The only train to Banff is the really expensive Rocky Mountain Excursion. Driving is the best way so you can stop along the way.
What does a 6 night trip mean? You want to stop for 6 nights along the way or is it 6 nights total with includes seeing ?
this is a forum for the Canadian Rockies which has things to do etc when using a web browser
Which train? Have you researched this at all?
It would be helpful to have more details about your trip, as mentioned. Six nights for Vancouver to Banff? How many more nights for Banff? Then where?
We usually recommend a minimum of 8 or 9 days for driving from Vancouver to the Rockies - 2 days to drive across BC, and about six days split between Banff and Jasper. Then, exiting via Calgary. This is for a one-way trip, and does not include time in either Vancouver or Calgary. You'd want closer to two weeks if it's a round trip, or to spend time in both cities.
If you are interested in trains, you can take the Rocky Mountaineer (luxury tour train with price tag to match) to either Banff or Jasper - www.rockymountaineer.com - OR VIA Rail (Canada's version of Amtrak) from Vancouver to Jasper. www.viarail.ca . The Rocky Mountaineer takes two days to get to Banff from Vancouver; the train travels only in the daytime and you overnight in a hotel in Kamloops. VIA runs all through the night; it's 20 hours or so from Vancouver to Jasper.
Via Rail is similar to Amtrak and runs to Jasper as an overnight trip. You miss a lot as it goes thru areas at night. The rockies run north to south and all trains go west to east so your not in 'the rockies' while on the train except for a really small portion. Driving gives you flexibility.
Six nights?? Fly to Calgary and drive from there. 3 nights Banff, 3 nights Jasper...if you can find availability.
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