Stampede Park entrance

Be prepared for Stampede this year! Here are some tips for getting around during Stampede.

One day. Unlimited rides. Unlimited Calgary.

Transit Day passes are available throughout Stampede week. You can use this day pass to get anywhere in the city, so ride with us to the Stampede, and then check out all the great sights and sounds Calgary has to offer. Stampede Transit Day Passes are valid for one full day between July 5 and 14.

This year, the Stampede transit day passes are available during the 10 days of Stampede via the Transit app, MyFare, and the ticket vending machines located on the CTrain platforms. Pass prices are as follows:

  • Adult - $ 8.50 (regular $11.60)
  • Youth - $ 6.50 (regular $8.50) 
Kid cowboy at the parade

Parade Day

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth officially kicks off with the Stampede Parade on Friday, July 5. Get there early to get the best seat in the house! CTrain service runs before, during and after the parade. All downtown CTrain stations are within one block of the parade route.

For more information about the parade, visit:

Buses on detour during the Stampede Parade:

During the Stampede parade many of our routes that travel downtown will be on detour:
Route 123467,  101317, 22 24, 62, 646669, 7090, 101, 109, 116, 117, 131,  142151,  300301302, MY, MP & 449.

About 350,000 float-fanatics line the streets downtown to watch over 170 entries take a 4.5 km route. When the parade lets out, thousands make their way to the Stampede Grounds. Here are some options to get you to the grounds:

  • Bus - Route 501 (PARADE DAY ONLY) - Hop on a shuttle bus at one of these locations:
    • Northbound 4 Street SW at 7 Avenue SW
    • Eastbound 7 Avenue SW at 1 Street SW
    • Southbound 1 Street at 8 Avenue SE
  • Route 501 will begin service right after the parade and continue until approximately 3 p.m. View map
  • CTrain – Take the CTrain to Victoria Park/Stampede or Erlton Stations. Please be aware that Centre Street and City Hall Stations become extremely crowded between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You may have to wait to get onto a CTrain, as they fill up very quickly.
  • Walk – From the end of the parade route on 9 Avenue and 4 Street SE, it is only a 10-15 minute walk to the main gates.

View the map of the different options. 

All day long. All night long. All Stampede long.  

24 hour CTrain service during Stampede! Whether waking up at the crack of dawn to get some pancakes, or going home after line dancing all night long, we’ve got you covered!
‘Round the clock service begins the evening of July 4, and ends the morning of July 15.

CTrain Schedule:

  • Every 10 min. - 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Every 15 min. - 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Every 40-50 min. - 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Stampede Express Routes:

We have two express routes that offer direct trips to and from Erlton Stampede Station with minimal stops:

  • Route 504 with express service from North Pointe
    • Approx. every 10 – 15 min. until 1:00 a.m.

  • Route 507 with express service from McKenzie Towne terminal and Douglas Glen Terminal
    • Approx. every 15 minutes until 1:00 a.m.

For the exact schedule and map, please use our Next Ride or Schedules feature on our home page.

Stay safe

Stampede is probably the liveliest time of the year so here are a few tips to ensure you have safe Stampede while using Calgary Transit:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Look both ways before crossing the CTrain tracks
  • Only cross the tracks at the designated locations
  • Stand behind the yellow line
  • Hold your kids’ hands
  • Call 911 or use the Help phones on the platforms or in the CTrain in case of an emergency
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your safety, let any of our transit staff know

We’re doing our part to keep you safe too. We’ve hired security guards, enhanced our partnership with Calgary Police Service, and added Peace Officer patrols throughout the system. We’ll also have officers stationed at Erlton and Victoria Park Stampede stations at all times and at the level crossing at 17 Avenue to help keep you safe.

Our Transit Watch program allows you to discreetly report concerns by texting us at 74100. Our staff will assist and dispatch officers, if needed.

Our stations, buses and CTrains are equipped with cameras to enhance your safety. These cameras are monitored by security staff who can dispatch peace officers or other emergency responders.


Have fun!

Whether you’re a thrill seeker checking out the latest rides, a foodie with a taste for the newest in fried goodies, or catching the rip roaring action of the rodeo, the Calgary Stampede has something for everyone. And we’ll take you there and get you back. Have fun, and please remember to respect everyone around you!

Together, we’re going places.