Calgary transportation system offers a reliable, safe and clean fleet of buses, trains and shuttle buses.
Train service The backbone of Calgary’s transportation system is the C-Train, a light rail transit (LRT) train system with two lines. Route 201 connects Somerset/Bridlewood in the south with Tuscany/Rocky Ridge in the northwest. Route 202 connects the McKnight-Westwinds station in the northeast with 69th St Station next to Westside Recreation Centre in the west. Both routes cross through the downtown core and meet at 7th Avenue, where passengers can transfer from one route to another.
Downtown C-Train stops are usually just elevated sidewalk platforms. Suburban C-Train stops are much larger and feature station buildings that are heated in winter and air conditioned in summer. They have elevators and stairs to help passengers reach their chosen platforms.
Fares An adult one-way cash fare on Calgary Transit’s bus and C-Train network is $3.30, $2.30for youths (ages six to seventeen) and free for children under the age of five. There is also a Day Pass that lets you travel the entire system for a full day. This pass costs $10.50for adults and $7.50for youths. Monthly passes are also available at a cost of $103.00 for adults and$70.00 for youths. There is no zone system for transit fares, so one ticket can get a passenger to any destination in Calgary. One-way tickets can be purchased from bus drivers, vending machines at LRT platforms and stations and from selected vendors. Day passes are available at LRT platforms and stations from the same machines that sell one-way tickets. They take debit and credit cards. Cash fares on buses must be exact, as drivers do not give change.
Passengers can transfer between routes for free with a transfer, but a new fare must be paid for a return trip.
A uniformed ticket inspector checks passengers’ tickets, and those who are unable to prove that a trip has been paid for will be fined.
Trains run every five minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes outside rush hour. Buses run every 15 minutes during rush hour and every 30 minutes otherwise.
Bus service Shuttle buses offer service when C-Trains cannot provide service between one or more stations and both sets of tracks are closed. Detailed information on shuttle schedules and bus stop locations is posted on www.calgarytransit.com and at the station platforms.
Express bus services routes and times are posted at www.calgarytransit.com. Here, you can choose between “show route schedule” and “show stop schedule’”, and the system will yield a detailed route or stop schedule for a particular trip.
Routes 300, 301, 302, 305 and 306 make up the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. This system operates with existing feeder and express bus services. It provides a faster transit choice for the western and north-central areas of Calgary. It is similar to the C-Train. It offers a few enhanced service features, such as transit priority at traffic signals, improved passenger waiting areas, larger shelters at some stops and larger capacity buses.
Biking Calgary has nearly 800 km of connected pathways along parks and natural areas. In addition, there is a 138 km pathway that loops around Calgary and another 290 km of on-street bikeways. Calgary has the most extensive urban bikeway network in North America. A map of biking paths could be found by entering “Bike Maps” in the search box at www.calgary.ca
Taxi Taxis are available in Calgary but calling for a taxi ahead of time is recommended, especially when the weather is poor, such as during heavy rains or snow storms. On the other hand, taxis are readily available at the airport. An online cab fare calculator is available at http://www.taxime.com/. Taxi meters start at $3.40. The fare rises by $0.20 for each 0.144km of travel. Wait time is charged at $27.35an hour. The rideshare service Uber operates in Calgary. This service allows individuals to book a ride through an application on their smartphone. The service is safe and the fares are generally cheaper than taxis (except on holidays and peak hours). For more information visit www.uber.com or download the Uber app on your smartphone.
Inter-city buses Greyhound has a large bus terminal just outside the downtown core. It provides a basic highway bus service into Calgary plus a scheduled bus service from Calgary or Calgary Airport north to Red Deer and Edmonton and west to British Columbia. E-Bus, an Alberta coach service offering an extensive network of bus routes across the province, connects Calgary to Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Athabasca, Gibbons and many other destinations in northern Alberta. Red Arrow Motorcoach, a luxury coach service, connects Calgary with Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Lethbridge. It offers several departures daily. Calgary’s Airport Shuttle Express provides a charter van service to Montana in the United States.
Inter-city trains Rocky Mountaineer, an expensive and luxurious rail service, is the only scheduled passenger rail service into or out of Calgary. It travels from Banff, which is just outside of Calgary, to Kamloops and Vancouver three times a week from May through September.