How Long Is The Hot Air Balloon Flight And How High Do We Go?

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So, let's put a few FAQs to bed with simple, no-nonsense answers.

Firstly we can assure you a flight with Virgin Balloon Flights will cause exceptional exhilaration and ear-to-ear grinning in the air!

How Long Is The Flight?

You’ll be in the air for around an hour, depending upon weather conditions and suitable landing areas.

The whole experience, from setting up, safety briefings, flight, landing, and getting back to your original launch site, lasts for approximately 4 hours.

You will get to help with the inflation of the balloon and prepare for take-off, as well as enjoy a full pilot briefing and a lovely glass of bubbly afterward.

How High Does The Balloon Go?

Every launch site area has different variations of height depending upon the county/ area, weather conditions and time of year flown.

So between around 2000 and 5000 feet is a realistic height to expect, no matter how high you go you’ll see amazing views!

You can even get to know our hand-picked pilots before meeting them.

You can read about their ballooning adventures and achievements, simply by clicking on their name in any of our individual launch site pages.

Check out our Shrewsbury balloon rides location page for an example.

Are There Hot Air Balloon Rides Near Me?


Virgin Balloon Flights is the UK's only national balloon ride operator, with more than 100 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

That means if you're looking for a hot air balloon ride near you, one of our launch sites won't be far away.

We've been taking life higher since 1994, with some of the world's best pilots at the helm of our iconic big red balloons.

If you're ready to join over a million happy passengers to have enjoyed the flying experience of a lifetime with us, check out our range of balloon flight vouchers here.

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