Athabasca to Fort McMurray bus

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Athabasca - Fort McMurray Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

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.

Distance157 mi (253 km)
Shortest duration3h 10m
Cheapest price$45.91
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceCold Shot Bus
Bus lines1

Price trends for buses from Athabasca to Fort McMurray

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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.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Cold Shot Bus23h 15m$46.53
  • 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

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.

"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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Fort McMurray, book your ticket for the last day of the week."

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.

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Athabasca to Fort McMurray. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

City Information

Fort McMurray

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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.

Station Information

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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