October 5-9, 2014

Getting around Calgary

The city is divided into four quadrants, NW, NE, SE, SW, with boundaries converging in the downtown core (centre street and the Bow river). The airport is in the NE. The University of Calgary is in the NW, and the Westin is downtown, technically SW. For example, 10th street NW is different from 10th street NE, and 20th Avenue NW is different from 20th Avenue SW.

Travel in Calgary is easiest with the light rail system (C-train). The University is on the northwest (NW) line. Many bus routes pass by the university as well. Adult fares (one way) are $3.00 per ticket (also valid on bus), or $30 for a book of ten tickets, pre-purchased. These tickets are not valid on the airport express bus route. Regular transit to and from the airport is possible but very inconvenient. Use of the C-train in the downtown core (7th Ave. only!) is free of charge.

If you need to visit the University of Calgary, from downtown take the C-train (Crowfoot direction), and exit at University station.