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There are 21 intercity buses per day from Calgary to Fort McMurray. Traveling by bus from Calgary to Fort McMurray usually takes around 10 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest Cold Shot Bus bus can make the trip in 9 hours,
|Distance||407 mi (655 km)|
|Shortest duration||9h 0m|
|Most frequent service||Cold Shot Bus|
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How much is a bus ticket from Calgary to Fort McMurray?
$103.43 is the average price of a bus ticket from Calgary to Fort McMurray. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper alternative to flying. 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
Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Calgary to Fort McMurray is expected to range from $141 to $207. If you are looking to travel to Fort McMurray within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $141. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $141 and can be found on December 2, 2022.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in November. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $117 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Calgary to Fort McMurray in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $140 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
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 12 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$32.04 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from Calgary to Fort McMurray?
There are 3 bus lines from Calgary to Fort McMurray available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 8 daily trips, Cold Shot Bus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Cold Shot Bus||8||10h 18m||$105.23|
|Red Arrow Motorcoach||9||11h 10m||$167.69|
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 8 daily trips on average from Calgary to Fort McMurray, with prices at an average of .
ebus is a family-owned bus carrier that serves Alberta and British Columbia. ebus service offers passengers a comfortable yet budget-friendly way to travel. On your trip from Calgary to Fort McMurray, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 8 daily trips from Calgary to Fort McMurray, the journey usually takes about 12 hours and 13 minutes.
Red Arrow Motorcoach
Red Arrow buses connect popular destinations throughout Alberta in luxurious buses with the best amenities. Passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, movies, power outlets, and extra legroom. Free water and snacks available for purchase round out the high-end vehicle's offerings. Red Arrow runs 9 trips each day from Calgary to Fort McMurray, and tickets on this route usually cost about .
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Calgary 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 Calgary to Fort McMurray?
The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 58 minutes to cover the 655 kilometers from Calgary to Fort McMurray. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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?
"Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, 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 Calgary?
The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Calgary to Fort McMurray, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
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.
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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 Calgary?
Main departure station: 205 9 Ave SE
Buses to Fort McMurray leave from 6 stations in Calgary.
All bus stations in Calgary:
205 9 Ave SE
Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE
11511 40 Street S.E.
Calgary Whitehorn LRT
304 35 Ave NE
Where does the bus arrive in Fort McMurray?
Main arrival station: Quality Inn
Buses arrive in Fort McMurray at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.
Bus stations in Fort McMurray:
10013 Macdonald Ave
10016 Marshall St
Shell Gas Station
Shell Gas Station
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