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Edmonton to Jasper – Visit Canada

Edmonton to Jasper – Visit Canada

Although Edmonton isn’t as close to the Rocky Mountains as Calgary, it’s actually a pretty good base to start a road trip to Jasper. Located at the northern end of the incredible Icefields Parkway, Jasper is an exquisite mountain town that offers an array of outdoor activities, breathtaking natural attractions and world-class restaurants. It is less touristy than Banff, which is exactly what makes it such a special place to visit.

We actually did this trip in reverse, going from Jasper to Edmonton and it’s a very easy 4 hour trip. The roads are well maintained and there are plenty of small towns along the way to find services. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, which means you might see deer, elk or bears.

Tips for Driving from Edmonton to Jasper

The trip from Edmonton to Jasper is approximately 365 km and takes almost 4 hours non-stop. The whole trip is done by the AB-16 highway. In winter, the journey may take longer depending on conditions, as well as on busy summer weekends throughout the year.

Parks Canada Pass

Jasper National Park requires a pass to enter. The current daily fees are:

Adult: $9.80
Senior: $8.30
Youth (up to 17): FREE
Family/group (up to 7 people): $19.60
Commercial group (per person): $8.30
Daily passes expire at 4 p.m. the following day.

However, if you are visiting Jasper National Park or any other national park or historic site across Canada for more than 6-7 days, a one-year Discovery Pass is a much better value.

The prices are as follows:

Adult: $67. $70
Senior: $57.90
Family/group: $136.40

For more information, visit the Parks Canada website.

How to get from Edmonton to Jasper

Edmonton to Jasper by car

If you are coming directly from Edmonton International Airport (YEG), the drive is actually closer to 400km but should still take 4 hours, not including stops. It is a straightforward route with many small towns along the route for you to visit and take a break. The road is fairly straight and flat until you get closer to Jasper. When traveling through the mountains, it’s a good idea to check road reports for current conditions and whether there are any problems along the way. Motorway problems are more common during the winter months.

There are many places to rent a car at Edmonton International Airport as well as in the city itself. Most major rental car brands are similar, so we recommend researching booking engines like Expedia, Rentalcars.com or Booking.com.

In addition to the usual car rental companies, there is also a website called Turo, which is like Airbnb for car rentals. This may allow for unique car rentals or possibly lower rates. We prefer the convenience of larger car rental companies, but Turo can be a unique method of renting a vehicle.

If you’re flying just to visit the mountain parks, you might also consider flying into Calgary International Airport (YYC) and driving from Calgary to Banff and then Banff to Jasper. It’s another great way to experience both mountain towns and the famous Icefields Parkway. As always, road trip conditions vary greatly from season to season and if you are visiting in the winter you will want to be extra alert and prepared.

Edmonton to Jasper in VR

If you’re looking to have more of a “home on wheels,” consider renting an RV or motorhome. RV rental is a very popular thing in Canada thanks to our large size and amount of camping opportunities.

Here are some options below:

  • CanaDream:It’s a great RV rental company. They have it all, from the little ones to the big ones.
  • RVezy: It’s the Airbnb of RVs. You are renting someone else’s RV.
  • Wheel Estate: It’s also the Airbnb of RVs. Many options to rent someone else’s RV.

Edmonton to Jasper by bus

If you prefer to sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving for you, taking the bus is another option for getting from Edmonton to Jasper.

SunDog Tours: This company provides a year-round daily connector on the following route (and vice versa): Edmonton – Edson – Hinton – Jasper. In Edmonton, the company has pickup and drop-off at Edmonton International Airport and West Edmonton Mall.

Cold Shot:This new bus company offers weekly service from its Cold Shot passenger terminal in Jasper via Edson and Hinton.

If you want to compare, we recommend using Busbud.

Edmonton to Jasper by Private Transfer

If you’re looking for a more convenient way to sit back and relax while en route to Jasper, a private transfer may be the answer.

Some private transfer options are below:

SunDog Tours offers a direct route in different sizes of transportation depending on the size of your group. It is also possible to add a tourist part to the journey, with the driver acting as a guide during the journey.

RideBooker.com offers luxury sedans to luxury minibuses and all sizes of transportation in between to choose from depending on your group size.

Edmonton to Jasper by train

If you want to take the train to Jasper, Edmonton is a great place to start. VIA Rail Canada offers this trip from Edmonton to Jasper, which takes approximately 6.5 hours. Rates vary throughout the year and there are also discounts for students and seniors usually. You can expect to pay around $100 or more.

Edmonton to Jasper by Rideshare

Quickly gaining popularity, Poparide.com offers carpooling across Canada, including from Edmonton to Jasper. Nothing is guaranteed but there seems to be fairly regular traffic between these two destinations. There are options to select your driver based on your luggage and whether or not you are driving with skis, bikes, etc. Poparide can also be a great way to meet other travelers as they charge per seat. Expect to pay around $30.

Things to do on your road trip

The reason we love having our own car for road trips is because of all the beautiful places you can visit along the way. If you have this flexibility, there are a few stops you can make along the way, including:

West Edmonton Mall:If you spend some time in Edmonton, you cannot miss a visit to the huge West Edmonton Mall. Once the largest mall in the world and now the largest mall in North America, it boasts over 800 stores, a huge water park, theme park, cinema, aquarium, skating rink, mini-golf and much more.

Edson Galloway Station Museum and the Giant Squirrel:If you’re looking for a place to hang out and stretch, Edson is a good option as it’s halfway there. At the visitor center, you can take a photo with the giant squirrel, then head to the museum where you’ll get a glimpse of the past with a mine shaft, a trapper’s cabin and more.

Hinton:This small town is known as the “Gateway to the Rockies” and is basically where the stunning scenery will begin. If you want to see that little furry creature ion the back of the Canadian nickel (the beaver), this is a great place to do it. They have a 3km boardwalk that goes around Lake Maxwell which is actually the largest freshwater boardwalk in the world!

Crumb Hot Springs:If you really want to sit back and relax, consider a stop at the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies! Miette Hot Springs is just a 17 km detour on the Miette Road and is only 1 hour from Jasper.

Things to do in Jasper

Once you’ve arrived in Jasper and dropped your jaw off the ground (yes, it’s that beautiful), there’s so much to do and sight to see. For a complete guide on what to do and where to stay, check out our article on things to do in Jasper. You can also pop into the Jasper Visitor Center in downtown Jasper at 500 Connaught Dr.

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