Getting around the Lake Louise area
Limited parking is available at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, so planning ahead is essential. Park your car and ride Parks Canada shuttles. Service is offered from Banff to Lake Louise and locally to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Avoid the congestion and make the most of your visit to Banff National Park by using shuttles and transit.
Shuttles between Banff and Lake Louise
Service from the Banff train station directly to the lakeshore, with a quick stop at Samson Mall in the Village of Lake Louise. 75 minute travel time.
Daily between May 18 – September 9
Price: $10 round trip, free for youth 17 and under
Shuttles to and from the Lake Louise lakeshore.
A free daily shuttle, service is available between the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot and the Lake Louise lakeshore. Shuttles will run daily from May 18 to October 8.
- Shuttles leave the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and travel to the Lake Louise lakeshore.
- Last shuttle leaves the Lake Louise lakeshore at 6 p.m.
Shuttles to and from Moraine Lake
A free daily shuttle is available between the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot and Moraine Lake from September 10 to October 8. Moraine Lake road is open from mid-May to mid-October and closed in winter.
- Shuttles leave from the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. headed to Moraine Lake.
- Last shuttle to the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot leaves at 5:40 p.m.
- Vehicles are only permitted on the Moraine Lake road when parking is available at Moraine Lake. Traffic is restricted on the road from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parks Canada shuttles are available daily from September 10 to October 8.
- RVs over 20 feet long are not permitted on Moraine Lake Road from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
- Private shuttles to Moraine Lake are also available for a fee. Inquire at the Visitor Centre for details.
Shuttles to and from the Lake Louise Summer Gondola
A free daily shuttle service between the Lake Louise Summer Gondola, the village of Lake Louise and the Lake Louise Overflow parking lot. Service is courtesy of the Lake Louise Ski Resort and is offered daily from June 30 to September 3.
- Free daily shuttles run between Upper Lake Louise, hamlet of Lake Louise and the Lake Louise Summer Gondola with additional free shuttles from the Lake Louise Overflow Parking lot on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays.
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Frequently asked questions
Are the shuttles accessible?
Shuttles are not wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking stalls are available at both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Clearly display your blue, accessible parking pass to the traffic attendants for access to these sites.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Pets are not permitted on shuttles. You are welcome to visit the national parks with your pet, provided they remain on a leash and with you at all times. If you wish to visit with your pet, we recommend arriving early or late to find a parking spot. Please do not leave pets tied up or in vehicles unattended. Unattended pets may be impounded.
Can I bring my bike?
No. Shuttles cannot accommodate bikes at this time. Biking is permitted on the Tramline, Great Divide, and Moraine Lake Highline trails only. Road cycling is permitted on Lake Louise Drive and Moraine Lake Road. Road riders are advised to share the road with care.
Does the Moraine Lake shuttle stop at Paradise Valley trailhead?
No. If you wish to hike into Paradise Valley or ride the Moraine Lake Highline Trail from Paradise Valley trailhead to Moraine Lake, we recommend you arrive before 8 a.m. to secure parking
What happens if I miss the last shuttle?
Taxi services are available and will be happy to assist you.