Getting Around, Edmonton Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Edmonton, Alberta - AB, Canada)
The city is well supported by an extensive travel network, with a number of nearby highways, including the notable Trans-Continental Yellowhead Highway. Close to the city, Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a major transport hub and well connected to the downtown district by a range of ground transport. Public buses are run by the Edmonton Transit System (ETS) and provide travel both to and from the airport, and throughout Alberta.
Further types of transport on offer in the city include the extensive Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT) - with fast underground and overground trains, taxis and car rental.
Edmonton International Airport (YEG) / Arriving by Air
Address: 1, 1000 Airport Road, Leduc County, Alberta T9E 0V3, Canada
Tel: +1 780 890 8900
Edmonton International Airport
stands around 19 miles / 30 km to the south of the city and can be reached in roughly 45 minutes by car, with a selection of ground transport available onsite. Many major airlines travel to and from the airport, including Air Canada, Air North, Air Transat, America West, Canadian North, Horizon Air, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Regular flights are available from Edmonton to a number of cities in Canada
, such as Calgary
, together with connections to prominent US airports, including those of Seattle
/ Saint Paul
. Close to the downtown district, Edmonton City Center Airport (YXD) is a much smaller facility, just 2 miles / 3 km from the city. This airport is used by a mixture of commuter airlines and numerous private planes.
Car rental is a popular way to travel around the region and ideal for exploring surrounding areas. All major car hire transport companies are well represented at Edmonton International Airport and around the city, including Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty.
Driving throughout Canada is on the right-hand side of the road and seatbelts must be worn at all times. A number of major roads and highways are nearby, including the Trans-Continental Yellowhead Highway and also Highway 2, which offers a fast way to travel between Edmonton and America.
Buses and Coaches
Tel: +1 780 420 2400
Operated by the Edmonton Transit System (ETS), bus transport in the city is a cheap and reliable way to travel between prominent destinations. A short ten-stop tram network is also available in central Edmonton.
The streets feature many blue and white bus stops, with route schedules readily available. Greyhound coach transport is also available here and connects the city to the whole of North America. Of note, the city's bus station is situated along 103rd Street, in the downtown district.
Tel: +1 800 561 8630
The city of Edmonton is served by regular VIA Rail passenger trains, with the station being located close to the City Center Airport. This service has become less popular following the extensive network provided by the Light Rail Transit, although VIA Rail transport does connect Edmonton with much of Canada, including major cities such as Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
The Edmonton Light Rail Transit network is extremely popular with both locals and visitors, offering inexpensive travel to a variety of central locations. Regular trains run northeasterly from the University of Alberta, easterly from Jasper Avenue, and northerly along 99th Street, right up to 139th Street in the Clareview area. Carrying upwards of 40,000 passengers each day, these electric trains travel both above and below ground, with ten stations along the way.
The main taxi transport companies operating in the city are Yellow Cabs and Alberta Co-Op Taxis. Fares are charged per kilometer and taxis are extremely convenient for short trips around the downtown district and to the nearby West Edmonton Mall.