By air : Edmonton is serviced by the Edmonton International Airport and the City Centre Airport. The latter is for short-haul regional flights only (mostly in Alberta). The International Airport south of the city has direct scheduled flights to all parts of Canada, and several US hubs (eg Los Angeles, Minneapolis). A taxi ride from the airport to downtown costs around $35. EIA operates a SkyShuttle service, using 14 passenger vans, running between the airport and various locations in south, west and central Edmonton. The fare is $11 one way, $18 return. See www.edmontonairports.com for details and schedule.
By land : Greyhound has a large bus depot in downtown Edmonton (103 St - 103 Ave, 2 blocks north of Bay Station) and pickup/drop off points in other parts of the city. Red Arrow operates a popular and comfortable service between Edmonton and several locations in the province. See Red Arrow (www.redarrow.pwt.ca) for more information.
The national railroad - VIA Rail's (www.viarail.ca) only line in the province runs through Edmonton. The Canadian line runs from Vancouver to Toronto, passing through the majestic Rocky Mountains.
By private vehicle: * Edmonton is located in central Alberta. Major highways running through the city include TransCanada 16 (aka Yellowhead) running east-west, and Highway 2, which is the primary north-south highway in Alberta. The start of the route to the Alaska Highway begins just west of the city.
Driving times: 3- hours to Calgary, 3+ hours to Jasper, 4 hours to Banff, 14 hours to Vancouver.
MAP OF ALBERTA: Atlas.gc.ca
EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: EdmontonAirports.com
MAP OF EDMONTON WITH TRANSIT ROUTES: Gov.Edmonton.ab.ca
MAP OF SUBWAY OF EDMONTON: Metropla.net
Edmonton is the largest city on the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway, which accesses more national and provincial parks than any other route across western Canada.
-Edmonton is situated on VIA Rail¹s Canadian route which travels from Toronto to Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver.
Edmonton International Airport is located about 40 km south of the city on Highway 2 in Leduc.
Edmonton is roughly 300 km north of Calgary and is a fast, relatively easy drive.
It is probably best to have a car in Edmonton. The city is rather spread out and bus service can be sparadic. The city does have a subway/LRT system that runs from the Unviersity of Alberta on the south side of the river, through the downtown core (under Jasper Ave.) to the Northlands.
The major roads in Edmonton are:
Calgary Trail (Highway 2) - goes due south of the city toward Red Deer and Calgary (hence the name),
Yellowhead Trail (Trans-Canada/Yellowhead Hwy 16) - runs east-west across the north side of the city toward Lloyminster and Saskatchewan in the east and Jasper and BC in the west.
Whitemud [freeway] Drive (Highways 2 and 14) - east-west freeway on the south side of the city. This is the route the Mall.
Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) - This road will eventually encircle the city, right now it runs along the city's western limits from south of Whitemud Dr. to Yellowhead Trail.
Within North America, the Greyhound Bus Services is very reliable. There are also daily flights from almost any city in North America to Edmonton.
Board an ETS bus at any designated ETS bus stop. These are marked by ETS bus stop signs located along bus routes. Before boarding the bus please make sure that you have correct change or valid fare media.
If you are waiting for your bus in a bus shelter, please watch for your bus to approach and leave the shelter in time to be visible to the bus Operator. Stand back from the curb and pay particular attention to icy conditions that may exist either on the sidewalk, or the roadway. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before nearing the curb.
Upon boarding the bus, deposit the correct cash fare or ticket in the fare box to your right, or present the pass you are using to the Operator. Please be sure to show the Operator an unobstructed view of your pass and surrender it to the Operator if you are requested to do so. If you pay a cash fare or use a ticket or proof of payment from the LRT and intend to use another bus to get to your destination, please ask the Operator for a transfer.
After showing the Operator your pass or paying your fare please move toward the back of the bus and find a seat. If you have packages with you, please do not occupy the entire seat with them, place them on your lap and allow others to be seated.
If the bus is crowded and there is standing room only, please move toward the back of the bus and grip either an overhead handrail, or a support post firmly. Be prepared for the bus to move as it can move abruptly and catch you off balance.
If you’d like more information on the Route that you are using, feel free to take a Route Brochure from the panel directly behind the Operator. You may also want to take the latest edition of In-Transit to see what’s new at ETS.
To let the Operator know you want to get off the bus you must pull the cord located above the windows. This cord will ring a bell that will let the Operator know to stop at the next designated ETS bus stop. You only have to ring the bell once, repeated pulling of the cord is not necessary. Please be aware of your surroundings and leave plenty of time for the bus to stop safely at your bus stop by pulling the cord as far in advance of your stop as you can.
Remember that the bus will stop at the next scheduled ETS bus stop, so make sure it’s the one you want. Prepare yourself to depart the bus by readying any packages or belongings you may have before the bus stops.
Exit by the rear doors of the bus. On some models of ETS buses you are required to remain off the lower step until a green light indicates it is safe for you to exit. It is best to remain on the upper level of the bus floor until the bus has come to a complete stop. Some models require that you push the doors to exit, others have doors that will open automatically for you. When exiting the bus, make sure that all packages and garments are clear of the doors before they close behind you. Be aware of icy or slippery conditions that may exist on the sidewalk when you exit the bus. After exiting the bus, move away from the curb to allow for safe movement of the bus away from the stop.
LOW LEVEL BRIDGE
This bridge was built in 1900 Donald Ross drove horsedrawn buses across the river to meet the trains on the south side. in order for theEdmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway could cross the North Saskatchewan River and link the southside station to the Canadian National Railway Station on the north side of the river.This bridge, the closest bridge in the photo is now a four lane road bridge.
Well, we're from Texas, so we flew from Houston to Calgary and in Calgary we boarded a smaller plane and flew into Edmonton. It's a pretty big city so, I'd say a car would be your best way to get around. We stayed outside of the city so, we drove alot and everywhere we went, a car was the best option in transportation...well, we used a van but it was 6 people and well, thats rather pointless now isn't it?
Strollers (Cosmobiles) are available to rent for $5.00 (incl. $1.00 deposit) at Entrances 2, 8, 48 & 50.
If you travel with Greyhound use an ISIC student card if you have one. You get up to 25% off of tickets. Add another ticket very cheap for another person who travles with you.