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First off, you can simply drive it – it’s only an hour and a half along Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway. If you’re staying in the town of Banff, or anywhere else within the park, you’ll need a national park pass. You can purchase it at the gate for $9 per day per person, or $18 per car with 2-7 people in it.
Bus service is available from Calgary Inernational Airport and from downtown Calgary to the town of Banff, to the town of Lake Louise 58 kilometers west of Banff, and even to the town of Jasper, which is in Jasper National Park, to the immediate north of Banff. Taxi service is also available in Banff and Lake Louise, and many tour companies offer transportation service to the area.
Jasper Vacations the Rockies.com official airport and shuttle service for Banff National Park from Calgary International Airport.
Here are some driving distances in the Banff area:
Lake Louise: 45 minutes via #1 Hwy (west).
Lake Louise: 1 hour via #1A Bow Valley Parkway (west).
Jasper: 304 hours via #1 Hwy & #93 (north).
Columbia Icefields: 2 hours via #1 Hwy & #93 (north).
Calgary: 1.5 hours via #1 Hwy (east).
Vancouver: 10-12 hours via #1 Hwy (west).
Edmonton: 4.5 hours via #1 Hwy (east) & #2 Hwy (north).
Distances from the Town of Banff to:
Calgary – 128 km
Canmore – 26 km
Edmonton – 401 km
Golden – 134 km
Halifax – 5,121 km
Jasper – 287 km
Lake Louise – 58 km
Montreal – 3,872 km
New York – 4,448 km
Quebec City – 4,142 km
Radium – 134 km
San Francisco – 2,050 km
Toronto – 3,563 km
Vancouver – 850 km
Whitehorse – 2,514 km
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