Getting to the Banff Springs Hotel

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.

How to get to Banff National Park

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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.

The Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Springs Golf Course, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and the Bow 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 closest airport to Banff is in Calgary, Canada

The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is served by most major Canadian, American and international airlines including:

  • Air Canada
  • Westjet
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Delta
  • Alaska Airlines
  • British Airways
  • KLM
Air Canada offers direct flights to Calgary from Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe

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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.

Travel from Calgary to the Banff Springs Hotel in style

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.

A rental car is one of the best ways to get to Banff National Park

YYC is one of Canada’s busiest airports, so there is a large selection of rental cars at the Calgary Airport.

Driving Directions from Calgary Airport to the Banff Springs Hotel

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.

Taking a glass-dome train to Banff Canada
Photo: Rocky Mountaineer
Getting to Banff from Vancouver on the luxury Rocky Mountaineer Train

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?

Pre-COVID, the Banff Springs Hotel welcomed non-guests to visit the public areas of their magnificent hotel. Visitors could 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.

During COVID-19, Fairmont Hotels is placing the safety of their guests above all else, therefore only registered guests are allowed in the Banff Springs Hotel at this time.

Find the best view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel at Surprise Corner

If you would like to see the grandeur of the Banff Springs Hotel in person, an excellent vantage point is the Surprise Corner Viewpoint.

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Getting to the Fairmont 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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