The Town of Banff is not in itself a ski resort, but rather provides superb access to three ski areas, including Sunshine Village. A vehicle – whether car, shuttle or bus – is required to reach the ski area. That being said, Banff has been voted in the “Top 10 No Car Needed Resort in the World” by OnTheSnow.com and there are plenty of options for public transportation.
Bus Transport to Sunshine Village
Sunshine Village is located a 15 minute drive from the Town of Banff. Transportation options are also available from Canmore and Calgary. Bus passes must be purchased separately.
Bus services are available from the following locations:
Banff Town to Sunshine Village:
Buses depart for Sunshine Village and return to various locations in the Town of Banff throughout the day (view the bus schedule).
Calgary or Canmore to Sunshine Village:
The Sunshine Coach offers convenient round-trip transportation to/from Sunshine Village throughout the ski season. Combined bus and lift ticket rates are available, as well as discounted bus rates for season pass holders and Sunshine Marmot cardholders. For pick-up times, locations or to book your seat visit Sunshine Coach or call 1-866-666-6BUS.
Calgary International Airport:
Getting to Banff National Park
From the East:
The Calgary International Airport is serviced by a variety of international airlines and is located only 90-minutes (140 km/87 mi) from the Town of Banff (Banff National Park) down the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1). From there, Sunshine Village is a 15-minute drive away (time dependent on road conditions).
Transportation options to Banff include car rental, scheduled airport shuttles, chartered motorcoach (for groups) and rail. Access the ski area from Banff by driving your own vehicle or using one of the bus services listed above.
From the West:
Banff National Park can also be accessed from Vancouver via the TransCanada Highway. Like Calgary, Vancouver International Airport is serviced by a variety of international airlines and presents many options for traveling to Banff: chartered bus, shuttle, rail or car rental. Banff is located a scenic, full day’s drive (850 km/530 mi) from Vancouver, which takes you through the Coast Mountains and wine-country of British Columbia before entering the stunning landscape of the Canadian Rockies.