Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We’ve put together this frequently asked questions list to address common concerns or questions passengers may have before a trip. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on this page, please contact us directly for assistance. Our friendly staff is here to help!

We highly recommend making reservations in advance as we sell out frequently, especially during Fall Foliage.

Yes, you can, but please know there is a $5.35 change fee (non-refundable). If you need to make any changes, please call our ticket office at 877-413-8724.

Visa, Mastercard or Discover

We offer discounts for Seniors (65+), Military Members (active or retired), First Responders (active or retired) and Teachers (current or retired) with valid ID*. We also have group discounts for groups of 15+ people.

*Note: Each ticket purchased at a discounted rate must be used by an eligible member of one of the specified groups identified above. Valid ID is required.

Yes, you can, but we can’t guarantee we will have tickets available. Please book in advance to ensure availability.

Pre-paid tickets can be picked up the morning of your ride at our pre-paid ticket window, located on the back side of the depot, facing the train.

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel, please let us know 48 hours before your trip for a full refund. If you cancel inside that 48-hour window, we will issue you a Missed Trip Pass, good for an entire calendar year for you to reschedule your trip.

No. You have an assigned car and seats are first come, first served inside that car.

If everyone in your party is here early and waiting to board at the proper time, there should be no problems. If you are late arriving, your party may be split up inside your car because others have already chosen their seats.

We think so! The Premier Class comes with some significant perks, including reclining seats, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, a substantial catered snack (small meal) made fresh and delivered each morning, some sweet treats on the return trip for dessert, a complimentary group photo (1 per sales transaction), and a canvas tote bag (1 per sales transaction). It is also a more quiet ride because everyone in the car is over 18 years of age.

Yes, we do. Please contact the ticket office at 877-413-8724 for this purchase.

Yes, we do. Please contact the ticket office at 877-413-8724 for this purchase.
The numbers you see on the coaches are the original numbers given to them when they first went into service as a passenger car. These numbers help us to distinguish between the coaches. All outdoor coaches are pretty much identical, and the same goes for our closed coaches, except for our Premier Class Coach.

We highly recommend arriving one hour before departure for parking, ticket pick-up, and boarding.

We will start boarding 45 minutes before your departure for our regular length rides. The Holiday Express trips will board 30 minutes before departure.

Spring, Summer, and Winter rides depart at 11 AM

Fall Foliage rides depart at 10 AM, 11 AM, or 3 PM

Holiday Express rides depart at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, or 4 PM

If you miss the train, we will issue you a missed trip pass that can be used to reschedule your ride within one calendar year. If you choose a trip that is more expensive than the one initially booked, you will be responsible for paying the difference.

Parking spots are located on the streets surrounding the depot and are available at no charge unless otherwise advertised. In addition to free parking, there is one paid parking area located at 204 West Main St. (Blue Ridge Parking). The cost is $5 Monday-Wednesday and $10 Thursday-Sunday with a percentage of the proceeds benefitting the Toccoa Fish Hatchery of the Toccoa River. Handicap spaces with nearby wheelchair-accessible entrances are available on the corner of East Main Street in front of the depot. Weekends are our busiest days, which may result in limited parking.

Yes, we do. There isn’t much that will affect the performance of the train but, in the past, we have had to cancel trips due to it being too dangerous for our employees or passengers to travel here. In the case of trip cancellation, you would get the choice of either a full refund or a missed trip pass to reschedule your trip.

Yes, we do. The group rate will apply for groups with 15+ paying passengers. Please contact a ticket agent for booking, prices, and our group policy at 877-413-8724.

Yes, you may. Please contact our ticket office for rates and contract details at 877-413-8724.

Yes, you can rent the entire train as long as the trip doesn’t take place during one of our regular excursions. Please contact the ticket office for more information at 877-413-8724.

There are 12 bathrooms throughout the train and two baby changing stations located at Car 332 and Car 405.

Car 405 is our handicap accessible coach. This car is equipped with both stair and lift access, along with a handicap bathroom. To make reservations for this car, please contact a ticket agent at 877-413-8724. These tickets are not available online, so they aren’t booked by passengers that don’t require assistance.

We have two wheelchairs available for assisting with boarding and de-boarding only. These chairs are not available for use outside of our property. If you need to rent a scooter or manual wheelchair, there is a company in Blue Ridge that can help (Scooters & More 1-800-498-8935). Please come prepared and know that there is a lot of walking required at the layover.

Strollers are allowed on the train, but you will be asked to fold it when boarding so it can be stowed away, in your car, safely during the trip. We will return it to you at the layover, and the process will be the same for the return trip to Blue Ridge.

Although we are an animal loving crew and community, sadly no pets other than certified service animals are allowed aboard the train.

We advise wearing comfortable clothing and safe shoes. We do not recommend wearing flip flops, sandals, heels, etc.

Coolers are allowed on the train, but they must be small enough to fit under your seat (i.e., hard-sided six-pack cooler).

We do have a concession car located in the middle of the train. There you can purchase cold/hot beverages, snacks, candy, etc.

Our concession car takes cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

We do allow our passengers to bring snacks and drinks aboard if they wish to do so. Our only exception is NO ALCOHOL.

Our train is alcohol-free except during special events when we provide drinks. However, during the trip’s layover, you can buy alcoholic beverages in McCaysville/Copperhill. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.

In Blue Ridge, before and after departure, we ask that you smoke only on the blacktop pavement about 40 ft from the train. In McCaysville/Copperhill, please wait until you are down on the city sidewalks.