Parking

Parking in Banff

The Town of Banff has on-street parking and off-street lots with one-hour to 12-hour limits. All public parking spaces are free. Time limits exist on all parking spaces. Restrictions are enforced, so please check the signs when you park. 

In residential areas, unless otherwise posted, vehicles may not park for more than 72 hours.

Use the mobile-friendly website Banffparking.ca to help you find parking for your car, RV/motorhome or bike. The site identifies available parking stalls for each lot in real time.

Commercial tour buses have special parking regulations and are required to use the Legal Bus Routes (PDF) when travelling to their destinations in the Town of Banff.

You are able to pay parking fines online.

Bear St Construction Winter Public Parking

2021 Visitor-Pay Parking 

The Town of Banff will introduce visitor-pay parking in the downtown core in May 2021.

Visitor-Pay Parking is designed to increase the availability of short-term parking spaces in the downtown, while providing an incentive for visitors and commuters to use free 9-hour parking located at the Train Station Public Parking Lot, along the Bow River, and in the Bear Street parkade.

The rate for parking in the paid zone will be $3 per hour when introduced for the summer. The rate drops to $2 per hour next winter.

Visitors will be able to download a parking app before they arrive and use their mobile phones to pay when they park or using a pay station on the street for coin or card payment. Licence plate reader technology eliminates the need to display a dashboard pass or receipt.

Please note: visitors to Banff National Park are required to obtain a Park Pass for day visits or annual passes. Fees for Park Passes go to Banff National Park for visitor services and facilities in the park. The Town of Banff does not receive any revenue from the sale of parks passes. Revenue from the paid parking system in downtown Banff covers the costs of the parking infrastructure and helps with municipal costs.

More information on the Visitor-Pay Parking system.

Banff Residents 

The Town is also introducing a residential parking permit system to keep parking on residential streets in the downtown core available for residents. The permit system will allow all registered residents to park for free for up to 3 hours in the paid zone. Any resident with a registered vehicle can also park on the restricted residential streets. Residents pay taxes directly and indirectly to the municipality to maintain the road and parking infrastructure.

Details on the Resident Parking Permits program.

Find car and RV parking in the Town of Banff

Banff is a walkable community, and most things are within a 10-minute walk. Find out more about Getting Around in Banff.

Parking in Banff National Park

  • Check Banff Now for real-time parking and traffic information for lots and roads in the national park.

Free Shuttle for Campers

People camping in the Tunnel Mountain Campground should leave their vehicle parking in their spot and take the free Roam Public Transit shuttle to downtown Banff.

No Yellow Curbs

In the Town of Banff, we don't paint our curbs yellow to indicate where you can't park. The only place you'll see curb paint is by the Fire Hall, where the 'no parking' area is indicated with red paint.

Rules of the Road
There are a number of parking regulations that are common throughout Canada so they are generally not noted by signs. For example, it is illegal to park:

  • within 5 metres on the approach to a stop sign or a yield sign
  • within 5 metres of any fire hydrant
  • within 1.5 metres of an access to a garage, private road or driveway or a Motor Vehicle crossway over a Sidewalk
  • within 5 metres of the near side of a marked crosswalk
  • on a Highway where traffic is designated as two-way, in the opposite direction of Motor Vehicle traffic
  • in excess of 72 consecutive hours on any Highway 

Motorists must be responsible for learning the rules of the road and parking