especially when there are other nearby ski resorts to try out.

Unlike many other operators, we ensure the car we include is appropriate for the number of people travelling (see our below grid) and ALL car hire bookings include Fully Inclusive Insurance so you won't find there are extra charges when you pick the car up.

The car we include and upgrade costs

The below grid shows you which car we include as standard dependant on how many people are travelling. 2 or 3 passengers travelling together can get a 1 or 2 level upgrade to a large size car at an additional cost.

  Car Type
Passengers Compact 4 Door Full Size 4x4 (People Carrier*)
2 Inc. Upgrade 1 Level Upgrade 2 Levels
3   Inc. Upgrade 1 Level
4 / 5     Inc.

With groups larger than 5 people you will need to speak to our reservation team to book your car.

*People Carrier needs to be requested through out reservations team.

The right size car for you

We have tried to ensure that we always include the right car for you group size, whether it is two or ten people travelling. To make sure you are comfortable with the car included we have given you an idea of the number of people, luggage and type of car to expect. Car makes and models to differ so please use this as a guide.

Car Type People Luggage Typical car in this category Irish Equivalent
Compact Car 3 3 Nissan Versa Note or similar Ford Focus
4 Door Full Size 4 4 Ford Fusion or similar Audi A4
4x4 5 4 Hyundai Santa Fe or similar Kia Sorento
People Carrier 7 4 Dodge Grand Caravan or similar VW Sharan

What's included

  • Car rental hire charge for a the duration of your stay for the car appropriate to your party size (see above)
  • All weather tyres
  • Fully inclusive package (includes Unlimited Mileage, CDW, $1million Liability Cover, Taxes, Surcharges and Airport Fees)

What's not included

  • Fuel
  • Additional Drivers & any Young Driver fee
  • One way drop charges
  • Ski rack rental ($5–$8 per day USA/Canada and must be requested at the time of booking and paid locally)
  • Board racks are not availble
  • Child seat rental (approx $6.99 per day, maximum charge is $70)
  • Tolls, parking costs and entrance fees to national parks (eg. Banff National Park, Canada)
  • GPS / SatNav

Important information

Driving licence

All drivers must be aged 21 or over and bring a full valid driving licence from their country of residence.

Car hire vouchers

Details regarding your pre-booked car hire are contained within your ticket booklet.


A major credit card is needed as a deposit and will be debited for any additional charges at the time of rental.

Child seats

Children up to 4 years old are required by law to be transported in approved child seats. These must be requested at the time of booking and will be provided by Alamo at a cost of approx $6.99, with a total cost not exceeding $70 (USA & Canada) per day. A refundable deposit is also payable.

Additional drivers

To include additional drivers there is a cost locally when you pick up the car. This is included in the Gold package if you book with us in advance.

Drivers aged less than 25

Drivers under 25 years incur an additional Young Driver Surcharge of $25 plus taxes (US & CAN) per day (payable locally).

Excess charges

These are $300 for Canada for drivers aged 25yrs and over and $500 for drivers aged 21–24yrs. Excess is NIL in USA.

Snow chains

They are not offered or allowed for use on Alamo rental vehicles and you may consider upgrading to a 4x4 in Ireland. Please check on weather conditions when you pick up your car as occasionally with heavy snow, some roads may close and you have to stop and resume the journey when conditions have cleared. You may not always be able to upgrade locally.

Ski Rails

Please note: Europcar in Austria will no longer offer ski rack equipment.


Each vehicle is provided with a full tank of fuel and should be returned full. We suggest that you fill up with fuel prior to returning the vehicle to avoid any refuelling charges. If you choose our Alamo Gold package, there is no charge for the full tank of fuel.

Alamo gold insurance option from €6 per day USA & Canada

Includes 3 additional drivers and a free tank of fuel.

Alamo GPS option

Although driving in North America is very easy, if you want the extra help and security of satellite navigation then you can include a GPS locally at an extra cost (needs to be requested in advance).