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Calgary, Banff, and Waterton to Glacier National Park Shuttle Services


Waterton LakesPrince of Wales Hotel, Waterton National Park. Photo ©2008 Travel Alberta

Montana – Alberta Trans-Border Car Rental Solution

Contact us for seamless shuttle services if you're facing one-way rental restrictions between Montana, USA, and Alberta, Canada, or need connections to Amtrak services. Our year-round private sedan, SUV, van, and charter bus services cater to various locations in Montana, including East and West Glacier, Whitefish, and more, as well as Calgary, Banff, and Waterton in Alberta. We provide convenient pickups and enjoyable rides to your destinations. Our service includes options for one-way or round-trip journeys, with the flexibility to start from any location in Montana and travel to Canada.

Planning to rent a car? Our charters can facilitate transfers to/from car rental spots in key Montana and Alberta locations. Plus, our rates are in Canadian Dollars, offering significant savings compared to the US Dollar.

 

PRIVATE CHARTER SERVICE BETWEEN MONTANA, USA, AND ALBERTA, CANADA

Year-round service to or from Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise or any Alberta, Canada or Montana, USA location.

Private Charter Service For pickups/drops in Banff see below.

To/From Calgary (Canadian Funds) 3 Pax Cadillac Sedan 6 Pax Cadillac Escalade 6-13 Passenger Van 24 Passenger Minibus
Browning

 

(Winter Amtrak)

$650.00 $925.00 $925.00 Request
East Glacier*

 

( Summer Amtrak)

$650.00 $925.00 $925.00 Request
Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier* $650.00 $925.00 $925.00 Request
Great Falls* $1125.00 $1300.00 $1300.00 Request
Kalispell * $975.00 $1150.00 $1150.00 Request
Lake MacDonald Lodge $975.00 $1150.00 $1150.00 Request
St. Mary’s Lodge $650.00 $775.00 $775.00 Request
Waterton Park Townsite (Alberta) $510.00 $690.00 $690.00 Request
Whitefish*

(Amtrak)

$975.00 $1150.00 $1150.00 Request
US Border (Advise Where) Request Rate Request Rate Request Rate Request
* Car rental locations (Some are seasonal.)        
All rates are in Canadian Funds        
    • Waterton Park Alberta Canada
      • The Calgary Waterton service takes 3 to 4 hours with one quick coffee/rest stop.
      • The distant is about 296 KMS (184 miles).
      • Subject to good road and weather/snow/wind conditions.
    • Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier, Montana USA
      • The distance from the Calgary Airport to East Glacier is about 265 KMS (229 miles)
      • The East Glacier service usually takes 4 to 5 hours with two quick coffee/rest stop
      • This service can also take you to the “hard to get to” Montana hotels like: Many Glacier, Swift Current & Rising Sun Motor Inns, Lake MacDonald Lodge and the Village Inn at Apgar.
      • Subject to good road and weather/snow/wind conditions.
      • US and Canada Customs wait times can be “quick” to well over an hour!
    • Kalispell Airport (FCA)
      • The distance from the Calgary Airport to the Kalispell Airport is about 506 KMS (314 miles)
      • The Kalispell service usually takes about 5.5-6.5 hours with two quick coffee/rest stops
      • Subject to good road and weathers/wind conditions.
    • BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE HOTELS:
      • The distance from Banff to the Kalispell Airport is about 482 KMS (300 miles)
      • The distance from Lake Louise to the Kalispell Airport is about 479 KMS (297 miles)
      • From Banff or Lake Louise the service usually takes 5.5 to 6.5 hours with two quick coffee/rest stops.
      • Subject to good road and weathers/wind conditions.
      • Add $150.00 to the Calgary rates and $200.00 for the Lake Louise Rates.
    • DEPARTURE/PICKUP TIMES:
      • “Anytime”!
      • For USA trips “subject to the USA/Canada border being open!” (depends on which border crossing).
      • Suggest AM pickups from Canada and PM pickups from the United States.
    • CALGARY HOTELS PICKUPS/DROPS:
      • If you are on a private charter we can pickup/drop at most Calgary/Banff/ Lake Louise Hotels.
    • CALGARY AIRPORT OR CALGARY HOTEL MEETING PLACE:
      • The driver will meet you at the main “Tourist Information” booth, domestic arrival level.
      • OR in the luggage claim area of your domestic airline.
      • OR in the terminal at the exit from Canada Customs for International Arrivals.
      • OR in the lobby of your hotel.
      • The driver will be holding a sign with your name or company name which was given to us.
    • COST:
      • Rated quoted are in Canadian Dollars, worth about 25% LESS than the US Dollar at the present time (10 Dec 2018 1.00USD equals 1.2962 Canadian).
      • In an email please advise number of people travelling, the pickup and drop location, the date and the time of the pickup with the number of bags you will be bringing. If you have more than normal luggage, i.e. bikes in boxes etc, please advise at the time of booking. If your passenger numbers change please advise us of your new numbers so we can have the right equipment! If you have flight information please advise that information as well.
      • Just click here to email us what you need. We will get back to you shortly and will reconfirm the price.
      • OR give us a phone call at 403-509-4799.
    • PRIVATE CHARTER COST INCLUDES:
      • The basic charter van costs and US Customs Van Clearance Fees, if applicable.
    • PRIVATE CHARTER EXTRA COSTS:
    • USA/ CANADA CUSTOMS:
      • It is your responsibility to have the necessary documents to cross the border.
    • TERMS/CONDITIONS:
      • Full payment is due at the time of booking.
      • The tickets are non refundable.
    • TO BOOK;
      • In an email please advise number of people travelling, the pickup and drop location, the date and the time of the pickup with the number of bags you will be bringing. If you have more than normal luggage, i.e. bikes in boxes etc, please advise at the time of booking. If your passenger numbers change please advise us of your new numbers so we can have the right equipment! If you have flight information please advise that information as well.
      • Just click here to email us. We will get back to you shortly and reconfirm the price.
      • OR give us a phone call at 403-509-4799.

