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I and some friends hope to town hop in Alberta in a couple of weeks, and are wondering about our options.

We are considering renting a car, but are also aware Greyhound services these towns. Are there any other options for getting between them - a shuttle perhaps, that we might be able to utilise?

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    I would definitely go for renting a car. You probably want to see more of the area than the towns alone. The Icefield Parkfield alone will take you a day, even tough plain driving time is 3-4 hours. – Bernhard Mar 6 '13 at 14:25
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I would recommend a car. Once you get 2 or 3 people, it's by far the cheapest way to go. Also, it lets you keep your options open for when and where you want to go.

If you're budget conscious, check out Rent-a-Wreck. I did a trip with my girlfriend a few years back from Calgary to Kelowna and we went with them. Was a good experience. The cars aren't 'wrecks', they're just not as nice as the average rental agency. You also don't have to be 25 to get a normal rate, and the prices are very good.

  • Despite asking for public transport, having ended up taking a car, I can confirm, it should NOT be done by public transport - there's so much you want to see and get to that you really do want a car for it. – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Nov 10 '14 at 22:40
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There are apparently buses and trains. Though trains seem to operate only part of the way. Basically from Jasper to Edmonton. When it comes to Calgary I can only find buses (even on Via Rail)

From Jasper to Banff the same Rail Canada refers you to Red Arrow Bus Lines, which for whatever reasons doesn't allow you to book Jasper->Banff trip online.

Of course there is always Greyhound Canada, which offers service to Jasper on Greyhound Express via Edmonton from Calgary or direct to Banff.

  • Thanks, but definitely no trains - ViaRail stopped running trains through to Calgary a few years back :( The line now runs from Vancouver through Jasper to Edmonton - which isn't between Jasper, Banff and Calgary - and onwards. And I was asking about options other than Greyhound ;) – Mark Mayo Supports Monica Mar 6 '13 at 19:51

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