Asheville, NC Travel Guide

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Getting Around Asheville, NC

The best way to get around Asheville is by car. While the downtown area is compact enough for exploring on foot, you'll want your own set of wheels to reach the many nature trails and attractions outside of the city. Asheville also offers an affordable bus system, but its coverage is fairly limited. If you're not in the mood to drive, you can always call a taxi or Uber.

The city is served by the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), with a few major carriers like American Airlines and United Airlines offering nonstop flights. The closest major airports are Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to the east and McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee, to the west (both about 125 miles away). 

Bus/Trolley

The city offers the Asheville Redefines Transit bus system. Routes only travel a few miles out of the downtown area and fares start at $1 per ride or $9 for an 11-ride booklet. However, it is a good option for navigating downtown since that is a fare free zone. ART buses operate from about 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Another option for sightseeing around town is the Gray Line Historic Trolley. It provides a hop-on, hop-off system that offers stops throughout downtown and areas like the River Arts District and Biltmore Village. Rates start at $26 for two days.

Taxi

There are a few reputable taxi companies operating in Asheville as well as the ride-sharing app, Uber. But fares can add up quickly if you're venturing anywhere outside city limits.

Car

Asheville is easily accessible from a few major interstate highways, including Interstates 40, 240 and 26, so many travelers based along the East Coast choose to drive into town. Many of the best things to do are located just outside of city, so you'll want the flexibility of having your own set of wheels. In town, there is ample metered parking, as well as four city-run garages. You'll find multiple car rental agencies at all three area airports.

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