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Waterton National Park Hotels and Motels

Waterton National Park, known for its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, has various accommodation choices. Visitors can select from an array of hotels and motels that cater to different tastes and budgets, each offering a unique experience of this spectacular region. From luxurious hotels with exceptional amenities and services to charming motels that offer comfort and convenience, there's something for everyone. These accommodations provide easy access to the park, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the outdoor adventures and serene beauty of Waterton National Park.

 

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Glacier Park
Glacier Park’s Red Bus Tours, Photo ©Airport Shuttle Express 2012: Glacier Park Lodge, Photo ©Airport Shuttle Express 2009

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SHUTTLE SERVICE WITHIN WATERTON NATIONAL PARK ALBERTA CANADA

Spend a night or two in Waterton National Park. There is plenty to do for hikers and visitors! For details on Waterton Park seasonal shuttles please click on the services offered by Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters/Waterton Outdoor Adventures. and for Waterton accommodation information click here.

WATERTON LAKE CRUISE / SERVICE TO GOAT HAUNT USA

Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. provide daily cruises on Lake Waterton as well as one way transfers for hikers between Waterton and Goat Haunt USA. For full details please click here!

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE WITHIN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK MONTANA USA

Glacier National Park operates a “free” seasonal shuttle service WITHIN the park along the “Going to the Sun” Highway. Visitors and hikers can park their car and ride this service. This service does NOT take luggage For full details please click here.

East Side Shuttle Operated by Glacier Park Inc between Glacier Park Lodge at East Glacier and St. Mary’s Montana

Visitors and hikers can use the seasonal East Side Shuttle between Glacier Park Lodge and St. Mary’s along the East side of Glacier National Park Montana. For details Click here for the East Side Shuttle

Many Glacier Shuttle Operated by Xanterra

Xanterra operates a seasonal Many Glacier Shuttle on the East Side of the Park between Many Glacier/Swiftcurrent Inn and St. Mary’s Visitor Center. For details please click here.

West Glacier Shuttle Operated by Xanterra

Xanterra also operates on the West of the Park between Lake MacDonald Lodge, The Village Inn and the Amtrak West Glacier Train Station. For details please click here.

Glacier Park Montana Sightseeing Tours & Transfers from East Glacier, St. Mary’s and Waterton Park Canada

SunTours of East Glacier operates within Glacier National Park and offer seasonal tours from West & East Glacier, St. Mary’s & Browning to many areas of Glacier National Park. For details please “click here!
 

Red Bus Tours operate within Glacier National Park by Xanterra offers seasonal tours from the West and East sides of Glacier National Park. For details please click here.

