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
- 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)
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.
- Asheville Shuttle: (828) 808-0013 | ashevilleshuttle.com/greenville-sc
- Asheville Airport Shuttle: (828) 231-1053 | ashevilleairportshuttle.com
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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2 Tunnel Road, Asheville | (828) 253-8451
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 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
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