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Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola

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Mountain Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1B2

The Basics

The Banff Gondola is the quickest and easiest way to get to the top of a Rocky Mountain peak.

You can purchase tickets in advance, choosing between morning, midday, and evening departures. Journey up via the glass-enclosed, 4-person gondola, then explore the summit at your leisure, enjoying the lofty vantage point of the 360-degree deck, walking the 0.66-mile (1-kilometer) Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, following the South East Ridge Trail to the mountain’s true summit, and browsing the hands-on exhibits at the Above Banff interpretive center. On select winter nights, stargazing sessions are held at the summit’s station. Adventurous visitors can hike 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) of strenuous trail and switchbacks up Sulphur Mountain to the gondola’s upper terminal and take a one-way gondola ride down. You also can visit the summit as part of a broader sightseeing tour that includes other Banff National Park highlights such as Tunnel Mountain Drive, Two Jack Viewpoint, and Lake Minnewanka.

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Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
star-4.5
$57.76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Must visit
The staffs are friendly even trip alone. It takes 15 mits to run the observatory place. There is a road to reach the top that take 10mits. It is such a great place ever
HONGYEOLBRYAN_C, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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More than worth the trip!
Shelly_P, Mar 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The views are amazing, photos don't do it justice! Must make the easy climb (walk) to the peak. Additionally the restaurant was very nice and delicious - exceeded our expectations!
star-4
All the way up!!
David_I, Feb 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
It was very cool to see the views from the gondola ride, it’s for sure something you have to do in this area.
star-5
What a stunning view and...
Caro_A, Dec 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
What a stunning view and great experience. I would definitely recommend to friends and family. A must in Banff
star-5
I had planned a wonderful...
Ashley_M, Nov 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
I had planned a wonderful weekend getaway with my kiddos....and it also happened to be the weekend Santa was visiting. My children received ornaments and cookies to decorate and a special visit with Santa. Memories made and a very happy momma. Thank you ❤
star-4
Lovely views
Cari, Sep 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Very friendly courteous staff, clean areas. Only thing is I guess they have different pricing depending where you are purchasing from. Otherwise it was a neat experience. They should have pay pal available for payment.
star-5
Worth it!
Mazlina_K, Oct 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The Banff gondola is a must-see when in Banff. It was absolutely gorgeous, we had a wonderful time going up and seeing the views of the mountain.
star-5
1st time ... was awesome
Michelle_C, Aug 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
It was very well organized. I thought there was good precautions in place for COVID. Beautiful ride to the top. Carts were cleaned after everyone got out. Amazing experience
star-5
Must do!
Eva_V, Sep 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Loved this! We got on fairly quick, try to go as early as possible so you're not waiting in line. The workers were friendly. Amazing views and experience. The restaurants on top are extremely over priced with not a great selection of food. This is definitely a must do when visiting Banff. Make sure you check into the free Banff gondola shuttle, or we opted to take the public bus which was cheap, quick and easy! Also, look online for package deals for this, we didn't and I regret it.
star-5
Amazing Ride
Pankaj_M, Jul 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Great view a must do when in Banff. The staff are very polite and assist throughout the adventure great COVID-19 protocols.
star-5
Amazing experience
Dima_A, Oct 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Loved it!! Highly recommended my 5 years old son wants to do it again before we go back to ontario!!
star-5
Fantastic experience in Banff!
Dung_N, Sep 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
It is a must if you go Banff. Do not get discouraged if it rains, cloudy... because it changes every few minutes. Highly recommended to dress warm.
star-5
So much fun! Lots to see...
Deb_P, Sep 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
So much fun! Lots to see and amazing views! Would definately recommend going!! Fast trip up and no line ups!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visitors who hike one way and ride the gondola the other way still have to pay for a round-trip ticket.

  • It can be cold at the summit station, even in summer, so bring extra layers.

  • The Banff Gondola is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Banff Gondola lower terminal is located about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) south of Banff town center. To get there, take the Route 1 Roam bus from Banff town, which leaves around every 40 minutes. Driving from Banff via Mountain Avenue takes around 10 minutes; parking is available at the lower terminal.

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When to Get There

The Banff Gondola is busiest on summer weekends, so if you’re visiting then, arrive early in the day. During the winter months, the snowy vistas are magical and the summit is generally very peaceful. Summer is prime hiking season in this part of Canada; trails can be slippery in spring and fall, and icy in winter. The gondola closes for around two weeks every January to allow for maintenance work.

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What You Can See From the Top

Upon arrival at the top of Sulphur Mountain, you are treated to astonishing views encompassing six different mountain ranges. Directly below is the town of Banff itself, the Bow River, and the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Often you can spot shaggy bighorn sheep grazing on the slopes.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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