Glacier Guides operates within Glacier National Park hiking trips and outside the Park Montana Rafts. For details please click here.

Blackfeet Outfitters operates in the Blackfoot Territory Jeep Tours, Fishing, Photo Safari, Hunting, Lodging St. Mary’s & Babb Montana. For details please see:click here!

Glacier Park Commuter & S.N.O.W. BUSES Between Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish & Glacier Park

S.N.O.W Bus They offers a low cost (free) seasonal shuttle service between the Whitefish Mountain Resort and Downtown Whitefish. At the resort they have scenic lift rides, zip lines and mountain biking to name a few. You may not need a rent a car!

 

For details on this ‘free” bus between the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Downtown Whitefish. Please check for dates. click here!

If planning to use the Glacier Commuter Service please check with Eagle Transit City Bus Service as the best way to connect the Glacier Commuter from Whitefish.

Glacier Commuter Summer Service! Fare Free! Glacier Commuter July 1st – September 2nd! Kalispell – Columbia Falls – Hungry Horse – Glacier National Park! Shuttle operating July 4th. This “free” shuttle connects with the National Park “free” Shuttle at the Apgar Visitor Center.

For Glacier National Park entrance fees click Here!

 

GLACIER PARK & AREA HOTELS & MOTELS click here.

 

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MOTORCOACH: STAGES, BUS LINES WITHIN MONTANA, YELLOWSTONE, CANADA AND BEYOND!

  • NOTE: When you decide on your travel date double check with each bus company about their service. Information is ” subject to change”!
  • Airport Shuttle Express can arrange to take you to/from Alberta Canada and to/from any place in Montana USA.
  • In most cases it is difficult to near impossible to rent a one way car from Montana to Alberta!
  • Our charter van requests are usually between Calgary or Banff and Great Falls, Helena, Butte, East Glacier, or Whitefish/Kalispell Montana
  • Great Falls:
    • From Great Falls there is bus service to/from Southern Montana including Helena and Butte, Missoula
    • SOUTH From Great Falls with Salt Lake Express there is a once daily service to Helena & Butte.
    • NORTH From Butte & Helena with Salt Lake Express there is a once daily service to Great Falls.
  • Whitefish/Kalispell:
    • From Whitefish/Kalispell there is bus service to/from Southern Montana including Missoula
    • SOUTH From Whitefish and Kalispell with Greyhound / Flathead Transit there is a once daily service to Missoula.
    • NORTH From Missoula with a Greyhound / Flathead Transit there is a once daily northbound service to Kalispell and Whitefish.
    • NORTH to/from Canada Airport Shuttle Express offers a seasonal bus or a year round charter service to/from Calgary or Banff Alberta Canada.
  • Butte:
    • At Butte bus service is offered to/from Missoula, Billings, Bismarck, Boseman, Fargo, West Yellowstone, Idaho Falls, Spokane, Cody, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Denver.
    • WEST From Butte Jefferson Lines offer service to Missoula, MT Coeur d’ Laine ID and Spokane, WA. From Spokane Greyhound offers service further west.
    • EAST From Butte Jefferson Lines offer service to Bozeman & Billings MT. North & South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota,Wyoming, Kansas,
    • SOUTH From Butte with Salt Lake Express offer service to Idaho Falls, West Yellowstone, Jackson, Boise & Salt Lake City with connections to Las Vegas.
    • NORTH From Butte & Helena with Salt Lake Express there is a once daily service to Helena and Great Falls.
  • East Glacier
    • NORTH Airport Shuttle Express offers a seasonal bus or a year round charter service to/from East Glacier and Calgary or Banff Alberta Canada.
  • Missoula
    • WEST From Missoula Jefferson Lines offer service to Coeur d’ Laine ID and Spokane, WA. From Spokane Greyhound offers service further west to Seattle and Portland
    • EAST From Missoula Jefferson Lines offer service to Butte, Bozeman & Billings MT, North & South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota,Wyoming, Kansas,
    • NORTH From Missoula with a Greyhound / Flathead Transit associate once daily to Polson, Kalispell and Whitefish.
    • SOUTH From Whitefish and Kalispell with Greyhound / Flathead Transit there is a once daily service to Missoula.
  • Billings
  • Calgary/Banff/JASPER/EDMONTON
  • Greyhound

Check the links for full details about their service, times, destinations, and prices on the date(s) you are planning to travel. Information is “subject to change”. and “error”. Please check with the bus line for correct information for fares and times on your travel date!

