There are 5 ways to get from Calgary to Nelson by bus, car, car ferry or plane

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Bus  •  11 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Calgary, AB to Nelson 0005 / ...

$40 - $110

4 alternative options

Drive, car ferry  •  8 h 55 min

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

$53 - $77

Fly to Castlegar  •  5 h 5 min

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

$147 - $632

Fly to Cranbrook, bus  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Calgary (YYC) to Cranbrook (YXC) YYC - YXC
  2. Take the bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson

$201 - $543

Fly to Kelowna, bus  •  10 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Calgary (YYC) to Kelowna (YLW) YYC - YLW
  2. Take the bus from Kelowna, BC to Nelson, BC

$121 - $328

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Calgary to Nelson is to drive and car ferry which costs $65 - $100 and takes 8 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Calgary to Nelson is to fly which costs $190 - $850 and takes 5 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Calgary, AB and arriving at Nelson. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 29 min.

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The distance between Calgary and Nelson is 286 km.

The best way to get from Calgary to Nelson without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 29 min and costs $55 - $140.

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The bus from Calgary, AB to Nelson takes 11 h 29 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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The best way to get from Calgary to Nelson is to bus which takes 11 h 29 min and costs $55 - $140. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $190 - $850 and takes 5 h 5 min.

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

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Nelson is 1 h behind Calgary. It is currently 5:20 AM in Calgary and 4:20 AM in Nelson.

Air Canada offers flights from Calgary Airport to Castlegar Airport.

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Map of how to get from Calgary to Nelson.
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  • Distance: 178.7 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 29 min

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

Greyhound Canada operates a bus from Calgary to Nelson twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 11 h 29 min. Alternatively, Air Canada flies from Calgary to Nelson once daily.

Airlines
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Calgary to Cranbrook
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Flights from Calgary to Kelowna
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
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
Flights from Calgary to Kelowna
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 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 Calgary, AB to Nelson
Ave. Duration
11 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$40 - $65
Online Fare
$55 - $85
Standard Fare
$70 - $110
Refundable
$80 - $120
Bus from Cranbrook, BC to Nelson
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$18 - $26
Online Fare
$21 - $40
Standard Fare
$30 - $45
Refundable
$35 - $50
Bus from Kelowna, BC to Nelson, BC
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$23 - $35
Online Fare
$29 - $50
Standard Fare
$40 - $60
Refundable
$45 - $65
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

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