Edmonton travel guide

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You're Going to Love Edmonton

The city of Edmonton is the capital of Canada's Alberta Province and is known for its many museums, parks, and summer festivals.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Edmonton

1. Elk Island National Park

Visitors can see up to 40 different mammal species at one of the densest regions of wildlife in North America.

2. TELUS World of Science

This science museum has many interesting exhibits, including a planetarium and an IMAX movie theater.

3. Muttart Conservatory

Music lovers can enjoy a live performance at these four iconic glass pyramids along the banks of the North Saskatchewan river valley.

4. Art Gallery of Alberta

This modern facility showcases both Canadian and international artists in its 85,000 square foot exhibition space.

5. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Here you can step back in time with re-enactments of the daily life and buildings constructed during Edmonton's settlement by Ukrainian immigrants.

Where to Eat in Edmonton

LUX Steakhouse and Bar in Commerce Place is an upscale eatery serving lobster, steak, and other gourmet meat dishes. A meal for two costs C$50.

When to visit Edmonton

Edmonton in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 87
1 night at 3-star hotel
Edmonton in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 87
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Edmonton is in the summer between May and September when the city hosts many world-famous festivals and concerts such as the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

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How to Get to Edmonton

Plane

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is located six miles south of the city center. Visitors can transfer to downtown via the 747 public bus, which runs every 30 minutes and costs C$5. Alternatively, travelers can also connect to the city center by taxi or private rental car.

Train

VIA Rail offers daily connections from other Canadian cities such as Winnipeg, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Montreal. A one-way ticket from Saskatoon costs C$70 and takes 8.5 hours.

Car

Take the SK-14 W from Saskatoon to reach Edmonton in six hours' driving time.

Bus

Greyhound, Red Arrow Motorcoach, and Executive Express offer routes between cities. A one-way ticket from Calgary costs C$129 and makes the journey in under three hours.

Airports near Edmonton

Airlines serving Edmonton

Lufthansa
Good (1,077 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,335 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,784 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (946 reviews)
British Airways
Good (765 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,559 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (849 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (473 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (584 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (331 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (67 reviews)
Finnair
Good (351 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,657 reviews)
LOT
Good (215 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (562 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (120 reviews)
Avianca
Good (643 reviews)
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Where to stay in Edmonton

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Edmonton has views of the Saskatchewan River in the city center. Radisson Hotel and Convention Center is located in the southeast and is perfect for business travelers.

Popular neighbourhoods in Edmonton

Downtown - this neighborhood has the highest concentration of local attractions, museums, hotels, and outdoor festivals at Churchill Square.

South Central - this area offers views of downtown, and has a youthful vibe with many bars, restaurants, and venue spaces due to its proximity to the University of Alberta.

West End - this area is mainly residential, however it does feature the popular West Edmonton Mall.

Where to stay in popular areas of Edmonton

Most booked hotels in Edmonton

Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton West
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 138+
River Cree Resort & Casino
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 201+
Chateau Nova Yellowhead
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 126+
Best Western Plus City Centre Inn
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 138+
Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton South
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 111+
Radisson Hotel & Convention Center Edmonton
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 116+
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How to Get Around Edmonton

Public Transportation

Edmonton Transit System offers many bus routes throughout the city, with a daily pass costing C$8.25 and a single-ride ticket at C$3.20. Tickets and passes can be bought within the designated station kiosks.

Taxi

Taxi rates start at C$3.50 and will cost around C$15 for a ride between destinations in downtown Edmonton.

Car

Hertz, Enterprise, and Avis offer daily rental vehicles for as little as C$20.

The Cost of Living in Edmonton

Shopping Streets

Whyte Avenue and 124th St offer the best boutique shopping opportunities in the heart of downtown. The West Edmonton Mall is the biggest shopping mall selling food, clothing, jewelry, toys, and housewares.

Groceries and Other

Earth's General Store and Loblaw City Market are the biggest grocery stores. A dozen eggs costs C$3.25.

Cheap meal
C$ 15.52
A pair of jeans
C$ 3.87
Single public transport ticket
C$ 3.16
Cappuccino
C$ 3.87
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