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Trip Reviews for Vancouver - Banff
User reviews from travelers who booked a bus ticket from Vancouver to Banff
Ratings and Reviews (63)
Greyhound cancelled on us the day itself. No email notifications. Nothing. We had to go to the airport book a plane to banff which was 4x the cost and book an extra night for the accommodation.
Bus never turned up. Had to pay $344 to get from Vancouver to Banff.
Less breaks and the trip would be shorter. Waited over an hour for our new bus driver today
Good service our bus drivers were excellent they keeped us informed with were we were and next stop etc
For me, it's quite comfortable journey than when i took another bus. Just far away from vancouver to banff, indeed.😂
I am very displeased with Greyhound right now I bought two tickets for Sunday accidentally book the first one wrong for Monday and they would not refund me the ticket pretty pathetic in my opinion
Staff very helpful. Ran to time. Good number of stops for rest breaks. Felt the coach was quite uncomfortable.
It would be nice if drivers were more personable. Our first driver introduced himself and gave instructions re using the onboard toilet. And advised where our stops would be and that he would give further details nearer the stops. The next two drivers never said a word other than to advise what stop we were at when we arrived. (and time of departure if it was a meal stop) If you were asleep you could very well miss your stop.
Staff were very rude and disinterested. I even heard the staff scold customers for standing outside for some air The bus had no WiFi at all as there was an error code The bus smelled bad and the aircon was too high so everyone was wearing coats and towels as a blanket. The driver told us to grab our bags and move at the end of the 14 hour journey
A big improvement would be an app on which you have your ticket and that the bus driver scans it. I am traveling from the Netherlands and I couldn't find a printer to print my ticket, and the bus driver was not very happy about that.. So that would be something to look into I guess. And maybe a time table of the (length of the) stops on there weet with the facilities/opening times of the shops! :) With kind regards, Mirle
first driver great second very loud
I had a lot of space for my legs. However I would wish the headrests of the seats would offer more support. Seatbelts would be nice as well and two out of three bus drivers did not really reveal how long it would take to get to the next stop and so on. However all of them were friendly and my journey was completed without any problems.
Very disappointed. I didn't see so much stop while I booked the ticket. this ticket should transfer in golden station before go to Banff, and I missed it, I have to wait over 9 hours. I searched internet that someone said that's ok to go to the next bus, but when I asked the Greyhound service, she just want me buy a brand new ticket. I know It might be my responsibility for not waiting the bus outside, BUT the attitude of service still makes me really upset.
We had a delay at Kamloops. It would have been nice to be given some sort of notice or reason instead of being left standing knowing nothing.
Bus drivers were great. However, the online booking information was inaccurate and on-site staff not very helpful. Ticket said leave time was 6:30 am, didn't leave until 7:30, no explanation as to the difference. Likewise, was delayed an hour at one stop and when asked, no explanation. Just seemed this was the norm and travellers should be okay with sitting around waiting for hour-long delays without explanation. Also, online arrival time in Banff was incorrect, but I figured that out - they didn't allow in Vancouver for the time change in Banff, although normally the arrival time when I travel is listed in the local time, not the time from which I depart.
It needs better wifi, and to update the buses!
Everything was great, given the price
All good re: transport but some passengers need to know courtesy & respect of fellow passengers- we boarded bus in Vancouver but after lunch in Kamloops went to our seats to find other passengers had taken them despite leaving a jacket & 2 water bottles to mark ‘occupied’. Only single seats left. Maybe staff need to remind passengers boarding of expectations!
Very helpful drivers
Enjoyed the trip. Leg space was good and scheduled breaks appreciated. One small whine was access to food was mostly limited to vending machines.
The journey could have been improved with plug sockets/WiFi but other than that, the drivers were excellent and very prompt.
Staffs are friendly, schedule is punctual. Wifi needs to be improved though, I’m satisfied with the service overall.
Its good. Might be good to have some heating as it was cold where I was sitting (in front of the toilet area).
It was good overall
The bus was uncomfortable, my backpack was mistransfered, the bus was late
The wifi was terrible. Even WhatsApp stopped working every few minutes and I had to reconnect all the time
What made the trip was honestly the amazing staff onboard, even though we didn’t interact a lot with each other it was the little things that counted
The bus ride was ridiculously bumpy
Very disappointed, after getting stuck and being dropped back off at kamloops, we just just told to get off the bus and go inside to find the next bus to get on. No help in any way to find a hotel room or any possible way to Banff without waiting 9 hours for the next bus without knowing if we can even get on the next bus.
First time travelling with greyhound, and very pleased.
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Stations & Stops
Buses leaving from Vancouver to Banff will depart from Main Bus Depot, Holiday Inn on Howe, Pacific Central Station, Waterfront Station, Burrard Station, Canada Place Pier (Cruise Ship Passengers Only), YVR Airport, Burrard Skytrain Station, Canada Place Pier or Sheraton Wall Centre.
A bus ride to Banff will drop you off at Railway Ave, Banff Inn, Samesun Backpackers, Caribou Lodge, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Park Lodge, Ptarmigan Inn, Elk + Avenue Hotel, HI-Banff Alpine Centre or Banff International Hostel.
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