Asheville's bus system links downtown to the surrounding areas. There are eighteen different bus routes, which are concentrated downtown and fan out to dedicated lines that service outlying areas. A designated "free zone" blankets an area downtown where riders can get on and off at will without paying a fare, as long as they stay within the zone. Two lines service UNC Asheville, and one line goes to the airport and back. Fares are cheap, and special rates are available for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Children ages five and under can ride free with a fare-paying adult. Monthly passes are available, and are good for unlimited rides and transfers.

    If you want to see many of Asheville's attractions from the comfort of a trolley, try the Historic Trolley Tours. The tour winds through the downtown area and passes such points of interest as the Biltmore Estate, the Thomas Wolfe house and the Asheville Art Museum. The tours are narrated, and "combine humorous stories and historical information into a fun-filled tour." Trolleys leave from the Visitor's Center seven days a week. No tours circulate the months of January and February. Call ahead for reservations.