Getting Around, Jasper Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Jasper, Alberta - AB, Canada)
The Jasper townsite features a selection of transport options, connecting the town to the whole of Canada
, including many nearby main roads and highways. Visitors to the Jasper area tend to fly into one of the major airports close to the town, using either car or bus transport to travel into Jasper.
Car hire is always a popular way to travel around Jasper and the perfect way to explore the surrounding area. Greyhound coaches, public buses and shuttle transport are also on hand in Jasper, together with a number of taxi companies. If you would rather travel at a slower, more relaxed pace, consider hiring a bicycle at one of the shops along Patricia Street. Jasper's downtown core is fairly compact and many of the main shops, restaurants and attractions can also easily be reached on foot.
Airports / Arriving by Air
Many visitors who travel to the Jasper townsite choose to fly to one of the following airports:
All of the above airports are within driving distance of the town of Jasper. However, the journey by car from Vancouver Airport to Jasper can take at least ten hours, making train travel a popular alternative. Serving a range of American, Asian and European services, top airlines at these airports include Air Canada, Delta and Continental. Being the closest to Jasper, Calgary Airport is often the most popular travel option and offers a range of ground transport, including cheap Brewster Airporter buses.
Car rental travel companies can be found at all airports near to Jasper and are an extremely popular mode of transport in the area. Several car rental offices are also available in central Jasper, along Connaught Drive. Jasper is simple to travel around by car, with car rental being perfect for exploring the region's vast National Park and day trips. A number of main roads and highways are located on the town's outskirts, including Highway 16. The speed limits for all fast routes around Jasper is 56 mph / 90 kmh, dropping to 37 mph / 60 kmh or less on smaller roads, such as the Maligne Valley Road and also Miette Road.
Driving in Jasper and all over Canada is to the right of the road and seatbelts are always mandatory by law. Parking lots are available in the center of Jasper, although parking along the main streets is often limited to one or two hours. During the snowy winter months, some roads in and around Jasper may be subject to close and snow tires or chains can be necessary.
Buses and Coaches
Tel: +1 800 760 6934
Brewster buses are one of the best ways to travel from Jasper into nearby Banff
, the Lake Louise
Village and Calgary
, operating daily between May and September, and once a week from October to May. A cheap alternative is the Mountain Hostel Connector shuttle bus, which operates every day throughout the year from May to October and travels to the International Hostels in Jasper, the Lake Louise Village and the nearby town of Banff. A number of shuttle buses and tours are also available in the Jasper area, including the Maligne Lake Shuttle Service, which provides travel to and from Maligne Lake, via the famous Maligne Canyon.
The majority of passenger trains travel through the Jasper townsite without stopping, offering appealing scenery along the way. Rocky Mountain Rail Tours are available and run on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between April and October, providing travel from Vancouver
into both Jasper and Banff.
Bicycle rental is available in central Jasper and a pleasant way to travel around the town during the warm, summer season. Both standard and mountain bikes can be rented either per hour or per day along Patricia Street, with the rental fees being quite affordable.
Several taxi transport companies operate in and around the Jasper area and are a particularly useful way to travel around the townsite. The main taxi company in Jasper is Heritage Cabs, which is based along Tonquin Street and offers a fleet of reasonably priced taxi cabs.