Transportation

Arriving by Plane

Landing at the Airport

When you land at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) you will need to go through Canadian Customs if you have arrived on an international flight. You will collect your baggage after speaking with a border agent. If you are arriving on a domestic flight you can go directly through to the main terminal to collect your baggage.

Check and see what you require in order to successfully pass through Canadian Customs.

White Hat Volunteers

While at the airport, if you need any assistance just find one of the many “White Hat Volunteers” for a warm Calgarian welcome. These volunteers are happy to chat with you and even walk you through the airport. They are easy to spot wearing their white cowboy hats. There is also an information booth at the airport on the arrivals floor where you can ask for additional help.

Travelling from the Airport to the University

The University of Calgary campus is located approximately 18 km west from the Calgary International Airport. Visitors have several options for ground transportation from the airport to the University of Calgary. Below are the three main transportation options:

Taxi
A taxi stand can be found immediately outside of the Arrivals area (follow the signs for “ground transportation”). The cost from the airport to the University campus is approximately $40. It takes around 35-45 minutes depending on traffic. If you are tired from your travels, or if you have heavy luggage, the extra cost of taking a taxi rather than using public transit may be a good idea.

Public Transit

If the cost of a taxi may be an issue, you may wish to use the Calgary Transit system. The Calgary airport is served by public buses that can then connect you to the “C-Train” which is Calgary’s Light Rail system. There is a C-Train station at the University of Calgary called University Station. Make sure you are on the train heading North Bound towards Tuscany Station. Visit the Calgary Transit webpage for bus routes and fare information. Before you get off the bus, be sure to get a ‘transfer’ from the bus driver which will allow you to use Calgary Transit for 90 minutes without having to pay another fare. Using Calgary Transit may be difficult and long if you are carrying large amounts of luggage or arriving at night.

Airport Shuttle

You can pre-book Airport Shuttle Express by phone at 403-509-4799 or 1-888-438-2992, by fax at 403-509-4796, or online.

Other options from the airport:

http://www.yyc.com/en-us/travellerinfo/groundtransportation.aspx

 

 

Arriving by Car

From Highway 2 Northbound (from Lethbridge):

  • Proceed north on Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2 becomes Deerfoot Trail inside Calgary)

  • Exit to the right at JCT 16 Ave N WEST/EAST (Exit 258)

  • Turn left at West 16 Ave N (Banff)

  • Travel west on 16th Avenue until you reach University Drive

  • Take North University Dr. exit to the right

  • Travel north on University Drive

  • When you reach the intersection for University Drive at 24 Ave NW, turn left and take the very next right at The University of Calgary University Gate. This road will lead you to Hotel Alma.

From Highway 2 Southbound (from Red Deer):

  • Proceed south on Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2 becomes Deerfoot Trail inside Calgary)

  • Turn right at McKnight Blvd AIRPORT (Exit 261)

  • Turn right at McKnight Blvd West

  • Travel west on McKnight Boulevard to John Laurie Boulevard

  • Turn left at John Laurie Blvd heading west

  • Travel west on John Laurie Blvd to 14th Street

  • Take 14 St. W exit, and then turn left at 14 Street W heading south

  • Travel south on 14th Street until you reach 24th Avenue

  • Turn right at 24 Ave NW

  • Travel west on 24th Avenue until you reach University Gate NW

  • Turn right at The University of Calgary University Gate. This road will lead you to Hotel Alma.

From Trans-Canada Highway Westbound (Highway 1 from Medicine Hat):

  • Travel west on 16th Avenue North (Highway 1 becomes 16th Avenue inside Calgary)

  • You will drive through a large portion of Calgary to get to the west side of the city

  • Travel west on 16th Avenue until you reach University Drive

  • Take North University Dr. exit to the right

  • Travel north on University Drive

  • When you reach the intersection for University Drive at 24 Ave NW, turn left and take the very next right at The University of Calgary University Gate. This road will lead you to Hotel Alma.

From Trans-Canada Highway Eastbound (Highway 1 from Banff):

  • Travel east on 16th Avenue North (Highway 1 becomes 16th Avenue inside Calgary)

  • Turn right at University Dr North exit (there is a second sign at the exit saying McMahon Stadium/The University of Calgary)

  • Travel north on University Drive

  • When you reach the intersection for University Drive at 24 Ave NW, turn left and take the very next right at The University of Calgary University Gate. This road will lead you to Hotel Alma.