Balloon transport system

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A hot air balloon.

The balloon transport system or Hot Air Balloon is one of several transportation methods in RuneScape. During the Enlightened Journey quest it can be used for travel between two locations. After the quest is complete, four more locations are available to be unlocked by completing respective journeys to those locations. The music track Floating Free plays during the journey.

Having unlocked all travel routes is one of the requirements for getting a trimmed completionist cape and master quest cape.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Balloon map.png

There are currently 6 locations that can be flown to, each needing a specific type of log and Firemaking level to attempt the flight.

After completing the Enlightened Journey quest, a player can travel between Entrana and Taverley. To unlock the 4 new routes, a player must first start from Entrana with the required new logs, and navigate successfully through 3 screens to a new destination. Crashing the balloon will result in the loss of the remaining logs, and the need to start again in Entrana with a new set of logs. Once a destination is unlocked, players may travel there from any other unlocked location, using fewer logs, and without navigating the 3 screens.

Destination Initial Trip Firemaking Level Subsequent Trips NPC
Entrana Build balloon (during Quest) 20 1 charge Auguste
Taverley 10 normal logs (during Quest) 20 1 charge Assistant Stan
Crafting Guild 10 oak logs 30 2 charges Assistant Brock
Varrock - south of Lumber Yard 30 charges 40 3 charges Assistant Serf
Castle Wars 40 charges 50 4 charges Assistant Marrow
Grand Tree 3 magic logs 60 5 charges Assistant Le Smith

For each of the 4 new routes that is unlocked, a player receives 2,000 Firemaking experience. Going back to Entrana to unlock the other destinations requires 1 normal log.

Charge system[edit | edit source]

The hot air balloons use a charge system to travel. Higher tier logs count for more charges and up to 4000 charges can be stored by giving logs (noted or unnoted) to the balloon assistants located next to each balloon, by right-clicking on the assistant and selecting 'Store logs'. Note: At time of release, logs cannot be withdrawn.

The following logs can be used to gain additional charges. Acadia and Maple logs may not be used.

Log Charges Price per charge
Logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of LogsLogs 1 332
Oak logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Oak logsOak logs 2 62
Willow logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Willow logsWillow logs 3 38.67
Teak logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Teak logsTeak logs 3 24
Mahogany logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mahogany logsMahogany logs 4 84.75
Arctic pine logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arctic pine logsArctic pine logs 4 73
Eucalyptus logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eucalyptus logsEucalyptus logs 4 192.25
Yew logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew logsYew logs 4 42.75
Magic logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic logsMagic logs 5 80.8
Elder logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder logsElder logs 6 1,021

Ballooning[edit | edit source]

Balloon controls panel

See the quest Ballooning section for a review of flying a balloon.

  • Each control always moves one "space" forward (horizontally to the right), and either up, down, or without change in altitude.
    • Drop sandbag: moves up two spaces (UP 2).
    • Burn log: moves up one space (UP 1).
    • Relax: moves forward (right), with no change in altitude (RIGHT).
    • Pull normal rope: moves down one space (DOWN 1).
    • Pull red rope: moves down two spaces (DOWN 2).
    • Bail: bails out the player from the balloon flight. ("Crashes" east of Falador and west of Draynor Manor.)

Destinations[edit | edit source]

There are 6 locations the balloons can fly to: Entrana, Taverley, Crafting Guild, Varrock, Castle Wars, and the Grand Tree. Entrana and Taverley are available after completing the Enlightened Journey quest.

A player crashes the balloon

Entrana is also the main entry point to unlock routes to new locations. A player must start at the Entrana site carrying the appropriate logs.

For the first trip, a player needs to navigate through 3 screens avoiding birds, clouds, buildings, trees, and other hazards. Once the player completes the journey, subsequent trips do not require navigation and requires only 1 log of the appropriate type.

If you log out during one of these screens, you will have to get new logs and start over.

Future destinations[edit | edit source]

There are several rocks that look exactly like the balloon landing sites before completing Enlightened Journey. In the Rellekka Hunter area there is a snow or ice covered stone landing pad rock in the northeast.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

The following sections show one of several possible methods to get to the final destination.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • It's generally considered a good idea to have a friend hold extra logs by the Entrana balloon if you crash. This way, you won't have to go through too much trouble to start up your next attempt.
  • Consider setting your game mode to Legacy; as even when the interface is locked with NIS, you're still able to move the controls box around. Using Legacy keeps it in place.

Entrana[edit | edit source]

  • Entrana is the starting point for the Enlightened Journey quest, where a player begins the construction of the Balloon Transport System.
  • The Entrana balloon is located north-west of the dock, and just north of the herblore shop.
  • As a starting point, there are no screen routes available for Entrana.
  • Unlocked upon the completion of Enlightened Journey quest; subsequent trips to Entrana require 1 normal log.
  • Requires Firemaking level 20.
  • Entrana contains the law altar (for making law runes via Runecrafting), spawn points for seaweed, and a sandpit (for collecting buckets of sand), making it a popular location for glass crafting.
  • Weapons and armour are not allowed on Entrana, including hatchets.

Taverley[edit | edit source]

  • Taverley was made available during the quest, and the screen routes are available at the Flying to Taverley section.
  • The Taverley balloon is located south of the Summoning shop, north-west from Falador, and is on the island with the Lady of the Lake.
  • Initial requirement is 10 normal logs; subsequent trips to Taverley require 1 normal log.
  • Requires Firemaking level 20.

