Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and More: Transportation Options into and around WNC

Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and More: Transportation Options into and around WNC

It’s easy to rely on taxis, ride shares, and car services or rentals when traveling to a new city. But in Western North Carolina, there are so many more options to be had! Check out the many transportation options available in Asheville and surrounding areas.


Planes into and around WNC

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

Believe it or not, the history of aviation in Asheville goes back as far as 1925. The Asheville Regional Airport opened on June 7, 1961 to serve residents and visitors across the region. Today, the airport is undergoing a $64 million, 5-year project resulting in the complete redevelopment of the airfield.

61 Terminal Drive, Suite 1, Fletcher

Airport Authority: (828) 684-2226 | Guest Services: (828) 209-3660

flyavl.com

 

AIRLINES

  • Allegiant: Nonstop to Baltimore, MD (BWI); Denver, Colorado (DEN); Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL); Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, FL (PGD); Newark, NJ (EWR); Orlando, FL (SFB); St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (PIE)
  • American Airlines: Nonstop to Charlotte, NC (CLT); Dallas, TX (DFW)
  • Delta: Nonstop to Atlanta, GA (ATL); La Guardia (New York, NY) (LGA)
  • Elite Airways: Nonstop to Vero Beach, FL (VRB)
  • United: Nonstop to Chicago, IL (ORD); Newark, NJ (EWR)

Airport Shuttles

Flight delayed? The below options offer shuttle services from Asheville Regional Airport to nearby airports in Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC. Shuttles may also offer additional excursions. Check each site for scheduling, fees, and pickup points.


Trains into and around WNC

According to NCbytrain.com, North Carolina has 3,384 miles of railroad track and 14 passenger trains serving 16 cities daily. However, none of those routes currently service Western North Carolina. In 2001, NCDOT adopted a phased plan to extend passenger rail service through WNC to Asheville. At the present, those plans have not come to fruition.

Travelers interested in train travel must first travel to nearby stations in Greenville, SC or Salisbury, NC. From there, Amtrak lines run across the Southeast to destinations ranging from Washington, DC to Miami to New Orleans and beyond.


Buses into and around WNC

Asheville Redefines Transit (ART)

Asheville’s city transit system provides bus service throughout the City of Asheville and to the Town of Black Mountain. ART routes run from about 5:30am–10:30pm Monday–Saturday and on Sundays and holidays from 8:00am–6:00pm. The ART Station terminal is conveniently located and provides restrooms, indoor and outdoor seating, and an on-duty information assistant.

49 Coxe Avenue, Asheville | (828) 253-5691

ashevillenc.gov/departments/transit

 

Apple Country Transit (Hendersonville)

Apple Country Transit, Hendersonville’s public bus service, provides transportation throughout the the City of Hendersonville, Town of Fletcher, and community of Laurel Park. Three fixed bus routes run from 6:30am–6:30pm Monday–Friday. Passengers traveling from Asheville to Hendersonville and vice versa can connect with the ART routes at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Hendersonville Planning Department, 100 N King Street, Hendersonville | (828) 697-4819

hendersoncountync.gov/planning/page/apple-country-transit

 

Haywood Public Transit

Haywood Public Transit’s shuttle service operates as a shared ride program. Rides must be scheduled as least one business day ahead so that drivers can accommodate all passengers.

50 Armory Road, Clyde | (828) 565-0362

haywoodtransit.com

 

Jackson County Transit

Jackson County Transit is a fully coordinated, public transportation system servicing human service agencies, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the general public of Jackson County. A deviated fixed-route, paratransit service, and a demand response service are offered 7:00am–5:00pm Monday–Friday, except holidays. With one week’s advance notice, limited service is also available to Asheville, Waynesville, Franklin, and Bryson City.

1148 Haywood Road, Sylva | (828) 586-0233

jacksoncountytransit.com

 

Transylvania County Transportation

Transylvania County’s Transportation Department provides transportation for a variety of programs servicing county citizens. Programs include medical transportation, senior transportation, handicapped/disabled transportation, and child transportation. The general public may ride the county’s white buses at a cost if appointments are made a day in advance.

