Calgary Travel Guide

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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 to Banff. 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 Route No. 300 bus to downtown for CA$11 (about $8). From there, ride the light-rail to your lodgings (the pass includes all-day access to all CTrains and buses), or fork over extra money for a cab. Fares from the airport to downtown Calgary cost between CA$40 and CA$45 (about $30 to $33).

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 cost CA$3.50 (roughly $2.65) for adults, with discounts offered for children. Single fares are valid for 90 minutes. You can also purchase a day pass for CA$11 (about $8) or a booklet of 10 tickets for CA$35 (about $26). 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. Keep in mind that riding bikes on the sidewalk is illegal in Calgary. Rental shops can be found throughout the city, with rates averaging around CA$40 a day (roughly equal to $30). If you don't want to rent a bike for a full day, you can use the Lime bike-sharing system. Bike rentals start at CA$1 (around 75 cents).

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 can be both expensive 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 Taxis are readily available, and rates are fairly reasonable. Fares start at CA$3.80 (around $2.75). However, you'll save money by relying on public transportation instead.

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