Is it possible to travel from Calgary to Vancouver by a train which is not the Rocky Mountaineer? I would like to travel this route making a couple of stops, spending a couple of nights here or there on the way. The Rocky Mountaineer is too structured and too expensive, and I don't particularly want to travel by bus!
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
You do have one other option, with Royal Canadian Pacific
, although I am not sure this is what you are looking for as it is a structured and expensive tour as well.
The closest alternative you have is VIA Rail
, which is the passenger rail service of Canada. It travels between Vancouver and Edmonton, AB on the line known as "The Canadian", which continues on to Toronto. You can ride any section of the line that you wish, although check the website as I would be surprised if this is not quite expensive as well. Sadly, train travel in Canada is not an inexpensive way to go.
Like Steven mentioned, train travel here in Canada is not cheap, do you really have an aversion to taking a bus? You are better off to go by Greyhound bus if you are thinking of hopping on and off.
I did a VIA train trip in the other direction but I didn't see much between boston bar until we arrived in banff the next morning.
The Rocky Mountaineer and Royal Canadian Pacific were designed ONLY for tourist travel and therefore very expensive and for that reason hit all the scenic points along the way for a normally mellow and senior crowd.
I wish we had a more European-style train travel here but we just don't. I hope this helps.