The Gatlinburg Trolley is Free on the Parkway this Summer

13 Apr

The Gatlinurg trolley driving down the street.Gatlinburg’s beloved trolleys are about to get even better. From June 13 to August 15, trolley service along the entire length of the Parkway will be completely free!

Convenient and Inexpensive

Taking the Gatlinburg trolley is always a good idea, as it saves money on gas and eliminates the need to find parking. With the addition of free service during the peak summer season, traveling by trolley makes more sense than ever.

How to Get a Free Ride

Trolleys offering free service along the Parkway are identifiable by their open air design and distinctive color scheme. The free rides will be offered between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day. The usual Parkway stops are being augmented to accommodate an increased number of riders. A total of 40 stops will be included to make it easy for travelers to exit the trolley close to their destination. That’s good news for visitors since many of the best things to do in Gatlinburg are found along the Parkway.

The Story of the Gatlinburg TrolleyThe Village in downtown Galtinburg on the Parkway.

Back when the Gatlinburg trolley began service in 1980 it had only six vehicles. Naturally, the routes served were much shorter and didn’t offer as much variety. With more than 20 vehicles in its fleet today, the trolley service is poised to serve the 800,000 riders who depend on it each year. Every trolley is fully accessible for all riders.

Trolley Route

Currently, the trolleys covers a route that spans about 50 miles. Tourists and locals use it as a safe, efficient, and affordable way to get around town and to reach other regional attractions like Dollywood, the National Park, and the Arts & Crafts Community. You can learn more about the route by visiting the Gatlinburg trolley website: http://gatlinburgmasstransit.org/

The Gatlinburg trolley in front of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.How to Pay for Fee-Based Rides

If you want to take a trolley ride away from the Parkway, there is a modest fee. Passengers taking just one trip can pay the fare for the route of their choice when boarding the trolley. Alternatively, all day, unlimited ride passes are sold for two dollars each in central locations like the Mass Transit Center, City Hall, and City Welcome Centers.

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