Navigating to and around Downtown Edmonton is simple once you get to know it. From the Light Rail Transit System to bike network, there are many ways to easily take you to around Downtown.
The Edmonton International Airport is located in Nisku, about 30km south of Downtown Edmonton.
A taxi ride from the airport to Downtown costs $60 (flat-rate). Drive time is about 35 minutes. If you wish to take a limo, the price is $66.
The Edmonton Skyshuttle provides transportation from the Edmonton International Airport to most Downtown hotels. The check-in desk is located at Door 7 at the airport. Rides from the airport to Downtown do not need to be pre-booked, however, you must pre-book in advance from Downtown to the airport.
Public transportation from the airport to Downtown Edmonton costs approximately $10 and takes about one hour. From the airport, take ETS Route 747 to Century Park LRT station. From there, take the LRT to Downtown stations – Corona, The Bay, Central or Churchill.
Most major car rental agencies operate out of the Edmonton International Airport. Kiosks are located on Level P1 of the airport parkade.
Red Arrow provides coach service to and from Downtown Edmonton and from across Alberta, including Calgary, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.
Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) provides public transportation in the city. Adult fares are valid for 90 minutes. A day pass is good for one calendar day and costs about $10.
Downtown light rail transit (LRT) stations include Corona, The Bay, Central, MacEwan and Churchill. View schedules online. ETS also has a lot of tools to help plan your route:
- Track your bus in real-time anywhere, anytime using the Transit app
- Find your bus in real-time with ETS live bus finder
- Plan your trip on your mobile using ETS To Go
- ETS riders can send a text message to 31100 and get bus schedule info sent directly to their mobile phones in seconds. For information on how to use the service, text "help" to 31100 or visit edmonton.ca
- Receive 24-hour automated information to get schedule and other transit information anytime you need it by calling BusLink at 780-496-1600.
Downtown Edmonton features 7.8 km of year-round protected bike lanes, shared roads and paths.
Fares are metered and there is a minimum charge of $3.60. All cabs take credit and debit cards and there is no extra charge for card payment.
Uber is legal in Edmonton. All you have to do it type in your location and destination and Uber will match you to a nearby driver.
The indoor pedway system consists of underground and above ground walkways connecting various Downtown buildings and malls. The pedways provide shoppers, visitors, and workers with year-round comfort and convenience and has indoor access to 3 LRT stations in the core.
Want to make Downtown Edmonton feel like a “Roman Holiday?” The second you get on a Vespa, you’ll feel the need to say “ciao” to all your fellow riders. Rent a Vespa from District Moto. The shop offers Vespas for hourly, half-day or full-day rentals. 10309 107 Street
Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Budget operate pickup and drop off locations in Downtown Edmonton. Parking on Downtown city streets cost approx. $3.50 per hour on weekdays. Weekend rates are $1 per hour. Downtown street parking is free on Sundays. There is plenty of parking available at cost at private surface lots and parkade. Rates vary from lot to lot. Read signs carefully and download company phone apps for easy payment, available parking and parking expiry reminders.
By Car Share
Access a vehicle for as little as $3.95/hour, $27.65/day, or $193.55/week. Find a vehicle near you by using the Communauto app, drive it to where you need to go and leave it when you get there.
Take a ride across Edmonton on the historic High Level Bridge Streetcar. See incredible views of Downtown while travelling over the beautiful North Saskatchewan River. It’s a great way to travel from Downtown to Old Strathcona and you’ll learn some history along the way. Fun fact: this is the highest streetcar river crossing in the world.
Whether it’s winter or summer, there’s plenty to do in Edmonton’s river valley. Stretching more than 160 kilometres from one end of the city to the other, it’s the largest urban park in Canada and about 20 times larger than New York’s Central Park. The most accessible way to access this parkland Downtown is via the 100 Street Funicular, behind the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Bikes, strollers, wheelchairs and even dogs can ride the free mechanized elevator.