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Journey Information

There are 22 intercity buses per day from Calgary to Red Deer. Traveling by bus from Calgary to Red Deer usually takes around one hour and 52 minutes, but the fastest Red Arrow Motorcoach bus can make the trip in just one hour and 30 minutes.

Distance85 mi (137 km)
Shortest duration1h 30m
Cheapest price$20.92
Trips per day22
Most frequent serviceRed Arrow Motorcoach
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Calgary to Red Deer

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)




May 16, 2023- Solo travel


Pros: It was enjoyable to look out and see how beautiful Alberta truly is. The reminder is important at this time. Cons: The time of arrival and departure. Tips: Not to bring such smelly snacks on board,no matter your culture.


Mary Jane

September 29, 2022- Vacation


Must be on time



September 26, 2022- Visiting friends


Pros: Driver was friendly and I could pick my seat. Cons: Nothing I can think of. Tips: There’s outlets to charge your devices. I didn’t realize that at first.



May 7, 2022- Visiting family


Pros: Very good and comfortable. Cons: All is good so far. Tips: No.



April 7, 2022- Visiting family

Red Arrow Motorcoach

Pros: It was my wife who took the trip. She was very comfortable and felt safe. Just wish we would have been told about the 2nd pick up place in Calgary. Would have saved 3/4 of the taxi fare! Cons: Communication on pick up places. Tips: Clean, safe, inexpensive and comfortable way to travel. We will use Red Arrow again!

How much is a bus ticket from Calgary to Red Deer?

Bus tickets for a trip from Calgary to Red Deer cost $21.14 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from Calgary to Red Deer in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $38 to $48. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on June 5, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Red Deer this week, bus tickets are available starting at $38.

Monthly average prices


Taking the bus from Calgary to Red Deer is usually cheapest in August, when the average ticket price is only $33,

If you're planning to take the bus from Calgary to Red Deer during January, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $42. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

What bus companies travel from Calgary to Red Deer?

There are 5 bus lines from Calgary to Red Deer available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 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 49m$23.68
Ebus41h 53m$32.95
Red Arrow Motorcoach91h 45m$37.61
Rider Express72h 3m$21.14
The Canada Bus41h 47m$27.38
  • 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 Calgary to Red Deer, 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 Red Deer, you can expect Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms on the ebus coach. On ebus' 4 daily trips from Calgary to Red Deer, the journey usually takes about 1 hours and 53 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 9 trips each day from Calgary to Red Deer, 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

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 one hour and 52 minutes to cover the 85 miles from Calgary to Red Deer. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 30 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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.

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 Red Deer, 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 Red Deer, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 22 scheduled buses that travel from Calgary to Red Deer every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Calgary to Red Deer without transferring.

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 Calgary?

Main departure station: 205 9 Ave SE

Buses to Red Deer leave from 9 stations in Calgary.

All bus stations in Calgary:

  • 205 9 Ave SE

  • 304 35 Ave NE

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown

  • Calgary - Marlborough Mall

  • Westbrook Mall between exits 5-6

  • Memorial Drive - 12 4 St NE

  • 11511 40 Street S.E.

  • Calgary Airport

  • Whitehorn LRT Station

Where does the bus arrive in Red Deer?

Main arrival station: Red Deer Quality Inn

Buses arrive in Red Deer at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Red Deer:

  • Red Deer Quality Inn

  • Red Deer- Tim Hortons

  • 6607 67 St

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