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Journey Information

There are 22 intercity buses per day from Edmonton to Calgary. Traveling by bus from Edmonton to Calgary usually takes around 3 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Red Arrow Motorcoach bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance174 mi (280 km)
Shortest duration2h 50m
Cheapest price$38.71
Trips per day22
Most frequent serviceRed Arrow Motorcoach
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Edmonton to Calgary

(Based on 83 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sacha

September 18, 2022- Solo travel

The Canada Bus

Smooth trip to and from Edmonton

Smooth trip to and from Edmonton

5.0

Joseph D

September 14, 2022- Solo travel

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Pros: I was able to work and relax letting someone else drive. Cons: Nothing, really liked it.

Pros: I was able to work and relax letting someone else drive. Cons: Nothing, really liked it.

5.0

Elfi

September 12, 2022- Visiting friends

Cold Shot Bus

Relaxing

Relaxing

5.0

Mojirayo

September 10, 2022- Business

Ebus

Power outlet was not working

Power outlet was not working

4.0

Elena

September 3, 2022- Vacation

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Pros: Theo drive was só good and I was feel safty. Cons: Let me take my back pack and my purse. I did'nt like to let my back pack Far from me.

Pros: Theo drive was só good and I was feel safty. Cons: Let me take my back pack and my purse. I did'nt like to let my back pack Far from me.

How much is a bus ticket from Edmonton to Calgary?

$39.64 is the average price of a bus ticket from Edmonton to Calgary. 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

$101$67$34SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Edmonton to Calgary is expected to range from C$53 to C$86. If you are looking to travel to Calgary within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$63. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$53 and can be found on October 9, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$67$54$40$27$13ONDJFMAMJJAS

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 C$54 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Edmonton to Calgary in July, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$61 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

$67$54$40$27$133020100

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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$19.32 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Edmonton to Calgary?

There are 4 bus lines from Edmonton to Calgary available for you to search and book on Wanderu. With 10 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 Bus53h 20m$40.98
Ebus74h 34m$56.85
Red Arrow Motorcoach103h 36m$76.56
The Canada Bus43h 43m$41.69
  • Cold Shot Bus

    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 5 daily trips on average from Edmonton to Calgary, with prices at an average of .

  • Ebus

    Ebus

    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 Edmonton to Calgary, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 7 daily trips from Edmonton to Calgary, the journey usually takes about 4 hours and 34 minutes.

  • Red Arrow Motorcoach

    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 10 trips each day from Edmonton to Calgary, and tickets on this route usually cost about .

  • The Canada Bus

    The Canada Bus

    The Canada Bus has destinations including Edmonton, Red Deer, Canmore, and Banff. It also runs an airport drop-off service to Calgary and Edmonton international airports. Vehicle amenities reclining seats, USB charging ports, onboard restrooms, and free WiFi.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Edmonton from Calgary?

The distance between Edmonton and Calgary is about 299 kilometers (185.8 miles). The most direct route is via highway AB-2 South. The town of Red Deer is an approximate midway point between the two cities.

What buses go between Edmonton and Calgary?

There are three primary bus carriers that go between Edmonton and Calgary, which make up about 36 daily trips:
* Ebus has 20 trips per day between Edmonton and Calgary. The average duration is 3 hours and 37 minutes, and the average price of a ticket is CAD$45.
* Red Arrow Motorcoach has 14 trips per day between Edmonton and Calgary. The average duration is 3 hours and 30 minutes, and the average price of a ticket is CAD$72.
* Cold Shot Bus has 4 trips per day between Edmonton and Calgary. The average duration is 3 hours and 36 minutes, and the average price of a ticket is CAD$38.

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

Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get from Edmonton to Calgary. Tickets cost between CAD$38 and CAD$72, and the trip typically takes about 3.5 hours.

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Edmonton to Calgary. A direct flight only takes 45 minutes, but ticket prices are far more expensive than taking a bus, and start at CAD$286.

There is no direct train between Edmonton and Calgary.

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

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 48 minutes to cover the 280 kilometers from Edmonton to Calgary. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 50 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by buses from Edmonton to Calgary on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Edmonton?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Edmonton to Calgary, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 22 scheduled buses that travel from Edmonton to Calgary every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Edmonton to Calgary without transferring.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Edmonton?

Main departure station: 10014 104 St

Buses to Calgary leave from 8 stations in Edmonton.

All bus stations in Edmonton:

  • 10014 104 St

  • Edmonton Southgate LRT - #2217

  • Ramada Edmonton South

  • 9850 34 Ave NW

  • 11204 119 St

  • Southgate LRT 2217

  • Kingsway Transit Stop 1109

  • University of Alberta - Lister Hall

Where does the bus arrive in Calgary?

Main arrival station: 205 9 Ave SE

Buses arrive in Calgary at 9 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Calgary:

  • 205 9 Ave SE

  • Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE

  • Calgary Whitehorn LRT

  • 304 35 Ave NE

  • Whitehorn LRT Station

  • 11511 40 Street S.E.

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown

  • Calgary International Airport

  • Calgary Airport

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