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


from Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
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 for all ages including shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, and much more. (Additional fees apply for these activities.)

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

42 Reviews
1 Review
"Go elsewhere."
October, 2016 NEW
ipoff" is not strong enough a word. Half the rides are broken, the staff is rude and everything is over priced. You're better off walking the strip and looking at the generous variety of shot glasses, "who farted" tee shirts and rebel flag chain wallets.

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Shane Lanzendorfer
Altoona, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun and safe excursion"
August, 2016
We had a great time on the aerial tram, even though my wife is scared of heights. Our five children had a blast looking out the windows as we went higher. Unfortunately it rained once we reached the top, so we were unable to do the alpine slide and some other activities, but it was still a great day.
Tip: Fun for a large family.

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Brandie Wade
Cranesville , PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Gatlinburg"
August, 2016
What an awesome experience for our family! This was our second trip to Gatlinburg, the first trip we did not have time to ride the Tram but this time we did. The staff was very helpful and welcoming to my mother who does not walk well and the view is spectacular. When we come back it will be on our list of things to do again!
Tip: Have your camera and don't be nervous, it is a smooth ride.

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Scott Peacock
Jamestowns, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
The trip up and down the mountain was spectacular. You can see up and down the valley with unobstructed views. Expect a long wait to return down the mountain.
Tip: Give yourself alot of time to do this. Go early in the morning so you dont cut yourself short on seeing what all they have to see at the top of the mountain.

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Brian C.
Georgetown, MA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Views"
August, 2016
A last minute decision to ride the tram. Great views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg. A bit pricey if you add the price of the tram and then the attractions once you get to the top

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Saed Alnaimat
Chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing aerial view"
August, 2016
This is a must for all Tennessee visitors! Gatlinburg will be iconized as you travel up the smoky mountains, and you will see really unique views. The staff is very friendly and funny. We had so much fun on the top as well!
Tip: Bring a good camera, bring cash

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brian buttrum
noblesville, IN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great view"
August, 2016
Little pricey considering once you get to the top you have to pay for all the activities too. But it is worth it. The tram operators are very friendly and talkative.

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Katelyn S
1 Review
"Nice view"
August, 2016
On the way up there it was alright , the scenery is definetly gorgeous, but they pack you in sardines , so if your'e in the middle of the tram , you can't see anything ! It's very hot inside the tram , no air conditioning
Tip: They Pack you in like sardines, at least 90 people in each tram. The top of the mountain is really nice with lots todo up there.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Wardensville, West Virginia
"Nice view but way to over crowded."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
We have been going to the Gatlinburg area for over twenty years and finally decided to take the ride. It was way overcrowded and unless you were the lucky one to be by a window you could not see where you were going. You had strangers standing beside you with there armpits in the back of your head and some were not so pleasant. Once you get off everthing else also takes money. Stores were overpriced, food not great. We just waited for the next one and left. Not my cup of tea and if you are afraid of heights, can't breath in closed spaces or don't like standing with strange people touching you, this is not for you.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
"Great Views and Enjoyable Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2016 NEW
The tram ride up was $12/adult and our 2 year old was free. Depending on when you go there can be a significant wait. The tickets are good for two days and you can use the same ticket both days. The first day we waited 45 minutes, the next day we went right when it opened and didn't wait at all. Make sure you fold your stroller before getting in line as the signs say, otherwise a rude employee will yell at the group to do so. Understand that having a 2 year old stand in a line for 45 minutes is a bit of a challenge. The ride up is 2.1 miles and takes about 10 minutes. It can get crammed, but it's a short ride. The actual experience at Ober was great! We bought the 10 tickets for $31.50. The rides take tickets but most of the rides can be rode more than once. We did the carousel, cars, mini golf, Alpine Slide, ice skating ($9.00/adult), ski lift to the top of the mountain and spent some time at the playground. Unfortunately the kiddie train was not running so that was a bummer. We weren't into shopping so I can't speak to the quality. Overall, it was great for our family, but could see how some people feel differently.
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Venice, Florida
"Enjoyment for the Whole Family"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2016 NEW
Recommend you visit this attraction after 5:00 pm. The view going to the top of the mountains i beautiful. The only issue with the whole experience is the crowd. At least 80 people are packed into the cabin. If you manage to work your way to the window, the ride is more enjoyable. However, the majority of the passengers are sandwiched within the crowd -- not good especially good for small children. The alpine coaster isn't too bad fa treat for children. It takes quite a while to reach the departure point but only a few minutes to ride to the bottom. There are many things to do at the top. The food ate the German restaurant is very mediocre. The food was tasted like anything but German. It's much better if you arrive at the top about two to three hours before closing. If you do that, you'll find less heat and fewer people, translating to a much more enjoyable experience.
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Houston, Texas
"Fall vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2016 NEW
Rode up the tram around 5:30 pm was told that the last tram down was at 10:20 and to be in line in plenty of time to take it. What we did not realize was that everything closed between 7:30-8:00pm and that we would spend 1 hr and 45 minutes standing in line to catch a tram down the mountain. They were even turning out the lights while we were standing in line to come back down. Will never go back there.
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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
"Fun time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2016 NEW
The ride up the Tram was fun and great views. Oktoberfest was going on so that was a lot of fun and shops inside were great.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

Can I bring food or alcohol to Ober Gatlingburg?
Outside food and beverages including alcoholic beverages are not allowed on to the Aerial Tramway or Ober Gatlinburg premises. Beer is available for consumption in Ober’s Snack bar and alcoholic beverages 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. Unfortunately, we do not rent wheelchairs at this time.

How much is parking?
Parking is $5.00 CASH per standard-size vehicle and $7.00 for over-sized vehicles. Parking is not available on the mountain for buses and over-sized vehicles on weekends & holidays. Sorry, all parking must be paid with cash – no credit cards accepted.

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

What is the pet policy?
Pets are not permitted in the Tramway Mall or on any premises at Ober Gatlinburg. Service animals for guests with disabilities are permitted.

What activities are located at the top of the mountain?
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park offers activities for all ages. Shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding.

Does it cost money to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain?
Yes, below is pricing for each attraction: (subject to change)
Alpine Slide - $7 per person (weight limit 300 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Scenic Chairlift - $7 per person (weight limit 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Wildlife Encounter - $7 adults, $5 children (5-11 years)
Ice Skating - $9
Carousel - $3.50 (children 36” must ride with adult)
Ski Rental - $25 day time, $20 Night time
Snowboard Rental - $30 Day time, $25 Night Time
Please note pricing is subject to change.

For skiing and snowboarding, when does the area open/close for the season?
We usually open around mid-December and our typical closing date is early March. We open as soon as we have made enough snow to cover most of the trails. The opening and closing dates vary depending on the weather.

Do you rent ski clothing?
We do rent snow pants for $12/$30 deposit, ski jackets for $12/$50 deposit, and helmets for $6/$50 deposit.  All items are rented on a first-come-first-serve basis.

May I bring our sleds and use them on your slopes?
Sorry, sleds are not allowed on our slopes.

What should I wear for skiing, snowboarding or tubing?
The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you more flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under-layers. Wear one pair of socks. Ski boots and snowboard boots have liners. Wear appropriate hats, goggles, gloves, sunglasses, etc. for the weather conditions.
Be sure to wear pants or jacket/shirt with a hole or loop to fasten the lift or tubing ticket such as a zipper pull, button-hole or belt loop.