Train Travel Banff
Spectacular Canadian Train Travel
An Unforgettable Experience!!!



Train Travel Banff


Your Train Travel Banff could begin in Vancouver.

Fly into one of the most beautiful cities in the world on a sunny day.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is your best choice when your starting your "Best Banff Vacation".

Located in Richmond, British Columbia, YVR is the second busiest airport in Canada and provides easy access to Vancouver and its surrounding areas.

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YVR is located approximately 30 minutes south of Vancouver. Airport shuttles into downtown Vancouver are easily accessible from the airport. Shuttles are available from most downtown Vancouver hotels to the airport for your departure.

There is no regular passenger rail service to Banff. However, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations operates seasonal two-day sightseeing trips, May to October, with stops in Banff.

Eastbound trips start from Vancouver and westbound trips from Calgary. What a great a great way to see our Canadian Rockies.

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Train Travel Banff
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will get you to this beautiful quaint mountain town.

Train travel on the Rocky Mountaineer offers spectacular trips through British Columbia and Alberta.

It's a two-day, all daylight rail journey through the Canadian Rockies and Western Canada.

Traveling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience. It's considered by many to be a trip of a lifetime. The two-day rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel.

It follows the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies, uniting the country.

The entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountains ranges and ferocious rivers.

The Rocky Mountaineer train travels in both eastbound and westbound directions between the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia, and Jasper or Banff and Calgary, Alberta.

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Leave Ordinary Behind!!!


For 20 years, over one million guests have experienced the two-day luxury vacation.

It an all daylight Canadian railway trips through the stunning landscapes.

Featuring British Columbia and the iconic scenery of the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Four spectacular train travel routes highlight the diverse beauty of Canada’s West. Guests relax and enjoy our renowned service and gourmet cuisine onboard.

Do you have a passion for historical adventure or an appreciation for natural wonders? Maybe a desire to visit world-class destinations ...Banff is world class.

Perhaps this is why Rocky Mountaineer was named in National Geographic’s Journeys of a Lifetime as one of the World’s Greatest Trips and also voted by the Society of American Travel Writers as the Best Train Experience in the World. Sounds fantastic!!!!

Train Travel Banff - Reviews.....


The views are stunning and it was much easier to enjoy and take in than driving. Not to mention the unique perspective you get from the train, that you just can't access from the road.

The food on board was some of the best I have had in a very long time. I couldn't believe they could get food this great onto a train. This is truly an amazing trip. I have been all over the world to the finest hotels and have never received service like this.

I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation with some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see.


The views of the surrounding mountains, waterfalls, etc were spectacular. The breakfast boxes and lunch boxes for the Red Leaf passengers were excellent also, far exceeding some charter airline food that we could mention.

Photographic opportunities abounded. Even the accommodation in Kamloops, although advertised as modest, was fantastic. All in all a memorable experience.


The scenery on the first day was of the spectacular rocky mountains. The second day contrasted with this and was of plains, desert like landscapes, rivers and beautiful lakes. On our journey we saw a grizzly bear, moose, several ospreys sat on nests and many different types of deer. I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences of my life.

The dome coaches are clear glass all round including the roof so you have a wonderful view both of the sky, the mountain peaks and the ground below.

All the seats in this coach faced forward so no one had their backs to the direction of travel. You could also go out of the coach at the rear onto a platform which was better for photographs than taking them through glass.

The seats are lovely and comfortable with plenty of leg room. You get 2 meals per day - breakfast and lunch - both silver service.

The menus were a delight and the food excellent. Wine was served with lunch and indeed upstairs in the seating accommodation after lunch. Fresh fruit was also available all day in the seating area.

The staff were first class.

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Train Travel Banff

Award Winning -
Luxury Train Travel

This luxury vacation is recognized as the best train experience in the world by countless travel professionals.

The Rocky Mountaineer is a four-time World Travel Award winner.

Crowned as "World's Leading Travel Experience by Train".

It continues to impress even the most discerning of travelers.

The Society of American Travel Writers recently named the Rocky Mountaineer as the best train experience in the world.

Rocky Mountaineer was included in National Geographic’s Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips.

Rocky Mountaineer is named one of “The World’s Top 25 Trains” by The Society of International Railway Traveler.

Outside Magazine lists Rocky Mountaineer as “one of the great train rides in the world”.

Rocky Mountaineer was featured on BBC Television program, “50 Things to Do Before You die”.

One of the World's Ultimate Experiences, Lonely Planet

Rocky Mountaineer’s two-day rail experience and the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb both make the top ten for Condé Nast Traveller’s – 2009 Readers’ Travel Awards in the Train Category.

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Rocky Mountaineer

In 2010, owners and operators of the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer are celebrating a milestone anniversary – 20 successful years.

Since its inception in 1990, the British Columbia based, family owned business has grown.

It has become the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America.

They have welcomed over one million guests onboard. Pretty impressive!!! One million passengers can't be wrong!!!

Rocky Mountaineer's past is rich in history and rooted in success. Their goal from day one remains the same: provide the most spectacular and unforgettable travel experiences in the world.

History.....

1990

All Aboooard! The Rocky Mountaineer departs on the inaugural trip.

1991
Named one of the “World’s 20 Best Rail Experiences” by The International Railway Traveler magazine (same honour in 1998). 

1995
Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf service is launched.

1996
Sets the record for longest passenger train in Canadian history (37 cars).          

1999
Sets new record for longest passenger train in Canadian history (41 cars).

2002

Welcomes our 500,000th guest and is recognized again by The International Railway Traveler magazine’s “10 Best Rail Experiences in the World”.

2003
Featured on BBC Television, “50 Things To Do Before You Die”. 

2005
Wins the prestigious “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” at 2005 World Travel Awards (earns the same honour in 2006 and 2007).

Named as “One of the Great Train Rides in the World”, by Outside magazine.

Named one of “The World’s Top 25 Trains” by The Society of International Railway Traveler (earns the same honour in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). 

2006
Launches two new routes: Whistler Sea to Sky Climb (Vancouver to Whistler) and Rainforest to Gold Rush (Whistler to Jasper). 

2007
Wins Tourism British Columbia’s “Foresight Sustainability Award” for leadership and advocacy of sustainable tourism.

Named one of the “World’s Greatest Trips” by National Geographic. 

2008
Welcomes aboard our One Millionth Guest! 

2009

ABC’s hit reality TV series, The Bachelorette, showcased the Rocky Mountaineer on a 4-day journey.



Voted #1 on the Society of American Travel Writers Top Ten List of the most scenic and exciting train experiences in the world.


Rocky Mountaineer has been honoured with a World Travel Award in the category of “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” for the fourth year.

2010

During the 2010 season, Rocky Mountaineer has re-launch its iconic brand with a completely new look. From its logo, the website, www.rockymountaineer.com and route names, to a sleek new paint job for its rail cars, this fresh new look will continue across the entire company.

Why not take the train to Beautiful Banff - Once again National Geographic lists this trip on their "Journeys of a Lifetime": 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips.


Take the train to the Castle in Banff - the Banff Springs Hotel

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