RAIL: Amtrak, Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours, Via Rail Canada and Bus Service

  • Airport Shuttle Express operates “charter vans” between any of Montana’s Amtrak Station and Calgary or Banff.
  • The closest Amtrak station to Calgary is East Glacier (summer) or Browning (winter) while Whitefish is the closest station to Banff.
  • The Amtrak train is the “Empire Builder” which heads East to Chicago in the morning and West to either Portland or Seattle in the evening.
  • In Seattle there is a daily AMTRAK rail service or a seasonal Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours train North to Vancouver, BC.
  • Make sure Amtrak’s Montana Station is open and the train stops for the dates required. i.e. East Glacier Station closes and Browning opens
  • There is also some “flag” stops. i.e. Essex, MT. Please check with Amtrak for details.  
  • At Calgary, Banff or Jasper you have the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours heading west to Vancouver British Columbia Click Here to view the trip:
  • From Edmonton or Jasper you also have Via Rail Canada heading west to Vancouver or Prince Rupert and east to Winnipeg, Toronto or Montreal.
  • Check Airport Shuttle Express main page for sightseeing tours to/From Jasper or day tours from Calgary.
Montana – We can pick you up or drop you at any car rental location in Montana. East Glacier is the closest car rental location with one company (Dollar). Dollar does permit drop-offs in a number of USA cities further south. They do not permit trans border. Other companies are in the Great Falls and Kalispell Airports, West Glacier (Hertz train times only) and Whitefish. We have many clients using our trans-border service who are heading one way to Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Rapid City or further into the United State and from those location into Canada to Calgary or Banff.

Alberta – Calgary, Lethbridge, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper. We can pick you up or drop you at any car rental location or hotel in Alberta. If touring the Canadian Rockies consider renting a car at an “off-airport” location even if you are returning the car to the Calgary Airport. This will save you the Calgary Airport Authority “Concession Recovery Fee” of 15.61% and the $6.00 per day Airport Improvement Fee/Customer Facilities Charge (max 7 days). Our service is available from anywhere in Calgary. Yes, for car rentals, you may still have to pay the “Energy Recovery Fee”, the “Air-Condition Excise Tax”, the “Vehicle License Fee” and the 5% Goods and Service Tax (GST) before you are introduced to the car rental’s different insurance plans! Canadian Car Rentals Locations quote in Canadian Funds, worth about 20-30% LESS than the US Dollar!

Calgary –In Calgary the non airport pickup could be cheaper. i.e. One of the major companies: 18 Aug. 2019, one week full size car, unlimited mileage. Airport CAD559.53 at counter; CAD$494.99 pre booked. Non airport CAD412.77 at counter; CAD$373.13 pre booked. Plus all the taxes, insurance etc which will be added! These rates are the basic ones, before any discounts! The Canadian Dollar is about 25 – 30% LESS than the US Dollar. (checked 06 June 2019).

National Park attractions and parking will be difficult for summer 2019. We do offer sightseeing tours. See the following link: click here!

Email us when your car rental company does not permit a one way rental; when you require service to/from Amtrak, when you can not find a direct schedule bus, train or plane service between Montana and Alberta or are combining a Montana vacation with the Canadian Rockies!

  • Year-round and seasonal charter van service is offered between Glacier International Airport, Kalispell, Lake MacDonald, Whitefish, Essex, East Glacier, Many Glacier, Babb and Waterton Canada.
  • Airport Shuttle Express can recommend a reliable USA shuttle company to provide a transfer service within the United States.
  • We are a Canadian Company and do not provide service solely within the United States.
  • We can only operate to or from Canada!
  • Whitefish Montana – Taxi service is available to and within Whitefish as well as a “free” shuttle to/from the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish. The Grouse Mountain Lodge also services the Whitefish Amtrak Train Station. For details click here!
  • East Glacier Park – SunTours of East Glacier can provide transfer services from the Amtrak East Glacier Station to/from anywhere in the eastern side of the Rockies including St. Mary’s and any hotel in Glacier National Park. For details click here.
  • Email us with your questions.

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