Edmonton Transportation

Edmonton TransportationEdmonton, a major aviation gateway to northern Canada, is served by the Edmonton International Airport (EIA). The airport has regularly scheduled non-stop flights to locations through Canada, the United States, Europe and Latin America. The EIA express bus service operated by the Edmonton Transit System provides transportation to and from the airport. Also, the Edmonton Sky Shuttle is a convenient transportation service that operates between EIA and an extensive list of locations within the city. For drivers, the airport is served by six car rental companies (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National).

Edmonton is also a major rail hub, and intercity rail service is provided by Via Rail Canada. Via Rail's 'Canadian' route serves Edmonton as it runs between Toronto and Vancouver. The passenger trains stop at the Edmonton railway station in each direction. The route runs twice per week from November to April during off peak season, and three times per week from May to October during peak season. The Edmonton Railway station is located approximately six miles from the city center. Free short and long term parking is available at the station.

The Edmonton Transit System, also known as ETS, is Edmonton's public transportation provider, and the system operates a network of light rail transit lines and buses throughout the city. The network is broken into two route systems, the base network and the community network. The base network joins communities and major destinations, such as the University of Alberta. This network is open daily with service running every 30 minutes or less. The community network serves local communities and provides commuter express service to downtown and major destinations in the city. All users of the transit system must pay a fare or possess a valid transfer, ticket or pass. There are a variety of fares and pass products for use on the light rail system and bus network. Tickets may be purchased at many locations throughout the city, the ETS online store and at automated machines at the light rail stations.

Edmonton is easily accessible via car from Alberta Highway 2 and Highway 16. The streets of Edmonton mostly consist of a grid system, with streets running south to north and avenues running east to west.

Cycling is a popular form of transportation in Edmonton, and dedicated bicycle lanes and shared used lane markings have been added throughout the city. Bicycles are allowed on any of the city streets, and they are also allowed on light rail vehicles and buses outfitted with bike racks.