Tour code: 3026C09
Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this 12-hour day trip from Calgary to 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. You'll also have some time for souvenir shopping and exploring in Banff proper. 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
  • Free time to eat lunch and explore the town of Banff
  • Upgrade to include a cruise on Lake Minnewanka
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Calgary hotels

What You Can Expect

Banff Day Trip from Calgary

Take in stellar views as you ride the Banff Gondola

Get out of Calgary and into the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on this 12-hour 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, departing between 5:50 and 6:15am. 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 will take 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 back in Banff's downtown, where you'll 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. You'll head back to Calgary at the end of the day.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October.

Customer Reviews

Diane I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide was very friendly and interesting to listen to, answering all our questions with knowledge and a bit of humour. He made everyone feel very special and genuinely cared for our comfort. Thank you for a wonderful day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent drivers very informative information
Coach very comfortable

Very well organized and much enjoyed

Jelena K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

really nice way to spend a day off

Mrs Sandra J J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Wonderful day tour, great staff, and always on time. Would recommend it to all our friends.

Michael j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

We had a wonderful day, the driver/guide was very professional, friendly and welcoming. The whole day was a wonderful experience and we would recommend this tour to anyone spending a few days in Calgary. We thought we had seen it all having spent two days on the Goldleaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer but this coach tour just put the icing on the cake! Thank you to all involved


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

The Guide was fantastic

Benjamin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

This tour was the only reason we stopped at Calgary and it did not disappoint. The Rockies were superb and we got a fantastic view from the Gondola ride. It was also good to be able to wander around the town of Bamff. The only minor negative was the confusion over the return bus trip (i.e. we went on a different bus) but the original driver did everything he could to line it up and make it work. A fantastic day and very worthwhile.

Brian S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

The park is beautiful and the views were spectacular.

Daniel M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

It's an early start to the day out of Calgary, but well worth it. Having the gondola ride first was great from the perspective that my breath was taken away right off the bat and it was only crowded on the way down. The guide was knowledgeable and humorous. I'm not really a tour kind of person, but this one was excellent.

Claudia W

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

It was good...I enjoyed. But is a little time in the places. Not too much time.

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