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Getting to Banff

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Banff is located in a UNESCO World Heritage site but is easily accessible from the Calgary International Airport, a hub for world-wide connections.

Transportation to and from Banff is easy on Canada's National Highway #1 - an approximate 1 hr and 45 minute drive from the Calgary International Airport. Be advised that in order to get into the Park by car, you will need to purchase a pass at the Park gate. Rates are $9 per day per person, or $18 per day for a car with 2-7 people.

By Air

Calgary International Airport is a hub for world-wide connections. Direct flights are available to Calgary from all corners of the globe, for example:

Flights within Canada:

The Banff World Television Festival has partnered with Goliger's Travelplus and WestJet to offer delegates discounted airfare to attend this year's festival. Delegates can now purchase their airfare for 10 per cent below the lowest fare at the time of booking. In addition, all delegates who book their travel through Golige's Travelplus are eligible to win one of two round-trip airfare prizes on Westjet within Canada.

Flights from the United States:

Chicago, IL Air Canada,
Denver, CO , Air Canada, Frontier
Houston, TX , Continental, Air Canada
Los Angeles, CA , WestJet, Air Canada
New York, NY Air Canada,
Orlando, FLA WestJet
Seattle, WA Alaska Airlines

Flights from Europe:

FrankFurt, GER Lufthansa, Air Canada
London, UK Air Canada, BMI,

Can’t find your departure city?
Visit Expedia.ca for easy and quick flight searches on a number of airline companies.

You can book for all of these airlines online (click on name to be taken to company website) or through your travel agent.

By Shuttle

New in 2007, Banff Airporter will be providing shuttle transportation for Banff World Television Festival delegates. Banff Airporter provides the easiest and most convenient booking and transportation systems between Calgary International Airport and Banff.

As a delegate of the Banff World Television Festival, we have negotiated a special fare for you with the Banff Airporter. If you are a registered delegate, you may proceed to the delegates area (have your username and PIN handy!) to view the preferred rate, schedule and to book your transportation on-line.

By Private Limo, Sedan or Taxi

Another splendid and convenient way to travel! If you are a registered delegate, you may proceed to the delegates area (have your username and PIN handy!) for additional information on how to book these services with Banff Airporter.

By Car

Budget Rent a Car of Calgary is the preferred rental car supplier of the Banff World Television Festival. Budget Rent a Car of Calgary has a rental desk at the Calgary International Airport and there is a Budget location in Banff as well. Reservations are required.

If you are a registered delegate, you may proceed to the delegates area (have your username and PIN handy!) to view the preferred rates and to book your transportation on-line.

The airport Rental Car Centre is located on the departures level across the roadway from the main terminal building. It can also be accessed by the elevator lobby arrivals roadway.

Driving Directions
From Calgary International Airport (about 1 hour 45 minutes):
  • Exit the on-site airport parking & car rental lot and follow the signs for Barlow Trail and City Centre
  • Follow Barlow Trail South to 16th Avenue
  • Turn right (west) on 16th Avenue
  • 16th Avenue becomes Trans-Canada Highway 1, which takes you right to Banff
  • You must stop at the National Park Gates to obtain your Park Pass
  • 15 minutes past the park gate, exit at the Banff/Lake Minnewanka exit
  • Turn left at the stop sign onto Banff Ave
  • Follow Banff Ave through town and cross the bridge, getting in the left-hand lane
  • Make a left turn at the end of the bridge onto Spray Avenue; stay in the left-hand lane
  • This road will take you directly to the front doors of the hotel

The speed limit in Banff town site, unless otherwise signed, is 40km/hour

Bus Service within Banff

There is a bus service which runs approximately every forty minutes in the town of Banff. One route runs between The Fairmont Banff Springs and down Banff Avenue to the northern end of town allowing delegates to easily get to other hotels located within town. Fare is $2.00 per person. The bus operates in the summer 7:00 a.m. to Midnight and in the winter 12:00 p.m. to Midnight every 30 minutes. For more information visit the Town of Banff website.


General Information and Online Maps
For general information about activities, tour operators, sights and events in the Banff/Lake Louise area visit www.banfflakelouise.com.

To download a map that outlines the location of Banff World Television Festival affiliated accommodation providers, major attractions in Banff, and street re-routings, please click on the map to download a PDF version.

More Information
For additional information on booking transportation, please contact .

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