The Gatlinburg Trolley in front of Sidney James Mountain Lodge.

Everything You Need to Know about Riding the Gatlinburg Trolley

When staying at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge, one of the great benefits is the Gatlinburg Trolley stop right outside of our front door! This means that our hotel guests can simply leave their car in our lot and ride around town on the trolley rather than dealing with traffic hassles and parking fees! If you are new to the town’s trolley transportation system, here is everything you need to know about riding the Gatlinburg Trolley:

Gatlinburg Trolley Routes

The Gatlinburg Trolley has over 100 locations throughout Gatlinburg so that you can conveniently access a trolley just about anywhere in town! We will set you up with an interactive trolley map at our hotel so you will know arrival and departure times throughout your stay. Each of the trolley routes are color coded by route so you can always check the signs posted on the front and sides of each trolley to make sure you are on the correct route. Here are some of the most popular routes:

Red Route: River Road and Convention Center

The Red Route runs directly in front of the Sidney James Mountain Lodge and is a great way to connect to the Convention Center and the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center. From this destination, you can connect to all of the routes operated by the Gatlinburg Trolley! There are scheduled departures every 30 minutes, with winter departures about every 35 minutes.

A Gatlinburg trolley parked in front of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.Green Route: Historic Nature Trail and Convention Center

The Green Route also runs near our hotel and is similar to the Red Route in that it connects to the Convention Center and Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center. However, this route also travels down the Parkway to traffic light #10 and onto Ski Mountain Road. Departures are every 30 minutes.

Tan Route: National Park

The Tan Route operates from June through October and shuttles guests to Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Mass Transit Center. The departure times are at approximately 9am, 10:30am, Noon, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5pm.

Pink Route: Dollywood

If you are planning a trip from our hotel to Dollywood, connect to the Mass Transit Center and take the Pink Route. The trolley departs every 60 minutes and stops at the Dollywood Information Center on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge before continuing to the Dollywood entrance.

Purple Route: North Gatlinburg Parkway and Spur Welcome Center

The Purple Route is a popular route that operates service to the free Gatlinburg Park-n-Ride lot and the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. The trolley departs approximately every 30 minutes.

Fare Information

Gatlinburg Trolley driving by Ober GatlinburgAnother great thing about the Gatlinburg Trolley system is that it is a bargain to ride! Fares start at just 50 cents, and exact change is required to board the trolleys. For the best deal in town, purchase an all day trolley pass where you can ride for unlimited times for just $2.00 per day! Be sure to check the latest route and fare information when planning your journey.

Check out all of our hotel rooms in the Smoky Mountains today to take advantage of the convenient Gatlinburg Trolley stop in front of our hotel! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge!