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Rail/Road travel

Ravenshoe, Australia
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Rail/Road travel

I would be interested to hear readers comments on road versus rail travel Vancouver to Banff with regards to sight seeing taking into account the high cost of the train.

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How much time do you have??

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G'day Ann, and welcome to the TA forums.

The Rocky Mountaineer is, to my mind, hugely overpriced costing as it does about the same as a 7 day Alaska cruise. Apart from the overnight in Kamloops, the train only stops at sidings to give way to freight trains. There is no doubt some of the scenery would be great to see from the train AS YOU GO PAST, but self driving on the road will allow for a better variety of scenery, with several route options available to choose from, and you can stop to enjoy the regions along the way as well.

So you can see where my vote goes.

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If you search the forum you will find time after time most of us tend to recommend self drive. You can see more, stop when and where you want for far less than the RM. If you want a rail trip fine ..if you want to be able to really experience the Rocky Mountains and the magnificent scenery then drive. With the train you see through a window..with a car you're free to get out, go for short walks to waterfalls, stop and watch the bear eating by the side of the road, you can really experience the Rockies.

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Welcome, Ann ~

+1 for self drive. But first some details are needed for this advice to be appropriate.

Who is coming? children?

When are you coming? perhaps from mid May to mid September

Where will you be arriving and departing from? so O/W or R/T?

How many nights/weeks are you planning for?

With a self drive you will have much more flexibility and freedom to experience and enjoy as much of what we have on offer here as you would like. The drive across the province is about 10 hours (Vancouver to Banff) with lots of options for things to do and see on the way. Things you would not be able to do from the train.

As you are new to the forums, a heads up of what's available for people to read and use for research. In the Top Questions to the right of the page, there are Trip Reports. Reading these will give you a good idea of where people went, stopped and what they saw and did. Another article in the list is about choosing a route to take across the province.

Yet an other invaluable strategy is to read other questions being asked on this forum and the Canadian Rockies Forum (TQs there too, very important) and read the advice, suggestions, ideas and cautionaries being offered.

Link to CRF: tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g659487-i11598-Can…

p.s. met my first Cassowary (beauty) and Ducasse very close to where you are!

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"and Ducasse"

Alain Ducasse? In the words of another Queenslander. "Please explain?"

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Banana. Sapodilla too for the first time. Mm-mmm.

Edited: 21 June 2014, 07:18
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OK - sugar banana. Why didn't you call it by its proper name. :)

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