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There is one daily bus from Vancouver to Banff. Traveling by bus from Vancouver to Banff usually takes around 12 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest Rider Express bus can make the trip in 12 hours and 15 minutes.
|Distance||358 mi (577 km)|
|Shortest duration||12h 15m|
|Trips per day||1|
|Most frequent service||Rider Express|
How much is a bus ticket from Vancouver to Banff?
$159.88 is the average price of a bus ticket from Vancouver to Banff. Bus tickets on this route can be more expensive due to the length of the trip. However, taking the bus can still be a good 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.
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What bus companies travel from Vancouver to Banff?
There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Vancouver to Banff. Rider Express is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Rider Express||1||12h 28m||$160.19|
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The bus takes an average of 12 hours and 28 minutes to cover the 577 kilometers from Vancouver to Banff. However, the fastest bus only takes 12 hours and 15 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.
"Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Vancouver to Banff for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week."
There is usually only one bus per day from Vancouver to Banff. It leaves the station in Vancouver at 8:00am each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.
Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!
If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.
Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.
Where does the bus leave from in Vancouver?
Main departure station: Pacific Central Station - Rider Express Booth
Most buses depart from the main station in Vancouver.
All bus stations in Vancouver:
Pacific Central Station - Rider Express Booth
Where does the bus arrive in Banff?
Main arrival station: Brewster Sightseeing - 100 Gopher St
All buses from Vancouver arrive at one main station in Banff.
Bus stations in Banff:
Brewster Sightseeing - 100 Gopher St
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