Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway in Gatlinburg, TN

1001 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Ride the 120-passenger Aerial Tramway year round and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and a mountain of fun for the whole family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The Tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain. Ober Gatlinburg offers activities including indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, and Scenic Chairlift.

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  • Fantastic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Provides easy access to Ober Gatlinburg attractions.
  • Few seats so expect to stand if busy.
  • Arrive early for less crowded tramways.
  • Tram departs every 20 minutes.
  • Rides last 10 minutes.

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You will enjoy great views on the way up along with plenty to explore at the top, including an animal sanctuary where you can buy tickets to see bears, otters, and other wildlife up close. If you’re feeling daring, you can even buy an additional ticket to ride a chair lift to the very top of the mountain.

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The 120-passenger Aerial Tramway operates all year and provides spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains as well as a mountain of fun for the entire family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain.

Ober Gatlinburg offers activities for all ages, including shopping and dining; indoor ice skating; Ski Mountain Coaster; Wildlife Encounter; Alpine Slide; Scenic Chairlift; Rock Wall; Kiddie Land and Rides; winter skiing and snowboarding; and much more. (Additional fees apply for these activities.)

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Yolanda Benford
Nashville, TN
2 Reviews
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"Awesome event"
March 2022
The Tramway was an awesome event. I am so glad that I purchase my tickets through Tripster in advance because when I arrive at Ober Gatlinburg there was a long line also my husband is disabled and he was in an electric wheelchair so we did get the chance to load up in the handicap area. The customer service workers and a service workers there were wonderful we did not have a problem at all it was a very great experience, afterwards we ate at Bennett's BBQ which is right behind the Tramway on the next street very convenient and then we traveled back down the hill toward Pigeon Forge to go to our hotel.
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Tip: The Tramway moves about every 20 minutes so it's not like you're really waiting for a very long time there are lots to do up on the mountain of Ober Gatlinburg just make sure you time everything out because place is up there close a little early.

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Scott Scholz
Marmora , NJ
1 Review
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"The Gatlinburg Getaway"
January 2022
This is the best tram I’ve rode on in the United States of far beautiful views excellent ride when I go there I always take a trip or two if you don’t don’t bother going to Gatlinburg
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Tip: It’s a great place to visit beautiful

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Sarah Wainscott
Berry, KY
1 Review
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"Amazing"
September 2021
This trip was amazing. I planned this trip a a surprise to my husband for our 5th anniversary. Once we made it to Ober Gatlinburg via Tram we caught the Sky Lift and went up to Mt. Harrison. This was one of the best trips I have taken.
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Tip: That you will need a mask to ride the tram but mask free anywhere else

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Sharane Redmon
1 Review
"Awesome,"
August 2021
This was my first time being on this type of ride and it was awesome. The view was beautiful. I would love to do it again????
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Anurag Kaul
bloomington, IN
1 Review
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"Over Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway"
July 2021
We have blast. There are 4 people in my Family . We all have fun and enjoy it only thing I don’t like they supposed to close at 6 pm and they shut down everything 5:30 pm and we didn’t get chance to see Black Bear . Bummer
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Tip: Go early so you can enjoy everything

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Nestor S.
Saint Charles, MO
2 Reviews
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"Nice natural adventure"
December 2019
Was cool experience visiting the mountains and ride until the ice place, even enjoyable pizza and shopping some clothes also.
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Tip: Nice staff will assist you if you have handicap family member

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Brian Spraker
Decatur, IL
4 Reviews
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"Always A Good Time"
November 2019
Always a good time at Ober Gatlinburg. We have went in Easter for the past two years but went in November this year to see the leaves changing colors in the mountains. Tram ride has great views of the mountains and Ober Gatlinburg offers many options for entertainment.
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Susan Justice
Hendersonville, NC
1 Review
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"Needs updating"
September 2019
I went on Labor Day weekend so the crowds were ridiculous. Tram was packed. Up top, the stores are a little tired and outdated. It seemed like a mini mall of yesteryear.
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Tip: Buy tickets online and save. Lots for kids to do but shopping isn’t that great for adults.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

Can I bring food or alcohol to Ober Gatlinburg?

Outside food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the Aerial Tramway or Ober Gatlinburg premises. Beer is available for consumption in Ober’s Snack bar, and alcoholic drinks are available in the Seasons of Ober Restaurant and The Loft Lounge.

Does Ober Gatlinburg rent strollers and wheelchairs?

A limited number of single and double strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Single strollers are $4.00 per day, and double strollers are $6.00 per day. Ober Gatlinburg does not rent wheelchairs.

How much is parking?

Parking is $10.00 per vehicle. Parking is unavailable on the mountain for buses and oversized vehicles on weekends & holidays. Sorry one time in, one time out.

How often does the aerial tram leave?

The Tram leaves every 20 minutes, taking you on a beautiful 10-minute, 2.1-mile long ride between our downtown tram terminal and our resort on top of the mountain.

Is there an ATM located at Ober Gatlinburg?

ATMs are located in the Downtown Tramway Mall next to the River Road entrance and the Ober Gatlinburg Mall near the hallway entrance to the Ober’s Snack bar (ATM 1) and to the left of the Fudge Shop (ATM 2).

What is the pet policy at Ober Gatlinburg?

Pets are not permitted in the Tramway Mall, the Aerial Tramway, or on any premises at Ober Gatlinburg. Service animals for guests with disabilities are allowed. While Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA. Therefore, they are Not Permitted at Ober Gatlinburg.

Where are the first aid stations?

Ober Gatlinburg staffs the Operations Office with medical personnel during operating hours. The Operations Office is at the end of the walkway near the Alpine Slide/Scenic Chairlift entrance. Additionally, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Patrol is available during all slope hours in the winter months. The Ski Patrol consists of approximately 60 paid and unpaid volunteers, all trained in Outdoor Emergency Care – a certification course in first aid, CPR, and other pre-hospital care and treatment for possible injuries – and are part of a larger international organization, the National Ski Patrol System (NSPS) which includes almost 30,000 patrollers.

What activities are located at the top of the mountain?

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park offer activities for all ages. Shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, a Rock Wall, Ski Mountain Coaster, and so much more are offered at the top of the mountain.

Does it cost money to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain?

Yes, while at Ober Gatlinburg, you may purchase a wristband or attraction tickets that will allow you to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain.

Is Ober Gatlinburg open on holidays?

Yes, Ober Gatlinburg is open every Holiday of the year, with extended hours on and around many of these. The only exception is shorter hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we are OPEN both days.