Eureka Springs Transit Director Ken Smith (left) and Mayor Butch Berry.
ON THE TROLLEY
Traveling Eureka Springs
There are many ways to get around town. Whether you walk, bike or drive, you’re sure to get a taste of our quaint little village. If you ask us, the Eureka Springs Transit System is the easiest and most accessible way to see what our city has to offer.
Transit has two offices, one at Trolley Stop #1 downtown and another at 137 W. Van Buren, where a trained staff member is on duty to help with ticket sales and any transit-related questions. The staff can also help you with questions about lodging, restaurants and other things to do in Eureka Springs.
Transit has four fixed routes: the Red Route, the Blue Route, the Purple Route and the Yellow Route. The Red Route starts at the Transit Welcome Center downtown, traveling through Spring Street, Hillside Avenue, Harmon Park, Prospect, the historic Crescent Hotel and the Upper Historic Loop. This route is approximately 3.5 miles long and lasts about 20 minutes on average.
The Blue Route covers the east side of town, making a loop in a counter-clockwise direction. It starts at the Transit Welcome Center, making its way along Highway 62 East, the Great Passion Play, North Main Street and the ESNA Railroad Depot. This route is approximately eight miles long and lasts about 25 minutes on average.
The Yellow Route covers the east side of town. It runs from March 1 to Dec. 2, traveling through North main Street, Magnetic Road, Passion Play Road and Pine Mountain Village. This route is approximately seven miles long and lasts about 25 minutes on average.
The Purple Route is the shortest, covering Planer Hill Park and Highway 62 West. This route is approximately thee miles long and lasts about 15 minutes on average.
All routes kick off in March, giving you the opportunity to see what Eureka Springs has to offer without breaking a sweat. The routes run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
There are several different fares for transit, depending on how long you plan to stay. You can get an all-day pass for $6, a two-day pass for $10 or a one-ride pass for $4. All-day passes are good on all routes all day long, and the one-ride pass lets you board a transit vehicle, ride and then disembark.
Those interested in knowing more about Eureka Springs can take part in a tram tour, which takes place on an open-air tram. The tours kick off on March 13 and are held daily. They start and return at the Transit Welcome Center, with each narrated tour lasting approximately 85 minutes. There are two stops on the tour, one at the Crescent Hotel and another at Grotto Spring. It costs $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12.
All transit vehicles are equipped with lifts to make them accessible to passengers unable to use the stairs, making it easy for anyone and everyone to travel on the trolleys. It’s important that all visitors of Eureka Springs be able to use our facilities, and the transit system is the perfect example of that.
You can find more information on the transit system by visiting the Transit Welcome Center downtown, calling 479-253-9572 or checking out the website at www.EurekaTrolley.org.