Parking in Banff
Pay parking is now in effect in downtown Banff. Free parking is still available in certain locations around town. See blue areas in the map for free parking locations.
In summer, all parking lots in downtown Banff are usually full by 11 a.m. Use of the large Train Station Public Parking lot is strongly advised. This lot is only 10 minutes by walking to downtown, where Roam Public Transit connects with all attractions in and around Banff and even connects to Canmore and Lake Louise.
Use the mobile-friendly website Banffparking.ca to navigate to parking in the Town of Banff . This web application provides a map, directions, fee or free designation and time limits.
Pay for parking downtown through mobile devices via the PaytoParkBanff.ca website or at Pay Stations or on the downloadable Blinkay App.
Visit banff.ca/PayParking for rates, map, free parking zones, payment app/web portal and more.
Park at the Train Station for free 9-hour parking and an 8-minute walk to downtown.
Parking Fines can be paid to the Town of Banff: pay parking fines.
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.
In residential areas, unless otherwise posted, vehicles may not park for more than 72 hours, according to the Alberta Traffic Act.
Resident Parking Downtown
To park for up to 3 hours free in the downtown paid zone, residents are required to have a Resident Parking Permit. The virtual permit also allows residents to park in the resident-only streets around the downtown paid zone.
Residents are encouraged to visit Resident Parking Permits to apply for their permit, to learn how to park for free and find more information about the program.
Residents call 403.762.1294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance during business hours.
Find RV parking and other specialty parking in Banff
- Motorhomes/caravans/campers/RVs should not drive into downtown Banff. There is no motorhome/camper/RV parking in downtown Banff, and parking is extremely limited on the south side of the river. RV drivers are encouraged to park at the Train Station and walk or cycle into downtown, or park at the campground and take a free Roam Transit shuttle into town.
- Use Banffparking.ca, a mobile site designed for use on smartphones, for maps and available spaces, free lots and parking rates for your passenger vehicle, or motorhome/RV.
- Accessible (Disabled) Parking Spaces Downtown Map (PDF)
- Parking Map (PDF)
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.
- Buy your national park Parks Pass online
Free Shuttle for Campers
People camping in the Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds should leave their vehicle in their spot and take the free Roam Public Transit shuttle to downtown Banff.
Explore Banff National Park
Find out how to get to Banff, the best ways to get to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, Roam Transit information, cycling routes and more at http://explorethepark.ca/
Cyclists must ride on the road and follow all traffic rules used by all other vehicles. Cyclists must dismount when going on sidewalks to use bicycle parking racks located throughout the downtown.
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 side of a road facing the opposite direction of motor vehicle traffic on that side
- in excess of 72 consecutive hours on any roadway
Motorists must be responsible for learning the rules of the road and parking.