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

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Fly, bus  •  7h 54m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Calgary (YYC) SFO - YYC
  2. Take the bus from Calgary International Airport, AB to Banff, AB

$181 - $478

3 alternative options

Bus  •  37h 55m

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

$190 - $384

Train, bus  •  40h 3m

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Seattle King Street Station
  2. Take the bus from Seattle, WA - Amtrak to Surrey, BC
  3. Take the bus from Surrey, BC - Fraser Heights Recreation Centre to Hope, BC
  4. Take the bus from Hope, BC to Banff, AB

$287 - $584

Drive  •  24h 21m

  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 24h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Banff is to fly and bus which costs $180 - $480 and takes 7h 54m.

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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 Vancouver, BC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37h 55m.

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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 37h 55m and costs $190 - $390.

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It takes approximately 7h 54m 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 quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Calgary Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 41m.

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San Francisco to Banff bus services, operated by Rider Express, arrive at Banff, AB station.

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Banff is 1h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 9:53 PM in San Francisco and 10:53 PM in Banff.

Map of how to get from San Francisco to Banff.
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  • Distance: 990.4 miles
  • Duration: 7h 54m

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Banff via Sacramento, Ca, Vancouver, Bc, and Vancouver, BC in around 37h 55m.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Edmonton
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Calgary via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Seattle King Street Station
Ave. Duration
22h 17m
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
Bus operators
Brewster Express
Phone
1-866-606-6700
Website
banffjaspercollection.com
Bus from Calgary International Airport, AB to Banff, AB
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $120
Book at
bookings.banffjaspercollection.com
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
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Vancouver, Bc
Ave. Duration
23h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $230
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$85 - $150
Flexible
$170 - $230
Rider Express
Phone
1-833-583-3636
Email
contact@riderexpress.ca
Bus from Vancouver, BC to Banff, AB
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Schedules at
riderexpress.ca
Bus from Hope, BC to Banff, AB
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $110
Schedules at
riderexpress.ca
Amtrak Thruway

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Seattle, WA - Amtrak to Surrey, BC
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
EBus Canada
Phone
1-877-769-3287
Email
info@myebus.ca
Website
myebus.ca
Bus from Surrey, BC - Fraser Heights Recreation Centre to Hope, BC
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
myebus.ca

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More Questions & Answers

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

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

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There are 141+ hotels available in Banff. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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

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