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Edmonton - Fort McMurray Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 10 intercity buses per day from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. Traveling by bus from Edmonton to Fort McMurray usually takes around 5 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest Red Arrow Motorcoach bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance235 mi (378 km)
Shortest duration4h 55m
Cheapest price$54.97
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceCold Shot Bus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Edmonton to Fort McMurray

(Based on 26 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Artem

November 4, 2023- Solo travel

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Pros: Yes. Cons: Good. Tips: No.

5.0

Lin

August 7, 2023- Vacation

Cold Shot Bus

Nice

5.0

Khadar

July 3, 2023- Solo travel

Cold Shot Bus

It was amazing and I like it so far

5.0

Aboubaker

April 22, 2023- Visiting friends

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Punctual departurue times. Cons: Get a coach bus - the extra bumps from the attached trailer for our luggage . Fairly secure - wi fi. Tips: Don’t bro big ore than 2 pieces of luggage.

4.0

Nicole

October 21, 2022- Business

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Was good and safe. Cons: Making more space in the bus, it’s to tight. Tips: Travellers were good.

How much is a bus ticket from Edmonton to Fort McMurray?

$55.41 is the average price of a bus ticket from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. Any tickets cheaper than $55.41 can be considered a great deal. 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

$142$95$47FebMar

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Edmonton to Fort McMurray is expected to range from $94 to $130. If you are looking to travel to Fort McMurray within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $94. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $94 and can be found on February 24, 2024.

Monthly average prices

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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 $79 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Edmonton to Fort McMurray in February, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $85 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

$102$81$61$41$203020100

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$13.06 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Edmonton to Fort McMurray?

There are 3 bus lines from Edmonton to Fort McMurray available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 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:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Cold Shot Bus66h 17m$68.67
Ebus35h 57m$95.75
Red Arrow Motorcoach35h 3m$96.22
  • 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 6 daily trips on average from Edmonton 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 Edmonton to Fort McMurray, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 3 daily trips from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, the journey usually takes about 5 hours and 57 minutes.

  • 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 3 trips each day from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, and tickets on this route usually cost about .

Frequently Asked Questions

The drive time from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada is approximately 4 hours and 25 minutes by car, or a little more than 5 hours by bus. The drive is a straight shot northeast up highway AB-63.

There are 3 bus companies that offer travel in Alberta from Edmonton to Fort McMurray:

  • On Cold Shot Bus, the average price for a ticket from Edmonton to Fort McMurray is $55.77 CA, with 13 trips offered per day.
  • On Ebus, the average price for a ticket from Edmonton to Fort McMurray is $70.79 CA, with 2 trips offered per day.
  • On Red Arrow Motorcoach, the average price for a ticket from Edmonton to Fort McMurray is $89.83 CA, with 5 trips offered per day.

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 378 kilometers from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 55 minutes. 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.

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, 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 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Edmonton to Fort McMurray every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 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.

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 Edmonton?

Main departure station: 10014 104 St

Buses to Fort McMurray leave from 3 stations in Edmonton.

All bus stations in Edmonton:

  • 10014 104 St

  • Cold Shot Terminal - 154 Street NW

  • 9850 34 Ave NW

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

  • Quality Inn

  • 10013 Macdonald Ave

  • Shell Gas Station

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