Banff Gondola

Looking for the best things to do in Banff National Park? Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird’s-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges. With breathtaking vistas in every direction, you’ll understand why the Banff Gondola is a Canadian Rockies must-see destination.
 
Your adventure begins with an eight-minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. Glide up over the treetops to the crest of a steep-sided Rocky Mountain peak and step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience. Stroll along the ridgetop Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk leading to a national historic site where the views get better with every step. From fantastic views of the Banff townsite to glimpses of local wildlife, there’s no shortage of beauty to take in.
 
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Elevating Banff’s Top Attraction to a Higher Level. 

Read about our upper terminal redevelopment project
 
The Banff Gondola is now OPEN. Our all-new upper terminal facility will reopen in several different stages over the next few months. Stay tuned for the grand opening event in August 2016
 
Important Banff Gondola Dates:
All Lower Terminal facilities -
(Guest Services, Gift Shop, Starbucks, Patio, Washrooms):
NOW OPEN            
Gondola Operations: NOW OPEN    
Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson's Peak: NOW OPEN    
State-of-the-art Upper Terminal Facility: Coming Aug 2016!    
*dates subject to change without notice. For further information on the facilities available in the upper terminal please call the Banff Gondola guest services on (403) 762-7475. 
 
The Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk, Sanson's Peak and all other aspects of the outdoor Banff Gondola experience remain unaffected by these renovations. All visitors will still experience breathtaking mountain views and can capture that signature Banff National Park photo. 

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2016 Seasonal Rates
Adults (age 16+) $42.00 Down only - $21.00
Child (age 6-15) $21.00 Down only - $11.00
Infant (age 0-5) Free Free

Rates do not include GST. 
All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
2016 Daily Operating Hours
May 1 - May 19, 2016 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM*
May 20 - Jun 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM*
Jul 1 - Oct 9, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM*
Oct 10 - Dec 31, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM*

  • *Last ride up one hour prior to close and last ride down 30 minutes prior to close.
  • Please note that the Banff Gondola will close at 6:45PM on July 19, and open at 9:00AM on July 20.
  • Open late Weekends! We're open until 9pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 to December 22, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Sunday October 9th open from 10am to 10pm
  • Christmas Holiday December 23 - 31, 2016 open from 9am to 10pm

Getting Here

Driving Distances to Banff
Canmore                    25 km                20 minutes
Lake Louise         58 km            45 minutes
Calgary 130 km      1.5 hours
Jasper 289 km 3.5 hours
Edmonton 417 km 4 hours

GPS Coordinates:
Driving here in a car with GPS? Enter the following coordinates into your GPS unit: Latitude 51°08.897 N and Longitude 115°33.360 W.
Directions to Banff Gondola
The Banff Gondola is located at the base of Sulphur Mountain at the end of Mountain Avenue in Banff, Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The town of Banff is a short 1.5 hour drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway from Calgary and about a 3.5 hour drive south on the scenic Icefields Parkway from Jasper. The nearest International Airport is located in Calgary, Alberta. Once you have arrived into the town-site, the Banff Gondola is a short 2.5 kilometre (1.5 miles) drive from downtown. Located beside the Upper Hot Springs - a short 5 minute drive from downtown. 
 
Parking
During our ongoing construction (until August), parking at the Banff Gondola will be very limited.  Please take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service from/to downtown to make your visit effortless. 
Complimentary Shuttle: Until Sept 5 shuttles operates daily, departing the Banff International Hotel and Evelyn's Coffee Bar every 15 minutes between 10am to 6pm. Last shuttle departs the gondola at 6:15pm
 
ROAM Transit provides local transit year-round from Banff to Sulphur Mountain. Contact them for information on (403) 762-0606. Taxis are also available at any time of the year.

No car? No worries!

Explore Rockies sightseeing tours provide tours from Banff that include the Banff Gondola. We offer pick-up & drop-off service at most of the major hotels in Banff. 

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