Getting Around

Getting Around

Calgary is connected to everything and the average commute time is only 26 minutes.

With the 2nd lowest traffic congestion and lowest commute time of major cities in Canada, getting around here is easy.

Whether you bike, walk, drive or take public transportation, there are many ways to explore the city or get to where you need to be.

Traffic infrastructure in Calgary is based on a grid system and the city is divided into four quadrants: NE, NW, SE and SW.

The city has many major freeways such as Stoney Trail, a ring road with over 101km of free-flow travel around the city, and Deerfoot Trail, a major north-south freeway. Traffic volume flow maps are available from the City of Calgary. View the historic traffic volumes here.

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Transit

Calgary Transit

Calgary Transit and Access Calgary allow Calgarians to travel by train, bus and special services to all four of the city's quadrants.

The city’s public transportation system features a combination of light rail transit (the CTrain), 169 bus routes, community shuttle buses and a shared ride, door-to-door transportation service for Calgarians with disabilities called Access Calgary.

The CTrain, Calgary's light rail transit system, has 118.1 kilometres of double track and 46 stations. Park and ride lots are available at most CTrain stations and several main bus terminals are located throughout the city. 

The system is well used, as surveys show that 50 per cent of Calgary’s downtown workforce commutes by Calgary Transit every day.

Fare and pass prices can be accessed on their website.

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Driving

Driving

Calgary has a solid network of roads and highways that allow you to get anywhere in the city relatively quickly.

GETTING A DRIVER'S LICENSE:

Driver’s licenses can be applied for at Alberta registries. Visit the Service Alberta site to find a registry in Calgary.

Alberta Transportation’s Vehicle Inspection Program — All vehicles registered in another province must pass an out of province vehicle inspection within three months of being brought into Alberta, before they can be registered in the province.

REGISTERING A VEHICLE:

All vehicles in Alberta are legally required to be registered and insured. Upon registration, you will be provided with license plates and appropriate registration stickers. Vehicles can be registered, and license plates obtained at Alberta registries. Vehicle insurance can be provided by any number of private insurance companies.

BUYING A CAR:

There are dozens of new and used car dealerships in Calgary with every make and model of vehicle you might imagine. The following online resources should help you find that perfect vehicle in the city.

  • Autotrader - Canada’s largest website of used vehicles.
  • Calgary Motor Dealer Association - A listing of Calgary car dealers as well as information on buying and assessing used cars.
  • Driving.ca - A directory with over 53,000 used vehicles from across Canada.
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Pathways

Pathways

Calgary is home to the most extensive outdoor pathway and bikeway networks in North America.

Calgary has over 1000 kilometres of paved multi-use pathways and dozens of communities are linked by the pathway system. The city also has another 290 kilometres of on-street bikeways, including dedicated bike lanes downtown.

Much of the pathway network is kept clear of snow and ice so it can be used throughout the winter.

Even throughout the winter, you can cycle year-round in Calgary. More Calgarians are embracing this method of keeping fit and active during the cooler months.

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Commuting

By the Numbers

How Calgarians get to work, according to the 2016 City of Calgary Civic Census:

  • Solo drivers: 67.7%
  • Calgary Transit: 14.4%
  • On foot: 4.7%
  • By bike: 1.5%
  • Carpool or taxi: 10.2%
  • Other: 1.5%

 

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