How to get from Calgary to Banff

Airports arrival at Calgary International Airport
The Calgary International Airport is a modern and un-crowded facility, handling major airlines from around the world with frequent non-stop and direct flights.
Airport Shuttles & Charters
Scheduled and charter van and motorcoach services connect Banff and Lake Louise with Calgary Airport and downtown Calgary throughout the day.
How do I get to The Banff Centre?
The Banff Centre is located in the town of Banff, a two-hour drive west of Calgary. From the airport, the transport options are varied and range from rental cars/vans to shuttles directly to Banff hotels. 
**Recommended** Bus service is available from Calgary International Airport to Banff and Lake Louise hotels through Banff Airporter and Brewster Transportation  

Banff Airporter is the official airport shuttle provider of The Banff Centre. Multiple daily transfers run between the Calgary International Airport and The Banff Centre for approximately $47 (Cdn) one-way / $88 (Cdn) return. Reservations are necessary; please call 403.762.3330, email or visit their website at  to confirm times and rates.

For Brewster coaches, two departures leave daily from Calgary International Airport to Banff hotels and three returns daily from Banff to the airport. Fare is approximately $42 (Cdn), one-way. Please contact directly, to confirm times and prices - Brewster Transportation (U.S. and Canada 1-800-661-1152, all other 403-762-6700) or visit their website at

Road (Maps available if wishing to rent a car and drive)
Banff townsite is 120 km (75 mi.) west of Calgary city limits and 16 km (10 mi.) west of Banff Park gate. To reach Banff follow the, all-weather, four lane Trans-Canada Highway 1 from Calgary to Banff. Driving time is under 90 minutes. Lake Louise is 58 km (35 mi.) west of Banff.
Car Rentals
Rental cars are available within Calgary, at the airport and other locations.

Rental Cars available at Calgary International Airport:

Rental Cars available at Banff/Lake Louise











If you are driving to Banff/Lake Louise, Highway #1 leads directly to the Rockies. The Trans Canada is a 4 lane divided highway from Calgary to the Sunshine Village access road and a major 2-4 lane highway to Lake Louise. The highway gains very little elevation from Calgary to Banff/Lake Louise and is a safe and scenic drive.

Park Entry Fees
An independent traveller day pass for up to seven people in a vehicle is $12 a day. Great Western Annual passes for independent travellers are $75; these are multi-park passes that allow entry to all national parks in Alberta and British Columbia. If you are coming on a bus or charter, it park entry will be included in the ticket. Large group commercial rates can be arranged in advance through Parks Canada. Details can be obtained by writing:
Banff National Park
PO Box 900 Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1K2 Tel (403) 762-1550
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