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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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Celina, Ohio
"Amazing Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2016 NEW
The wait in line to get onto the tram took an hour, but the view going up was amazing. The Ober driver was fun to listen to with his tips and facts. We should have taken extra time to go below and seen the mechanical working of the Ober - maybe next time.
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"Neat tourist activity for all"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2016 NEW
We loved the tram, mountain coaster and ski lift here. Also enjoyed talking to the gentleman that runs the nocturnal building in the wildlife exhibit and feeds the otters every 30mins (Herbert was his name I believe). He was very nice and knowledgeable. The tram has an awesome view, the top of the ski lift had an amazing mountain view at the top with a bluegrass band that has been playing there for 16+ years. Snacks, shops and drinks/beer at the top for all. Definitely something to do atleast once. The tram ticket is good for 2 days which is nice as well should you decide to want to go back and ride again.
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Amy C
Ft. Mitchell
"Beauiful experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2016 NEW
Tip, go early. The later in the day, the busier it gets. Only negative would be the rude kids and the oblivious parents who are completely ignorant to allowing older, injured, or disabeled people have a seat. You can tell it's not the locals who are like this, they are all super polite, it's the visitors. Shame on you mom with the preteen son and daughter who looked right at an older couple, the gentleman ovbiously a vet, who would have been much more comfortable sitting. Anywho, just my 2 cents. Everything else was great!
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Helen jean N
Benton, Kentucky
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2016 NEW
I love the ober tram it's a beautiful ride the tram operator Bobby is very nice a very friendly he does a great job we enjoy everything there
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Dallas, Texas
"Beautiful Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2016 NEW
Did not know what to expect except large crowded lift to the top of the mountain - yet this was well managed, not all that packed in and the views were out of this world. Might suggest earlier in the day, the better. We went to the summit at just after 11 AM and had to wait for just one other car to be filled and then we had our turn. When we returned just about 3 PM, the line was probably 6 times longer (at least). Once at the summit we walked around a bit and then went to the German restaurant for Oktoberfest - which had very good southern German food, fun music - many were on the dancefloor (especially touching were Dads with their children) and wonderful wait staff. This place literally brought tears to my eyes, The roller coast was super as well. The zoo was lacking. The only negative was many people were not controlling their children and sometimes themselves. My daughter walks with a cane due to physical issues and was often knocked into, pushed by children and even not allowed to sit down when two ill behaved children with their mother's urging moved over on their seat to prevent her from sitting down.

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.