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There are 4 ways to get from Banff to Nelson by bus, car or plane

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Bus, Greyhound Connector  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Banff, AB to Golden, BC
  2. Take the Greyhound Connector from Golden, BC Canada to Cranbrook, BC Canada
  3. Take the bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson

$85 - $133

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Drive  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Banff to Nelson 319.6 miles

$40 - $65

Bus, fly to Castlegar  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Banff, AB to Calgary International Airport, AB
  2. Fly from Calgary (YYC) to Castlegar (YCG) YYC - YCG

$185 - $713

Bus, fly to Cranbrook  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Banff, AB to Calgary International Airport, AB
  2. Fly from Calgary (YYC) to Cranbrook (YXC) YYC - YXC
  3. Take the bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson

$247 - $648

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The cheapest way to get from Banff to Nelson is to drive which costs $55 - $80 and takes 7 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Banff to Nelson is to bus and fly which costs $240 - $950 and takes 5 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Banff to Nelson. However, there are services departing from Banff, AB and arriving at Nelson via Golden, BC Canada and Cranbrook, BC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 27 min.

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The distance between Banff and Nelson is 223 km. The road distance is 511.4 km.

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The best way to get from Banff to Nelson without a car is to bus and Greyhound Connector which takes 11 h 27 min and costs $110 - $180.

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It takes approximately 11 h 27 min to get from Banff to Nelson, including transfers.

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Banff to Nelson bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Banff, AB station.

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The quickest flight from Calgary Airport to Castlegar Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 8 min.

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Banff to Nelson bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, arrive at Nelson station.

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Nelson is 1 h behind Banff. It is currently 11:15 AM in Banff and 10:15 AM in Nelson.

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  • Distance: 139.7 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 27 min

What companies run services between Banff, AB, Canada and Nelson, BC, Canada?

You can take a bus from Banff to Nelson via Golden, BC, Golden, BC Canada, Cranbrook, BC Canada, and Cranbrook, BC in around 11 h 27 min.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Calgary to Castlegar
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Calgary to Cranbrook
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Calgary to Cranbrook
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Bus operators
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Banff, AB to Golden, BC
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$13 - $20
Online Fare
$15 - $30
Standard Fare
$24 - $35
Refundable
$27 - $40
Bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$17 - $26
Online Fare
$21 - $40
Standard Fare
$30 - $45
Refundable
$35 - $50
Sun City Coachlines
Phone
250-417-3117
Email
john@suncity.bc.ca
Website
suncity.bc.ca
Bus from Golden, BC Canada to Cranbrook, BC Canada
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$54
Schedules at
suncity.bc.ca
Book at
suncity.bc.ca
Brewster Express
Phone
1-866-606-6700
Website
banffjaspercollection.com
Bus from Banff, AB to Calgary International Airport, AB
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $120
Book at
bookings.banffjaspercollection.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Banff to Nelson is 511 km. It takes approximately 7 h 9 min to drive from Banff to Nelson.

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Air Canada offers flights from Calgary Airport to Castlegar Airport.

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There are 23+ hotels available in Nelson. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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