How Much Does A Hot Air Balloon Ride Cost & Other FAQs

BY: Jolene Gilbert |Aug 16, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Rides

A hot air balloon ride has been considered a top-tier romantic gesture for decades. They're those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you'll definitely want to check off your bucket list. But you might have some questions before you agree to fly thousands of feet in the air in a giant wicker basket. Here's everything you need to know about hot air balloon rides.

How much is a hot air balloon ride?

The cost of a hot air balloon ride is usually determined by several variables. But generally speaking, each ride runs about $200–$300 per person. However, with a Groupon, you a find similar hot air balloon ride prices for as low as $129 per person, including a post-flight champagne toast.

Where can I find hot air balloon deals?

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Do hot air balloon rides take place in bad weather?

No, only in good weather. A quick lesson about how hot air balloons work: wind dictates everything, from how the balloons inflate to where they go in-flight. So a balloon can only fly in calm, clear conditions; no rain, no fog, and very little wind—no more than 8–10 mph. 

When do hot air balloon flights take place?

Most hot air balloon companies fly only at sunrise and sunset because that's when the wind is the calmest. 

How tall is the hot air balloon basket?

It will vary, but it should be short enough to look out over and tall enough to make you feel comfortable about being secure. On most rides, the sides came up to about your waist.

What does a hot air balloon ride feel like?

Once you're a few feet off the ground, it really feels like floating. Because the balloon moves with the wind, you don't feel any resistance or swaying, and the air is still and quiet. They will float up and down, topping out at about 2,000 feet off the ground. 

Are hot air balloon rides scary?

For me, the hot-air balloon ride was calm and relaxing. The only real "scary" part of the whole hot air balloon experience turned out to be taking pictures. To get a clear shot, I had to reach out past the basket's edges, and I couldn't stop imagining that I would drop my phone. Trusty Pete said that had only happened a few times, and that they actually found a woman's phone once—when she dropped it from about 10 feet up. Whew! What a relief.

How much does a hot air balloon cost?

Always dreamed of owning your own air balloon? Well, a small hot air balloon that fits two people will run you about $22,000. Air balloons made to hold four or more passengers typically range from $35,000 and up (pun intended).

What is a hot air balloon ride feel like?

To find out what a hot air balloon ride feels like, watch this video: