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Journey Information

There are 48 intercity buses per day from Edmonton to Calgary. Traveling by bus from Edmonton to Calgary usually takes around 3 hours and 53 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 day38
Most frequent serviceEbus
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 34 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Evangeline

September 1, 2021- Solo travel

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Leaving ang arriving on time to the destination is pretty good. It's my first time and I love it. Cons: Bus is full though everybody is wearing mask still social distancing is important. Tips: I recommend this bus, cheap but reliable and safe.

Pros: Leaving ang arriving on time to the destination is pretty good. It's my first time and I love it. Cons: Bus is full though everybody is wearing mask still social distancing is important. Tips: I recommend this bus, cheap but reliable and safe.

4.0

Veronica

August 31, 2021- Business

Cold Shot Bus

Got the job done.

Got the job done.

5.0

Nancy

August 1, 2021- Solo travel

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Just smooth trip! Cons: Could put a comfy chair. Tips: Best for alone traveller.

Pros: Just smooth trip! Cons: Could put a comfy chair. Tips: Best for alone traveller.

4.0

ghazal

July 18, 2021- Visiting friends

Ebus

During the pandemic, we shouldn't seat beside another person. They shouldn't fill the bus.

During the pandemic, we shouldn't seat beside another person. They shouldn't fill the bus.

5.0

Nifredah

January 18, 2020

Ebus

Cons: My trip was great. The price is cheap. Tips: Try this bus. You will love it.

Cons: My trip was great. The price is cheap. Tips: Try this bus. You will love it.

How much is a bus ticket from Edmonton to Calgary?

$39.58 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

$93$62$31OctNov

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Edmonton to Calgary is expected to range from C$48 to C$93. If you are looking to travel to Calgary within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$50. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$48 and can be found on November 20, 2021.

Monthly average prices

$62$50$37$25$12NDJFMAMJJASO

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 Edmonton to Calgary 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

$93$74$56$37$193020100

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 15 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$22.85 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. With 25 daily trips, Ebus 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 27m$36.84
Ebus254h 34m$59.71
Red Arrow Motorcoach243h 43m$74.73
The Canada Bus23h 56m$38.65

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.

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 53 minutes to cover the 280 kilometers from Edmonton to Calgary. 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?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Calgary. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 Calgary, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Edmonton?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. 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 48 scheduled buses that travel from Edmonton to Calgary every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 38 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

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?

Departure stations

Buses to Calgary leave from 10 stations in Edmonton.

Bus stations in Edmonton:

  • Ramada Edmonton South

  • 9850 34 Ave NW

  • 11204 119 St

  • Kingsway Transit Stop 1109

  • Kingsway Transit Stop 1109

  • Southgate LRT 2217

  • Edmonton Southgate LRT - #2217

  • Edmonton International Airport

  • University of Alberta - Lister Hall

Where does the bus arrive in Calgary?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Calgary at 11 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

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.

  • Calgary Airport

  • Red Arrow North Ticket Office

  • Calgary International Airport

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown

  • Crossiron Mills, Entrance #2

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