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Banff Day Trip from Calgary

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Calgary, Canada

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the mountain town of Banff and its surrounding attractions. Check out the surreal rock formations near Tunnel Mountain Drive, shaped by thousands of years of wind and rain. Then soar above Banff on board the Banff Gondola as you take in incredible views of the town and surrounding peaks. At the conclusion of the tour, you have the option of being dropped off in Banff for your own leisure before your shuttle departs back to Calgary. Your Banff day trip also includes round-trip transport from select hotels, coach transport, and gondola ride.
  • Day trip from Calgary to Banff, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • Ride Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain for spectacular views
  • Upgrade to include a cruise on Lake Minnewanka
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Calgary hotels
Banff Gondola
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pick-up and/or drop-off at multiple locations available
Local taxes
Lake cruise (if option selected)
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Sandman Hotel Calgary 6:05 am pickup

Calgary Marriott Downtown 6:15 am pickup

Departure Time

6:15 AM
Get out of Calgary and into the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on this day trip to Banff and its nearby attractions. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary, or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice.

Start your trip with pickup from select Calgary hotels. Check with your tour operator for exact departure times. Please note you must be at your pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to departure. Then take a relaxing trip by coach out of Calgary, eventually arriving at the beautiful Tunnel Mountain Drive, which takes you into Banff. Make sure to watch for local creatures like elk, bear, and deer along the way.

Head next to the Banff Gondola, gliding above the nearby peaks near town, as you enjoy the incredible views on the ride up. Once you reach the top, take some time to visit the boardwalk and the 360-degree observation deck for more panoramas of the stunning collection of peaks nearby. Then continue to Bow Falls, a gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. 

Finish your day by heading back to Calgary or finish it with the option to be dropped off in Banff's downtown prior to heading back to Calgary, where you have plenty of time to explore the town at your leisure. Shop for a few souvenirs at the many retail stores lining the main strip downtown, and grab a delicious lunch (at your own expense). If you're looking for a way to add to the fun, you can purchase an optional upgrade for a cruise on the serene Lake Minnewanka. Head back to Calgary at the end of the day with both options.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October. This tour can last up to an entire day or it can be shortened.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Brewster Sightseeing
Pass By:  
Bow Falls
Views of Bow Falls
Pass By:  
Tunnel Mountain Drive
Views of Tunnel Mountain
Stop At:  
Banff Gondola
Ascend the Banff Gondola to enjoy 360 views from our boardwalk
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Prior to your travel date, your hotel details must be advised to tour operator so they may arrange your pickup. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call and advise them of this information directly. The contact details will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
  • Guests may depart this tour in Banff if accommodation has been arranged
  • The return transfer back to Calgary departs at 3:45pm
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Banff Jasper Collection By Pursuit

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Banff Day Trip from Calgary?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Banff Day Trip from Calgary.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Banff Day Trip from Calgary?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Banff Day Trip from Calgary.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Banff Day Trip from Calgary?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Banff Day Trip from Calgary.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Banff Day Trip from Calgary?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Banff Day Trip from Calgary.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Banff Day Trip from Calgary?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Banff Day Trip from Calgary.

Traveler Tips


  • "Worth taking this tour - well organized and excellent tour staff." See review
  • "If you are happened to be in Calgary for a short period of time, you can enjoy the real natural beauty in one day by taking this trip." See review
  • "I will bring my girls in summer they can't wait to be there :" See review

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star-5
Amazing Gondola ride
budoy64c
, Sep 2019
My friends and I had an amazing experience with the Gondola ride and climbed and look up at the Sulphur Mountain. John the driver was very knowledgeable and Anya was very helpful and was taking pictures to everyone
star-5
Pro driver and guide
DayTrip59314491962
, Sep 2019
Although it's a shorter than expected stay at Banff on 10 Sept, our driver Alexster (pardon me if spell wrongly) and gudie Jack are professional in their knowledge, as well as friendship efficient and humorous. especially for the personal antetcdotes from driver, and we get to learn about the boys scouts' chant! :)
star-5
Absolutely fabulous
r0binswhitehead
, Sep 2019
Mark and Charlie were absolutely fabulous. They were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Charlie is a great photographer!
star-5
Calgary to Banff day trip
cawtommy444
, Jul 2019
This was an excellent adventure. The day trip to sulphur mountain and the gondola ride were amazing. Our host Joe and driver Rebecca were very knowledgeable and funny and made everyone feel at home also answering all questions . The snack time and meet were chances to talk to the others and meet new friends..Overall an awesome time..Thanks
star-5
Banff
Tour31359309647
, Jun 2019
Wonderful day trip....Lots to see and do....Just wish I had more time to go spend a day at Lake Louise....
star-2
Very short trip and not comfortable for people traveling with kids
Expedition630985
, May 2019
Our rides from Calgary was smooth, however the driver was rude when we asked him clarification on the next transfer bus for Banff sight seeing (8:30am). He was upset that we asked him couple of time about the same thing, but we were not sure where we should go for the next bus. The gondola trip was great and they managed it really well and we were pleased to see that they gave us a separate gondola since we were with an toddler. However, the rest of the trip after Gondola was not very good, there were too many short trips and it was really hard for us travelling with a toddler. Keep in mind that they drop you off around Banff downtown around 1:30PM and no proper information was provided to us about the next pick up to Calgary (also we were dropped off at the wrong locations, since the guide missed our stop). We had to call customer support multiple times to find the nearest pickup point and we didnt have enough time for proper lunch since we had confusion on the next pickup. Overall, I would not recommend someone who is planning for this trip from Calgary for a day and it may be useful for people who are already staying in Banff.
star-4
The Canadia beauty in one day
rogeryhsu
, Sep 2018
If you are happened to be in Calgary for a short period of time, you can enjoy the real natural beauty in one day by taking this trip. The local operators is very good. I was very impressed by the precise timing of departure and arrival of each points. I do wish they cut one of the view point (like Fairmont Spring Hotel) and increase the time of staying at lake shore for those who do not want to take a lake cruise.
star-5
Worth taking this tour - well organized...
Fe R
, Jan 2018
Worth taking this tour - well organized and excellent tour staff.
star-3
We really loved visiting Banff and...
Tan F
, Oct 2017
We really loved visiting Banff and the tour guide was friendly.......it was just that this group was HUGE and impersonal:
star-4
You must go to see the Rockies if...
Sandra C
, Oct 2017
You must go to see the Rockies if visting Calgary and this trip was great from the Hotel pickup to the return and the Gondola up the mountain was incredible with awsome scenery.

Product code: 3026C09

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