106 East Morgan Street, Suite 270, Brevard | (828) 884-3203

transylvaniacounty.org/departments/transportation

 

Foothills Express (Polk County)

Polk County’s public shuttle bus offers safe, reliable, door-to-door service inside the county and around the region to Rutherfordton, Spindale, Hendersonville, Asheville, Spartanburg, and Greenville, SC. The Foothills Express runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am–2:00pm. On Fridays, a shopping shuttle runs to shops within a two-mile radius of the Walmart in Hendersonville.

County Annex, Gibson and Ward Streets, Columbus | (828) 894-8203

polknc.org/transportation.php

 

Madison County Transportation Authority (MCTA)

Madison County Transportation Authority (MCTA) operates six lift vans, three standard vans, and two conversion vans Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm. MCTA provides daily transportation services to all citizens of Madison County. Appointments should be scheduled in advance.

387 Long Branch Road, ​​​Marshall | (828) 649-2219

madisoncountync.gov/transportation-authority.html

 

Yancey County Transportation Authority

Yancey County Transportation Authority (YCTA) vans transport all citizens of Yancey County on deviated routes from Monday–Friday, 7:30am–4:30pm. YCTA coordinates human service agencies and general public transportation for Yancey County. Comfortable passenger vans marked with the YCTA logo are used to transport passengers.

115 Mitchell Branch Road, Room 1, Burnsville | (828) 682-6144

yanceycountync.gov/transportation-authority

 

Cherokee Transit

Cherokee Transit serves residents and visitors of the City of Cherokee and the Qualla Boundary from Monday–Friday, 6:45am–11:30pm. Two downtown loops both service Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, and three additional routes branch out into the surrounding community.

680 Acquoni Road, Cherokee | (828) 359-6300

cherokeetransit.com

 

Greyhound Buslines

Travel in comfort and style to more than 3,800 stops across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Track your bus to see where it is in real time, earn rewards, and enjoy premium amenities, including free wifi, power outlets, and extra legroom.

2 Tunnel Road, Asheville | (828) 253-8451

locations.greyhound.com


Hotel Shuttles into and around WNC

Depending on the hotel you book, shuttles may be available to and around downtown Asheville and/or to the Asheville Regional Airport. Check with your hotel for scheduling and drop off points.

  • Clarion Inn Airport: (828) 684-1213
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson: (828) 665-9556
  • Courtyard Marriott: (828) 684-5000
  • Crowne Plaza Resort: (828) 254-3211
  • Doubletree Hotel Biltmore/Asheville: (828) 274-1800
  • Fairfield Inn: (828) 684-1144
  • Grand Bohemian: (828) 505-2949
  • Hampton Inn at Asheville Outlets: (828) 667-2022
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Airport: (828) 687-0806
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort: (828) 497-7777
  • Hilton Biltmore Park: (828) 209-2700
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites: (828) 225-5550
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton: (828) 252-5400

Other WNC Transportation Options to Consider

Asheville Bike Taxi

Taxi through Asheville in style on an electric pedicab bike taxi. Hail them down when you see them on the street, or call for a pickup at any downtown Asheville hotel, parking deck, or establishment. Taxis are available Thursday–Sunday, 5:00–11:00pm, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 2:00am. Don’t miss their custom downtown Asheville tours, as well!

(828) 777-5115 | ashevillebiketaxi.com

 

Slidr

Slidr is your last-mile mobility solution. Use Slidr to get from one venue to the next when the walk is just a bit too far and when it’s just a little too close to order a paid car. Slidr’s state-of-the-art, eco-friendly vehicles are free to riders and available at the touch of a mobile button. Download the Slidr app from your app store.

(828) 275-1731 | rideslidr.com/asheville

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

While the best way to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway is from your own vehicle, it does offer an experience different from the norm. The 469-mile winding roadway is easily accessible for travelers across Western North Carolina, including from seven exits in Asheville alone.

Blue Ridge Parkway Association, PO Box 2136, Asheville | (828) 670-1924

blueridgeparkway.org

 

RV Rentals

Why rent a car and reserve a hotel room when you can kill two birds with one recreational vehicle? Sites like outdoorsy.com and rvshare.com allow you to match with an RV rental in an area near you.

 

How do you prefer to travel? Let us know in the comments.

 

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