With one of the world's most modern and welcoming airports, getting to Calgary by air is easy with commercial airline access and other options available to travellers.
Getting into and around Calgary is easy with many transportation options to suit your time exploring the city.
Public transit, taxis, shuttles, rental cars, and limousines are great ways to get around during your stay. With extensive cycle paths and pedestrian walkways, Calgary is also a bike friendly and walkable city.
Getting to Calgary By Air
Air Canada is Canada's largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market, and in the international market to and from Canada. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the world's most comprehensive air transportation network.
YYC Calgary International Airport is a hub for Air Canada, providing direct air access to over 35 destinations around the world.
Air Canada is Tourism Calgary's official airline partner.
Alpine Helicopters’ mountain pilots have safely operated in Western Canada since 1961. Alpine Helicopters is based at the Canmore Municipal Heliport, a forty-five minute drive west of Calgary.
Signature Flight Support
Signature Flight Support is the world's largest network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs).
Signature delivers essential support services for corporate and private aviation, including refueling, heated aircraft storage, and exceptional concierge services including hotel, transportation, and catering arrangements along with recommendations for local world class dining and attractions to ensure you are able to maximize ‘your Signature’ experience.
WestJet is known for its wonderful customer service and you never what to expect from their friendly faces - whether that's a Christmas miracle or a flight attendant singing your safety instructions.
WestJet is based in Calgary and YYC is the airline's main hub, meaning direct flights from North America and Europe are plentiful from this local airline.
Book your flight to Calgary at WestJet.com
Getting To Calgary by Bus and Shuttle
Bus tours are a popular way to explore Calgary and the surrounding areas, like the Canadian Rockies, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the Canadian Badlands. Charter a group tour or book a single seat for a safe and reliable way to explore Alberta.
Many shuttle services are available to Calgary and from YYC Calgary International Airport to major hotels and motels. Private group bookings are also a great way to explore Calgary, Kananaskis, Banff, and beyond.
Brewster Charter Service
With over 115 years of experience, Brewster Charter Services is proud to be Western Canada's largest and most experienced provider of motorcoach services, with a fleet of 60 highway touring motorcoaches.
Part of the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit, Brewster Charter Services prides itself on being your on-the-ground local expert, with exceptional drivers. Their drivers are renowned guides, qualified in the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies.
First Student Canada
National Motor Coach Systems
Red Arrow Motorcoach
Southland Transportation Services
Southland can also assist you with any transportation requirements across Canada.
Train Travel to and from Calgary
Travelling to and from Calgary on a luxury train service is a popular option for visitors looking for a once in a lifetime experience. While regular passenger service is not available to Calgary from commercial operators, train tours departing from and arriving into Calgary provide a wonderful experience to begin or end your holiday.
Getting To Calgary by Car & Driving in the City
Calgary is accessible by the Trans-Canada Highway and Alberta Highway 2 (also known as Queen Elizabeth II Highway). These highways link Calgary to Banff, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Edmonton, and the U.S. border.
Calgary is divided into four quadrants (N.W., N.E., S.W., and S.E.) with numbered streets and avenues laid out in a grid composing the downtown core. Numbered streets run north-south while avenues run east-west.
Standard speed limits on Calgary roads is 50 kilometres an hour, unless otherwise posted. School zones and playgrounds have a special speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour during the hours indicated on signage.
Highways and Roads
A basic understanding of the major highways and freeways in Calgary is a great way to start navigating the city.
Stoney Trail is a ring road around the city; Deerfoot Trail is a north-south freeway; Glenmore Trail is an east-west freeway; Crowchild Trail is a major freeway flowing north-south.
When travelling in neighbourhoods, expect similar street names related to the district you are exploring. For example, in Cedarbrae, expect street names like Cedarpark Drive and Cedarpark Green and it is important to note the full name of the street in any GPS system.
Licensing and insurance
All drivers in Alberta are required to have a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.
Drivers visiting Alberta may drive a standard passenger vehicle with a valid driver's license from their home jurisdiction, as long as the license is equal to or higher than a Class 5 license in Alberta.
For drivers whose license is not in English, it is recommended to carry an International Driver's Permit, which can be obtained from your home jurisdiction. Both should be carried when visiting Alberta.
Rental cars are available in a variety of sizes and for any duration you wish in Calgary. Rental offices are located throughout Calgary, with a cluster of car rental desks at YYC Calgary International Airport and throughout Downtown Calgary, though you should be able to rent a car in almost any area of the city.
Avis provides a stress free car rental experience.
With 6 locations conveniently placed around the city it is easy to pick up your rental vehicle, including their downtown location next to the Calgary Tower.
Earn rewards for each booking you make with Avis through the Avis Prefferred Points loyalty program, it is free to sign up and you can start earning rewards with your very first booking.
Budget Car and Truck Rental of Calgary
Budget provides a free shuttle service and a Best Trip Ever coupon book with each rental.
With 8 locations in the city of Calgary including YYC Calgary International Airport and Downtown Calgary in a historic firehall, as well as locations in Banff, Airdrie, and Okotoks, Budget Car and Truck Rental of Calgary has been locally owned and operated for 40 years.
