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How to get from Calgary Airport to Downtown Calgary

Calgary is a colourful city located in Alberta, Canada. It’s the perfect blend of modern and Western, giving a truly cosmopolitan feel with its amazing bars and restaurants while honouring its roots with the annual Rodeo Festival and Calgary Stampede.

There are two different ways to get from Calgary airport to downtown Calgary; taking a taxi or the public bus. Taking a Calgary Airport taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 20 minutes to reach downtown, but it does cost around €30 (CAD 45). The budget transfer option is to take the 300 BRT bus, which costs €8 (CAD 11) one-way but takes around 40 minutes to reach downtown Calgary.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €30 25min 24/7
Bus €16 40min 05:30–00:00

How to get form Calgary Airport to Downtown Calgary by taxi

The fastest and most comfortable way to get from Calgary airport to downtown is to take a taxi. Calgary Airport taxis take just 25 minutes to reach your hotel in downtown and cost around €30 (CAD 45) in light traffic.

Cost of a Calgary Airport Shuttle to Downtown


The local taxi drivers at Calgary airport don’t offer a set-rate fare for the journey downtown. The average cost of a Calgary airport shuttle to downtown will be €30 (CAD 45), calculated using a taximeter based on the distance you travel.

Cost

€30 (CAD 45)

Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Calgary airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

A designated taxi rank can be found just outside of the airport terminal at Calgary airport. Simply follow the signs for “Ground Transportation” and you will see the long line of cabs waiting for you.

Convenience

Although not the cheapest transfer option, taking a taxi from Calgary airport to downtown is the fastest and most convenient mode of transportation. Instead of waiting for public transport or having to carry your luggage through bus stations, you can hop into your private vehicle and make your way swiftly to your hotel in downtown Calgary.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a Calgary airport taxi is a more expensive transfer option, if you split the fare between 3 people, it costs the same as taking the public bus.

Useful Tips

Depending on the vehicle type, some Calgary airport taxis can take 4 to 5 passengers.
There's no cost for storing luggage in the trunk.
It's customary to tip your driver 10-20% of your final fare.

How to get from Calgary Airport to Downtown Calgary by bus

A great transfer option for those travelling on a budget is to take the public 300 BRT(Bus Rapid Transit) bus from Calgary airport to downtown. The total travel time is around 40 minutes, but the cost is just €8 (CAD 11) one-way.

How much is the bus from Calgary Airport to Downtown?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the 300 BRT bus is €8 (CAD 11). This ticket can be purchased from the driver on the bus in Canadian Dollars.

Cost

€8 (CAD 11)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

*There's a waiting time of 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes at night for the 300 BRT bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The 300 BRT bus runs from 05:30 to 00:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

Buses are available at both the International Terminal and the Domestic Terminal. For the Domestic Terminal, the buses are located across the road from Door 2 at Pillar 7. For the International Terminal, you will exit door 15 and wait at Pillar 32.

Convenience

Taking the 300 BRT bus is a good budget transfer option if you’re a solo traveller, but if you’re travelling in a group or with lots of luggage, it’s not very convenient. You will have to wait outside in the cold for up to 30 minutes for the bus to arrive and during peak travel times, it can be very difficult to get a seat.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group of 3 people or more, you can consider splitting a taxi fare to benefit from a much more convenient Calgary airport transfer, for the same amount of money as you’d pay for the bus.

Useful Tips

Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the bus departs to ensure you get a seat.
There's very limited storage space on the bus.
After 00:00 the 300 BRT Bus stops running, so you will need to find alternate transport if landing early in the morning.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Calgary airport to downtown?

There are two transfer options from Calgary airport to downtown Calgary; taxi or bus. Taking a Calgary Airport taxi is the fastest option as it takes just 25 minutes to reach downtown and costs €30 (CAD 45). Taking the 300 BRT bus costs just €8 (CAD 11) one-way and takes 40 minutes to reach downtown Calgary.

Is there a Calgary airport to downtown bus?

Yes, the 300 BRT bus runs from Calgary airport to downtown from 05:30 to 00:00 every day. The average journey time is 40 minutes and the cost of a one-way ticket is €8 (CAD 11).

What's the average taxi cost from Calgary airport to downtown?

The local taxis at Calgary airport don’t offer a set-rate fare for the journey downtown. The average cost is €30 (CAD 45) for a Calgary airport shuttle to downtown, however, this may increase during peak travel times. If you’d prefer the peace of mind that comes with a set-rate fare, you can book your transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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