It’s a classic scene.
Tourists load into a bus saying hello to the driver who is seated on the right side of the bus, steering wheel in hand.
The tourists then climb to the second level to get a better view of the historic sights all around them and settle in for a pleasant tour of jolly old … Pigeon Forge.
That’s right. It’s time for a spot of tea, y’all. The traditional United Kingdom double decker bus has made its way across the Atlantic and settled in to Sevier County, giving visitors a safe and unique way to view this tourist mecca.
Double Decker Bus Tours brings an alternative to the traditional Sevier County trolley system.
How does a Double Decker Bus Tour work?
Each bus comes complete with a real, live tour guide able to tell you things to do, where to eat, what attraction to see and much more. That’s right; it will be just like Siri given a corporeal form.
The buses are authentic double deckers, brought over from the UK and repainted with advertisement for pancakes and such. It’s a hop on, hop off kind of affair, so if you take a break and visit one of the 14 locations spread over Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and then, quick as bob’s your uncle, hop on the next one … because the one you were on will be gone.
A major selling point is that with chockablock Sevier County traffic, it’s hard for everyone – especially the driver – to take everything in. With the bus tour, everyone can sit back, look around, take pictures and enjoy the view.
Here’s the cool part – because of the European authenticity, your driver will actually be sitting on the RIGHT side of the bus.
Where do the Double Decker Bus Tours go?
Double Decker Bus Tours offer a variety of tours including staples such as the Smoky Mountain VIP Highlight Tour and the Cades Cove Tour; as well as seasonal tours like the Festival of Lights.
There’s also a Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge Party Bus tour for patrons 21 and up.
One of the best ideas, in my opinion, is the proposed moonshine and wine route, taking you to the various distilleries and tastings that have popped up all over Sevier County. In fact, I feel like the staff of TheSmokies.com needs to schedule a booze cruise ASAP as a matter of professional due diligence.
At the least, getting properly pissed (that’s English for drunk) and riding around Sevier County with no worries about the Bobbies chasing you with nightsticks and blowing those whistles sounds like a good time.
Sadly, at least for now, the moonshine tour has not yet come to fruition.
Where to park and buy your ticket
You can park at 2828 Parkway, Suite 16 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn and buy your ticket on site, or online in advance.
Guests of all ages are welcome to ride.
Tours start as early as 9 am for the more scenic routes. Party bus tours usually start around 8:30 pm and run til 10 pm.
Guests are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their tour is scheduled to begin.
How much does a Double Deck Bus Tour cost?
Rates start at $19.99 for a 3-4 hour tour. All day tours usually include lunch and will set you back around $300. Ticket prices vary by day and by season.
Always check the Double Decker Bus Tour website for the latest information on tours and pricing.
Limited spots are available on each tour so booking in advance is highly recommended.
Double Deck Bus Tours is located at 2828 Parkway, Suite 16 in Pigeon Forge, TN.