There are 4 ways to get from San Francisco to Banff by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Calgary (YYC) SFO - YYC

$176 - $428

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Bus  •  39 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Coquitlam, Bc
  3. Take the bus from Coquitlam, BC to Banff, AB

$145 - $374

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Train, bus  •  43 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Seattle King Street Station
  2. Take the train from Seattle King Street Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station
  3. Take the bus from Vancouver, BC to Banff, AB

$203 - $559

Drive  •  24 h 21 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Banff 1236.6 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Banff is to drive which costs $160 - $240 and takes 24 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Banff is to fly which costs $170 - $430 and takes 7 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Banff. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Banff, AB via Sacramento, Ca and Coquitlam, BC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 45 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Banff is 990 miles. The road distance is 1236.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Banff without a car is to bus which takes 39 h 45 min and costs $140 - $380.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from San Francisco to Banff, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Banff bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Banff is to fly which takes 7 h 51 min and costs $170 - $430. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $140 - $380 and takes 39 h 45 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Calgary Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 38 min.

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San Francisco to Banff bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, arrive at Banff, AB station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Banff.
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  • Distance: 990.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 51 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Banff, AB, Canada?

Air Canada, WestJet and four other airlines fly from San Francisco to Banff hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Banff via Sacramento, Ca, Coquitlam, Bc, and Coquitlam, BC in around 39 h 45 min.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Edmonton
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Seattle
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Seattle King Street Station
Ave. Duration
22 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
Train from Seattle King Street Station to Vancouver Pacific Central Station
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $85
Room
$180 - $250
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Coquitlam, Bc
Ave. Duration
23 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$85 - $150
Flexible
$170 - $220
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Coquitlam, BC to Banff, AB
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$45 - $70
Online Fare
$60 - $90
Standard Fare
$75 - $120
Refundable
$85 - $130
Bus from Vancouver, BC to Banff, AB
Ave. Duration
13 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$45 - $70
Online Fare
$60 - $90
Standard Fare
$80 - $120
Refundable
$85 - $130

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Banff is 1 h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 8:07 AM in San Francisco and 9:07 AM in Banff.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Banff is 1237 miles. It takes approximately 24 h 21 min to drive from San Francisco to Banff.

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United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc., WestJet and two other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Calgary Airport.

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There are 119+ hotels available in Banff. Prices start at $161 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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