Calgary to Banff is a popular journey that a lot of tourists make.
Calgary is a perfect jumping point from where to explore Banff National Park.
Most popular, is from Calgary Airport to Banff.
These two places create a perfect combination for a vacation.
Enjoy the urban hustle of Downtown Calgary city, then head into the shadow of the Canadian Rockies.
In this post, I’ll break the various ways to make this journey.
Distance from Calgary to Banff
It’s just under 130km from Calgary to Banff.
In a car, that would take you roughly 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
Definitely achievable to do in a morning or afternoon.
But there is plenty to see on the way there that you may want to take your time.
How to Get From Calgary to Banff
There’s various ways to make this journey.
Here’s the low down on the quickest, best value and most convenient ways to get to the town of Banff.
I’m always a fan of renting a car and driving places.
I love the feeling of exploring the open road.
Especially somewhere beautiful like this journey.
If you want to explore some of the hiking options around Banff, it can be a little difficult without your own car.
You can either take the Stoney Trail or the Trans-Canadian Highway.
Stoney Trail is a faster option but there are limited options for stops along the way.
It’s the most efficient way to get there.
The Trans-Canadian Highway is slower and takes you past grocery stores and other places to stock up on supplies.
It’s important to note that things like food etc are more expensive in Banff than in Calgary.
There are multiple places to rent from in downtown Calgary, as well as from the airport.
Avis has an office at Calgary Airport as well as across from the Marriott in downtown Calgary.
It is possible to enjoy Banff without a car, by taking a shuttle bus instead.
The most popular choice is the Brewster Express.
There’s a lot more flexibility in terms of pick-up and drop-off points.
You can be collected from either Calgary Airport or a selection of downtown hotels.
And in Banff, you can be picked up from any hotel, B&B and even home addresses.
They estimate the journey taking around 1 hour 45 minutes.
So only a fraction longer than if you drove yourself.
The most affordable method is taking the bus.
The On-It-Transit service runs a direct route from Calgary to Banff for just $10CAD each way.
The bus service from Calgary departs from the Downtown area and Crowfoot LRT Station.
The only negative about this service is that it doesn’t leave from Calgary International Airport.