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Banff Gondola Ride Admission
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Banff Gondola Ride Admission

By Banff Gondola
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About
Enjoy sweeping views across Banff National Park as you glide to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola with wraparound windows. Booking gondola tickets online takes care of the planning in advance, and you still have the flexibility to arrive on your own schedule. At Sulphur Mountain, use your time on the summit to walk, take photos, and enjoy panoramic views.
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C$58.81
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Ages 0-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
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Highlights
  • Round-trip gondola tickets save you a big hike
  • Enjoy plenty of room in the 4-person gondola cabins
  • Big windows offer great views from every seat
  • Gondola schedule leaves you time to explore Sulphur Mountain

  • Gondola admission
  • Infant Tickets are free but are required for Attraction
  • Entry/Admission - Banff Gondola
  • Entry/Admission - Sulphur Mountain
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3026P46

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Gondola down ride time will be assigned upon check-in
  • One hour and forty minutes will be allotted for each guest at the top. Gondola ride down time will be assigned with check-in time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Infants are free and required a ticket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3026P46

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  • Banff Gondola
    13,155
    Banff, Alberta, Canada
    Joined in August 2007
  • jesparker2121
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views are worth it, but getting there is tough right now
    Construction delays made it extremely difficult to get to the Banff Gondola using public busses. We waited for a buss that was not at capacity for 2 hours and missed our up time. I recommend updating the website to keep future customers aware as there are no refunds. They still let us go up, but we did not get to do everything we wanted to due to time constraints. Very friendly staff though and amazing views!
    Written June 21, 2024
  • kellycnoel
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and worth every penny!
    While the cost made me hesitate, I am SO glad we did the Banff Gondola! It was so much fun and the views were 100% worth it! The kids loved the interactive exhibits and just exploring the outdoors on the mountain. The food at Northern Lights was not as good as we hoped. For the price of the food, we expected more. Overall, our experience was excellent, I would skip the restaurant next time though!
    Written June 21, 2024
  • 84teacher
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inefficient Boarding Process
    Arrive early as EVERYONE has to wait in line to have your PRE-PURCHASED tickets printed at the counter, then you have to wait in line to enter. Other than that, the experience was amazing! Sky Bistro is worth the money! Bring a coat with a hood - it's cold and windy at the top!
    Written June 20, 2024
  • Kym P
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view of Banff
    Made our hike to the view point on Tunnel Mountain feel like not such an achievement, but the views from both were awsome
    Written June 20, 2024
  • manarkhalil95
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weather conditions
    The weather conditions ruined the experience and the view, the client should be notified with the weather expectations on top when purchasing the ticket
    Written June 20, 2024
  • VisitorToBanff
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    Not cheap but well worth it for the experience, mountaintop walkway and amazing views. Good public transport links. Lost my phone in the rapid switchover on the gondola but with help from staff and Apple retrieved it after tracking it a few times up and down. Phew!
    Written June 19, 2024
  • Trail05645239638
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Experience
    overall experience is really good. It was worth choosing Banff Gondola. Certainly, a slight price reduction could make me more happy.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • proudtobesingh
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bad weather, no views
    When i got up there it was kind of foggy so we waited to see if it gets better so ended up dining at northern lights restaurant so that we will have something to do but while we were eating weather got even worse and we bad 0 views and it was super cold as well. Not the fault of banff gandola team but i do feel there should be a refund offered in these scenarios as traveling to banff overall is an expensive experience and then to come up and not get any views is very saddening and disheartening.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • hollywood2024
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonder views and fun experience
    Views were amazing fron the top. Dined at the sky bistro was very good. All staff was very helpful and friendly. Would definitely go again.
    Written June 19, 2024
  • csj0nes01
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banff Gondola 10/10, Sky Bistro 8/10.
    My wife didn't get what was advertised on the menu. Server was very good and didn't charge for desserts.
    Written June 17, 2024
  • SUZANNE W
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AWESOME
    I'm scared of heights but felt I needed to go up based on the reviews. It didn't dissapoint - it is simply stunning . I would say we went early June so queues, parking and space at the top all great but I imagine this will not be the case in high season ....
    Written June 17, 2024
  • Ross M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience, a must for Rocky Mountain visitors
    Wildly recommended and deservedly so. A great time up the gondola and a good short hike to complete once up there. Additionally on the other side you are free to hike the mountains if you so choose. Great restaurant experience, really tasty and excellent seating. Anyone visiting I would recommend a day to visiting the gondola and eating there.
    Written June 17, 2024
  • SudhirP250
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    The Banff Gondola offers a stunning ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, providing breathtaking views of Banff and the surrounding Rockies.
    Written June 17, 2024
  • Curiosity618298
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banff Gondola
    I loved to ride up. God had a different plan as to us being able to see. It was snowy and foggy but what an experience! The staff is fantastic. The6 are very friendly and helpful.
    Written June 17, 2024
  • J5753PQkarenm
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taking in the views!
    After couple of days of hiking, we really enjoyed Banff Gondola experience! It was a great day to just relax and take in the views!
    Written June 16, 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The gondala is quite long which makes you feel like you are getting your money's worth. There is a "museum" type place at the top with three different restaurants but it seemed quite pricey for a fairly uninteresting menu. There is also a hike to a weather station that is very fun and probably took about ~30 min round trip (including lots and lots of time for pictures). Make sure to dress cute that day because the picture opportunities at the top are incredible. The museum thing at the top itself is very child level which would make it super family friendly but just ended up being boring for me.
Written August 22, 2020
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Hi danadtoronto, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review we really appreciate it. It is great to hear you got to experience the facilities at the top and got some nice photos ops too. Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Matt
Written August 24, 2020
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Kim A
Kitchener, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
As a group of 10 with ages from 12-65 we booked the combo gondola ride and Northern Lights buffet. I recommend booking in advance if you plan to eat up top (which has an amazing view), as we noticed the restaurant was fully booked and seating was only given to those with reservations. Overall it was a nice trip and view, but only about half of our group felt that they would choose to do this again; the price didn't seem worth the value to everyone. In fairness, we had a few in the group that had aversions to heights so that didn't help the experience.
Written August 21, 2022
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Hi P7388GBkima, I appreciate you taking the time to review the Banff Gondola. We are regretful that you did not fully enjoy your Gondola experience at the top of Sulphur Mountain. Please feel free to reach out to me at rlienart@pursuitcollection.com to discuss your visit further. Thank you, Raphael Lienart Assistant Guest Experience Manager
Written August 23, 2022
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AlbertaChristiegirl
Calgary, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We booked a Sky Experience Package (lunch at Sky Bistro including gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain) online a few days before our visit.

