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Some private companies offer ~$80 rides directly from the airport to Jasper, while Greyhound charges ~$40 from the city (Edmonton) to Jasper. Currently it seems that the cheapest option would be a bus to the city and a bus (Greyhound) to the park. Any other options?

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    Would you consider hitchhiking?
    – Mark Mayo
    May 16, 2015 at 14:13
  • @MarkMayo, only if it's popular enough to count on, i.e. that I won't have to spend 2hrs waiting to be picked up.
    – Sparkler
    May 16, 2015 at 14:14

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Via Rail has service from Edmonton to Jasper every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, and return service every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The lowest fare I could find was $182.70 return. Probably not what you want.

Greyhound Canada has daily service (though it leaves Edmonton at 12:30 am!) and I was quoted a price of $72.70 return for a 14-day advance purchase on their web site. This is the best option I could find, though with that departure time you should probably plan to spend a few hours sightseeing in Edmonton.

Edmonton also has the "747" bus which runs between the airport and Century Park Station; this costs $5. You'll then need to take the 501 train ($3.20) to Bay Enterprise Square Station to get to Greyhound, which is a few blocks away from that station. The Via Rail train station is not very easily accessible via public transit, but it can be done with a bit of walking.

I wasn't able to find any other options cheaper than Greyhound, though there is always hitchhiking.

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At $80 from the airport directly to Jasper vs $40+ from city center you value your time at nearly nothing. You will waste considerable time traveling to downtown, and then waiting until midnight for the bus. All for about $30.

Or you can land at the airport, get on a highway bus and be in Jasper in about 5 hours.

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If you're travelling in a group, the cheapest way could be renting a car in Edmonton and returning it in Jasper.

Note that the one-way renting prices of Edmonton<->Jasper are much cheaper than Calgary<->Banff.

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