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Classes of Service and Pricing
Class Comparison
Schedule

Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Enjoy breath-taking scenery while chugging through Western North Carolina's diverse setting. Select the Nantahala Gorge route and travel over the historic Fontana Trestle across the Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge!

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE NANTAHALA GORGE ROUTE HERE!

Tuckasegee River Excursion- Currently Not Operating

Enjoy a calming ride through the country side of WNC. Select the Tuckasegee River route and enjoy the quaint historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find shops and restaurants to enjoy during your layover. You'll also pass through the historic Cowee Tunnel, along with passing the famous train wreck site featured in the movie The Fugitive!

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE TUCKASEGEE RIVER ROUTE HERE!

Classes of Service - Diesel Locomotive Prices

Adult First Class Available Starting Aug 20

Adult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$99 ($102 in October)N/AN/A

First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows, and are served a First Class boxed meal by the car's attendant. Each couple receives a souvenir tote bag, and everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day.

Limited bar service available.

Premium Open Air Gondola

Adult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$83 ($87 in October)N/AN/A

Premium Open Air Gondola features assigned seating in a car with unobstructed views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements. Adults (21+) are served a boxed meal by the car's attendant. Each couple receives a souvenir tote bag (1 per couple). Everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day.

Add an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket to your reservation for just $29.99! At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two to keep warm during our cool mornings.

Limited bar service available.

Family First Class NOT Available 

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$99$57$20

Family First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. Adults (13+) and children (2-12) are served a boxed lunch by the car's attendant. Each adult couple receives souvenir tote bags. Everyone aged 2 years old on up receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of pop, coffee, and iced tea all day. And, children can have lunch with the conductor! This special addition allows for one of our conductors to accompany and interact with fans of all ages for the entire trip!

Limited bar service available.

Crown Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$72 ($76 October)$42 ($42 October)$10

Don't forget to Preorder your Boxed Lunch!

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 soda, coffee, and iced tea all day! In an effort to provide the best viewing experience, passengers will be asked to swap seated sides for the return route!

Beer and wine available.

Coach Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$56 ($59 October)$32 ($32 October)Complimentary

Don't forget to Preorder your Boxed Lunch!

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. In an effort to provide the best viewing experience, passengers will be asked to swap seated sides for the return route.

Open Air Gondola

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$56 ($59 October)$32 ($32 in October)Complimentary

Don't forget to Preorder your Boxed Lunch!

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. In an effort to provide the best viewing experience, passengers will be asked to swap seated sides for the return route.

Add an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket to your reservation for just $29.99! At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two to keep warm during our cool mornings.

Class Comparison

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

Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

November 2020

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

December 2020

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

January 2021

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Ticket fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee. 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 $6.00 fee per child ticket as late as 48 hours before departure. Within 48 hours 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 GSMR General Excursions and Events for which you purchased tickets and/or attended is a public event, that your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the Excursion/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 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 Excursion/ Event (regardless of whether before, during or after the Excursion/ 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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