Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most visited national park, but it may surprise you to know there is no airport in Banff. But don’t worry, Calgary is a city of 1 million people just a short drive from Banff. Getting to the Banff Springs Hotel from Calgary is easy with a wide variety of transportation options to suit every style and budget.
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Where is the Banff Springs Hotel?
The historic Banff Springs Hotel can be found in one of the most scenic spots in Banff National Park. Located at the southern end of the Town of Banff, the Banff Springs Hotel rests at the base of Sulphur Mountain near the confluence of the Bow River and Spray River.
Banff Springs Hotel Address: 405 Spray Ave, Banff, Alberta, Canada
What is the Closest Airport to Banff National Park?
Despite being Canada’s most visited national park, there is no airport in Banff. The closest airport to the Banff Springs Hotel is found in Calgary, Alberta. The lucky 1.3 million residents of Calgary love the short & scenic 90 minute drive to Banff.
The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is served by most major Canadian, American and international airlines including:
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- British Airways
Top 5 Ways to Get to the Banff Springs Hotel
The Banff Springs Hotel is a world-renowned hotel in the best national park in Canada. Accordingly, there are many options for you to get to the Banff Springs Hotel.
1. Luxury Private Transfer
A stay at the Banff Springs Hotel is special and you deserve to get to Banff in style. With a premium private transfer, your driver will meet you at the gate at the airport and will drive you in style from the Calgary Airport to the Banff Springs Hotel in a premium car or SUV.
The luxury of not having to drive allows you to sit and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery through Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park on your way to the Banff Springs Hotel.
Luxury private transfers to Banff are available through Ambassador Limousine. Available cars include limos, Lincoln or Mercedes sedans, Suburban or Cadillac SUVs.
2. Rental Car
Banff is a massive national park with 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of rugged mountain wilderness to explore. While it’s easy to get to Banff without a car, if you plan on exploring the national park, the best way to get to the Banff Springs Hotel is with a rental car.
It’s a 90 minute drive from Calgary to Banff. Once you are at the Banff Springs Hotel, some of the top Banff attractions are still a healthy distance away. For example, it’s a 45 minute drive from Banff to the renowned Lake Louise area. Having a rental car allows you to enjoy the best of Banff at your own schedule.
YYC is one of Canada’s busiest airports, so there is a large selection of rental cars at the Calgary Airport.
3. Standard Private Transfer
It costs a lot to stay at the Banff Springs Hotel. If you’d still like to enjoy all the premium perks of a private transfer from Calgary to the Banff Springs Hotel, but you can live without a high-end car, you can save a decent amount of money.
4. Airport Shuttle
A Calgary airport shuttle to Banff is an easy and relaxing way to get to the Banff Springs Hotel. As with a private transfer, taking an airport shuttle from Calgary to Banff allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the world-class mountain scenery on your way to the best hotel in Banff.
The following Calgary airport shuttle services will drop you off at the doorstep of the Banff Springs Hotel:
5. Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Banff
The most luxurious way to get to Banff National Park is the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver. Enjoy the magnificence of the Canadian Rocky Mountain through glass-dome coaches on your way from Canada’s most scenic city to Canada’s best and oldest national park.
Banff Springs Hotel Car Rental
If you choose to get to the Banff Springs Hotel via a private transfer or public transportation, you can easily get around by renting a car in Banff. For maximum convenience, there is a Hertz car rental at the Banff Springs Hotel.
Don’t Forget Your Banff Park Pass
Every visitor to Banff National Park needs to purchase a park pass.
If you get a Calgary rental car, you can easily purchase your Banff park pass at the Banff National Park gates.
If you arrive at the Banff Springs Hotel by private transfer or a Calgary airport shuttle, the easiest way to get a Banff park pass is to buy one online before your visit. Alternatively, you must buy one in person at the Banff Visitor Centre shortly after you arrive.
Can Non-Guests Visit the Banff Springs Hotel?
Yes, the Banff Springs Hotel welcomes non-guests to visit the public areas of their magnificent hotel. Visitors will marvel at the luxury of the Banff Springs Hotel while enjoying one of the excellent restaurants or shopping for souvenirs at one of the shops.
If you would like to see the grandeur of the Banff Springs Hotel from a distance, an excellent vantage point is the Surprise Corner Viewpoint.
Book Your Stay at the Banff Springs Hotel
Staying at the Banff Springs Hotel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s time to treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the Banff Springs Hotel.
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More About the Fairmont Banff Springs
Dan Brewer, a life-long Alberta resident, calls Canmore home along with his wife and two kids. He is the co-owner of Travel Banff Canada, where he gets to share his passion for the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Dan, along with his family, love being outdoors doing one of the many activities they enjoy in the mountains: hiking, mountain biking, paddleboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
When he's not in Canmore enjoying one of his favourite local hikes, you can find him hoping on a plane to explore a new country with his family or working on one of their other two travel sites: Family Can Travel and Baby Can Travel.