This page gives information on getting to Banff & Lake Louise, whether you want to fly, drive, or take a train or bus. Banff & Lake Louise is situated amidst the spectacular mountain scenery of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, but it is uniquely easy to get to.
Banff National Park is located along the TransCanada Highway. Open year-round, the TransCanada is a well maintained road that winds its way through the Canadian Rockies.
If you are coming from the east, Banff & Lake Louise is a 90 minute (140 kilometre or 87 mile) drive west of Calgary, Alberta. If you are coming from the west, Banff & Lake Louise is a scenic day’s drive (850 kilometers or 530 miles) from Vancouver, travelling through the Coast Mountains, wine country of British Columbia and then the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
If you’re driving, you will need to purchase a Parks Pass to enter Banff National Park. You can buy it here.
You can find out more information about parking in Banff & Lake Louise here.
Many international and North American airlines fly directly to the Calgary International Airport.
From the airport, it is a scenic 90 minute (140 kilometre or 87 mile) drive to Banff & Lake Louise. There are regular shuttle bus connections from the airport to Banff & Lake Louise or you could rent a car from the airport or in Calgary city.
If you would like to make a proper road trip, Vancouver International Airport is 850 kilometers (530 miles) to the west of Banff & Lake Louise.
The Rocky Mountaineer has regularly scheduled train services that stop at Banff. For more information, see Rocky Mountaineer’s website.