Getting to Calgary Airport

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the fourth busiest airport in Canada, and serves the city of Calgary and its surrounding areas. Approximately 12 million passengers pass through the airport every year, and the majority of these passengers are on domestic flights. A few million are transborder passengers, and about a million are passengers on international flights. The airport is well equipped with all necessary facilities, and a number of ground transport options are available. Calgary Airport driving directions are simple to follow as well, as the airport is well connected to the main roads in the vicinity. Airport directions can also be found online.

Calgary, and Calgary Airport, are located in the Alberta region of Canada, alongside British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east. Calgary is considered as north of Lethbridge, and the American cities of Missoula, Helena and Great Falls, as well as other cities in the Montana area of the United States, and south of Edmonton and Red Deer. West of Calgary are popular holiday resort areas, such as Banff and Castle Mountain, while to the northeast/southeast are the areas of Drumheller, Brooks and Medicine Hat. A little nearer, and north of Calgary Airport is Airdrie, and to the south of the city is Okotoks. To the east are Chestermere and Strathmore. Calgary Airport is located approximately 17km, or 11 miles northeast of downtown Calgary, and is surrounded by the city areas of Huntington Hills, Tuxedo Park, Whitehorn, Falconridge, Taradale and Saddle Ridge. It is also nearby to the Nose Hill Natural Environmental Park.

A number of main roads surround the airport complex, including the Deerfoot Trail NE, which leads to the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, and the Stoney Trail NW and NE. The Barlow Trail NE is to the east of the airport, McKnight Boulevard NE is to the south and the Airport Trail NE is the main road leading to the airport terminal building.

Calgary Airport directions from downtown Calgary

The airport is well signposted from many of the main roads leading in its direction, and the Deerfoot Trail to the north is the main road that runs through the city, past the city centre and past the airport. Shortly after the turn-off to Beddington Trail NW motorists will pass the Nose Creek Parkway and see the turn-off onto the Airport Trail. The Trans-Canada Highway 1 is another important road travelling from west to east through the city, and a short distance south of the airport. Connections are available from this highway to the Deerfoot Trail Highway.

Calgary Airport directions from the north (Edmonton) and the south (Lethbridge)

Edmonton is quite a large city to the north of Calgary, and the Queen Elizabeth II Highway links Edmonton to Calgary. Along the way, motorists will pass Leduc, Ponoka, Red Deer and Airdrie. After Airdrie, look out for signs marking the turn-off to Calgary Airport. From Lethbridge, motorists will take the Crowsnest Highway in the direction of Fort McLeod, and then head north on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The areas of Claresholm, Nanton, High River and Okotoks will be passed on the way to Calgary. Just past Okotoks, turn off onto the Deerfoot Trail Highway, and head across the city to the airport.

Calgary Airport directions from the west (Banff) and northeast (Drumheller)

From Banff, motorists should connect with the Trans-Canada Highway 1 (also known as the Alberta Route 40) and travel south-east towards Canmore. Stay on the same highway until reaching the city of Calgary, just past the Calgary Springbank Airport. Follow the Trans-Canada Highway to the eastern side of the city, and make a connection with either the Deerfoot Trail Highway or the Stoney Trail NE Highway, and follow the directions to the airport. From Drumheller, the Alberta Route 9 is used for airport access and access to Calgary.

Passengers should leave plenty of time for travelling to the airport, and for finding a convenient place to park at the airport. Major highways can be busy during rush hour times. Departing passengers may choose to take public transport to Calgary Airport as well, as there are many buses which serve the airport. There is, however, no train station on the airport grounds. Public buses run to the airport from the McKnight-Westwinds CTrain Station, from the city centre and from the Crowfoot CTrain Station. Allied Airport shuttle buses can be requested to collect passengers from various locations in the city, and if staying at a hotel, courtesy shuttle buses may be available for transport. The Red Arrow Motorcoach company runs long-distance buses from Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Fort McMurray. Airport buses bring passengers to the airport from mountain tourist destinations as well, such as Banff. Alternatively, taxis or limousines can be hired for airport transport.

Calgary International Airport consists of one large terminal building with four concourses, and all areas of the airport are well equipped with various facilities for departing and arriving passengers. Assistance within the building is provided by White Hat volunteers, who also drive Club Cars for the transport of passengers. Airport facilities include a wide range of shops and restaurants, airport lounges such as the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, the Rocky Mountain Lounge and the Servisair Chinook Lounge, free WiFi connections, bank machines, currency exchange services, hair salons, Flippers video game arcades, a medical clinic, luggage wrap services and baggage storage facilities. The entire airport complex is accessible to disabled passengers.

Calgary Airport directions in further detail are available online, at, or the airport can be contacted for information regarding services available, at 403-735-1200. A toll-free number that can be used is 1 877 254