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Journey Information

There are 22 intercity buses per day from Calgary to Fort McMurray. Traveling by bus from Calgary to Fort McMurray usually takes around 11 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Cold Shot Bus bus can make the trip in 9 hours,

Distance407 mi (655 km)
Shortest duration9h 0m
Cheapest price€61.91
Most frequent serviceRed Arrow Motorcoach
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Calgary to Fort McMurray

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Wilbert

17 November 2022- Visiting family

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Fast and time. Cons: None. Tips: None.

5.0

Orlie

23 December 2019- Visiting family

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Good. Cons: N/A. Tips: NA.

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

€62.30 is the average price of a bus ticket from Calgary to Fort McMurray. While it’s on the pricier side for a bus ticket, taking the bus is still a cheaper 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.

Average prices by travel date

€154€103€51FebMar

Bus tickets from Calgary to Fort McMurray are expected to cost between €120 and €147 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Fort McMurray within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from €120. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices

€93€75€56€37€19MAMJJASONDJF
Bus tickets from Calgary to Fort McMurray are at their cheapest average price in December. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around €83. On the other hand, traveling on this route during July might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for July trips cost €91, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

€117€93€70€47€233020100

The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 16 days in advance to save €47.48 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Calgary to Fort McMurray?

There are 3 bus lines from Calgary to Fort McMurray available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 12 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 Bus710h 36m€66.84
Ebus612h 52m€95.30
Red Arrow Motorcoach1211h 40m€119.81
  • 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 7 daily trips on average from Calgary 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 Calgary to Fort McMurray, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 6 daily trips from Calgary to Fort McMurray, the journey usually takes about 12 hours and 52 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 12 trips each day from Calgary to Fort McMurray, and tickets on this route usually cost about .

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 11 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 655 kilometers from Calgary to Fort McMurray. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours. 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.

"Because many passengers travel from Calgary to Fort McMurray at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 06:00 and the last bus leaves at 12:00. To see the times for all buses from Calgary to Fort McMurray, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 22 scheduled buses that travel from Calgary to Fort McMurray every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

City Information

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.

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 Calgary?

Main departure station: 304 35 Ave NE

Buses to Fort McMurray leave from 5 stations in Calgary.

All bus stations in Calgary:

  • 304 35 Ave NE

  • Calgary Downtown Ticket Office

  • 1313 44 Ave NE

  • Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE

  • Calgary Airport

Where does the bus arrive in Fort McMurray?

Main arrival station: 10013 Macdonald Ave

Buses arrive in Fort McMurray at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Fort McMurray:

  • 10013 Macdonald Ave

  • Quality Inn

  • 10016 Marshall St

  • Shell Gas Station

  • Shell Gas Station

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