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Flying into Beautiful Banff

Banff National Park is home to some truly spectacular natural scenery. A mecca for skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer, the park’s dream-like landscape consists of glaciers, lakes, valleys, rivers, and rugged mountains. Deer, wolves, elk, and bighorn sheep are all common sightings in this wild and beautiful terrain. The park’s pleasant eponymous resort town is lined with souvenirs shops, bars, and restaurants, with Mount Rundle towering over the scene.  Wondering how to get to this outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise? Read on to find out the easiest way to travel to Banff.
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How Do I Book a Flight?

The closest airport to Banff is Calgary International Airport, which is located 130 kilometers east of the town. The airport is served by over 20 airlines, offering flights to and from more than 67 major cities across North America, Europe, and East Asia.

For Canadians, flights to Calgary from Toronto can be found for as low as $434 (RT).  UK travelers can score flights to Calgary from Scotland for less than $700 (RT). Deals can often be found with Canadian airline WestJet, whose headquarters is located in Calgary.

There are two high seasons in Banff, with hikers heading to the park from mid-June to late August and ski tourism peaking from December to February. You’ll typically find cheap flights to Calgary and accommodation deals if you plan your trip during the off-season from March to May.

How Do I Travel Between Banff and Calgary Airport?

Visitors traveling between Calgary Airport and Banff can choose to go by shuttle bus, taxi, or rental car.

Several companies offer shuttle service to and from the airport, including Banff Airporter, Brewster, Airport Shuttle Express of Calgary, and Banff Airport Express Shuttle. Banff Airporter and Brewster provide the most affordable shuttle services, priced at $58.95 (one way)  and $57.00 (one way), respectively. Banff Airporter offers nine daily departures from the airport, while Brewster offers six. It’s best to make reservations in advance for either service.

Taxis can sometimes offer a better deal than shuttle buses for families or small groups, with an average price of $200 for up to four people.

Many travelers opt to rent a car during their vacation, and explore the park’s gorgeous natural scenery at their own pace. From Calgary Airport, Banff can be reached in a picturesque 90-minute drive by following the Trans-Canada Highway. Avis, Rent-Rite, Budget, Dollar, and Hertz all offer rental car services from the airport.

Are There Any Hotels Near Calgary Airport?

It’s best to travel from Calgary Airport to Banff during the day, so you can enjoy the gorgeous mountain scenery along the journey. If you arrive late in the evening, you may want to spend your first night at a hotel and make the trip to Banff the following morning.

The only hotel located in the airport is the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel. Connected to the airport by indoor walkway, the hotel is home to an indoor pool, fitness facility, and several dining venues. On-site N51 Steakhouse provides an excellent introduction to Alberta’s famous beef.

There are a number of other hotels found a short distance away from the airport, including the Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary Airport North. Located 2 kilometers from the airport, a free shuttle leaves the airport every 9 minutes for the hotel. The Hampton Inn offers a free hot breakfast and access to a heated indoor pool and fitness center.

Best Western Airport Inn Calgary also offers 24-hour shuttle service to/from the airport, in addition to free parking. This budget-friendly hotel includes a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and Wi-Fi.

Where are the Best Places to Eat Near Calgary Airport?

There are dozens of excellent restaurants and cafés found in and around Calgary Airport, from fast-food chains like A&W to international offerings like Edo Japan.

Airside Bistro is a stand-out with its views of one of the airport’s runways. Diners can enjoy the stunning views of the airfield from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows, and may even catch a glimpse of a private jet landing or taking off. The bistro’s Canadian menu features a selection of pastas, burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads.  

Bonus Tip: Keep an eye out for airport volunteers wearing white cowboy hats and red vests. These volunteers can point you in the right direction if you’re lost, or answer any questions you might have about the airport. White hats became a symbol of Calgary’s hospitality after Alderman Don MacKay began welcoming visiting dignitaries with white cowboy hats in the 1950s.

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