The booking system worked perfectly and we arrived with our printed tickets in hand.

Once inside the building, we were greeted by a friendly ticket operator who said we could go up now (we were a bit early) or poke around in the gift shop first (which we did).

No line ups as with Covid-19 they stagger the ride times and only allow your party of up to 4 to ride together. The gondola operator assisted us with the doors and off we went to enjoy the about 7 minute ride up the mountain. The gondola was clean (they sanitize between riders) and it was nice to have the little windows open - the glass was also spotless for great picture taking as well. The gondola travels at a nice speed, not bumpy or scary at all.

The ride experience on the way home was just as wonderful and they even have someone there when you board at the top to take a "professional photo" of you, which you can purchase when you arrive at the bottom ($20).

Very fun and enjoyable experience that is well worth the money!
Written March 17, 2021
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Hi AlbertaChristiegirl, Thank you so much for such a positive review, it really means a lot to us. We are so glad you had positive experiences at so many of the stops at the Banff Gondola, we'll be sure to pass your lovely words on to the relevant teams. Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you again soo. Matt
Written March 19, 2021
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Bob S
Calgary, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Beware the NO CANCELLATION policy. I decided to pay the outrageous fee of $96Cdn for two seniors (local residents). I bought the tickets online one day before the trip. This is encouraged on their website to avoid long line ups. On the day of the trip it was raining and very windy so I decided to cancel the trip. When I asked for a refund the answer was NO REFUND! I lost $96 to this total rip off operation.
Written October 9, 2020
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Dear Bob S Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent visit to the Banff Gondola. I am sorry to here you were disappointed with your recent experience. We do encourage guests to purchase online before their visit for a smoother arrival, avoid line ups and the best admission price. When we have incremental weather our policy is to offer to reschedule and when this is not possible we will refund on a case by case basis. I apologize for the issues you encountered. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience further in detail so I can understand fully what information you were given and how we can avoid the same situation in the future. At your convenience please reach out to me directly at bhumby@banffgondola.com. Thank you Beverly Beverly Humby Assistant Manager, Guest Experience bhumby@banffgondola.com
Written October 10, 2020
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Keisha R
Ardrossan, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travelling during COVID-19 has changed a lot, but the Banff gondola has made accessing this attraction very easy. You can easily book your tickets and “flight times” online and avoid printed tickets or lining up to buy them onsite. At the lower terminal you are required to wear face masks, but everything is nicely streamlined and clearly marked. There is access to bathrooms inside the lower terminal building once you are within 30 minutes of your “flight time.” You are required to wear your face mask as you load the gondola car, and the employees wear them as well. The gondola cars are sanitized before you board them. One positive of COVID-19 is that they don’t fully pack the 4-person gondola cars and even if you are a couple (like we were) they let you have your own car which is something I don’t think they normally do. We removed our masks inside the car since it was just the two of us, but when you exit the car at the upper terminal you must wear a mask. Same goes for all of the upper terminal, unless you’re eating at the café. The café was wonderful, tasty, and the service was very quick. The hike up to the cosmic ray station was very easy and short. The views from both the upper terminal and cosmic ray station are astounding. There isn’t a better place to get panoramic views of Banff townsite and the Bow valley.
Written August 25, 2020
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Hi keishareynolds, Thank you so much for your 5 star review it means so much to us. Thank you for such positive feedback in relation to the new protocols we have in place for COVID-19. It has been a big change and we are so happy you felt safe on your visit to the Banff Gondola. You are right, we no longer put groups in a gondola together unless they are travelling together. Thanks again for such positive feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thanks, Matt
Written August 27, 2020
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Angela Hampton
Atlanta, GA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We weren't going to do this attraction initially but made a last minute decision to do it. The cost was our biggest hesitation, but after experiencing it we thought it was definitely worth it! The gondola ride itself was really pretty and peaceful and the views from the observation deck were absolutely insane. Even though the temperature was below zero, we spent a while soaking in the amazing views. There was a small starbucks inside and a great gift shop too! We will definitely be back! If you go when the mountains are covered in snow, we recommend staying until sunset. We headed down a little early and missed the pink glow on the mountains.
