Getting to Edmonton
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is located south of the city in the city of Leduc and about 30 km from the University of Alberta.
Options for getting from the airport into Edmonton are:
- Public transportation: Edmonton Transit Service bus Route 747 runs every 24 minutes from 4:24 am to midnight and costs $5. You can find more information about the bus schedule here. Purchase tickets at the EIA Ground Transportation Booth by door #7 on the arrivals level. The bus goes to Century Park LRT station where you will need to transfer to the LRT to travel to the University or downtown.
- Taxis and limos: Taxis and limos are available at the airport on the arrivals level. Fare to the university should be around $55 for a taxi and $66 for a limo. Please see the EIA website.
Airport Taxi Service Edmonton offers flat rate fares from the airport to different parts of the city, and from the city to the airport. You can find a zone rate map here. The price from the airport to the North Campus is $55 and the price from North Campus to the airport is $46. You can book ahead on their website and find more information about Airport Taxi Service Edmonton here.
- Shuttle: Skyshuttle offers transportation to and from the airport and costs $18 per adult.
Edmonton Skyshuttle operates between the airport and many locations in the city, including many hotels. The pick-up point is located on the arrivals level next to door #7. Check the website for fares and schedules.
- Some hotels operate shuttles to and from the airport. A list may be found on the EIA website.
- TappCars are not available at the EIA taxi stand but may be dispatched to subscribers. Read more about this on the EIA website and here.
Getting around Edmonton
The area around the University of Alberta is very walkable, and features hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and drugstores. Edmonton has an accessible and reliable public transportation system. A one way ticket costs $3.25, and includes one transfer. A day pass costs $9.25, and allows you to take the bus and LRT at your convenience for one day.
Campus map here.
Parking for guests can be accommodated by parking services. You can find more information about parking here.
Getting to Banff
Banff is a four hour drive away. Greyhound provides service to Banff. It is possible to buy a return trip for under $150, and buying fares online is advisable in order to avoid high prices.
There are two Greyhound stations in Edmonton. To get to the downtown station (10324 103 St NW), take any LRT north to Bay Enterprise Square station and walk down 103 street until you reach the station. The south station is better maintained and can be a more comfortable place to wait for a solo traveler. To get to the south station, take a 7 or 4 down to 104 st, and a 52 down to 56 Ave. The station will be a short walk away, at 5723 104 Street.
Staying in Edmonton
There are a variety of hotels and rooms that can be booked near North Campus.
- The University of Alberta offers guest rooms in the Lister Centre (11613 87 Ave.; on campus, a few blocks from Alumni House) that cost from $109.00/night queen. There is one guest room that is wheelchair accessible. You can find more information or book online here.
- Campus Tower Suite Hotel is located right by the University (11145 87 Ave.; across the street from the U of A, a few minutes to Alumni House) and has fantastic reviews. Rooms can be booked from $180 a night.
- University Suite Bed and Breakfast features two suites ($145 and $120) and is located an 8 minute walk from campus.
- Varscona Hotel is located a 15-20 minute walk or a short bus ride from North Campus on Whyte Ave (8208 106 St NW). Rooms can be booked from $170 a night.
- For budget travelers, HI-Edmonton Hostel is walking distance to campus and offers private rooms (from $65.14) and dorms (from $27.98).
Where to Eat
Whyte Ave. is a short distance from campus and boasts some fantastic restaurants, including Ampersand 27, DaDeO, O’Byrne’s Irish Pub and Cafe Mosaics. You can find more restaurants on Whyte Ave here.
Other close restaurants are Sugarbowl (10922 88th Avenue), Highlevel Diner (10912 88 Ave NW), Leva (11053 86 Ave NW), Urban Diner II Ltd. (8715 109 St NW), Noorish Vegetarian Restaurant (8440 109 Street Nw), and La Poutine (8720 109 St NW).
For those who want to go grocery shopping, a Sobey’s is located on campus at 8225-112 Street. Safeway is also close, located at 10930 82nd Ave NW. Several convenience stores are located on or close to campus. SUBmart is located in the Students’ Union Building. There are also Mac’s located around campus at: 11638 87 Ave NW, 11105 87 Ave NW, and 8405 112 St NW.
Edmonton attractions include:
- West Edmonton Mall for shopping, cinema, water-park, mini golf, etc.
- Art Gallery of Alberta is located centrally by the Churchill Square downtown. Find more information about the exhibitions, programs and events here. A single adult ticket is $12.50.
- Fort Edmonton Park, a living history museum, is an interesting place to visit. Plan your visit here. A single adult ticket is $26.20.
- Alberta Legislature Building features a park for walking or relaxing. You can also take a free guided tour of the building. It is within a walkable distance, simply walk over the High Level Bridge to get there from campus (15 minute walk).
- The Muttart Conservatory is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a feature showcasing many weird and wonderful plants and orchids from their collection (Sep 3 – Oct 2). A single adult ticket is $12.50.
- You can find more information about Edmonton attractions here.
- If you are looking to explore the Rocky Mountains, there are a variety of tours you can find here.