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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, Greyhound Connector  •  11 h 38 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

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  8 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Banff to Kootenay Bay, BC
  2. Take the car ferry from Kootenay Bay, BC to Balfour, BC

$41 - $60

2 alternative options

Bus  •  13 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Banff, AB to Kelowna, BC 5155
  2. Take the bus from Kelowna, BC to Nelson, BC 5010

$54 - $135

Fly  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Calgary (YYC) to Castlegar (YCG) YYC - YCG

$190 - $691

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Banff to Nelson is to drive and car ferry which costs $50 - $80 and takes 8 h 16 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Banff to Nelson is to fly which costs $250 - $950 and takes 6 h 33 min.

More details

The distance between Banff and Nelson is 223 km.

It takes approximately 11 h 38 min to get from Banff to Nelson, including transfers.

More details

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 38 min.

More details

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 38 min. Alternatively, Air Canada flies from Banff to Nelson once daily.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Calgary to Castlegar
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
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 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$13 - $20
Online Fare
$15 - $30
Standard Fare
$23 - $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
Bus from Banff, AB to Kelowna, BC
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$30 - $45
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$50 - $75
Refundable
$55 - $85
Bus from Kelowna, BC to Nelson, BC
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$23 - $35
Online Fare
$28 - $50
Standard Fare
$35 - $60
Refundable
$40 - $65
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$54
Schedules at
suncity.bc.ca
Book at
suncity.bc.ca
Ferry operators
Western Pacific Marine - Kootenay Lake Ferry
Phone
250 229-5650
Website
www2.gov.bc.ca
Car ferry from Kootenay Bay, BC to Balfour, BC
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
www2.gov.bc.ca

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including Heading to Europe? Read this before you buy a Eurail Pass, How to get from London to Edinburgh and Slovenia: Getting from Ljubljana to Lake Bled - to help you get the most out of your next trip.