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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. 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 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.

Customer Reviews

Mrs Lesley P S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing tour. We thought we would be just picked up and dropped off at the gondola and lake but we were given a full guided tour off Banff and stopped for lots of photo opportunities. Funny and very informative guide. Great day.

Kohli G. S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

One of the most beautiful places. The tour offered a lot of choices.

Na Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip!

Miranda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I really enjoyed this tour through Banff, and the add-on of the Gondola and lake tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and shared stories and information about the history, as well as helpful hiking tips. I'd love to come back to Banff and participate in some of the other options available.

Jean B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was made by Alalan and Jade driver and hostess they were fabulous to us all it was amazing seeing the beautiful sites of the Rockie mountains and the river trip is a must learning the history of them I have recommended you to other hotel guests thank you for helping may my stay Wonderful

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

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