The 5 Best Van Rentals in Edmonton

Best Van Rental in Edmonton

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by Ethan Cote

Do you have to move a few things and need to rent a cargo van? If you do, then this list that we’ve put together today is exactly what you need.

Whether it’s for personal reasons or business, finding the right vehicle can be daunting. Luckily, we’ve done the research and put together this list of van rentals based on their fleet offering, rates, and of course, client feedback.

If you’re ready, let’s go ahead and take a look at the best cargo van rentals in Edmonton.

How Much Do Cargo Van Rentals Cost in Edmonton?

Before we go any further, let’s take a quick look at pricing and rates.

Several factors affect the final cost of your rentals such as the type of van and the service provider’s daily rates. Some companies offer free kilometers with the contract and begin charging a fee for every excess kilometer.

To help make it easier to understand, the table below shows the rates of the companies that we have on this list for you today. The prices shown here are only estimates based on the average cost of renting a cargo van for a one-way trip from Edmonton to Toronto.

 Van TypeInterior (SQM)Load Capacity (KG)Daily RateFree Kilometers / Additional Fees
Driving Force  Standard Cargo6.78    1,488  $52.0050km free per day;   $0.13/km after
  Enterprise Truck Rentals    Standard Cargo7.34  1,678$200.59200/km free per rental;   $0.20/km after
Cube Van11.663,039$232.00
PenskePanel Van5.461,500$95.00No free km; $0.25/km
Cube Van11.232,300$105.00
U-Haul*Standard Cargo6.941,760$19.95No free km; $0.59/kilometer
Budget Canada Truck Rental    Standard Cargo7.821,550$52.76100/km free per rental;   $0.20/km after
Cube Van  11.153,090$84.26

*rates for this provider is for travel within Edmonton only

The approximate distance from Edmonton to Ontario is 3,300 km. So for the sake of an example, renting a van from Penske will have a base cost of $825.00.

On the other hand, if you take up the offer of Enterprise Truck Rentals, you get 200 kilometers free, making that same trip only 3,100 km. Therefore, your total base rate comes out cheaper at only $ $620.00.

Take note that for most companies, rates can change daily depending on the availability of vehicles or the day that you rent it.

The Best Cargo Van Rentals in Edmonton

Now that we’ve tackled the costs, you have a better idea of what to expect in terms of expenses. With that said, we can now take a look at our picks for the top cargo van rentals in Edmonton.

1.   Driving Force

Driving Force's Homepage
Source: Driving Force
SERVICESCargo Vans, Cube Van, Pick-Up Trucks, Deck Trucks, Crane Trucks, Service Body Trucks
WEBSITEhttps://drivingforce.ca/
ADDRESSEdmonton South
9503 – 34 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W8
 
Edmonton West
11025 – 184 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5S 0A6
CONTACT DETAILSEdmonton South
Phone: (587) 409-4453
Toll Free: 1-866-936-0109
Fax: (780) 486-1519
Email: [email protected]
 
Edmonton West
Phone: (866) 940-9571; (587) 409 – 4052
Toll Free: 1-866-940-9571
Fax: (780) 641-1110; (833) 299-4213
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSEdmonton South
Monday to Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
Edmonton West:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Driving Force offers a wide range of cargo and passenger vans with diesel variants that can fulfill a personal move or deliver goods for your business. With 42 years of experience in the field, this company’s fleet can accommodate almost any of your transportation and logistic needs.

If you’re planning to rent a fleet of vans for commerce, Driving Force offers online telematic and information tools that can help you assess how your assets are performing via an app called Link. You’ll have to shell out extra for this service, but it can provide detailed fleet analysis, expense monitoring, driver monitoring, and customized reports on the status of your fleet.

Other benefits for tying up your business with Driving Force include special Fuel Cards that allow you to limit how much fuel they’re loading in. This is useful in controlling your expenses and ensuring that they don’t fill up the tanks more than what is needed.

Should your rental run into problems while it’s out on the road, Driving Force has 24/7 roadside assistance. Every vehicle has a special red folder in the glove compartment with contact information and instructions on how to get help.

However, be mindful of when you choose to rent with Driving Force since they charge an additional weekend rate of $52.00 per day on top of the base fee. So you may want to consider doing your moving during the weekdays instead.

Alternatively, if you foresee that you’ll be doing a lot of transporting throughout the month, you can lease the vans for a better rate. Depending on the vehicle you choose, rates range from $500-$900 per month, averaging at around $750 per month.

Moreover, when you rent from Driving Force, there’s no need to drop it off at the rental site since they have multiple locations around Canada. You can conveniently return the van to a branch that’s nearer to your destination.

