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Journey Information

There are 52 intercity buses per day from Calgary to Edmonton. Traveling by bus from Calgary to Edmonton usually takes around 3 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Cold Shot Bus bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance174 mi (280 km)
Shortest duration2h 30m
Cheapest price$36.10
Trips per day42
Most frequent serviceRed Arrow Motorcoach
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Calgary, AB to Edmonton, AB

(Based on 24 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Alveiro

October 24, 2021- Business

The Canada Bus

Pros: I really recommend it. Cons: Everything was ok. Tips: Not at the moment.

Pros: I really recommend it. Cons: Everything was ok. Tips: Not at the moment.

5.0

Edith

October 22, 2021- Visiting family

Ebus

Pros: Driver friendly and courteous. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Yes eventually will travel back to Calgary.

Pros: Driver friendly and courteous. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Yes eventually will travel back to Calgary.

4.0

Larissa

September 8, 2021- Visiting family

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: There was barely any stops which made it go by very quickly. Cons: The seating arrangement wasn’t clear about the front selection. But was otherwise good. Tips: Make sure you have music or light baggage.

Pros: There was barely any stops which made it go by very quickly. Cons: The seating arrangement wasn’t clear about the front selection. But was otherwise good. Tips: Make sure you have music or light baggage.

4.0

Lyda

August 27, 2021- Visiting friends

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: it was cheap and confortable. Cons: AC was not working.

Pros: it was cheap and confortable. Cons: AC was not working.

4.0

Baljeet

August 26, 2021- Solo travel

Ebus

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How much is a bus ticket from Calgary to Edmonton?

$38.17 is the average price of a bus ticket from Calgary to Edmonton. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$93$62$31OctNov

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Calgary to Edmonton is expected to range from C$48 to C$82. If you are looking to travel to Edmonton within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$48. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$48 and can be found on October 30, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$52 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Calgary to Edmonton in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$59 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 16 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$24.78 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Calgary to Edmonton?

There are 4 bus lines from Calgary to Edmonton. With 25 daily trips, Red Arrow Motorcoach usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Cold Shot Bus83h 24m$36.80
Ebus224h 20m$58.30
Red Arrow Motorcoach253h 44m$74.49
The Canada Bus63h 51m$40.58

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Edmonton from Calgary?

A one-way economy flight from Calgary to Edmonton generally costs an average of $111. A last-minute ticket on the weekend will likely cost $200 or more. One-way bus tickets from Calgary to Edmonton are much cheaper, usually available for CAD$39, even for a last-minute weekend trip.

What is the cheapest way to get from Calgary to Edmonton?

A bus ticket is the cheapest option to get from Calgary to Edmonton, with tickets usually starting at just CAD$30. Buses run frequently throughout the day, and direct trips are available. There is no VIA Rail train between Calgary and Edmonton.

How far apart are Calgary and Edmonton?

Calgary and Edmonton are the two largest cities in the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton, the northernmost city in North America with a population over one million, is in the Canadian Prairies. Calgary is about 299 km (186 miles) to the south, closer to the U.S. border and in the zone between the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Prairies.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Calgary to Edmonton 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 48 minutes to cover the 280 kilometers from Calgary to Edmonton. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 30 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Calgary to Edmonton for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, 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 Edmonton, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Calgary?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00am. To see the times for all buses from Calgary to Edmonton, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 52 scheduled buses that travel from Calgary to Edmonton every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 42 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Calgary

Originally an outpost for the mounted police, Calgary has recently transformed into a commercial powerhouse and a top-tier destination for visitors of Canada. That said, the city’s rural traces are still quite prominent, making it a great spot for everyone. One of the most iconic destinations in the city is the WinSport Canada Olympic Park, which is a tribute to the 1988 Winter Olympics. Interested travelers could take up ski lessons here, or they can simply stroll around Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which houses the largest collection in the competition’s history. Another great destination you should check out is the Glenbow Museum, which features amazing collections on the First Nations as well as military memorabilia. If you simply want to stroll around and enjoy a good view, Prince's Island Park, with tree-lined trails, will also be a great choice.

Its nickname Cowtown is true: Alberta beef is the staple local specialty. If you are looking for a bite of this amazing delicacy, head over to Silver Inn Restaurant. Another great local favorite is cheese buns from Glamorgan Bakery, which sells out quite quickly.

The main bus station in Calgary is the Downtown Greyhound Station located at 850 16 St SW. It is served by several leading bus carriers, including Greyhound, Cold Shot, Ebus, Rider Express and Red Arrow. The city currently does not have a dedicated intercity rail service. The city’s main airport is the Calgary International Airport, which is located northeast of the city itself.

Edmonton

An urban center coexisting peacefully with nature, Edmonton offers plenty of exciting outdoor activities that will keep you engaged. One of the city’s most notable trails is the North Saskatchewan River Trail, which features 150 km of trails. Adventure-seekers can explore the trail on bikes or on foot, and the scenery will certainly amaze you. If you wish to explore the city’s art scene or cultural life, head over to Downtown Spark, which is an immersive art program made by local artists. For those who just want to lay back and enjoy the sun, the perfect spot would be Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park.

If you are looking for a unique pub experience, head over to Central Social Hall, which offers amazing local dishes. For those who are simply looking for a cup of coffee, Nook Cafe considers itself to be the coziest hangout spot around.

The city’s primary railway station is the Edmonton Train Station, which is served by VIA Rail. The city’s principal airport is the Edmonton International Airport, which is located 14 miles south-southwest of the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Calgary?

Departure stations

Buses to Edmonton leave from 11 stations in Calgary.

Bus stations in Calgary:

  • Whitehorn LRT Station

  • 304 35 Ave NE

  • Calgary Whitehorn LRT

  • Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE

  • 11511 40 Street S.E.

  • Red Arrow North Ticket Office

  • Calgary Airport

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown

  • Calgary International Airport

  • Crossiron Mills, Entrance #2

Where does the bus arrive in Edmonton?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Edmonton at 10 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Edmonton:

  • Ramada Edmonton South

  • Kingsway Transit Stop 1109

  • Edmonton Southgate LRT - #2217

  • Kingsway Transit Stop 1109

  • 9850 34 Ave NW

  • 11204 119 St

  • Southgate LRT 2217

  • Edmonton International Airport

  • University of Alberta - Lister Hall

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