Buses to and from Calgary Airport (YYC)
Calgary International Airport is found just 17km, or 11 miles from downtown Calgary, and in the Alberta region of Canada. It is a large Canadian airport, serving around 12 million passengers per annum. The airport is recognised by its official IATA code of YYC, and is a very important gateway for tourists and business professionals. It is also served by a large number of airline carriers, including Air Canada and Air Canada Express. Calgary Airport buses are frequently available for arriving passengers, and provide transport to the airport for departing passengers as well. The airport buses travel to a number of city locations, as well as to cities nearby.
Calgary Airport consists of a large terminal building with four concourses, known as A, B, C and D. The airport building covers a total surface area of around 141,000 square metres. Although large, it is fairly easy to navigate, and all facilities are well signposted. There are also White Hat volunteers who are found throughout the airport buildings, for the assistance of passengers, and who drive Club Cars for the transport of passengers along some of the airport corridors. The Calgary Airport buses leave from various bus bays at the arrival levels of the terminal, and are within walking distance. There are airport shuttles which provide transport between the airport and various hotels in Calgary, and local buses for transport to downtown Calgary and train stations. Additional long-distance coaches take passengers to further cities, and to the mountain tourist destinations.
Public Calgary Airport Buses
Calgary Transit manages a few bus routes to and from the airport, and these routes are frequently available to arriving and departing passengers. A couple of destinations are easily reached on the public airport buses. They are also quite an inexpensive way to travel. The Route 300 BRT is a new route available from Calgary Airport, and is a limited-stop service to downtown Calgary, via Centre Street. The buses are available every twenty to thirty minutes, between the hours of 05:00 and midnight. Route 300 is also a low-floored bus, and therefore quite accessible to passengers with reduced mobility challenges. For passengers travelling from or to the airport, a charge of $8.00 is applicable for a one-way journey, and $10.75 is charged for a return journey. Bus tickets are available from Mac’s stores in the airport terminal (on the arrival level) or from the bus driver, however, no change is given on the bus. A UPass, as well as Monthly, Senior, Low Income or Day Passes may also be used.
The Route #100 buses travel from Calgary Airport to the Freeport Business Park and the McKnight-Westwinds CTrain Station, and the Route #430 buses take passengers to the Crowfoot CTrain Station, with stops at North Pointe Bus Terminal, Sandstone Bus Terminal and Crowfoot Centre. Both routes are operated by low-floored buses. There used to be a fourth public bus serving the airport, to Erin Woods, but this bus is no longer operational. Most passengers find the public airport buses to be reliable, and a comfortable form of transport into the city. Further details are available online at http://www.calgarytransit.com.
The Allied Calgary Airport Buses
From Bus Bay #8 at Calgary Airport, the Allied Shuttles depart approximately every half an hour. They are a new bus service at Calgary Airport, and provide scheduled and on-demand transportation for airport passengers. They have a large fleet of fully-automated GPS-dispatched shuttle buses, and provide an excellent form of transport to various designated areas in the city of Calgary. The company also has over thirty years of experience in public transportation. An Allied Shuttle counter is available for enquiries and ticket purchases on the arrivals level near Gate C. Bus tickets can also be reserved and purchased online from Allied’s website at http://www.airportshuttlecalgary.ca. Passengers travelling to the airport will be dropped off on the Departures level, adjacent to the airline check-in counters. Passengers are recommended to leave at least three hours before their airplane departure, to ensure enough time for check-in and security control procedures. Downtown pick-ups are based on a scheduled on-demand system, however, passengers may request the shuttle to collect them from certain pre-determined locations. An advanced reservation will be required for this service.
Calgary Airport Buses – The Red Arrow Motorcoach
Red Arrow Motorcoaches call on Calgary Airport, and provide transport to Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer. They offer daily scheduled services to and from the airport, and are known as Alberta’s premier Motorcoach travel company. From Edmonton, buses head for Calgary Airport, via Red Deer, at 07:00 and 10:00, and in the alternative direction, buses leave from Calgary Airport at 15:30 and 19:30. Buses leave the airport for Lethbridge at 10:45 and 17:30. At the airport, the Red Arrow Motorcoaches can be found at Exit 11, on the Departures Level. Further details are available at http://www.redarrow.ca. The company may be contacted at 1 (800) 232-1958 as well.
Calgary Airport Hotel Shuttles and Tour Bus Operators
A large number of hotels in the Calgary area offer complimentary transport to and from Calgary Airport. Their services are usually required to be reserved in advance. Passengers will be collected from the airport at Bus Bays #10 and #11, and passengers can contact their hotel from phones inside the terminal or at Bus Bay #10. Some of the hotels offering transport services include the Best Western Airport Inn, the Coast Plaza Hotel, Country Inn and Suites, the Executive Royal Inn North Calgary, Greenwood Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Sandman Hotel Airport, the Sheraton Cavalier and the Super 8 Calgary Airport.
Additional bus services are available to the mountain tourist destinations, and they are operated by companies such as Banff Airporter and the Brewster Banff Airport Express. Many more tour bus operators are available as well. The airport for information regarding Calgary Airport buses can be contacted at the following telephone numbers: 403-735-1200 / (403)735-1449.