Written September 29, 2020
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Hi angela_demarco95, We are so glad you decided to visit us. The views really are amazing from the top and we are so happy you got to experience them. The temperature up top can be quite a bit colder from the bottom so we always suggest layering up. Sunset is an amazing time to be at the top of the mountain if you get a clear day. We would highly suggest coming around that time for your next visit. Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you again. Matt
Written October 2, 2020
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Brent M
Wetaskiwin, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I haven't been up the gondola for nearly 20 years. We had a recent trip to Banff and my wife suggested we go again. I looked up the tickets online and was shocked at the price. A friend who lives in Banff agreed it was expensive but he said it was worth it.
Tickets are priced based on when you book and the estimated demand. So Uber pricing. Tickets start at $55 each for adults from what I saw, maybe they are available cheaper if you book farther out from your visit but I never saw anything less than $55. We paid slightly more but we booked a couple hours before our time.
We booked for 7 of us and selected our departure and return times even though I was unsure of how long it would actually take. When I exchanged our online booking confirmation for the actual tickets the lady at the counter told us they weren't that busy and that the times on our tickets would be flexible which was nice to know.
There was no line-up and we went up the gondola. The views on the way up are beautiful. Once we got to the top it was easy to follow the signage and find our way around. Three of us headed out on the boardwalk to the weather station while the older ones stayed behind in the main building. It was a fair distance to the end but an easy walk. The boardwalk is nice and wide with lots of room to stop without impeding traffic and there are some picture boards to read to add to the experience. And the views of course. You can see the entire area from the boardwalk and when you get to the end and make sure you touch the back board at the weather station to show you're done (that's my rule) After the walk out we realized the hardest part of the walk is the last few sets of stairs back up the the main building. So if you can walk out 5 minutes you've committed to the hardest part already.
There are lots of displays in the building and a movie and gift shop. The movie was good but the quality of the movie (the display, not the contents) were not nearly as good as they could have been. There were also a lot of seats blocked off due to Covid so our group had to split up into pairs and we took up most of the theater.
We spent a total of 2 hours here and never had lunch so I would base your estimated time at 1.5 hours if you don't feel the need or effort to walk to the end of the boardwalk and up to 3+ hours if you plan to have lunch.
It was a great experience and I guess what we paid for what we experienced it was worth it.
Written June 21, 2021
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Hi Brent M, Thank you for leaving such a detailed and positive review, it is much appreciated. You have given future guests a lot of useful information to use when travelling to the Banff Gondola. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us and might see you again on your next visit to Banff! Matt
Written June 26, 2021
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JohnnyBravo55
Canmore, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Modern gondola , well kept , quick ride up and amazing views of Banff and all the peaks around .
There is a restaurant and a bar ( same location ) .
All was great if not breathtaking .
A musician outside was paying the harmonica and was incredibly talented . Could not ask for anything more moving .
Written August 6, 2020
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Hi JohnnyBravo55, Thank you for reviewing the Banff Gondola on Tripadvisor. By the sounds of it you were able to take full advantage of our facilities while you explored the Upper Terminal. I’m super excited that you were able to dine at Sky Bistro as it is ranked the #1 restaurant in Banff and could enjoy some live music on our rooftop patio! Our Program Manager has worked extremely hard to organize each performance so I will definitely pass on your positive feedback. Once again, thank you for visiting the Banff Gondola and we look forward to hosting you again. Best Regards, Michael McMaster Guest Experience Supervisor
Written August 9, 2020
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Steve T
Hockley, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
During our stay in Canada we spent a lot of time on Gondolas but this was definitely well worth the visit. We pre-booked well in advance and went early in the morning, I would strongly recommend this.