With 7 convenient locations across the country, you can start your RV experience in Calgary or travel to the city from Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Whitehorse, Victoria, and Kelowna. Best of all, no special license is required to drive these custom built RVs.
Renting a car with Enterprise Rent-a-Car is perfect for visiting friends and family in the city or weekend trips to the Canadian Rockies.
Start your trip at neighbourhood car rental locations or get great rates at their convenient YYC Calgary International Airport location.
Fraserway RV Rentals
Thrifty Car Rental
Offering late-model vehicles, from compact through full-size, as well as minivans and sport utility, Thrifty provides a free pick-up and drop-off service.
Visit them at the Calgary International Airport and at their convenient downtown location near Chinatown.
Car Sharing Services
Cars cost $0.41 per minute, up to $84.99 per day. There is an additional charge of $12.50 to start or end your trip at Calgary International Airport, which includes a shuttle to the airport from the Car2Go parking lot.
Memberships can be purchased and cars can be reserved using the Car2Go app.
Getting Around Calgary by Transit
Calgary’s public transit network consists of buses and two LRT lines, known as the C-Train. Tickets and passes can be purchased with cash or credit card at all C-Train stations, with cash on the bus (change is not given), or at numerous drug stores, grocery stores, and convenience stores across the city.Fares are valid for 90 minutes; passes are valid for one day. Adult: $3.25 ($10 for a day pass; Youth (6-17): $2.25 ($7 for a day pass); children five and under are free. It is free to ride the CTrain throughout the downtown core.
For complete information, visit Calgary Transit.
The following transit providers serve the areas near Calgary:
Getting Around Calgary on Foot
The downtown core is very walkable, with plenty of wayfinding signage to guide you to attractions, restaurants, and public art.
Getting Around Calgary by Bicycle
Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and cycle path network in North America, with approximately 850 kilometres of regional pathways and 95 kilometres of trails. Bike lanes run against many major streets in Calgary, including 12 Avenue SW, 8 Avenue SW, and 5 Street SW in the city centre.
Start exploring Calgary by bike with these great resources from the City of Calgary:
Several rental companies provide convenient ways to explore the city by bike.
Bow Cycle & Sports
Bow Cycle offers rentals, sales, service, fitting, parts, accessories, and clothing in a 24,000 square foot cathedral to cycling in the Northwest community of Bowness.
On Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings during the summer months, drop by with your road bike and join their group ride, or rent an electric-assist bicycle from Bow Cycle and tour around Calgary on your own schedule.
Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals
Nomad Gear Rentals takes away the extra work involved in getting outside by providing a free, online equipment booking system, free equipment delivery and pickup anywhere within Calgary, gear specification and fitting-expert employees ready to answer any and all questions, and industry-leading equipment.
Nomad rents both summer and winter bikes, as well as ski equipment, paddleboards, and a variety of sports gear to help you get outside year-round.
University of Calgary Outdoor Centre
Taxi and Limousine Services
Taxis charge a base rate of $3.80 and an additional surcharge at the airport. Most services have online and mobile booking apps. Most cabs accept credit, debit, and cash.
Limousines and luxury sedans are a great way to begin your stay in Calgary. Transportation from YYC Calgary International Airport to downtown cost a fixed rate of $46.60. Traditional limousines are also available for general transportation and special occasions from several organizations in the city.
Tipping drivers 10-15 per cent of the total cost of your cab or limousine ride is customary in the area.
Allied Limousine & Sedan Services
Services and dispatching is available 24 hours.
Allied provides both out-of-town and in-town transportation in full-size sedans, SUVs, vans, stretch limousines, and accessible minivans.
Checker Group - Ambassador Limousine
Every vehicle is showroom quality because of their dedicated detailing team, mechanic and body shop. Guest safety, security, and comfort are a priority. Ambassador has been operating throughout Southern Alberta for over 30 years and specialize in transportation for corporate, personal, airport, special events, weddings, graduations, entertainment, tours, the Canadian Rockies, date nights, and much more.
Ambassador is known for providing a seamless luxury for guests with prompt, professional, discreet, and courteous service.
Highland VIP Group
Specializing in corporate and executive transportation for the entertainment industry, tours, and weddings, Highland provides shuttle service, custom tours (including city and mountain excurisions), and chauffeur service. Their fleet includes limousines, vans, mini-coaches, vintage cars, and SUVs.
Limo Lush Inc.
Limo Lush also holds a liquor license from Alberta Gaming Liquor Commission (AGLC). Providing all-inclusive pricing, on-time service, easy communication, professional drivers, and guest privacy, Limo Lush is the perfect provider for transportation for weddings, graduations, birthdays, sporting events, concerts, nights on the town, bachelor(ette) parties, proms, anniversaries, airport transportation, corporate events, tour events, and much more.
Mayfair Taxi LTD.
Mayfair Taxi has been providing Calgary with taxi services since 1953. They specialize in top notch customer service, airport services, delivery services, and event bookings.