Pros

  • Option to rent, buy or lease vehicles
  • Loss Damage Waiver
  • No need to return vehicle at place of origin

Cons

  • Additional rate for weekends
  • Type of van not specified in online rental booking
  • Leasing offers better rates than rentals

Customer Reviews

A successful business is built on having customers return and continually patronize your service. Gordon R. Johnston of Alberta Art Installation is a long time customer of Driving Force, and he shares:

“I have been dealing with Driving Force for two years now consistently; renting large Transit Vans as I have a business that caters to moving and installing art work. I heavily depend on a highly organized team…on reliability, clean and prompt service ( and vehicles ) and staff that meets my needs for professional and fast service. I always know I’m in good hands and know whole-heartedly they are looking after me and my business’ needs. Very rarely do they disappoint. Great enthusiasm, professional service, highly recommend.”

However, Driving Force is adept at getting new customers as well. Dave Gates recently rented a van at Driving Force. Let’s take a look at what he has to say:

“Had to rent a high roof Ford transit Van. Pickup was quick and easy. The phone call to book was easy too. Will return for my big vehicle rentals!”

2.   Enterprise Truck Rental or Discount Car Rentals

Enterprise Truck Rental or Discount Car Rentals' Homepage
Source: EnterpriseTruck Rental
SERVICESCargo Van, Cube Van (16ft & 26ft), High Top Cargo Van, Compact Cargo Van, Sedan, Minivan, SUV, Heavy Duty Cargo Van, Heavy Duty XL Cargo Van
WEBSITEhttps://www.enterprisetrucks.ca/truckrental/en_CA.html
ADDRESSEnterprise Branch E1C5D3
11360 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2X1
 
Enterprise Branch E1C5D4
9926 35 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 6B2
 
Discount Car 170th st. & 114th Ave
11360- 170th Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
 
Discount Car 34 Ave NW & 99 Street
9926 35 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta
CONTACT DETAILSEnterprise Branch E1C5D3
Phone: (780)484-2560
 
Enterprise Branch E1C5D4
Phone: (780)341-4300
 
Discount Car 170th st. & 114th Ave
Phone: (780) 484-2612
 
Discount Car 170th st. & 114th Ave
Phone: (780) 448-3888
OPERATING HOURSEnterprise Branch E1C5D3
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Enterprise Branch E1C5D4
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
Discount Car 170th st. & 114th Ave
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Discount Car 170th st. & 114th Ave
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Don’t be confused that we’ve added two companies in this particular entry. This is because Enterprise Truck Rentals now owns Discount Car & Truck Rentals, even though the latter still operates under its original name.

Having a fleet of two companies at your disposal gives you a wide array of options to choose from. Whether you need a high-roof cargo van or a 12-foot extended panel van with customized sliding loading doors, Enterprise has a van for you.

Moreover, to say Enterprise has expansive coverage is an understatement, since they have a combined sum of over 600 locations in Canada. However, most of these are located in Ontario, and other areas such as Edmonton have far fewer branches.

What we like about Enterprise is that they include 200km free with every rental, and a low rate of only $0.20 for every succeeding kilometre travelled. This makes Enterprise ideal for long-distance moves as you can get greater savings.

If you need to rent a van for business without a foreseeable end date, they offer long-term rentals as well. They can also outfit the van or truck to suit your needs whether it’s revolving amber lights, tow hitches, snow tires, or a fire extinguisher.

Another feature we like for businesses is a telematics program called Geotab which gives you real-time data to track your fleet’s usage to help you reduce costs. You can track the location, speed, idle times, and even battery usage of your vehicles!

Pros

  • Free 200km included for every van rental
  • GeoTab telematics program for real-time tracking
  • Long-term rental with customized accessories and tools

Cons

  • Only Ontario has many branches
  • Expensive if travelling only a short distance
  • Your preferred vehicle is subject to availability

Customer Reviews

Enterprise is at the forefront of its industry because of their reliability and service. Let’s read what Brendan Henan, a long-time customer has to share about Enterprise:

“I think these guys only get better. I’ve been using Enterprise since the nineties. Their prices have remained consistently the best…I’ve always appreciated the excellent service there. They have made specific efforts to my advantage.”

Another customer, Charlie Kim writes:

“Best customer service I ever had with rental location. Professionalism, respectful, and flexible with dealing people!! Strongly recommend for people who planning to move in to city from country side”

3.   Penske Truck Rental

Penske Truck Rental's Homepage
Source: Penske Truck Rental
SERVICESPanel Van, High Roof Cargo Van, 16-Foot Cube Van (12, 16, 22, 26 foot), Light Duty Truck, Medium Duty Truck, Heavy Duty Tractor, Refrigerated Truck, Flatbed Truck, Semi-Trailer, One-Way Truck
WEBSITEhttps://www.gopenske.com/
ADDRESSPenske Truck Rental – Edmonton North
17303 114 Ave Edmonton, AB T5S 2R9
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (780) 451-2686
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Penske Truck Rental began in 1969 in Pennsylvania and has expanded to more than 1,300 locations worldwide. Their signature bright yellow trucks have been a common sight in the roads of both the United States and Canada.

