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.
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. In order to travel using the balloon system, a player must give logs (noted or unnoted) to the balloon assistants by each balloon to earn charges.
To unlock the 4 new routes, a player must first start from Entrana with the required charges, and navigate successfully through 3 screens to a new destination. Crashing the balloon will result in the loss of the remaining charges, and the need to start again in Entrana and paying the full cost of the initial trip's charges. Once a destination is unlocked, players may travel there from any other unlocked location, using fewer charges, and without navigating the 3 screens.
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 charge.
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 Note: At time of release, logs cannot be withdrawn.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.
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.)
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 and spend the required number of charges for the first trip.
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 a significantly lower number of charges (between 1 and 5, depending on the destination).
If you log out during one of these screens, you will have to start over using new charges.
No future destinations have been confirmed, but 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.
The following sections show one of several possible methods to get to the final destination.
- It's generally considered a good idea to have earned more charges than you need before beginning, so you don't need to turn in more logs for charges before attempting the flight again.
- Consider setting your game mode to Legacy; as even when the interface is locked with the New Interface System, you're still able to move the controls box around. Using Legacy keeps it in place.
- 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 charge.
- 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 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 during the quest is 10 normal logs; subsequent trips to Taverley require 1 charge.
- Requires Firemaking level 20.
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 themself 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:
||Law runecrafting at Law altar, buy vials, sand collection (no weapons or armour allowed, including hatchets, although hatchets can be on the tool belt)
||Access to Summoning obelisk, buy vials, access to tree patch and to the crystal key chest and also POH portal, and Choking ivy.
||Berry patch at Rimmington, POH portal, and Clan Camp (without clan vexillium). Mining ores at Crafting Guild & Rimmington Mine. Network entry for travelling.
||Earth runecrafting at Earth altar, access alternate entrance for Chaos runecrafting at Chaos altar, using the Sawmill, Woodcutting, clue scroll (easy).
||Closest to a bank, often used as entry point into the balloon network in conjunction with a ring of duelling.
||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 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.
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- 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.
- ninja 23 October 2017 (Update):
- The Balloon Travel Map interface has been updated to bring it in line with other interfaces.
- ninja 23 June 2014 (Update):
- The animations used when travelling on a hot air balloon journey have been updated.
- patch 8 December 2014 (Update):
- Added a transportation icon on the world and minimap for balloon transportation near Varrock's lumber yard.
- patch 18 August 2014 (Update):
- Players will now receive a clear message if they for any reason cannot use balloon travel.
- patch 1 July 2014 (Update):
- An issue with Tiny Lucien when using the balloon transportation system has been fixed.
- patch 13 May 2010 (Update):
- The text in the hot-air balloon journey interface should now be easier to read.
- 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 10 February 2009 (Update):
- Players listening to music manually will no longer be interrupted on balloon trips.