Questions are often asked on the forum about visiting Banff without a car.  It's very easy to spend weeks in Banff, happily car-free.  Think of the benefits:  really connecting with the place, getting fit by walking and biking, breathing Banff's wonderful mountain air, being able to look around rather than concentrate on your driving, being environmentally friendly!  Here are a few thoughts to get you started on planning a car-free vacation in beautiful Banff ...

Getting from the Calgary Airport to Banff

There are regular scheduled shuttles thoughout the day that will take you from the Calgary airport to the door of your hotel (and the other way around, too, on the sad day when your vacation comes to an end).  Banff Airporter  and Brewster both offer this service.

Getting around the Town of Banff

Taxis are quick and inexpensive.  Although you will see several "brands" of taxis, they all belong to the same parent company.  Call Banff Taxi 403-762-4444, Taxi Taxi 403-762-0000, or Legion Taxi 403-762-3353

Bow Valley Regional Transit runs an hybrid/biodiesel public transit fleet called Roam.  You'll recognize the Roam buses by their colourful wildlife-themed wraps.  You can read all about the routes, schedules and fares at this link:

 Many hotels on the bus routes give their guests free passes for the Roam system.  Check with your hotel desk.

If you're comfortable on a bicycle, there are lots of rental shops to get you in the saddle and on your way.  Check with your hotel desk for the one nearest you.

And, of course, you can walk.  Banff is very pedestrian-friendly, with excellent directional signs and broad sidewalks.

Sights easily reached on foot

If you are staying in "downtown" Banff, it is easy to walk to:

Sights easily reached on the Roam Transit

If you take the Roam transit, it is easy to visit:

  • the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Yes, it's a hotel, but it's also a National Historic Site)
  • the Upper Hot Springs
  • the Banff gondola
  • the Hoodoos viewpoint on Tunnel Mountain Road
  • Canmore, which can be reached on the regional Roam route, from the bus stop in front of the Banff High School

Walking trails on the edge of town

There are beautiful trails leaving from the edge of town in all directions:

  • Spray Loop
  • Cave and Basin/Sundance
  • Fenlands/Vermilion Lakes
  • Tunnel Mountain Meadows and Hoodoos
  • Tunnel Mountain summit

Just walk out the door of your hotel, and in a few blocks, you're hiking!  Visit this page Summer Activities to see some information and maps of the many possibilities.  And check out the TripAdvisor Local Walks page for Banff at

for detailed trail descriptions.

Activities within walking distance

You can stroll from your hotel to the start of these mountain adventures:

  • canoeing - just head down to the river bank and rent from Banff Canoe Club
  • go horseback riding from Warner Stables, located in the Recreation Grounds 
  • rent a mountain bike downtown or at the Banff Springs Hotel and go biking on the trails around the town.

Seeing the sights farther afield

Two companies are best known for providing tours from Banff into the rest of the park and adjacent parks.  These are:

Many activity companies operating outside the park, such as rafting companies, helicopter tours and so on, will pick you up in town and take you to their site.  Check for this option when booking.

Or visit the neighbouring community of Canmore on Roam transit