Banff Gondola

Looking for the best things to do in Banff National Park? At the Banff Gondola, you'll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime.  

Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird's eye view of six mountain ranges. Witness breathtaking views in every direction from one of several observation decks. Discover a 1 km interpretive SummitWalk to a national historic site. This exhilarating activity is open year-round and a definite 'must-do' on your trip to the Canadian Rockies. 

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Season Available Adult Child  
Summer & Fall Apr 17 - Oct 25, 2015 $39.95 $19.95 Book now
Summer & Fall Savings May 15 - Sep 6, 2015 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
$34.95 $14.95 Book now


  • Child tickets are available for children 6 – 15 years of age. Infants (0 – 5 years of age) are free of charge. 
  • One-way down tickets are available for hikers from May 15 - Sep 7, 2015 (required between 11:00 AM - 6:30 PM only). Valid for use down only, purchase at Gondola ticket desk. Adult: $19.95, Child: $9.95
  • Rates do not include GST

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

2015 Hours of Operation
May 15 - Aug 31, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2015 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM*
Sep 8 - Oct 9, 2015 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM* (Mon-Fri)
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM* (Sat-Sun)
Oct 10 - Oct 12 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM*
Oct 13 - Oct 15 Closed to the public
Oct 16 - Oct 18 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
Oct 19 - Oct 22 Closed to the public
Oct 23 - Oct 25 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM*
Oct 26 - Apr 30 Closed to the public

  • *The last gondola ride up is one hour prior to closing time. The last gondola ride down is 30 minutes prior to closing time.
  • The Banff Gondola is planned to reopen to the public on May 1, 2016 with limited upper terminal facilities. Find out more information.

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 townsite, 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. If you require just transportation, contact Roam Transit for transit information to Sulphur Mountain. Provided year-round, please call (403) 762-0606 for info. Taxis are also available at any time of the year.

No car? No worries!

From June 19 - September 7th, guests with pre-purchased tickets to the Banff Gondola or Banff Upper Hot Springs can board the complimentary Banff Gondola shuttle from downtown Banff (224 Banff Ave) to Sulphur Mountain and a return shuttle from Sulphur Mountain to Banff Ave. Shuttles depart every half hour between 9:00am and 6:00pm.

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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