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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
$57.49 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Joyful experience
Didn't have to be in long line-up very organized I had just to enjoy the ride and the beautiful nature. Thanks
Nadjet_O, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

star-4
Everything was was very...
Jerry_H, Aug 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Everything was was very clean and well kept. We would have gone earlier in the morning but we’re told it’s open from 11 -3:30.
star-5
Excellent experience.
George_M, Aug 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The views from the top are spectacular, the staff are friendly and helpful. The car parking, can be difficult if you arrive too late.
star-5
Proposal went perfectly, big thanks!
Roy_P, Jul 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Had the experience of a lifetime yesterday, I would like to thank everyone at Banff gondola for everything in making yesterday a memorable one. Can not wait to go back!
star-5
Great and memorable...
Delores_M, Aug 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Great and memorable experience. View was fantastic and breathtaking. I would definitely recommend it
star-5
Great views
Manohar_R, Aug 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The spectacular views all around. The ride is fun and the views are awesome. I would highly recommend it.
star-5
Great views.
Thrse_B, Aug 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Very scary if you dont like hights. But a great challenge! The kids loved IT.Maybe try to hike IT the next Time.
star-5
Incredible views!!
Julia_F, Jun 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
If you are visiting Banff, be sure to do the Banff Gondola ride. It’s quite the experience. And, the views up top are spectacular! Very well run organization. Friendly workers and two gift shops.
star-5
The higher the wider
Jennel_C, Jul 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The gondola ride was memorable! Letting you see the beauty of the nature is priceless! You will never regret this experience.
star-5
Good service
Dirgha_K, Jul 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Smooth comfortable ride and spectacular view from the top of the Sulphur mountain.We had a good time and took a lot of pictures and videos. Would highly recommend to take this ride if you are in Banff. You don’t want to miss it.
star-5
Awesome experience....
Rita_K, Jul 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Awesome experience. Facility exceeded our expectations! Beautiful views from different levels. Educational aspects were so well done. Lunch at restaurant was great.
star-5
Wonderful
Susan_H, Jul 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The gondola ride was great and enjoyed the extra walk to the top of Sulpher Mountain. Beautiful views!
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Banff gondola
Judy_Y, Jul 2022
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Awesome views from that elevation Ride was quick and smooth for those afraid of heights. Good musician after 5:30 but couldn’t stay late to get our free shuttle back to hotel.
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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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What are the nearest attractions to Banff Gondola?
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What else should I know about attractions in Banff?
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