A GUIDE TO SHUTTLES AT MORAINE LAKE

**updated for 2024**

Welcome to the ultimate guide to navigating Moraine Lake with the shuttle bus system! Moraine Lake is undoubtedly one of the most stunning and sought-after destinations in the Canadian Rockies, but with its popularity comes the challenge of managing access to this pristine location. To help preserve the natural beauty of Moraine Lake and provide a smooth experience for visitors, Parks Canada has implemented a shuttle bus system during peak season.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using the Moraine Lake shuttle buses. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler looking to optimize your trip, we’ve got you covered. From booking your shuttle tickets to understanding the logistics of the system, we’ll ensure you’re well-prepared to make the most of your visit to Moraine Lake.

Let’s dive in and discover how to make your journey to Moraine Lake seamless and unforgettable!

Parks Canada Public Shuttle BUs

 

PRICE: $12 per adult

SHUTTLE TIMES: 6:30am – 6pm

RESERVATIONS: 40% of tickets are made available in April 60% of tickets are made available 48 hours prior to departure time. Reservations are made on the Parks Canada Website.

PICK UP: Lake Louise Ski Resort (Park and Ride)

Shuttle Bus Service Overview:

    • The Parks Canada shuttle bus to Moraine Lake operates during the peak tourist season to manage traffic and parking congestion at the lake.
    • The shuttle service is designed to provide convenient and eco-friendly access to Moraine Lake while minimizing environmental impact.

Operating Times:

    • The shuttle buses typically operate from late May to early October, corresponding with Moraine Lake’s busiest period.
    • Exact operating dates may vary slightly each season based on weather conditions and visitor demand.

Shuttle Bus Schedule:

    • Buses run regularly throughout the day from the Lake Louise Park and Ride area to Moraine Lake.
    • The first bus departs early in the morning to accommodate sunrise visitors, and the last bus returns in the evening after sunset.

Ticket Prices:

    • As of the 2024 season, adult tickets for the Moraine Lake shuttle bus are priced at CAD $12 per person (ages 18-64).
    • Senior (65+) and youth (6-17) tickets are available at a reduced rate of CAD $6 per person.
    • Children aged 5 and under ride for free.

Booking and Reservations:

    • Tickets for the shuttle bus can be purchased online in advance through the Parks Canada reservation system or on-site at the Lake Louise Park and Ride.
    • Advanced reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak season, to secure your preferred departure time.

Duration and Frequency:

    • The shuttle bus ride from Lake Louise to Moraine Lake takes approximately 20-25 minutes, depending on traffic and road conditions.
    • Buses depart frequently throughout the day, ensuring visitors have flexibility in planning their visit to Moraine Lake.

Accessibility and Amenities:

    • The shuttle buses are equipped with facilities to accommodate passengers with mobility challenges.
    • Each bus is also equipped with knowledgeable staff who can provide information about Moraine Lake and the surrounding area.

Environmental Benefits:

    • Using the shuttle bus helps reduce the overall carbon footprint of visitors to Moraine Lake by minimizing private vehicle traffic.
    • Parks Canada encourages sustainable transportation options to protect the ecological integrity of the area.

** NEW FOR 2024*** ALPINE START SHUTTLE

Departs from LAKE LOUISE SHORELINE PARKING LOT (not the Ski Resort Park and Ride)

4am and 5am pickups ONLY
Must be reserved in advance – details to come.

PUBLIC Shuttle Options

FAIRVIEW LIMOUSINE

PRICE: $25 – $75 per person

PETS ALLOWED: $10-30 extra

SUNRISE SHUTTLE TIME: 4am – 6:30am

REGULAR SHUTTLE TIME: 8am – 8pm

PICK UP: Lake Louise Inn

MORAINE LAKE BUS COMPANY

PRICE: $35 – $50 per person

SUNRISE SHUTTLE TIME: 4am – 6am

SUNRISE PICK UP: Samson Mall – parking only available until 8am

REGULAR SHUTTLE: 6am – 6pm

REGULAR PICK UP: Samson Mall – must park at mountaineer lodge and walk over to mall

MORAINE LAKE SUNRISE SHUTTLE

PRICE: $95 per person for Moraine Lake
add $80 for a stop at Lake Louise with boxed breakfast

PICK UP TIMES: Canmore (3am) , Banff (3:30am), Lake Louise (4am)

This company also offers private shuttle for groups up to 13 passengers.

MOUNTAIN PARKS TRANSPORTATION

$25 per person

PICK UP TIMES: 
8am, 1pm, 4pm
30min at Moraine Lake
30min at Lake Louise

PICK UP LOCATION: Banff

TEN PEAKS SHUTTLE

$69 per person
Pick-ups from Bow Valley Parkway and Lake Louise Village

$95 per person 
Pick ups from Town of Banff

PRIVATE CHARTER BUS

BANFF SEDAN

Sprinter Van – 11 passengers – $775-$1095
Mini Coach – 24 passengers – $1350

PRIVATE LIMOUSINE & CHARTER BUS

PATAGONIA LIMOUSINE & CHAUFFEUR

Executive Van – 14 passengers
Luxury SUV Limo – 14 passengers
Minicoach/Bus – 24 passengers

Taxi Service

THREE SISTERS TAXI

COMING SOON

ROAM PUBLIC BUS

ROAM BUS OPTION 1 – Early June – Mid Oct

INFO: Bus from Banff to Lake Louise (Route 8X) and upgrade your bus ticket to the ROAM SUPER PASS for $25 per person to gain access to the Parks Canada Lake Connector Shuttle

PRICE: $25 per person for the ROAM SUPER PASS. It is one day pass only that must be reserved in advance by date.

PICK UP LOCATION: Banff High School Transit Hub (Route 8X) to Lake Louise and use Parks Canada Lake Connector Shuttle from Lake Louise to Moraine Lake

 

ROAM BUS OPTION 2 – Sept – Mid Oct Only

INFO: Direct to Moraine Lake bus (Route 10) that runs in September and October ONLY.

PICK UP LOCATION: Banff High School Transit Hub (Route 10)

 

PLanning a Photo Session at Moraine Lake

Planning a photo session at Moraine Lake involves careful consideration to make the most of the stunning location within the limited time frame.

Begin by scheduling at least a one-hour session to allow for different shots and perspectives. For small sessions like proposals, couples, or engagement sessions, it’s advisable to utilize the Public Shuttles and the larger Shuttle buses provided by Parks Canada.

However, events such as weddings or elopements, booking a private bus or limo is recommended to ensure flexibility and privacy. Advance reservations for transportation are crucial due to high demand and limited parking availability at Moraine Lake.

This thoughtful planning will contribute to a successful and memorable photo session against the breathtaking backdrop of Moraine Lake.

Sessions at Moraine Lake starting at $1000 CAD