Arriving by Plane
The closest commercial airport is the Calgary International Airport (YYC). Car rentals and shuttle services are available at the Airport. If Calgary is the 1st Canadian Airport on your journey, you will enjoy a brief stop at Canada Customs. If your Departing Flight takes you to a United States Airport, you get to enjoy a brief stop with the United States Border Control conveniently located at the Calgary Airport. This is called “Pre Clearance”, and it means that you won’t have to visit USBC when you land in the United States.
Banff On Demand drops guests off at the Radisson Hotel in Canmore, and offers door-to-door service in Banff.
Greyhound offers a coach service from the airport. The Greyhound bus depot is located in downtown Canmore, or a few blocks North of Banff Downtown.
Feeling Frugal? There is a great app called “Pop A Ride” that matches Drivers with Passengers.
As there are so many wonderful areas to explore in the area (Banff, Lake Louise, Kananaskis), we recommend renting a car to get the most out of your Canadian Rockies vacation. Numerous car rental agencies serve Calgary Airport.
The drive from Calgary is on a divided double-lane highway and takes you from the prairies, through the foothills and into the Canadian Rocky Mountains. If you plan on driving into Banff National Park and staying for a duration (as opposed to just driving through), you will require a National Park Pass (Approximately $20/day or $136/year). Fees can be paid at the entrance to the park. Select properties include a National Park Pass for use during your stay, so please take this into consideration when comparing rates.