How to Get to Calgary

Arriving Calgary by Air

Flying to Calgary is easy thanks to the Calgary International Airport which receives arrivals from all over the world. The airport is located in northeast Calgary, about 20 minutes from downtown in light traffic. Rental cars, taxis, limousines and airport shuttles are all available to take you to your final destination. Our host hotel, The Acclaim, has a free shuttle service.

YYC is serviced with direct flights by: Air Canada, West jet, Air Transat, Alaskan Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Sunwing Air, Hainan Airlines and KLM with direct flights from most major cities in North America as well as Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam.

Common “hub airports” used to access Calgary in North America include: Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Montreal, and Toronto.

We would like to recommend the Flight Network for your flight and hotel arrangements.

Driving to Calgary

From any direction, the drive to Calgary offers good 4 lane roads and unforgettable scenery. The Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) Highway brings visitors from the south and north, stretching from the Montana border north to Edmonton and beyond. Travelers from other Canadian provinces generally arrive via the Trans-Canada Highway, which stretches from the West Coast of Canada to the East. Calgary is about a two and a half hour drive from the U.S. border, three hours from Edmonton, six hours from Regina and a good 12 hours from Vancouver in fair weather.

Arriving Calgary by Bus

Bring your camera: bus travel to and from Calgary passes through a variety of beautiful landscapes. The Greyhound Station in the west end of downtown has regular arrivals from all over North America. Red Arrow buses from Edmonton and Red Deer offer drop-off downtown.

Arriving Calgary by Train

Yes, the trains run on time: Mountain Standard Time. A parade of Rocky Mountain scenery awaits anyone who travels to Calgary by train. Though regular passenger train service to Calgary passed into the history books some time ago, these luxury train tours (The Rocky Mountaineer) are a great way to experience the expansive majesty of Western Canada.

Planning your Trip

We strongly encourage our riders to spend some time before or after their ride touring Calgary and Western Canada, particularly Banff and Banff National Park.

For further details about the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies contact them for help planning your trip to Waterton, Banff and/or Jasper in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, and/or the world famous Calgary Stampede.