trip essentials

Getting Around

Alberta is a large province with a varied landscape. Below are the most popular ways of getting to enjoy them all.

Leave the driving to us and enjoy the scenery on the way to and from your travel destinations. Hop aboard an airport shuttle service, a dependable Greyhound or Red Arrow carrier or choose a luxurious guided coach package.

Airport Shuttles
Sundog Tours provides year round airport/resort shuttle service from the Edmonton International Airport to Edmonton and Jasper, with stops in Hinton and Edson. Sundog also offers daily winter scheduled service between the Calgary International Airport, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Banff Airporter runs an airport shuttle service from the Calgary International Airport to Banff and Canmore. Brewster operates an airport shuttle service from the Calgary International Airport to Canadian Rockies destinations during the summer months. Calgary Allied Airport Shuttle departs from the Calgary International Airport to many downtown Calgary hotels every 30 minutes.

Around Alberta
Brewster is the largest sightseeing tour operator in the Canadian Rockies. They offer numerous packages – from half day trips to long distance journeys across Canada.

Greyhound bus routes fan out from Calgary and Edmonton to points around the province - as well as the rest of Canada. The main routes through Alberta are along the scenic TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1) between Banff and Calgary; Highway 2, which connects Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton; and the northern Yellowhead Highway that can take you from Edmonton to Jasper National Park. Greyhound's North America Discovery Pass is a great way to travel.

Red Arrow Motorcoach offers comfortable transportation for business or pleasure at an affordable price to and from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, and Lethbridge. Red Arrow Connector provides service between Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, and Rocky Mountain House on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Commuters traveling between Red Deer and Calgary (including Calgary International Airport) have the option of early morning travel Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with the new Red Arrow Connector Service!

Ebus offers a varied bus schedule with various stops and discount tickets to accommodate travel to and from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Fort McMurray. Ebus offers comfortable motor coaches, equipped with free wireless internet, power outlets, onboard washrooms and extra leg room.

AlbertaBus.com is a new passenger bus network that makes intercity bus travel across Alberta simple and convenient. Their routes provide transportation by bus between Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray or lots of places in between. Check their website for new service announcements. Currently, the AlbertaBus.com Group consists of Brewster Transportation, ebus, Onkod Transportation, Red Arrow Motorcoach, Sundog Tours and Traxx Coachlines. 

MORE INFORMATION : For comprehensive information on Alberta-related transportation questions, please visit the Alberta Ministry of Transportation's website.

Driving is the most popular and practical way to travel around Alberta. All major car rental agencies in Alberta have outlets at the Calgary and Edmonton International Airports as well as at numerous downtown locations. 

Camper vans, RVs and travel trailers are another great way to travel in Alberta. Visit the Alberta Motor Association for more information.

Driving Documents
Driver’s licences from all countries are valid in the province for up to three months. An International Driving Permit, available in your home country, is valid in Alberta for one year. If driving, bring vehicle registration forms and a free Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card from your insurance agent, or the policy itself. If you’re driving a rented car, bring a copy of the rental contract.

Speed Limits
Highways have a speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph). Most other rural highways and country roads have a speed limit of 80 km/h (50 mph). Motorists passing stopped emergency vehicles or tow trucks must drive at 60 km/h, or at the posted speed limit, whichever is slower.

See Getting Here for more information.

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