Banff travel guide

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You're Going to Love Banff

With a population of 7,502, Banff is a must-see destination in Alberta, Canada. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Banff has to offer.

Where to Eat in Banff

If you’re looking for affordable options, Sleeping Buffalo (700 Tunnel Mountain Road) and Fairmont Banff Springs – Special Events (405 Spray Avenue) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Fat Ox of Banff (415 Banff Ave) and The Chimney Corner (1 Sunshine Access RoadPO Box 1510 Stn Main) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Banff.

When to visit Banff

Banff in January
Estimated hotel price
$181
1 night at 3-star hotel
Banff in January
Estimated hotel price
$181
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Banff in July, when the average temperature is 59 °F, and the highest can go up to 71.6 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as 8.6 °F, with an average temperature of 15.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 2.7″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Banff, with an average rainfall of 0.7″.

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How to Get to Banff

Plane

Although Banff doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 67 miles from Banff. Calgary Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Aeromexico, Delta and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest flight to Banff from the United States departs from Las Vegas and takes around 2h 45m.

Car

Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car rental from Calgary, which is about 66 miles from Banff. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Avis, among others, in Calgary.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Rider Express, Cold Shot and Ebus. From Edmonton, the bus ride to Banff takes 165 miles and will cost you around $70. From Kamloops, the ticket costs about $167 for a journey of 510 miles. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.5 miles from downtown Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 miles from the city center.

Plane

Although Banff doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 67 miles from Banff. Calgary Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Aeromexico, Delta and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest flight to Banff from the United States departs from Las Vegas and takes around 2h 45m.

Car

Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car rental from Calgary, which is about 66 miles from Banff. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Avis, among others, in Calgary.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Rider Express, Cold Shot and Ebus. From Edmonton, the bus ride to Banff takes 165 miles and will cost you around $70. From Kamloops, the ticket costs about $167 for a journey of 510 miles. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.5 miles from downtown Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 miles from the city center.

Airports near Banff

Airlines serving Banff

Lufthansa
Good (4,689 reviews)
KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (956 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,650 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,568 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (484 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,104 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,416 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,996 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,024 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (855 reviews)
LOT
Good (678 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (802 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,173 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,785 reviews)
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Where to stay in Banff

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Bow View Lodge and Irwin's Mountain Inn.

Where to stay in popular areas of Banff

Most booked hotels in Banff

Moose Hotel and Suites
4 stars
Excellent (9, 1662 reviews)
$514+
Fairmont Banff Springs
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, 689 reviews)
$937+
Hi Castle Mountain - Hostel
1 star
Excellent (8.7, 194 reviews)
$36+
The Rimrock Resort Hotel Banff
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, 803 reviews)
$583+
Banff Park Lodge
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, 1245 reviews)
$341+
Fox Hotel and Suites
4 stars
Excellent (8, 1954 reviews)
$350+

Renting a car in Banff

Renting a car in Banff costs $79 per day, on average, or $237 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Banff is the Avis branch at 317 Banff Avenue, which is 0 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 2% cheaper than airport locations in Banff.

Expect to pay $5.15 per gallon in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $61.78 and $82.37.

Renting a car in Banff costs $79 per day, on average, or $237 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Banff is the Avis branch at 317 Banff Avenue, which is 0 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 2% cheaper than airport locations in Banff.

Expect to pay $5.15 per gallon in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $61.78 and $82.37.