Although it wasn't excessively busy when we were there, clearly they are geared up to handle huge volumes of visitors. We were staying at the Rimrock resort which is within a 5 minute walk but during busy times cars were parked way down the mountainside for the gondola and hot springs.

Views from the mountain top are incredible and expansive walkways help give a sense of space and isolation.
Written August 26, 2022
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Hello Steve, While you may be a Gondola aficionado at this point, were glad you found our well worth the trip! Glad you enjoyed the views and had a great time. Kind regards, Brody.
Written August 26, 2022
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Riley
Winnipeg, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Visited on a Thursday afternoon in November. Admission prices were a bit expensive (~$65 per person), but it was worth it when we got to the top. Starbucks at the bottom of the Gondola was open, so we grabbed a coffee and hopped in to get to the top. The gondola ride was around 8-10 minutes long, was very smooth/relaxing and the view was incredible. Once you arrive at the top there is a gift shop & restaurant (although the restaurant was closed due to Covid). The boardwalk at the top takes around 20 minutes to walk all the way to the summit of the mountain, and the view from there is priceless. Overall we spent around 2.5-3 hours from our arrival to when we left - so I'd say it was definitely worth it.
Written November 26, 2020
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Hello rileycho: Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Banff Gondola. It is good to know you had a great experience and you enjoyed your visit to Banff Gondola. To get the best price for the day and time you want, we recommend booking well in advance. Thank you again for the amazing review. We hope to host you again in the future. Kind Regards,
Written November 27, 2020
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