Our ancestors walked the old “Indian Gap Trail” across the mountains.

Today, we have air-conditioned, biodesiel-powered buses.



Public transportation Monday thru Friday.


While in Cherokee, please visit our cultural attractions:

• "Unto These Hills” outdoor drama

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.

• Oconaluftee Island Park - walking trail, fishing, wading, tubing, picnics

Fish our mountain streams - Over 30 miles of clear trout streams and three ponds, stocked twice a week. Fishing permits available at local businesses. 800-438-1601 or 828-497-5201.

Contact The Cherokee Welcome Center for a free Visitors Guide. 800-438-1601. email

For books and other information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association website


We began offering transportation servives in 1997, at first primarily for medical appointments. In 2000, we initiated regular, public routes on the Cherokee Indian Reservation / Qualla Boundary, adding crosstown Cherokee loop routes in 2004. Public transportation beautifully fits both the region’s need to promote air quality and the Cherokee tradition of communal sharing.

Cherokee Transit drivers are trained to provide passengers with safe, dependable transportation. Training includes defensive driving, passenger assistance, customer service and wheelchair securement.

Mobility Division provides service for medical appointments in Cherokee and nearby towns, and transportation to the dialysis center for patients. For details and eligibility requirements, call 828-359-6304 or 828-359-6305.


• Please see other pages on this site for schedules and routes for our in-town and out-of-town transportation services, including our Community Trail runs and our Mountain and River Trail runs.

• While these times indicate scheduled departures, delays may occur. We reserve the right to cancel service during inclement weather at any time, without advance notice.

• On all Cherokee Transit routes, riders under age 13 must travel with an adult. Riders ages 13 to 17 may ride alone with a free parent pass available from the Transit Office. Contact us for details.

• Passengers may not board with large packages or hazardous materials, only items that can be carried on and stowed easily. However, we do allow car seats, small coolers, strollers, and personal mobility devices.

• We do not allow firearms on our vehicles.

• Cherokee Transit is not responsible for lost or stolen passes or personal items. However, if lost items are turned in, they will be available for owner pickup at our Cherokee office.

• Service animals may travel on Cherokee Trails vehicles as long as the handler notifies us when making reservations, provides proof of animal’s vaccinations, maintains full control of animal on leash, lead, harness or in a carrier, and keeps the animal from blocking the aisle or occupying seats.

• Cherokee Transit reserves the right to refuse transportation to passengers.

Notice of Nondiscrimation

• EBCI Transit operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and disability in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and related statutes. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice may file a complaint with the EBCI Transit.

• For more information on the EBCI Transit's civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 866-388-6071, (TTY 800-555-1111); or email mikeslee@nc-cherokee.com; or visit our administrative office at 680 Acquoni Road, Cherokee, NC, 28719.

• If information is needed in another language, contact: 919-508-1808 or 800-522-0453, or TDD/TTY: 800-735-2962.

•  A complainant may file a complaint directly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation by filing with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Workforce Services, External Civil Rights Section, 1511 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1511, Attention: Title VI Nondiscrimination Program; phone: 919-508-1808 or 800-522-0453, or TDD/TTY: 800-735-2962.

• A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, and 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Cherokee Transit’s Transit Advisory Board meets quarterly at the Transit offices at 680 Acquoni Road Cherokee NC. Meetings are open to the public. For a list of Board members, their contact information, and the next Board meeting, contact the manager at 828-359-6301 or by email at kevitafo@nc-cherokee.com 

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Transit
680 Acquoni Road
PO Box 2289
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719
828-359-6300  • Text 828-269-5790 • Toll-free 866-388-6071 • TDD: 711

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