Crafting Guild[edit | edit source]

  • Initial requirement is 10 oak logs; subsequent trips to Crafting Guild require 1 oak log.
  • The Crafting Guild balloon is located just north of the Crafting Guild, west of the Clan camp, and south-west of Falador.
  • Requires Firemaking level 30.
Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3
Balloon crafting guild 1 path.png
Balloon crafting guild 2 path.png
Balloon crafting guild 3 path.png
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 2 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 4 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 4 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 6 Relax
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 6 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug

Varrock[edit | edit source]

Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3
Balloon varrock 1 path.png
Balloon varrock 2 path.png
Balloon varrock 3 path.png
Balloon transport logs icon.png 4 Logs
Balloon transport tug icon.png 2 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport logs icon.png 2 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport relax icon.png 6 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 2 Logs
Balloon transport tug icon.png 4 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 4 Relax
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 2 Tug
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 2 Tug
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax

Castle Wars[edit | edit source]

Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3
Balloon castle wars 1 path.png
Balloon castle wars 2 path.png
Balloon castle wars 3 path.png
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 2 Sandbags
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 5 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 2 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 7 Relax
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 4 Relax
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug

Grand Tree[edit | edit source]

Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3
Balloon grand tree 1 path.png
Balloon grand tree 2 path.png
Balloon grand tree 3 path.png
Balloon transport relax icon.png 7 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 12 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport sandbag icon.png 1 Sandbags
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 3 Relax
Balloon transport logs icon.png 3 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport logs icon.png 1 Logs
Balloon transport relax icon.png 5 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 1 Relax
Balloon transport emergency tug icon.png 1 Emergency tug
Balloon transport tug icon.png 1 Tug
Balloon transport relax icon.png 2 Relax

Uses and costs of the balloon transport system[edit | edit source]

The main uses of the balloon transport system are in combination with the use of a ring of duelling teleport to the Castle Wars for banking. Typical trips start at the Castle Wars bank, which has an entry to the balloon transport system close by. A trip can also start at Grand Tree if a player teleports his/herself there by using a spirit tree (the balloon is just north-east). For simply accessing the network without round-trip travel, the Crafting Guild option of the skills necklace is fastest, but the bank is further away.

Examples of round trips to balloon transport system destinations, and possible activities are presented in the table below:

Destination Cost Activity
Entrana 1 charge Law runecrafting at Law altar, buy vials, sand collection (no weapons or armour allowed, including hatchets. Although hatchets on the tool belt are usable.)
Taverley 1 charge Access to Summoning obelisk, buy vials, access to tree patch and to the crystal key chest and also POH portal, and Choking ivy.
Crafting Guild 2 charges Berry patch at Rimmington, POH portal, and Clan Camp (without clan vexillium). Mining ores at Crafting Guild & Rimmington Mine. Network entry for travelling.
Varrock 3 charges Earth runecrafting at Earth altar, access alternate entrance for Chaos runecrafting at Chaos altar, using the Sawmill, Woodcutting, clue scroll (easy).
Castle Wars 4 charges Closest to a bank, often used as entry point into the balloon network in conjunction with a ring of duelling.
Grand Tree 5 charges Tree patch, fruit tree patch, Spirit tree transport system, Gnome Gliders, Gnome Stronghold agility course, Big Chinchompa, delivering Chimp ices.

As one example, a player with 60 Woodcutting can equip an earth tiara, and rune essence at Castle Wars:

  • Go on the balloon and go on to Varrock right next to the Sawmill.
  • Craft runes at the Earth altar, which is also right next to the balloon. You could also use the Chaos altar just a little farther away, but its maze means a lot more running.
  • Step back out of the Earth altar and cut oak logs near the Sawmill. Turn them into oak planks.
  • Fly to Castle Wars and bank.

Repeat as needed for a much faster way to get both oak planks for Construction, and that always-tiring runecrafting experience, using less time and run energy than other plank or runecrafting options. Alternatively players may use a ring of duelling rather than the balloon to return to Castle Wars.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • ninja 1 April 2019 (Update):
    • Players can now again store logs with Auguste for hot air balloon charges.
  • patch 25 March 2019 (Update):
    • Hot air balloons now use a charge system to travel. Higher tier logs count for more charges and up to 4000 charges can be stored by giving logs to the balloon assistants.
    • Balloon travel no longer has a inventory weight limit.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • Corrected the grammar in the balloon travelling interface.
  • patch 6 May 2009 (Update):
    • Improved the tooltip box for the hot air balloon controls.
  • patch 21 April 2009 (Update):
    • Ensured you don't have a skull icon above your head during parts of Chosen Commander and that you do if you've been skulled prior to taking a balloon ride.
  • patch 8 April 2009 (Update):
    • Balloon journeys now have a ‘quick-fly’ option, providing you meet any requirements necessary.
  • patch 25 March 2019 (Update):
    • Hot air balloons now use a charge system to travel. Higher tier logs count for more charges and up to 4000 charges can be stored by giving logs to the balloon assistants.
    • Balloon travel no longer has a inventory weight limit.
  • patch 10 February 2009 (Update):
    • Players listening to music manually will no longer be interrupted on balloon trips.