REASON #1: Banff is closer than you think!
Flying into the Canadian Rockies is easy. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the closest arrival point for Banff & Lake Louise. With more than 80 direct flights coming straight into this easy to navigate airport, you will be here in no-time.
Kick back, flip on a movie and zip here from Seattle in 1.5h, Denver in 2.5h, Dallas in 4h, Chicago in 3.5h and so many more!
Plan it right with an early morning flight and you could be in Banff for lunch!
REASON #2: The drive is smooth sailing!
You’ve landed in Calgary and your excitement levels are bursting at the seams, so your vacation officially starts now!
From Calgary you can opt to hire a rental car or or board one of the airport shuttle services that depart frequently from Calgary International Airport and deliver you directly to the front door of your hotel.
Banff is an easy 90 minute drive along the all-weather, four-lane Trans-Canada Highway, and Lake Louise is just a short hop 40 minute further west. No scary curves, no white knuckle mountain passes and no traffic congestion. Relax and savour this scenic, stress-free trip into the heart of the Canadian Rockies!
REASON #3: Someone else can take the wheel!
If you’d rather leave the driving to someone else once you’re in Banff & Lake Louise – you’re in luck!
Each of the three ski resorts offer ski shuttle service from Banff hotels to the slopes. Each shuttle offers a variety of pick-up and drop-off locations, so you’ll never be more than a few steps away from a ride. The best part: Shuttle transportation is included with your SkiBig3 Lift Ticket!
Once you’re finished shredding the slopes, you can take advantage of Banff’s “ROAM” — Canada’s first all-hybrid electric community bus service. The public transit system covers much of the townsite of Banff for only $2 per Adult. Check with your hotel – ROAM tickets are often included complimentary with your accommodations.
Staying in Lake Louise? You’re only 5-10 minutes from the lifts of the Lake Louise Ski Resort, so jump on board your hotel shuttle and be at the mountain before you’ve finished your first cup of coffee. Lake Louise visitors can mix it up by grabbing a scheduled ski shuttle to Banff Sunshine Village – check the schedule with your concierge as dates are subject to change.