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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. Traveling by bus from Edmonton to Fort McMurray usually takes around 6 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Ebus bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance235 mi (378 km)
Shortest duration4h 45m
Cheapest price€46.99
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceCold Shot Bus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Edmonton to Fort McMurray

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.9

4.0

Nicole

21 October 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.

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

5.0

Ahmed

2 September 2022- Vacation

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Pros: Quite and comfortable not even feel tired throughout the trip thanks. Cons: Placing earphones so that a person can watch the movie.

Pros: Quite and comfortable not even feel tired throughout the trip thanks. Cons: Placing earphones so that a person can watch the movie.

5.0

Najma

19 August 2022- Visiting family

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Very fast. Cons: Different spots will be good.

Pros: Very fast. Cons: Different spots will be good.

5.0

Lena

12 July 2022- Regular commuter

Cold Shot Bus

Pros: Was a good trip arrived on time. Cons: No improvements needed. Tips: Ride Cold Shots.

Pros: Was a good trip arrived on time. Cons: No improvements needed. Tips: Ride Cold Shots.

5.0

Travis

12 May 2022- Solo travel

Cold Shot Bus

Got me there

Got me there

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

€48.06 is the average price of a bus ticket from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. Any tickets cheaper than €48.06 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

€96€64€32JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Edmonton to Fort McMurray is expected to range from €71 to €90. If you are looking to travel to Fort McMurray within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €71. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €71 and can be found on 4 February 2023.

Monthly average prices

€69€55€41€28€14MAMJJASONDJF
Traveling from Edmonton to Fort McMurray by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around €59 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

€115€92€69€46€233020100

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 10 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €3.17 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 8 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 Bus86h 11m€52.78
Ebus76h 7m€67.18
Red Arrow Motorcoach35h 37m€67.45
  • Cold Shot Bus

    Cold Shot Bus

    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 8 daily trips on average from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, with prices at an average of .

  • Ebus

    Ebus

    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' 7 daily trips from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, the journey usually takes about 6 hours and 7 minutes.

  • Red Arrow Motorcoach

    Red Arrow Motorcoach

    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

What is the drive time from Edmonton to Fort McMurray?

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.

What bus services run from Edmonton to Fort McMurray?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Edmonton to Fort McMurray 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.

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.

How long is the bus ride from Edmonton to Fort McMurray?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 378 kilometers from Edmonton to Fort McMurray. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 45 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Buses from Edmonton to Fort McMurray are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your bus tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Edmonton?

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Edmonton to Fort McMurray every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 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: Cold Shot Terminal - 154 Street NW

The station located on 11204 119 St in Edmonton is a popular intercity bus station, where commuters can catch buses in and out of the city. The station is served by various bus companies, including Rider Express, Ebus, Red Arrow, Cold Shot, and more. The most popular destinations for buses leaving this station are Calgary, Red Deer, and Fort McMurray. The station does not come with a waiting lounge, and there are very few amenities. However, travelers can stop by a pharmacy, a Tim Hortons doughnut shop, and a coffee shop in the surrounding area.

All bus stations in Edmonton:

  • Cold Shot Terminal - 154 Street NW

  • 9850 34 Ave NW

  • 10014 104 St

  • Ramada Edmonton South

  • Kingsway Transit Stop 1109

Where does the bus arrive in Fort McMurray?

Main arrival station: Shell Gas Station

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

Bus stations in Fort McMurray:

  • Shell Gas Station

  • 10016 Marshall St

  • Quality Inn

  • 10013 Macdonald Ave

  • Shell Gas Station

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