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Journey Information

There are 39 intercity buses per day from Red Deer to Calgary. Traveling by bus from Red Deer to Calgary usually takes around 2 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Rider Express bus can make the trip in just one hour and 5 minutes.

Distance85 mi (137 km)
Shortest duration1h 5m
Cheapest price$28.36
Trips per day34
Most frequent serviceRed Arrow Motorcoach
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Red Deer to Calgary

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)




July 24, 2022- Solo travel


Pros: There were chargers for my devices located at my seat and it was very comfortable. Cons: I dislike that the seats weren’t assigned. Tips: Be ready to get on the bus as soon as it arrives, so you can pick your desired seat and see how many passengers are already on board.



April 26, 2022- Business

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: The timing of the drive made my trip efficient and financially beneficial. The driver drove consistent and was alert to traffic. Cons: have to travel more to find out.



November 4, 2019- Regular commuter

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Pros: The bus was on time. I was dropped off where I easily connected to taxi. Cons: Cleanliness of the bus and seat comfort. Tips: I may travel again using your transportation.



June 8, 2019- Visiting friends


Pros: Free snacks & drinks and the neat radio on the chairs. Cons: More communication for first timers, I got off the wrong bus stop that causes me to miss the next bus because I didn’t know where I was suppose to go, because I got off the wrong stop. Had to pay twice because of it. Confusing wifi method. Tips: Bring headphones or you will be bored. Some travelers believe their name is on the seat and demand you move.

Price trends for buses from Red Deer to Calgary

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What bus companies travel from Red Deer to Calgary?

There are 5 bus lines from Red Deer to Calgary available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 14 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 Bus31h 39m$32.05
Ebus64h 9m$64.02
Red Arrow Motorcoach143h 26m$74.88
Rider Express111h 41m$32.53
The Canada Bus111h 50m$43.71
  • 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 3 daily trips on average from Red Deer to Calgary, 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 Red Deer to Calgary, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 6 daily trips from Red Deer to Calgary, the journey usually takes about 4 hours and 9 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 14 trips each day from Red Deer to Calgary, and tickets on this route usually cost about .

  • Rider Express is a bus company with services across several provinces in Canada with daily stops at major cities like Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Rider Express is known for their friendly customer service, the cleanliness of vehicles, and the onboard WiFi.

  • 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

Calgary is closer to Red Deer than Edmonton. The distance between Red Deer and Edmonton is 153.6 kilometers (95 miles), whereas the distance between Red Deer and Calgary is only 149.8 kilometers (93 miles). The distance between Edmonton and Calgary is 299.6 kilometers (186 miles), and Red Deer lies midway between the two.
The earliest available bus from Red Deer to Calgary departs at 1:20 a.m. MST, and the latest bus departs Red Deer at 8:00 p.m. MST. The cheapest ticket between the two starts at CA$20.

There are 3 different bus companies that travel between Red Deer and Calgary, providing 20 trips per day (19 of which are direct).

On Cold Shot Bus, the average price for a ticket from Red Deer to Calgary is roughly CA$33, with 4 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 2 hours and 2 minutes.

On Ebus, the average price for a bus ride from Red Deer to Calgary is roughly CA$33, with 8 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 1 hour and 53 minutes.

On Red Arrow Motorcoach, the average price for a bus ride from Red Deer to Calgary is roughly CA$50, with 9 trips offered per day. The average travel time is 1 hour and 48 minutes.

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.

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 137 kilometers from Red Deer to Calgary. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 5 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.

"Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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."

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Red Deer to Calgary, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 39 scheduled buses that travel from Red Deer to Calgary every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 34 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


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 Red Deer?

Main departure station: Red Deer- Tim Hortons

Buses to Calgary leave from 3 stations in Red Deer.

All bus stations in Red Deer:

  • Red Deer- Tim Hortons

  • Red Deer Quality Inn

  • 6607 67 St

Where does the bus arrive in Calgary?

Main arrival station: 304 35 Ave NE

Buses arrive in Calgary at 12 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Calgary:

  • 304 35 Ave NE

  • Calgary Downtown Ticket Office

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown

  • Calgary International Airport

  • Whitehorn LRT Station

  • Calgary Airport

  • Calgary - Marlborough Mall

  • Behind Tim Horton's (curbside)

  • Westbrook Mall between exits 5-6

  • Calgary - Downtown 9 Ave SE

  • Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE

  • 1313 44 Ave NE

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