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Flying to EdmontonFlying to Edmonton Edmonton's International Airport has recently undergone major renovations and now handles up to 1 million passengers per year.  The airport is served by Air Canada, Northwest, Horizon, Lot Polish, MartinAir and WestJet Airlines.  Air Canada is part of the Star Alliance, so booking through just about any major airline will get you to straight to Edmonton, with all of your air miles appropriately credited.  Major connections are through Vancouver or Toronto.  When traveling to Canada PLEASE BRING A PASSPORT.  Visitors from the USA do not require a passport, but should bring a birth certificate and a photo ID.  ATM machines and currency exchange bureaus are on the upper concourse.  A list of recommended airlines and their on-line booking links is given below:

Air Canada 1-888-247-2262(US/Canada) other places
NorthWest Airlines 1-800-225-2525
Horizon Air 1-800-547-9308
Lot Polish Airlines 1-800-668-5928
MartinAir 1-416-364-3672
WestJet 1-800-538-5696


Airport TransportationAirport Transportation - Edmonton's airport is located approximately 30 km from downtown Edmonton.  You have a wide choice of options to get to and from the airport including airport limousines (fixed cost, Cdn$44 each way); cabs (variable cost, ~Cdn$45 each way), car rentals (see above) and the Edmonton Sky Shuttle (Cdn$11 van ride to downtown -- frequency every 20 minutes). Pick-up and drop off sites are on the lower level.


CabCab - In a hurry?  Don't have your own wheels? You can get to almost any destination in Edmonton via a cab.  There are more than a dozen cab companies in Edmonton, all of which are tightly regulated and fully inspected.  The two largest are Yellow cab (phone 780-462-3456) and Alberta CO-OP Taxi Line (780-425-2525).  Typical fares are Cdn$2.50 to start and Cdn$1.00 per kilometre. Cabs, to and from the Edmonton International Airport typically cost Cdn$45.00 one way.  The ride takes about 25 minutes.  Tips are expected (10%)


Edmonton Transit System (ETS) Edmonton Transit System (ETS)- Edmonton has an extensive public transportation system including a modern bus fleet and a light rail transit (LRT) system. Fares for adults are $1.75 (Cdn) per ride (maximum 90 minutes of travelling, including transfers).  Bus fares (exact change) are paid upon boarding the bus by dropping coins into the fare box near the driver.  LRT fares (exact change) are paid using automated ticket dispensers located inside the LRT stations.  Remember to hang on to your tickets! Designated bus (and LRT) stops are typically spaced 3-4 city blocks apart.  ETS serves all areas of Edmonton with the frequency of service being every 15-20 minutes. Conference attendees are encouraged to use the LRT system to travel around downtown Edmonton (it's free!).  Information on bus routes, LRT routes, service times and bus stop terminal locations is provided below:

Day ETS Service(gif), Night ETS Service(gif), Downtown map(gif)

You can also print out the maps:

PDF format ETS Map (pdf) - Day Service (main roads only) (645 KB) 
PDF format ETS Map (pdf) - Day Service (1.1 MB) 
PDF format ETS Map (pdf) - Day Service (1.8 MB) 
PDF format ETS Map (pdf) - Late Night Service (399 KB) 
PDF format City Center Map (pdf) (206 KB)