If you’re hiring a fleet of vans for your business, your drivers will have access to the Penske Driving App, which lets them access GPS routes and 24/7 road assistance. You’ll also be able to track the locations of your shipments in real-time.

Unfortunately, Edmonton customers of Penske can’t avail of the special one-way rentals and will have to return the rented vehicle at the same branch afterward. Moreover, you can only do drop-offs during their operating hours, so you’ll have to plan your trip accordingly to avoid incurring penalties or additional fees.

However, keeping tabs on their social media can tune you into special codes of up to 10% for extra savings when renting any of their vehicles. They also have special discounts for students and military personnel who need to rent a van to move.

Take note, Penske’s rates can change daily due to the availability of vehicles and the dates that you choose. Luckily, if you secure your booking in advance, your rates won’t change even if you change your schedule, but these are subject to specific terms and conditions.

Pros

  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • Penske mobile app for drivers
  • Multiple discount partners

Cons

  • No one-way rentals, must return truck to original location
  • Only one branch in Edmonton
  • Daily rate changes

Customer Reviews

Penske has grown to become a large company from its humble beginnings because of its service. Richard Olson commented on Penske’s transparency and vehicle quality as he writes:

“Great customer service, great rates. No hidden fees and it was actually cheaper than I thought it would. Rented a 16′ truck and it was very fuel efficient. Highly recommend this company”

Graham, a local business owner, finds Penske’s customer service exceptional despite being a large company. He shares:

“Penske has always been good to me….(the staff) are always friendly and accommodate my desire to do most things through email.  It is rare for a big brand to be so flexible in my experience.  When you run a business you really do come to appreciate the people around you at other businesses that make you possible.  One of those companies is Penske.”

4.   U-Haul

U-Haul's Homepage
Source: U-Haul
SERVICES9-Foot Cargo Van, Pick-Up Track, Cube Truck
WEBSITEhttps://www.uhaul.com/
ADDRESSU-Haul Moving & Storage of Southside
9521 51 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E4W8
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Westside
11120 154 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 3M9, Canada
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage at 50th St
12804 50 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5A 4H3, Canada
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Winterburn
21818 Stony Plain Rd, Edmonton, AB T5S 2C3, Canada
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage at 17th St
7403 17 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6P 1P1, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSU-Haul Moving & Storage of Southside
Phone: (780) 436-7972
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Westside
Phone: (780) 451-6381
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage at 50th St
Phone: (780) 472-1111
 
U-Haul Moving & Storage at 17th St
780-944-0061
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

It shouldn’t be surprising that we have U-Haul on our list. After all, this is the company that pioneered the idea of do-it-yourself moving trucks to help people move.

What stands out about U-Haul is that their vehicles are not generic off-the-shelf models. All of their vehicles have been specialized for handling cargo and to make sure that they’re easy enough to use by just about anybody.

Aside from the custom-made suspension, their vehicles have an EZ-Load Ramp and cargo space that was built with furniture in mind. You’ll also notice that there are no lift gates because the vehicles are built lower to the ground, making them easier to load than conventional vans or trucks.

Additionally, their U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 service is ideal for those who have tight schedules and can’t do their moves during regular business hours. Essentially, this allows you to rent, pick up or drop off a vehicle at any time of the day with a simple tap on the app.

Despite all these amazing perks, U-Haul’s business was built on moving trucks and not cargo vans. Only a 9-foot standard cargo van is available (large enough to fit a queen mattress) and it can only be used for moving within the local vicinity of Edmonton.

However, these cargo vans can be accessed through what U-Haul calls “neighbourhood dealers”, which are local businesses wherein you can rent their vehicles. With over 20 dealers in Edmonton, this makes it convenient for you to find the van that’s closest to you.

Pros

  • U-Haul Truck Share 24/7
  • Customized vehicles
  • Local neighbourhood dealers

Cons

  • Only one cargo van type available
  • Can only be used within Edmonton

Customer Reviews

U-Haul has been around for a long time because of its quality services.

Shane D. Corbitt, a satisfied customer, says:

“As far as storage & moving facilities go, U-Haul has a solid solution for anyone who is facing either or both of those circumstances. With many sizes of storage units and vehicles to choose from its easy to see why U-Haul is a leader in this industry. The prices are fair and will accommodate any budget…All in all its hard to think of why they shouldn’t get 5 stars…I would choose U-Haul again and again.”

Sometimes, you might need to rent a moving van at the last minute. This was the experience of BJ who shares:

“Rented a cargo van on short notice…Service was very friendly and I got helpful advice as well.   I’ll be back.”

