Parking in Banff can be tough, especially in the summer. Luckily, Banff is a very walkable place. And, with public transit and a number of free shuttles, it's easy to leave your car behind and see it all! Here's what you need to know about parking in Banff.
Is it free to park in Banff?
Yes, it's currently free to park in the Town of Banff at designated on-street parking spots and off-street lots. However, all visitors do require a Parks Pass, which can be purchased either at the Banff National Park gates as you enter on the highway, at a Parks Canada Visitor Information Centre, or online ahead of time. Learn More
How long can I park in Banff?
Time limits for public parking spaces range from 15 minutes to 12 hours and can be strictly enforced. Be sure you're in the appropriate place before you set off on your adventure.
Where should I park in Banff?
The largest parking lots in Banff are the Bear Street parkade (which has indoor above ground parking), on Beaver Street, at the Fenlands Recreation Centre and at the Railway Station.
Where can I park an RV in Banff?
If you're coming to Banff in an RV, you're options are a bit more limited. There is a parking lot for RVs next to the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital at the corner of Wolf Street and Lynx Street, and at the Fenlands parking lot. As well, there are a few other places were RVs can park on the street. See this map for more info
How can I find a parking spot in Banff?
Don't waste time driving around and around. The Banff Now page from Parks Canada has real-time parking information and availability as well as up-to-date traffic information. And BanffParking.ca is a mobile site that also has live updates on parking availability at the major lots. Save time by checking it out before you drive around and around looking for a spot!
How can I help reduce traffic congestion in Banff?
Leave your car at home! From the On-It Shuttle, which connects places like Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane and Canmore with Banff, to the ROAM transit system, there are plenty of ways to ride public transit here. Also, visitors heading to the Banff Gondola can hop on a free shuttle from downtown Banff up to the Gondola and back. Not only are you doing your part to reduce congestion and pollution, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the scenery.
So next time you're coming to Banff, do a bit of research, head straight to a free parking spot and get out there adventuring!