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Journey Information

There are 78 intercity buses per day from Calgary to Edmonton. Traveling by bus from Calgary to Edmonton usually takes around 3 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest Rider Express bus can make the trip in 2 hours,

Distance174 mi (280 km)
Shortest duration2h 0m
Cheapest price$21.11
Trips per day76
Most frequent serviceRed Arrow Motorcoach
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Calgary to Edmonton

(Based on 136 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Harald

February 15, 2024- Business

Rider Express

Pros: I have been travelling red arrow for years always enjoyed my trip. Cons: Nothing hope it stay the same. Tips: Recommend red arrow to lots of people over the years.

5.0

Abdullah

February 13, 2024- Visiting family

Ebus

Pros: The driver was amazing, a really good driver, and very professional. Cons: Nothing. Tips: NA.

5.0

Bryn

February 13, 2024- Business

The Canada Bus

Pros: I thought the bus driver was very friendly and professional, there were no delays, I was able to carry my duffle bag on board which was really nice. There is also USB charges and wifi which made my trip much more enjoyable. Cons: Not too much, I suppose there may have been somewhat of a bad smell on the bus but I think that was due to other passengers. Tips: Bring your own water! I forgot to bring mine last time and I regretted it.

5.0

Everngelista

January 27, 2024- Business

The Canada Bus

Pros: Great. Cons: No complains. Tips: Best way to save compared to ridiculous prizes for flights.

5.0

Arham

January 7, 2024- Solo travel

The Canada Bus

Pros: Everything. Cons: Honestly nothing much. Everything was nice.

How much is a bus ticket from Calgary to Edmonton?

Bus tickets for a trip from Calgary to Edmonton cost $28.96 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Calgary to Edmonton in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $49 to $77. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on February 19, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Edmonton this week, bus tickets are available starting at $49.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Calgary to Edmonton by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $41 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 6 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $2.47 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Calgary to Edmonton?

There are 5 bus lines from Calgary to Edmonton available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 23 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 Bus73h 19m$25.96
Ebus84h 50m$43.92
Red Arrow Motorcoach234h 10m$66.93
Rider Express203h 48m$28.10
The Canada Bus223h 21m$39.11
  • 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 Edmonton, 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 Edmonton, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 8 daily trips from Calgary to Edmonton, the journey usually takes about 4 hours and 50 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 23 trips each day from Calgary to Edmonton, 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

A one-way economy flight from Calgary to Edmonton generally costs an average of $111. A last-minute ticket on the weekend will likely cost $200 or more. One-way bus tickets from Calgary to Edmonton are much cheaper, usually available for CAD$39, even for a last-minute weekend trip.
A bus ticket is the cheapest option to get from Calgary to Edmonton, with tickets usually starting at just CAD$30. Buses run frequently throughout the day, and direct trips are available. There is no VIA Rail train between Calgary and Edmonton.
Calgary and Edmonton are the two largest cities in the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton, the northernmost city in North America with a population over one million, is in the Canadian Prairies. Calgary is about 299 km (186 miles) to the south, closer to the U.S. border and in the zone between the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Prairies.

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 174 miles from Calgary to Edmonton. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours. 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Edmonton. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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 Edmonton, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Calgary to Edmonton, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 78 scheduled buses that travel from Calgary to Edmonton every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 76 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

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Calgary?

Main departure station: 304 35 Ave NE

Buses to Edmonton leave from 11 stations in Calgary.

All bus stations in Calgary:

  • 304 35 Ave NE

  • Calgary Downtown Ticket Office

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown

  • Calgary International Airport

  • Whitehorn LRT Station

  • Behind Tim Horton's (curbside)

  • Westbrook Mall between exits 5-6

  • Calgary - Marlborough Mall

  • Calgary Airport

  • Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE

  • 1313 44 Ave NE

Where does the bus arrive in Edmonton?

Main arrival station: 10014 104 St

Buses arrive in Edmonton at 10 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Edmonton:

  • 10014 104 St

  • Ramada Edmonton South

  • Edmonton Southgate LRT - #2217

  • Edmonton International Airport

  • Southgate LRT 2217

  • Downtown - 10180 105 St NW

  • Cold Shot Terminal - 154 Street NW

  • 9850 34 Ave NW

  • Rosslyn Hotel

  • University of Alberta - Lister Hall

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