4 Closest Airports to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Convenient airports include McGee-Tyson, Asheville Regional Greenville-Spartanburg International, and Charlotte Douglas International. See maps.
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Knoxville McGee Tyson Airport

The closest major airport to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is McGee-Tyson Airport (TYS) in Alcoa, TN, just south of Knoxville. The airport is served by five major commercial airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier and United. It's approximately a 41-mile/1 hour 15 minute drive from the airport to the Gatlingburg park entrance.

There are eight rental car options available on site including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Dollar and Payless.

The Knoxville airport is a good choice when your vacation is concentrated on the Tenn. side of the park including Gatlingburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend and Cades Cove.

McGhee Tyson Airport
(865) 342-3000
GPS: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701
flyknoxville.com

Asheville Regional Airport

On the North Carolina side, Asheville Regional Airport is the closest commercial airport. The airport is served by five major commercial airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, Spirit and United. It's approximately a 42-mile/1 hour drive from the airport to the Cherokee park pntrance.

Rental cars at the airport are plentiful. Eight options available on site include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty.

The Asheville airport is a good choice when your vacation is concentrated on the N.C. side of the park including Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Cataloochee and Oconaluftee.

Asheville Regional Airport
(828) 684-2226
61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732
flyavl.com

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

The GSP International Airport is in South Carolina, southeast of Asheville. The airport is served by six major commercial airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United. It's approximately a 100-mile/2-hour drive from the airport to the Cherokee park entrance.

There are eight rental car options available on site including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Dollar and Thrifty.

GSP International is a good good alternative to the Asheville airport if you want to fly Frontier or Southwest airlines, or want a better selection of flight times.

GSP International Airport
(864) 877-7426
2000 GSP Drive, Greer, SC 29651
www.gspairport.com

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

On the North Carolina side, The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in the world. The airport is served by most major domestic airlines plus many international airlines such as Air Canada and Lufthansa. It's approximately a 150-mile/2.5-hour drive from the airport to the Cherokee park entrance.

There are eight rental car options available on site including Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Charlotte Douglas is a good good choice if you want to fly direct from more U.S. cities or are flying from a country other than the U.S.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
(864) 877-7426
2000 GSP Drive, Greer, SC 29651
www.cltairport.com

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