How Much Does A Hot Air Balloon Cost?

How much does a hot air balloon cost

When looking to buy a hot air balloon, you will ask the question “How much does a balloon cost?”. You can expect new balloons to start at around $40,000, and used ones to start at around $10,000.

What goes into the price

The envelope of the balloon makes up the vast majority of the cost since it’s the most important part of the balloon. The performance and advertising ability of the balloon depend on the size and quality of the envelope.

The second most costly and important part of the balloon is the basket. Baskets are typically chosen based on the number of passengers they can hold and their weight. While commercial flyers care about the capacity of the basket, racers care more about the weight.

You also have to buy all the necessary gear and equipment to own and operate a balloon. This includes burners, straps, and a vehicle to transport the balloon.

Average cost

The cost of a new balloon will be around $40,000. This price can vary based on the envelope, basket, and equipment you select.

You can expect used balloons to start around $10,000. Used balloon prices will decrease as the number of hours flown increases. When buying a used balloon, make sure that it comes with a current safety certificate, as the envelope becomes porous and loses strength at around 300 hours.

It's important to note that special shaped balloon prices will change drastically based on the specifications. The more unique and intricate the shape, the larger the price tag.

How to buy a hot air balloon

We made the process of buying a hot air balloon simple. You can choose from the following options:

Option 1: Buy a completed balloon

Visit our Balloon Purchase Page and browse our curated collection of completed hot air balloons. If you cannot find one that suits your needs, you can move on to option 2.

Option 2: Choose your own envelope and basket

If you would like to choose your own envelope and basket instead, you can browse our envelope and basket pages.