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 5 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 Chimney Corner (1 Sunshine Access RoadPO Box 1510 Stn Main) and Earls Kitchen + Bar - Banff (299 Banff Ave) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Banff.

When to visit Banff

Banff in February
Estimated hotel price
$276
1 night at 3-star hotel
Banff in February
Estimated hotel price
$276
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Banff in July, when the average temperature is 15 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as -13 °C, with an average temperature of -9 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 68 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Banff, with an average rainfall of 17 mm.

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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 108 km from Banff. The shortest flight to Banff from New Zealand departs from Christchurch and takes around 22h 34m.

Car

Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car hire from Calgary, which is about 106 km from Banff. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Avis, among others, in Calgary.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Rider Express, Red Arrow and Ebus. From Edmonton, the bus ride to Banff takes 266 km and will cost you around $82. From Fort McMurray, the ticket costs about $126 for a journey of 861 km. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.8 km from the city centre of Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.7 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Banff doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 108 km from Banff. The shortest flight to Banff from New Zealand departs from Christchurch and takes around 22h 34m.

Car

Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car hire from Calgary, which is about 106 km from Banff. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Avis, among others, in Calgary.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Rider Express, Red Arrow and Ebus. From Edmonton, the bus ride to Banff takes 266 km and will cost you around $82. From Fort McMurray, the ticket costs about $126 for a journey of 861 km. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.8 km from the city centre of Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.7 km from the city centre.

Airports near Banff

Airlines serving Banff

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,560 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,612 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,293 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (487 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,596 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,950 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,894 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (868 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (924 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,180 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (820 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,687 reviews)
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Where to stay in Banff

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hi Banff Alpine Centre - Hostel and Homestead Inn Banff.

Where to stay in popular areas of Banff

Most booked hotels in Banff

Moose Hotel and Suites
4 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$542+
Fairmont Banff Springs
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$912+
The Rimrock Resort Hotel Banff
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$680+
Banff Park Lodge
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$431+
Fox Hotel and Suites
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$399+

Hiring a car in Banff

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Banff is the Avis branch at 317 Banff Avenue, which is 0 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $2.28 per litre in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $27.30 and $36.39. The most frequently booked car type in Banff is Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is, on average, 45% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Banff is the Avis branch at 317 Banff Avenue, which is 0 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $2.28 per litre in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $27.30 and $36.39. The most frequently booked car type in Banff is Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is, on average, 45% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.