If one is traveling by airplane on both ends of a TD attempt, more often than not it can be cheapest to book 1 multi-city ticket. Sometimes called 'open-jaw' by reservations agents. Request into YYC (calgary) and out of PHX (phoenix), TUS (tucson), ELP (el paso) or ABQ (albuquerque). The drawback is one must choose a return date well in advance of a start date, whereas a 1-way (14-day advance) return ticket can be purchased as late as day 4 or 5 an attempt.
Bike transport: We strongly recommend anyone arriving to Calgary on an international flight fly WITH their bike. Shipping a bike ahead is not recommended. Historically the Canadian customs' time-to-release for bike shipments can be as much as a week (or more if paperwork is not in order).
Banff, AB Transportation:
Calgary International Airport (Code YYC)
Banff Airporter Shuttle Svc.*TD Official Shuttle Svc.
ACA Shuttle List
*TD Official bike shop: The Ski Stop
Banff, AB Lodging:
Banff YWCA Hostel *TD Official Hostel
Same Sun Hostel
Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff
Banff on a Budget
Best Soaking: Banff Upper Hot Springs (public)
Best Breakfast: Bruno's
Best Local's Bar: Elk & Oarsman
Greyhound Bus Lines: I-10 Route stops in Lordsburg, NM and Deming, NM and transports to PHX, TUS, ELP or ABQ
Amtrak Passenger Trains: I-10 Corridor Route stops in Deming, NM and Lordsburg, NM
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
Phoenix International Airport (PHX)
For comprehensive listings of all lodging resources along the route refer to the Services section on each of the seven ACA GDMBR section maps. For selecting out only the poshest, high cotton accommodations along the way you can go to this list of B&B's but do verify their currency with the ACA list (updated annually).