Athabasca to Fort McMurray bus
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There are 2 intercity buses per day from Athabasca to Fort McMurray. Traveling by bus from Athabasca to Fort McMurray usually takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Cold Shot Bus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 10 minutes.
|Distance||157 mi (253 km)|
|Shortest duration||3h 10m|
|Trips per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Cold Shot Bus|
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What bus companies travel from Athabasca to Fort McMurray?
There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Athabasca to Fort McMurray. Cold Shot Bus is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Cold Shot Bus||2||3h 15m||$58.82|
Cold Shot Bus
Cold Shot Bus has been operating in the Canadian province of Alberta since 2005. The regional bus company runs smaller shuttle buses with a maximum capacity of around 20 passengers. Because Cold Shot keeps prices low, passengers should expect a more basic experience without onboard Wi-Fi or power outlets. Cold Shot offers 2 daily trips on average from Athabasca to Fort McMurray, with prices at an average of .
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Athabasca to Fort McMurray during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride from Athabasca to Fort McMurray?
The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 253 kilometers from Athabasca to Fort McMurray. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 10 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
"With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go."
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Athabasca?
The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00am. To see the times for all buses from Athabasca to Fort McMurray, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
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Fort McMurray is a must-see destination for outdoor enthusiasts, but it also possesses a rich array of entertainment that is sure to entice all types of travelers. During the winter months, the Northern Lights produce dazzling displays of natural light that provide a magical backdrop to all of your nights in town. Surrounded by boreal woodland, it's also easy to embrace nature with birchwood hikes or forest snowmobiling expeditions, depending on when you visit. With its complex river system and vast spread of picturesque green space, Fort McMurray is a popular retreat for fishing trips and golf getaways. Helicopter tours are the best way to take in all of this natural beauty from above.
Visitors can get a flavor of Fort McMurray's vibrant cultural community with locally produced live performances at the Keyano Theatre and Norm Weiss Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts. Mouth-watering eateries serving up a range of cuisines populate both sides of the river, while the popular Boomtown Casino is worth a trip for those feeling lucky.
Bus travel on Cold Shot Bus along scenic highways connects Fort McMurray with Edmonton to the south and, from there, the rest of urbanized Canada. Efficient air travel across the country is available from the Fort McMurray International Airport, while boats running up and down the Athabasca River offer a more leisurely mode of transport.
Where does the bus leave from in Athabasca?
Main departure station: 5003 50 Ave
Most buses depart from the main station in Athabasca.
All bus stations in Athabasca:
5003 50 Ave
Where does the bus arrive in Fort McMurray?
Main arrival station: 10016 Marshall St
Cold Shot bus services depart from the parking lot at 21-8102 Fraser Ave, surrounded by a hotel, restaurants, and other services. Passengers can easily park their vehicles in the lot before boarding the bus. The most popular destinations for buses from Fort McMurray are Edmonton, Calgary, and Grande Prairie. Although the parking lot has few amenities, it is located quite close to a coffee shop with air conditioning and a waiting area, along with restrooms.
Bus stations in Fort McMurray:
10016 Marshall St
Shell Gas Station
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