We get quite a few people asking us how much is a hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley so we figured we’d lay it out for you here. Simply stated, it will generally cost around $200 per person with the price increasing slightly over the weekends. Keep in mind that this is the price for a shared hot air balloon ride. If you are looking for a more intimate hot air balloon experience the price goes up significantly. Expect to pay around $1500 – $3000 for a private flight with the higher end price usually coinciding with weekend bookings.
Want to save money on your hot air balloon ride in Napa?
(Shameless plug) With a single Priority Wine Pass you can save $20 per person for up to 4 guests- that’s a total $80 savings. This deal can be redeemed at Napa Valley Aloft which is one of the best hot air balloon operators in Napa Valley. In addition to savings on your balloon ride, you’ll also get other great deals like complimentary tastings, 2 for 1 tastings, discounts on wine purchases and much more. The wine pass can more than pay for itself in savings!
Something else worth mentioning is why we ended up partnering with Napa Valley Aloft. Not only are they one of the most established operators in Napa, but also one of the best. I love that they have smaller basket sizes vs the competitors. This means less people on the flight and a much more intimate experience.
Is a hot air balloon ride in Napa worth it?
Absolutely! There is nothing like the views provided by a hot air balloon experience, especially in Napa. My first trip I was very hesitant if it would be worth the money (mainly because I’m a little fearful of heights). I was shocked to learn that hot air balloons glide ever so smoothly over the vineyards so I’ve never felt woosey or scared. Since then I’ve taken many rides with my friends visiting town. This is because flights take off in the early morning so it makes a great activity prior to wine tasting.
How long is a hot air balloon ride?
Hot air balloon ride times vary by weather, but Napa Valley Aloft asks that you reserve 3.5-4 hours for the full trip. In air time also varies but it can range from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, again, depending on weather.
More hot air balloon questions?
We recommend you check out Napa Valley Aloft’s FAQ. They have a bunch of useful information to help you get ready for an incredible experience.