You'll soon be able to hop on a bus from downtown Cochrane and head out to the mountains.
Starting next week, Snow Travels Inc. will offer routes throughout the province on its brand new luxury buses.
Abu Ramil, President of Snow Travels says they've done the research and there's a demand for this type of service.
People want the opportunity to relax and enjoy their trip but they don't want it to cost a fortune.
"We have on the luxury side, reclining seats, wifi, we are providing free water bottles to our customers. There are reading lights if you want to read a book while travelling and the most important thing is they can do advance seat selection without paying any extra cost."
"Let's say people are travelling from Cochrane to Canmore, we are only charging $18 for that and if people want to travel Calgary to Canmore, it's only $25."
Ramil says making sure customers and drivers are safe is their number one priority.
"We are taking a lot of extra precautions to make sure our customers are safe. Safety of our customers is paramount to us. Masks are mandatory for our drivers as well as for the customers. If the customer doesn't have a mask we will provide them a mask, free of cost. We are also providing hand sanitizer for all of the customers and we will disinfect the buses between every trip."
He says "There is definitely a big demand for people who want to afford this kind of a bus service at the same time as enjoying a luxury bus. Currently there is no bus service available like that."
The routes will get going next week but you can already book your spot.
Ramil says "Bookings are open now for people who want to book for any trip they want to do on July 23 or later."
There are several routes available including:
- Calgary and Canmore, with a stop in Cochrane.
- Calgary and Edmonton, with a stop in Red Deer
- Calgary and Drumheller;
- Calgary and Lethbridge, with stops in Okotoks, High River and Nanton
Ramil says they are hoping to add Banff to their routes very soon.
The buses seat 24 people but because of COVID-19 they are only allowing 12 people on the buses right now.
The pick up spot in Cochrane will be at the Mobil gas station at No Frills at 210 Fifth Ave.
For more information or to book a trip from Cochrane go here.