5.   Budget Canada Truck Rental

Budget Canada Truck Rental's Homepage
Source: Budget Canada Truck Rental
SERVICESMedium/High-Roof Cargo Van, Standard Cargo Van, Low Roof Cargo Van, 10-Passenger Van, 12-Passenger Van, 15-Passenger Van, Small Cargo Van, Cargo Van Ext
WEBSITEhttps://www.budget.com/en/home
ADDRESSCity Centre Mall Trucks (YE2)
C225-10200 102 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B7, Canada
 
Edmonton Airport Trucks (YE7)
1000 Airport Rd, Edmonton, AB, T9E 0V3, Canada
 
Edmonton Calgary Trail Trucks (E5D)
5905 104th St Nw, Edmonton, AB, T6H 2K5, Canada
 
Edmonton Downtown Trucks (E1D)
10016 106th St Nw, Edmonton, AB, T5J 1G1, Canada
 
Edmonton Ne Trucks (BGTK1)
5034 127 Avenue Nw, Edmonton, AB, T5A 4L8, Canada
 
Edmonton Southeast Trucks (E6D)
8112 Roper Rd Nw, Edmonton, AB, T6E 6T8, Canada
 
Edmonton West End Trucks (E4D)
11106 151st St Nw, Edmonton, AB, T5M 1X2, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSCity Centre Mall Trucks (YE2)
Phone: (780) 448-0066
 
Edmonton Airport Trucks (YE7)
Phone: (780) 890-4801
 
Edmonton Calgary Trail Trucks (E5D)
Phone: (780) 448-2011
 
Edmonton Downtown Trucks (E1D)
Phone: (780) 448-2001
 
Edmonton Ne Trucks (BGTK1)
Phone: (780) 448-2021
 
Edmonton Southeast Trucks (E6D)
Phone: (780) 448-2041
 
Edmonton West End Trucks (E4D)
Phone: (780) 448-2031
OPERATING HOURSCity Centre Mall Trucks (YE2)
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Edmonton Airport Trucks (YE7)
Monday to Friday: 6:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday: 7:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday: 6:30 am – 12:00 am
 
Edmonton Calgary Trail Trucks (E5D)
Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
Edmonton Downtown Trucks (E1D)
Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
Edmonton Ne Trucks (BGTK1)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
Edmonton Southeast Trucks (E6D)
Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Edmonton West End Trucks (E4D)
Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Budget Rental is more known for renting cars for personal use, but they also offer a wide array of cargo services. What makes them stand out is their diverse service lineup, which includes renting a traditional moving van to corporate rentals of five or more vehicles.

But since you’re reading this article, you’re looking for a cargo van to transport a few items that can’t maximize the space in a truck. Don’t worry since Budget Rental’s vans have enough room for a single bedroom’s items or up to 40 standard medium packing boxes.

There’s no minimum number of days that you need to rent the vans either, which is convenient if you just need to move your items across Edmonton. You can even arrange either a round-trip move or one-way travel by dropping the van off at another branch closer to your destination.

Whether you’re transporting a piece of commercial equipment from your business or moving a desk from your office, Budget Rental’s vans feature tie-down slats to secure your cargo. You can also rent 3 x 5 feet quilted pads to prevent scratches and other exterior damage to furniture or fragile cargo.

Other additional services you can apply for are a Loss Damage Waiver, Personal Accident and Effects, and a GPS System. Moreover, if you don’t have the time to drive the van yourself, you can even hire a driver at $12.99 per day!

Road assistance is provided with your rental and is available 24/7. Whether it’s flat tires, a juiced-out battery, or misplaced keys, Budget Rental will accommodate and help solve all these mishaps to ensure your move goes according to schedule.

Pros

  • Free pick up service for airport rentals
  • Offers child safety seats and furniture pads
  • Multiple locations

Cons

  • Additional fee for GPS system
  • Extra services are expensive

Customer Reviews

Budget Canada is known for their customer services and quick response to any moving need.

Libby Peltier, a client, praises Budget Canada’s speed and efficiency. She shares:

“The rate was affordable and the pickup location is conveniently located.  Check in was speedy and we were off in no time.”

Another customer, Angela Misner, had to do a last minute move and hired a van from Budget Canada. She writes:

“Budget rental had amazing service and the staff were understanding. Thank-you Budget for saving moving day. We will be using you again.”

FAQs about the Best Cargo Van Rentals in Edmonton


We’ve finally come to the end of our list of the best cargo van rentals in Edmonton. We hope you were able to get the information you’re looking for to help you with your transport needs.

With that said, do you have any suggestions or recommendations of other cargo van rental companies? Please send us a message and we’ll make sure to check it out!

If you’ve suddenly realized that you’ll need a bigger truck to move your cargo, don’t worry! You can check out our list of the best truck rentals in Edmonton!