Calgary, Alberta, is a wonderful city to spend time in, ranked in the top five of the most liveable cities in the world for 10 years in a row, and named the most liveable city in North America for two consecutive years by The Economist. Those who do not live right in the city but are close by in a suburb may still want or need to drive into Calgary, Alberta, from time to time. Perhaps someone works in Calgary or is thinking of taking a job there, or maybe they want to visit for one of the many events this city hosts.
Regardless of why people will drive into downtown Calgary, they'll want to know driving and commute times into the city from the different surrounding suburbs. The following information details how long it will take to get downtown from these surrounding suburbs.
Downtown Calgary from Arbour Lake
Those who live in Arbour Lake, which is under 20 kilometres away from downtown Calgary, can expect commute times possibly doubling, depending on the time of day or day of the week they are travelling. For a morning commute or evening commute, it may take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on how heavy traffic is and which route someone decides to take.
Weekend mornings, however, will take less time—typically 20 to 35 minutes. Yet, later in the morning or in the afternoon during the weekend, drivers could have similar driving times as the rush hour weekday times.
Downtown Calgary from Haysboro
Driving from Haysboro during weekday rush hour typically will take people less than 30 minutes, with a driving time ranging anywhere from 12 to 28 minutes. Because the shortest route is less than 10 kilometres away, it is a lot closer than Arbour Lake.
Getting to downtown Calgary from Haysboro on a weekend morning could take drivers as little as 12 minutes—especially if they drive along Macleod Trail. The longest driving time people may encounter driving on a weekend from Haysboro is about 35 minutes.
Downtown Calgary from Fairview
Fairview is located less than 8 kilometres from downtown Calgary. People can reach the city in as few as 10 minutes during congested weekday commute times, with driving times up to almost 30 minutes.
During the weekend, a drive from Fairview to downtown Calgary in the morning is usually shorter. People could still drive into the city in as little as 10 minutes, but the longest time it would possibly take would be about 22 minutes at most. Evening driving times on the weekend are similar to weekdays, with times ranging from about 10 to 28 minutes as well.
Downtown Calgary from Walden
Getting to downtown Calgary from Walden, which is a suburb located much further out than the suburbs above, will usually take people a bit more time. Located about 20 to 30 kilometres away depending on the route taken, sometimes the longer distance route will actually take people a shorter amount of driving time. Weekday mornings driving from Walden to downtown Calgary are usually in the 20- to 40-minute range, while evenings may take a bit longer, with driving times that may take as long as 55 minutes.
On a weekend evening, driving times could vary greatly depending on the route people take, ranging from 22 minutes to almost one hour. Weekend mornings, however, should take people less time—usually about 22 to 30 minutes, with longer times around 45 minutes.
Downtown Calgary from Capitol Hill
From Capitol Hill, getting to downtown Calgary on a weekday morning or evening may only have a driving time of under 10 minutes. Though people may experience a few extra minutes of traffic in the evening as opposed to the morning, they are still sure to reach the city from Capitol Hill within 30 minutes.
On a weekend morning, it will most likely take someone anywhere from 9 to 22 minutes to drive about 7 kilometres into downtown Calgary, while the weekend evening has similar driving times of about 9 to 26 minutes.
Downtown Calgary from Hillhurst
Hillhurst, only about 4 kilometres away from downtown Calgary, is one of the closest suburbs on this list. Similarly, driving times are much lower from here, taking drivers as little as 6 to 18 minutes in the morning or 6 to 24 minutes in the evening on a weekday.
Weekend driving times are similar to the weekdays in the morning, ranging again from 6 to 18 minutes. However, compared to the weekdays, driving times on weekend evenings are a bit quicker, taking drivers up to 20 minutes at most.
Downtown Calgary from Brentwood
Located about 12 kilometres or so from downtown Calgary, the suburb of Brentwood usually takes drivers about 14 to 26 minutes on a weekday morning commute. In the evening on a weekday, driving times from Brentwood can still take people as little as 14 minutes, with driving times reaching up to 30 minutes.
On a weekend morning or evening, driving from Brentwood to downtown Calgary is pretty a pretty similar schedule, and will most likely take people about 14 to 24 minutes.
Downtown Calgary from Huntington Hills
Driving to downtown Calgary from Huntington Hills on a weekday morning could vary a decent amount, with times ranging from about 12 to 35 minutes. On a weekday evening, driving times are similar, ranging from about 14 minutes for the quickest time, and 30 to 35 minutes for the longest commute time.
Weekend morning and evening driving times from Huntington Hills to downtown Calgary are quite similar but slightly quicker to driving on weekdays, taking drivers anywhere from 12 to 30 minutes in the morning or evening.
Downtown Calgary from Edgemont
Edgemont is about a 15- to 20-kilometre drive away from downtown Calgary. The quickest weekday morning or evening driving time from here is 18 minutes, with the longest time reaching up to 35 minutes. On the weekend, these times don't really change.
Driving from Edgemont into downtown Calgary provides quite consistent driving times, so people can prepare knowing that times will most likely have a similar range, no matter the day or time.
Downtown Calgary from Airdrie
Located almost 33 kilometres from downtown Calgary, Airdrie is one of the furthest-away suburbs distance-wise on this list, though not necessary driving-time wise. Driving from Airdrie to downtown Calgary on a weekday morning or evening will only take people 22 to 30 or 35 minutes.
Similarly, driving into downtown Calgary on a weekend morning or evening from Airdrie should also stay within this range. People can expect this drive to typically be about 30 minutes or less.
Downtown Calgary from Cochrane
Those who want to get to downtown Calgary from Cochrane will have a bit further to drive, as this suburb is located about 40 kilometres away from the city. During weekday mornings, the commute will typically take drivers anywhere from 28 to 45 minutes, with driving times reaching as long as 55 minutes. Weekday evening driving times will take people a bit longer, with times around 30 minutes to one hour.
During the weekend, driving from Cochrane into the city in the morning may be as short as 28 minutes or as long as 55 minutes. Driving times during the evening on a weekend are fairly similar, ranging from 30 to 55 minutes.
Begin Your Drive From the Suburbs to Downtown Calgary
Those who live in or close by to any of these suburbs will hopefully feel better prepared for their next drive into downtown Calgary. Living in the outskirts of a major city can be convenient to easily drive back and forth, and hopefully shouldn't be too time-consuming, depending on when someone plans to drive.