Getting to Banff National Park

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Written by Madison Valois posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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BANFF, Alberta – Banff National Park is located 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Calgary – and it’s easy to get there.

Arriving to Banff National Park is an easy commute from any place in the Canadian Rockies.

Arriving to Banff National Park is an easy commute from any location in the Canadian Rockies.

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 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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