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Getting Around Calgary

The best way to get around Calgary is by using public transportation. The Calgary Transit System provides efficient and affordable light-rail and bus service throughout the city. As such, you'll find you don't need a car; though one might be handy if you're looking to head westward into the mountains. When the weather is nice, many residents opt for bicycles instead. The region boasts hundreds of pathways and bike-lanes. If you're arriving in town by way of the Calgary International Airport (YYC), you can take the Calgary Transit bus to Whitehorn station. From there, ride the light-rail to your lodgings, or fork over $40 CAD (roughly $40 USD) for a cab.

Public Transportation

The Calgary Transit System operates bus routes and a light-rail system (the CTrain) throughout the city. Both options are easy to navigate and very reliable, allowing you to get around the city hassle-free. Single rides are $2.75 CAD (roughly $2.75 USD) for adults, with discounts offered for children. You can purchase also purchase a day pass for $8.25 CAD or a booklet of 10 tickets for $24 CAD. And keep in mind: using the CTrain is free in downtown Calgary.

On Foot

While Calgary was once a small, manageable town, urban sprawl has made it difficult to fully explore on foot. You should have no trouble walking around specific neighborhood. Although the cold winter weather may try to deter you from getting around on foot, Downtown Calgary is made warmly accessible thanks to the Plus 15, a system of underground walkways that provide shelter from the cold. The Plus 15 connects all the major shopping malls as well as several office buildings.

Bike

Biking is an easy and enjoyable feat here. Calgary is home to several hundred miles of bike paths that radiate from the heart of the city into the suburbs. There are also bike lanes on many of the major thoroughfares. Rental shops can be found throughout the city, with rates averaging around $30 CAD a day (roughly equal to $30 USD).

Car Unless you have the patience of a saint, you might want to consider leaving your car behind. Calgary's layout can be confusing to newcomers, and downtown parking is both expensive (roughly $20 CAD per day) and a hassle. If you're planning to spend most of your vacation within city limits, you're better off relying on public transportation or your own two feet. If you're interested in taking a drive to the mountains, consider renting a car for the day.
Taxi Taxi cabs are readily available, and rates are fairly reasonable. However, you'll save money by relying on public transportation instead.
Entry & Exit Requirements

A valid travel document (preferably a passport) is required for citizens of the United States traveling outside the mainland by air or sea, as well as for U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the country. If you are planning to drive, you can also use a NEXUS card, which allows for expedited border crossings for both private and commercial travelers through Canadian and U.S. border controls. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department website.

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