The nearest airport to Banff is Calgary International Airport. We arrived quite late so not much was still open when I got there.
Best way to get to Banff from the airport is the Banff Airporter. This will take you to Canmore and Banff. On the way back to Calgary we went near sunset and it was gorgeous. Make sure to keep your camera out, there are some great shots along the way!
Since the airport is an hour and a half away, the fare (about 50 dollars) is quite reasonable.
Service was on time and there were no problems making it to the airport with plenty of time.
We arrived in Banff by hire car from Calgary and left on the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer Train on the 2 day trip to Vancouver. This is luxury travel whatever class you travel. We went "Gold Leaf" which is in the dome carriages with seating upstairs so you maximise your view of the Rocky Mountains, the rivers, gorges etc etc.
The restaurant is located downstairs and each carriage has its own restaurant, 5 star dining for breakfast and lunch, wine and beer included. The meals were first class and the service superb. On top of this morning and afternoon tea is also provided.
Most important was the knowledgeable commentary provided by the guide who is allocated to your carriage. He alerted us when something special was coming and always gave us the history of the subject.
The train only travels during daylight hours and our trip stopped overnight at Kamloops where we were accommodated in local hotels.
The Rocky Mountaineer also offers "Red Leaf" class which gives you the same service and meals, however you travel in a single level carriage. Cost of Gold Leaf was Australian $2048 per person, Red Leaf was approximately half price.
Don't take a bus... the best views in banff are seen when you walk. Everwhere is within 20 minutes and breathing the fresh mountain air will make it a pleasant one. To get around more quickly, rent bikes, you are in a national park!
I drove my own vehicle out to Banff. It is very easy to find your way around town and to the campgrounds, and nearby attractions. It is fairly easy to find parking, and it is free. And Banff is a great town to just walk around, it is full of nice little shops and good scenery.
You can book a van to Banff from the airport or sedan through cascade limo or Alberta limo to take youto Banff and back if you dont need a vehicle while you are there most everthing in Banff is within walking distance.
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