Do you need a license to fly a hot air balloon?

In order to fly a hot air balloon, you must secure a pilot’s license by attending lessons with an instructor and meet requirements based on your country.

How much does it cost?

Ballooning is an expensive sport/hobby. Getting a license for one is no different. The exact cost depends on the training service you go with, but on average, you can expect a private license to be at least $2,500.

The main two expenses that make up the total cost of a license is the training itself and the equipment used during the training.

Having a competent and helpful instructor is the most important part of the training, and therefore, what costs the most. Don’t try to skimp on an instructor just to save a few bucks, a quality instructor will benefit you in the long run.

Assuming you do not own a balloon, you will also have to rent one along with the necessary equipment. If you are savvy, you may be able to find a good deal, but once again, don’t skimp out. Choose quality over price.

How to get your license

Depending on your location, the requirements to secure a license differ.

United States

Live in the United States or under FAA regulation.

United Kingdom

Live in the United Kingdom or under CAA regulation.


Live in Australia or under CASA regulation.

Where to buy a balloon

If you are looking to buy a balloon before you secure your license, or you have your license and are now looking to fly your own balloon, you can order a balloon online using our order page. It allows you to browse the highest quality envelopes and baskets.