Bus / Coach
For those who are willing to take the time, getting to your destination by bus/motor coach can be part of the holiday. And why not leave the driving to the professionals?
Travelling long distances by bus is not for everyone, but if the trip is as important as the destination or if you’re on a budget the extra time can allow for the chance to see the country and to experience travel from a new perspective. It’s like having your own big picture windows on wheels. It’s also perfectly suited for sightseeing and travelling around areas where you want to make frequent stops. Not what you're looking for? Then take a look at guided motor coach packages and sightseeing tours that are available for you to see the very best in western Canada’s scenic and historic places.
Greyhound Canada offers service fanning out from Calgary (its Canadian head office is located here) and Edmonton to centres large and small all around the province — as well as the rest of Canada. It’s an ideal way - and often times the only way - to travel to small or more remote towns. Greyhound's North America Discovery Pass provides unlimited travel and unlimited stopovers are available for purchase any bus depot and is a great way to travel. Visit the Greyhound website or call 1.800.661.TRIP (8747) for fare and schedule information.
Red Arrow bus lines offer a very comfortable service on their luxury coaches between Edmonton and Calgary. It will also take you to Jasper and Banff, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.
Enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks available in the galley, plug in your lap-top to keep in touch via wireless Internet (on selected coaches), enjoy a movie or catch up on news with a complimentary newspaper. You can even make sure you’re met at the station on time with their GPS Traveller Care system. Visit the Red Arrow website or call 1.800.232.1958 for more information.
There are a number of options to get to Banff and Jasper national parks by bus from Calgary or Edmonton International airports. Once you’ve arrived in the town of Banff or Jasper consider taking a sightseeing tour, hiring a car or renting an RV to continue to see the amazing sites within the parks themselves.
The Banff Airporter (403.762-3330 or 1.800.661.1152) provides frequent runs daily from Calgary airport.
SunDog Tours operates the "Mountain Connector" a daily shuttle bus service with connections between the Calgary International Airport, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Sundog’s "Edmonton Connector" is the only scheduled Airport shuttle offering daily service between the Edmonton International Airport and Jasper. Visit the SunDog website or phone their Calgary office (1.888.786.3641) or Jasper office (1.888.786.3641) for more information.
For early risers the MagicBus day service whisks you from Edmonton to Marmot Basin or Lake Louise for the day or a stay during ski season. Visit their website or call 1.800.814.4886 for details.
Brewster Vacations (1.800.760.6934) is the oldest and largest tour operator in the Canadian Rockies offering frequent service for groups and individuals to both Banff and Jasper from both Calgary and Edmonton. Brewster also offers tours along the scenic Columbia Icefields Parkway between Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, downtown Calgary and Calgary Airport. Tours include a journey directly onto the Athabasca Glacier aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer. Greyhound Canada (1.800.661.TRIP (8747) operates scheduled bus service from its terminals in downtown Calgary to Banff and from downtown Edmonton to Jasper.
The Banff Transportation Group provides professional travel services. It offers airport shuttle to Banff from Calgary International Airport, transportation in Banff (and beyond), coaches, sedans, vans and taxis for events, groups or singles.Visit the website or call 1.800.651.4358 for more information.
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