Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this up to 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. At the conclusion of the tour, you will 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
Get out of Calgary and into the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on this up to 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 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'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 with both options. Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from May through to October. This tour can last up to 12 hours or it can be shortened.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Calgary to Banff day trip
, 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
Very short trip and not comfortable for people traveling with kids
, 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.
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.
This 10 hour day started with a two hour bus ride from Calgary to Banff. There was Lake Louise in all her splendor as shadows mirrored the pristine waters. We drove through town to see the resort. Went through fashionable neighborhoods. While in Banff, we rode the gondola for a panoramic view of the resort many thousands of feet below. An optional boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka was taken. Touristy, but still spectacular. This tour was very professional. Recommended.
We enjoyed our all day trip from Calgary to Banff, riding the gondola and seeing all the sights around Banff. It was especially nice to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate after the trip to the sulfur springs!! I am still using my cup back at work.
The only jarring note was that we thought we would be taken back to the Fairmont Pallister Hotel in Calgary where we had started the trip that morning but there was a side trip to the airport first making the day longer.
Otherwise it was a very enjoyable day with great hosts and I would highly recommend it!!