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Banff National Park: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Day-Pass

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Banff National Park: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Day-Pass

From US$ 50.33 per person

Explore the highlights of Banff National Park and Lake Louise in 1 day and at your own pace. Get everywhere you want to go easily and without the hassle of parking or traffic.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Mobile ticketing
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Valid 1 day
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Pickup included
Buses depart from directly in front of both the Moose Hotel and Suites, and the Banff Train Station. All buses depart promptly at their scheduled departure time. It is the guests responsibility to be outside at least 10 minutes prior for check-in. The buses do not wait. No need to pre-select a departure time as your day-pass guarantees you a seat on any bus at any time. Simply show up, check-in with the bus and Hop-On! -Moose Hotel Departures: 07:45am, 09:30am, 12:15pm -Train Station Departures: 07:50am, 09:35am, 12:15pm Bus is a yellow school bus style with HopOnBanff logos on the side and is very difficult to miss.


  • Stand atop an ancient glacial rock formation in the Valley of the 10 Peaks
  • Experience the awe of the massive glaciers above Lake Louise
  • Watch for wildlife such as bears and bighorn sheep through the safe, glare-free windows
  • Discover the beautiful waterfalls of Johnston Canyon and the stunning Moraine Lake
  • Receive a guaranteed seat on any bus at any time
Full description
Maximize your time in Banff National Park with this Hop-On-Hop-Off Pass and see all the main sights at your own pace. The stops include Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and the Lake Louise Gondola (admission is not included). There are 3 departures from Banff, so you can start early and see everything, or sleep in and enjoy a tour along the famous Bow Valley Parkway to Moraine Lake before your return to Banff. • Stop 1 - Banff - The tour departs at 07:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and 12:15 PM daily • Stop 2 - Johnston Canyon - Hop off here to hike up to the beautiful Upper and Lower Falls or even go all the way up to the famous Ink Pots • Stop 3 - Lake Louise Gondola - Soar by gondola or chairlift to the most stunning views on the Lake Louise Gondola • Stop 4 & Stop 5 - Lake Louise - Make sure to hop-off here to enjoy Lake Louise and all that it has to offer. Check out Lake Agnes Teahouse and the breathtaking Plain of Six Glaciers • Stop 6 - Moraine Lake - the most stunning lake in the Rockies. Experience the absolutely breathtaking Valley of the Ten Peaks that surround the lake. Return to Banff as early as 1:45 PM or enjoy all the stops and come back to the town at 6 PM. On your way back to Banff open the windows and watch for wildlife along the famous Bow Valley Parkway. Grizzly bears, black bears, elk, bighorn sheep have all been spotted here. Your bus will stop for photos at any sighting. Enjoy your tour on the original yellow school bus style with a professional driver and a tour guide. All the buses all guaranteed to be 5 years old or newer. Guides on board each bus will help you plan your day on a 1 on 1 basis and give you a personalized itinerary that matches what you want to do. They also have extensive knowledge of nearly everything you would ever want to know about Banff and can help you with hiking suggestions, or even just great places to eat.
  • Knowledgeable guide on each bus
  • A guaranteed seat on any bus at any time
  • Itinerary personalized by guide to fit your schedule
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • The Pass is valid for 1 day for the date you have selected; you are free to hop on and off any of the buses as you please
  • Buses depart 7 days a week from either the Moose Hotel and Suites on Banff Avenue (7:45AM , 9:30 AM, and 12:15 PM) or The Banff Heritage Train Station (7:50 AM, 9:35 AM, 12:15 PM). Please note, the later you depart the fewer places you can explore. The buses come back to Banff at 1:45 PM, 4:55 PM and 6 PM.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 33 reviews

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Great experience with Dominique and Holger

We left the first bus in the morning. Getting up early was definitely worth it! There was enough space in the bus for everyone - we would be very warmly welcomed by Dominique and the accidentally German bus driver Holger. With Dominique we discussed in peace what is best suited for our group (4 adults and 4 kids) as sequence and on-site activity. Since we have already seen Johnston Canyon, we first got off at Maligne Lake, had enough time there and then took the next bus to Lake Louise. From there, take the penultimate bus back to Banff. As soon as bears were spotted on the roadside, the bus stopped for photos and observation. It is really worth booking this bus. The highlight for the children was of course that it is a school bus like in the American films. So there was something for everyone in the group, enough time to watch ...

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August 9, 2019

Your best bet to see all of the things

Since we took the 9:30 bus we had to budget our time a little bit, but the guide helped us find the best schedule. We planned to do Lake Louise (2 hours), Lake Moraine (1 hour) and then the Johnston Canyon hike, but after the first two we were all exhausted so we missed the Johnston Canyon. But that was due to exhaustion, not poor planning. Any other tour wouldn't have given all of these options, and being about $40 less expensive than the other options was great as well.

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July 29, 2019

Great day, excellent value

Booked online, no idea what to expect. Well it was fun. A great day, great guides and drivers. Nick and Tyler helped us plan our route do we had individual needs met. They were also very knowledgeable about the National Park and it’s wild life inhabitants. We were able to purchase Lake Louise Gondola and buffet lunch tickets on board at a better rate than at the destination. We stopped for wildlife and were fortunate enough to see a black and a grizzly bear. No waiting for bus, you know what time it will turn up and you are guaranteed a seat. Be aware they are old school buses not city buses. I would recommend this trip

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June 12, 2019

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