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Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola

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332 Reviews
Hours vary by season
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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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.
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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
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Surreal Experience
Montanakuhar, Sep 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The Banff Gondola was an amazing experience and a superb way to experience the surreal Rocky Mountains.
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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.
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Best ride ever
Jenny_G, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
So happy we my family and I took the gondola! The views were breathtaking. Love the fire pits, was a chilly day so they were nice to warm up too.
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Fantastic Experience and Better Views
Haylee_R, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Such a great experience! Pre-booking with Viator made it so easy once we arrived to the gondola. It was 100% worth it, and will continue to recommend the gondola, and booking through Viator to all my friends and family!
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Excellent
Samantha_B, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
It’s an absolute must! Beautiful views and the restaurant at the top is stunning. Lots to see and do!
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Great experience
ChengPing_L, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
The works there are very friendly and helpful . One family in a group , everyone wears mask. On the way up it's kind more scared than go down, but the views on the top of the mountain are so amazing !!
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Stunning
Tasha_M, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Absolutely beautiful! Worth every penny! The staff are amazing and always ready to help guide you! I would 100% do this again!
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Awesome View!! Wow
Helen_H, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Well worth the Visit and Ride. All the staff are friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend it when visiting Banff.
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Gondola Experience
Kelly_H, Oct 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
Quick, awesome service. No line ups! Everyone was very friendly and directed you where you needed to be! Excellent experience!
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Beautiful!
Sandy_D, Sep 2020
Banff Gondola Ride Admission
loved the gondola experience up to sulphur mountain. It was about an 8 minute ride up, the views on the top of the mountain was beyond what words could describe it to be. It’s a must see.

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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