Best 5 Moving Truck Rental Alternatives to U-Haul in Calgary

If you’re looking to move home in the Calgary area, you’ll have definitely heard of U-Haul, the truck rental company.  But, what about the alternatives? Today, we’re going to look at some of U-Haul’s rivals in the truck rental business, bringing you some local and national alternatives to the big one that everyone’s heard of.

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Driving Force Calgary Moving Truck Rental,

It’s all about the experience.

Driving Force started out over 40 years ago and has grown to be a leader in the industry.  There are even 28 locations across Canada these days!


Driving Force rent out everything from cars to cube vans whether or not you need it for a one-off rental or a regular rental.

Rental Price

  • Cargo Van $89/day

Driving Force’s cargo vans start from $89 per day.


  • Google: 4.1/5
  • Facebook: 3.8/5

Driving Force has a great 4.1/5 stars on Google based on 20 reviews and 3.8/5 on Facebook based on 40 reviews.

Driving Force has three locations in Calgary, including one at the airport.

Visit Driving Force to find your nearest Calgary location.
Telephone Number: (587) 316-1631

Inclusions and Exclusions

The price does not include the vehicle licensing fee, any waivers for loss or damage or goods and service tax (GST).


  • Well established business
  • Prices comparable with other rental companies


  • We couldn’t find the price or availability of a cube van
  • Reviews could be better, particularly on Facebook.

Penske Calgary Moving Truck Rental,

Reliable trucks when you need them.

Penske started out in 1969 and they’ve been growing ever since, helping thousands of people each year with their house moves.


Penske offers cargo vans, 12’, 16’, 22’ and 26’ cube trucks.

Rental Price

  • 16’ cube truck from $149.99/day

The quotation above would also need to add $0.39/km driven.  There’s also an environmental fee and a licensing fee to pay.


  • Google: 4/5

Google reviews are very positive with 4/5 stars for 45 reviews.

There’s one location in Calgary but lots of locations throughout the whole of the North American continent – great if you’re moving long-distance and need a one-way rental.

Visit Penske to find out how they can help you.
Telephone: 800-736-7531

Inclusions and Exclusions

There are no extra charges on the return of the truck as long as it is in the same condition with the same fuel level as when it was rented as well as being on time. There are no hidden turn-in or mileage fees.   However, this is not what our quotation said.  It said we would need to pay additional mileage, a security deposit and taxes too.   They do include 24-hour roadside assistance though.


  • Great website to navigate
  • A good range of different trucks that are among the newest in the industry.
  • 24-hour roadside assistance


  • Unclear pricing with stating there are no hidden fees for extra mileage but there seems to be on the quote.

Budget Calgary Moving Truck Rental,

The best deals with Budget Truck.

Budget Truck Rental is famous for their cheap yet cheerful deals.  They are always offering promotions, which is a big plus in the truck hire business.


They offer cargo vans, 16’ cube trucks as well as a variety of pickup trucks too.

Rental Price

  • 16’ cube truck for $65.04/day

Budget certainly lives up to its name with that price!


  • Yelp: 1.5/5
  • Google: 2.9/5 (294 reviews)

There are seven locations in Calgary alone, with many more across the country.

Visit Budget Truck Rental to find your nearest location.
Phone number: 403-226-1550

Inclusions and Exclusions

With the rental, there are 150km included. Should you go over this then this is charged at an additional $0.15 per kilometer.  Additionally, the rental is only allowed for three days.  There is no loss waiver or personal accident cover included in the fees.  Also, there is an additional Vehicle License Fee too.


  • Well known brand
  • The cheapest truck rental we have found for a 16’ cube van.
  • Lots of locations nationally


  • Difficulty finding good reviews online

Enterprise Calgary Truck Rental,

The Right Trucks. Right when you need them.

Enterprise Truck Rental is a part of the global Enterprise business which has been running for decades.  As such, they have a reputable status throughout Canada for helping people to move home themselves.


Enterprise has everything from pickup trucks, flatbeds, and cargo vans to cube trucks. 

Rental Price

  • $159/day for a 16’ cube truck


  • Yelp: 5/5

These reviews were based solely on five reviews.

There are two Enterprise locations in Calgary with a further five in the Alberta Province. There are also many other locations across Canada.

Visit Enterprise Truck Rental to find your nearest location.
Telephone: (403)252-9884

Inclusions and Exclusions

Renting a cube truck includes up to 600km with an additional charge of $0.20 per km thereafter. The quotation above would only let us have a 3-day rental as a minimal time period.


  • A huge variety of available trucks
  • Great locations throughout the whole of the North American continent


  • Not many reviews online.

Discount Calgary Truck Rental,

A Vehicle for every need.

Discount Truck Rental offers vehicles from ½ ton pickup trucks, cargo vans, cube vans up to 26’ as well as refrigerated trucks!


Discount have cube trucks in addition to 26 foot/5 ton and 20 foot/3 ton trucks.  They suit all kinds of moves and can hold a maximum of 3500kg. 

Rental Price

  • $148.55/day for a half-ton pick-up truck.


  • Google: 4.7/5

Different branches in Calgary have different star ratings on Google ranging from 3.8/5 to 4.7/5 stars.

There are 10 locations in Calgary alone as well as many more nationwide.

Visit Discount Truck Rental to find your nearest branch.
Telephone Number: 403-299-1224

Inclusions and Exclusions

With the above rental, 300km are included with each kilometer thereafter being charged at $0.20.  The price also includes fees and taxes.


  • Lots of pick up and drop off locations
  • Quoted price includes taxes and fees


  • Some branches have better reviews than others
  • We couldn’t find availability for our chosen dates for a cube truck, just a pickup truck.


Whatever your moving requirements in Calgary, Alberta, we are sure that you will find what you are looking for in an alternative to U-Haul.   Driving Force, Penske, Budget, Enterprise and Discount all have their advantages. Why not check out their websites to see which one comes up trumps for you?

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