Flying in a hot air balloon often makes it to the top of an adventure seeker's bucket list. To make your next ride a more enjoyable experience, we've addressed some of the most common questions around hot air balloon rides.
The average hot air balloon ride lasts about an hour. This ride includes 30 minutes of ground preparation, 15 to 20 minutes in the air and 15 minutes on the ground for packing up.
Hot air balloon rides vary based on the company, location, and add-ons. With that being said, the average cost of a hot air balloon ride is between $200 and $300 per person.
Hot air balloons can fly as high as 20,000 feet, but most rides stay below 1,000 feet.
Read our full post to learn more on how high hot air balloons fly.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes and bringing a light jacket or sweater. Multiple layers are always better!
Read our full post on what to wear on a hot air balloon ride.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates hot air ballooning in the U.S., so you can rest assured knowing your safety is of utmost importance to the companies on this list.
Hot air balloon companies are required to have a Commercial Balloon Pilot licenses and all pilots go through rigorous training before they are allowed to fly. You can also feel safe knowing that all hot air balloon companies need to meet or exceeds FAA safety standards.
Read our full post to learn more about hot air balloon safety.
Typically, temperatures are warmer during the day. Winds are often higher during these periods, which is why there are often avoided by experienced pilots.
Read our full post on why hot air balloons fly in the early morning and late evening.