Edmonton Transit Guide: Getting Around the City of Champions
Public Transit: Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) operates two forms of public transit throughout the city: buses and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.
• BUS: Single-pass fare is $3.25 and is valid for 90 minutes after purchase. Bus fare is cash only. Single-use ticket packs and monthly passes can be purchased at select retail outlets (mostly convenience and grocery stores) throughout the city. A valid ticket, pass or cash, must be presented to the driver to board the bus. If you plan to transfer to another bus route or to the LRT during your trip, get a transfer ticket from the driver. Transfers are also valid for 90 minutes.
• LRT: Single-pass fare is $3.25 and is valid for 90 minutes after purchase. LRT fare can be paid for with cash only at all stations. Single-use ticket packs and monthly passes can be purchased at select retail outlets (mostly convenience and grocery stores) throughout the city. Pre-purchased tickets must be validated at a ticket validation machine before boarding the LRT. To ride the LRT, you must be in possession of valid fare, as random checks for proof of payment will be made on trains and on platform.
Call 780-496-1600 or visit the ETS website for route maps and schedules, and for help planning your trip. Call 780-442-5311 for ETS Customer Service.
Driving and Parking: Edmonton’s roads are numbered in a grid pattern; the first digits of an address indicate the nearest cross-street. Avenues run east to west, and streets run from north to south. There are many one-way streets in Edmonton—read signs carefully! Right turns are permitted on red lights unless signs indicate otherwise. Parking is usually metered or only allowed during certain hours of the day, during certain seasons, or on certain days of the week on the street. For more information on parking in Edmonton, visit the driving and parking pages on the City of Edmonton’s website.
Taxi: You can hail a cab from the street in the city centre, but it is best to call ahead. Edmonton Taxi Service Group is a reliable company that can connect you with the first available cab from four different taxi services in Edmonton. Contact them at 780-462-3456. Rates typically begin at $3.60 and increase by kilometre. For a fare estimate, check out Taxi Time’s Edmonton page.
Bus and Coach: The Red Arrow Coach station is located in a convenient location right downtown, within walking distance of the Bay/Enterprise Square LRT Station. Coaches depart several times daily for Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray, Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise. For information on fares, route schedules or to make a reservation, call 780-425-0820 or visit their website. The Greyhound Bus Station has two locations in Edmonton, and buses depart several times daily for destinations across Canada. For information on fares, route schedules, and/or to make a reservation, call 1-800-661-8747 or visit their website.
Bike: Bicycles are allowed on all of Edmonton’s roads, although cyclists are encouraged to use shared pathways, bike lanes and bike routes whenever possible as safer alternatives to congested roadways. Cyclists must ride in single file, except when passing another cyclist or vehicle. The City of Edmonton has an excellent website detailing bike use in Edmonton—check it out here.
Streetcar: The Highlevel Bridge Street Car is a fun way to see some of the most scenic spots in Edmonton while travelling between the trendy downtown and Old Strathcona districts. Ride the rails of this historic Edmonton streetcar for an amazing view of the heart of the city, high above the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The streetcar operates daily from May to September, and weekends in September and October. Call 780-437-7721 or visit their website for fares and departure schedule.
Train: VIA Rail is the national, long-distance train service, and trains leave from the station located at 12360-121 St. Northwest. There is no public transit to the station. A taxi costs about $15 from downtown. For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-842-7245 or visit their website.