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Bunny Hopper Express

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad welcomes back The Bunny Hopper Express Easter Train April 7 & 8! This 4 and half-hour round trip special event train departs the historic Bryson City Depot at 10:30 am and will travel through the Smoky Mountains to our picturesque layover destination, for Easter-themed activities and Egg Hunt. Passengers will be on the lookout for those train-hopping bunnies who have snuck on to take a free ride! Festivities include an Easter egg hunt with prizes, a give-away bag with activities to enjoy during the train ride, and a yummy Easter treat for our junior railroaders to enjoy at the layover. There will also be plenty of opportunities for pictures with our bunny hoppers, so do not forget your camera!

Classes of Service

Coach Plus

$63 $38 Complimentary
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
Coach Plus features assigned seating at a booth style table setting in one of our beautiful restored wooden interior cars. A great option for traveling families!  

Crown Class

$79 $49 $12
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
Crown Class features assigned seating in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. Everyone over the age of 2 years old receives a souvenir tumbler with free refills of pop, coffee, and iced tea all day! Beer and wine available.

Coach Class

$58 $33 Complimentary
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
Coach Class features open seating in an enclosed car, windows that can be opened for fresh air and taking photos, and are heated and have ceiling fans.

Open Air Gondola

$63 $38 Complimentary
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
Open Air Gondolas feature open seating in a car with unobstructed views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements.

Class Comparison

Amenity Family First Class N/A Crown Class Coach Class Open Air Gondola
Activities Included Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meal Included Yes No No No
Lunch Available No Yes Yes Yes
Restrooms Available Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heat Yes Yes Yes No
Air Conditioning Yes Yes No No
Assigned Seating Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Travel Mug Yes Yes No No
Large Picture Windows Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Tote Bag Yes No No No
Windows Open/Close No No Yes No
Ceiling Fans No No Yes No
Ideal for Photography No No No Yes
Outward Facing Seats No No No Yes
Padded Seats Yes Yes Yes Yes

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681. Ticket prices start at $58 for Adults (13 years old and up), $33 for Children (2-12 years) and complimentary for Infants (23 months and under). See Classes of Service for the various class descriptions and pricing.


Other excursions and/or events are available. Checkout our complete train schedule to see all our options.

Ticket fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee and 7% North Carolina sales tax. Schedules, fares, motive power, equipment, seat selection, and meals are subject to change without notice. We guarantee the class of service you select. You will be notified if a change in schedule or motive power affects your reservation. Payment in full at booking by major credit card is required to finalize a reservation. You may cancel your reservation in full or in part and receive a refund less a $14.00 fee per adult ticket and $7.00 fee per child ticket as late as 5 days before departure. Within 5 days of the departure, the reservation becomes nonrefundable. You may reschedule any time prior to your originally scheduled departure with a $7.00 fee per ticket for another date within the same calendar year. You may not reschedule a reservation after the scheduled departure.

You agree that the Bunny Hopper Express event (the “Event”) for which you purchased tickets and/or attended is a public event, that your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the Event occurs are public in nature, and that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to your actions or conduct at the Event. You hereby irrevocably grant permission to the Event’s host railroad, licensor, sponsor(s) and/or their assigns to use, copy, display, distribute, exhibit and utilize your name, image, digital image, likeness, acts, poses, voice, appearance, movements and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction of same, including at the Event (regardless of whether before, during or after the Event) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed without further authorization from or any compensation to you or anyone acting or entitled to act on your behalf.

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