Getting to Banff: Calgary International Airport (YYC)

The closest major airport is the Calgary International Airport, which offers connecting service to most major cities.

By Car

The route from the Calgary International Airport to Banff is well-signed and takes approximately 90 minutes.

** You will need to purchase a Canadian Parks Pass if you drive a private car. Park passes may be purchased at the Park entrance or at the Visitor Center on Banff Avenue.

Driving Directions

  1. Depart airport and take Deerfoot Trail North Highway 2.
  2. In four km, take the exit for Stoney Trail NW heading West. Signs indicate it heads towards Banff and Highway 1.
  3. Drive approximately 23 km and take the exit for Trans-Canada Highway 1 West (Banff).
  4. Continue West approximately 90 km on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 to the Banff National Park gates.
  5. Once through the park gates, continue 12 km to the first exit to the town of Banff.
  6. Follow the road through town to Buffalo Street
  7. Turn left on Buffalo, drive up the hill to Banff Centre.
  • If you are driving to the Professional Development Centre (Hotel), turn left and follow the signs.
  • If you are driving to Lloyd Hall (Hotel), follow St. Juliens Road.

Map with directions

By Airport Shuttle

Car Rentals

Companies with Calgary Locations

Budget 1-800-268-8900
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1-800-261-7331
Hertz 1-403-221-1341
Avis 1-800-331-1084
Thrifty 1-403-221-1961
Alamo 1-877- 222-9075

Companies with Banff Locations

Budget 1-800-268-8900
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1-403-762-2688
Hertz 1-403-221-1341
Avis 1-403-762-3222

Resources for Family Care

Though the Banff Center, itself, does not provide onsite childcare, there are options within the city that provide hourly and daily rates for childcare should any of the attendees require :

Childcare Connection


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