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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

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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.
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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!!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Inspiring
Nicolas_K, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Great views great ride family highlight, great addition to the trip, highly recommended to anyone travelling Banff
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Spectacular Sulphur Mountain Experience.
Thomas_D, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
There are so many Wow moments. The actual ride is amazing, the views are breathtaking. Reaching the top is really just the start - the amazing boardwalk is full of spectacular views. It’s quite a walk but it is a sensational one. This a photographers dream. This one of the great locations that makes you think of our planet and the damage we are doing. I sometimes think we don’t appreciate what awonerful home we have.
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Awesome
Elvis_A, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
I was a bit surprised that the Gondola doesn't get sanitized after each use. However, it was fun. The kids were happy, the experience with the mountains was unprecedented.
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Good
Navinder_D, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Weather was bad, rainy not much for us to enjoy. It was hard to see around us but at the top the view was alright. Overall, if the weather was not bad due to forest fires, the view would’ve been beautiful.
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A trip you won’t regret
Shadi_M, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The view of the mountains from the observation deck was breathtaking. My wife and I also enjoyed the moments while stretching and relaxing at the 4 th level ( Peak). The kids also loved it . After taking a lot of pictures we went to the Alpine Northern lights restaurant and had a nice supper while enjoying beautiful scenes of the mountains.
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Must do!
PerkinsTeam, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The ride itself is absolutely breathtaking but the staff is right there before you even get on the gondola to direct you and help. We really enjoyed ourselves and so glad we made this part of our vacation.
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Best experience ever
Sylvie_C, Aug 2021
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The staff was aawesome, very helpfull and super friendly. The view was amazing, even with the smoke coming from the BC forest fires. The walk in the stairs was easy to do. I felt very safe the whole time. It's an experience I will never forget. I would recommend the visit to anyone who is travelling to Banff...Sylvie & Marc

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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