Getting To Jasper Alberta

By Timothy Trainor
Senior Writer/

JASPER, ALBERTA (CANADA) – Jasper National Park in Alberta, along with the city of Jasper, can be reached via rail, car and bus, and can also be easily found after a flight to either Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver, followed by a drive in a rental car. Accessibility to the area’s natural Canadian beauty makes the area a popular vacation destination. So start to plan your trip by browsing the wide selection of Jasper Hotels and Lodges and the many camping options in Jasper National Park.


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Getting to Jasper by Vehicle

The drive to Jasper National Park is very scenic and beautiful. Highway #16, (which is also called the Yellowhead Highway) winds through the park and is the main east-west route to and from Jasper. The Icefields Parkway, which is  considered one of the most scenic roads in the world, runs north-south connecting Jasper with the Trans-Canada Highway #1 near Lake Louise and Banff.

For current road conditions please check out AMA Road Reports for Mountain Parks and/or Parks Canada Road Condition Report. All major roads in Jasper are paved and all major highways have shoulders. Make sure to factor in plenty of time for breaks, slow traffic, and inclement weather conditions. The maximum speed limit inside the national parks is 90 km/hr, with several areas having slower limits for wildlife safety.

Getting to Jasper by Air

Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all have international airports that are serviced by major national and international carriers. Shuttle services are available to take you right into Jasper!

Getting to Jasper by Rail

Jasper National Park can be accessed by both Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer. Rail travel allows travelers to sit back and relax, while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery found in Canada.

Getting to Jasper by Bus

Jasper Vacations offers service from Jasper to the Calgary International Airport via Banff, along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Additionally, their new Edmonton-Jasper connector links Jasper with the Edmonton International Airport. Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver also have regularGreyhound bus service to Jasper.

Getting to Jasper by Rental Car

There are several car rental agencies located in major cities that can be used to access Jasper and Jasper National Park.

City KM/Miles Driving Time
Hinton, AB 77km (47 mi.) 1 hr
Valemount, BC 79km (49 mi.) 1.5 hrs
Grande Cache, AB 160km (96 mi.) 2.75 hrs
Edson, AB 164km (101 mi.) 2 hrs
Lake Louise, AB 232 km (139 mi.) 3 hrs
Banff, AB 287 km (172 mi.) 3 ½ hrs
Edmonton, AB 362 km (220 mi.) 3 ½ hrs
Prince George, BC 375km (233 mi.) 4 hrs
Grand Prairie, AB 397 km (247 mi.) 4 ½ hrs
Calgary, AB 414 km (248 mi.) 4 ½ hrs
Kamloops, BC 443 km (265 mi.) 5 hrs
Fort McMurray, AB 800 km (497 mi.) 8 ½ hrs
Vancouver, BC 863 km (518 mi.) 9 ½ hrs