Parking is a swashbuckling adventure in Eureka, so check out public transit. Quite comfortable and informal. One adult ride is $3, but All-Day Passes are $5 and Two-Day Passes are $8. A Child's Pass (age 7-11) is $1. [They DO like their parking fees in Eureka: $5/day at both the Eureka Transit & Welcome Center and the Planer Hill Park & Ride (Stops 1 & 130.) BUT if you have a 1- or 2-day pass the parking is discounted to $2/day.] There are 4 fixed routes: RED route covers the heart of town in a compact loop extending along Spring Street, South Main, 62W B, Kings Highway, and White Street. The Hospital is on this route. BLUE and YELLOW routes are essentially the same - Main Street and a huge loop encompassing the eastern parts of town including Hwy 62E, Passion Play Road and Magnetic Road. YELLOW runs clockwise; BLUE counter-clockwise. BLUE also jogs past Passion Play Road to the Eureka Cemetery and a bit further by request. PURPLE route has one terminal point at the ES & NA Railroad Depot and extends along Main Street and out 62W to Razorback Tower. It will also continue west to Thorncrown Chapel by request. A good map of the routes and points of interest is available at transit stations.
Eureka Springs has a guided trolly tour that you can take. It describes the historic district, the architecture and history of the town itself. It's an open air tram. The cost for this is$7.50 per person. There is another option of just buying an all-day pass to hop on and off the trolly at various stops. The cost for this is $3.50 per person.
WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!!! DO NOT book an excursion on the Eureka Springs & Northern Arkansas Railway. They are the most inconsiderate, rude and disrepectful bunch of people running a business that I have EVER come into contact with!!
I had a reservation booked for the lunch train for a 12:00pm trip. I received a call at 10:30am the morning OF the trip telling me that because they didn't have enough people to dine we wouldn't be able to have lunch today. I had booked this a week and a half in advance and was NOT told that if there wasn't 10 people booking for dining they wouldn't be able to have this.
Of course I was VERY disappointed and frustrated since we were over half way there by this time anyway. I asked them why they couldn't have called the day before or even before that cause they KNEW they didn't have enough people. The lady told me that they didn't know until 10:30am and then hung up the phone on me.
My husband called back and asked to speak to a Manager. After about 5 minutes on hold he was told they weren't there. He then asked if there was some way we could receive a voucher for another time. She hung up on him too!!! Unbelievable!!
We went ahead and went there and when I walked into the depot I went to the counter and asked who was the person who hung up on me. I stated that it was frustrating to get a call an hour and a half PRIOR to having something planned for the day and it was disappointing that they couldn't have extended a little bit more customer service. The other workers there proceeded to become irate and asked me to leave which I gladly did. I stated that I would most definately tell EVERYONE that I possibly could about the poor service they provide.
Taking the trolley really does save you a lot of grief of not knowing where and how to park. It costs $5 for one day, and $8 for two days. That allows you to use any and all the time. Our motel location was right across the street form the main headquarters, so that was easy. The main route makes about 20 stops if people are waiting, so be aware of the possible delay. The red route going into town is 3.3 miles. The route can take about 30 + minutes around on average. You get a ticket that is stamped for the day and it needs to be saved. Off season they close Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays, and run usually 9-6. Parking is at the main place, or at junction Hwy 62 & 23, or coming into town by the Courthouse.
Streets are narrow and parking space is limited around Eureka Springs especially on the Historic Loop which winds around Spring Street.
The best way to get around is really to use the trolley. It's easy...it's inexpensive ... reservations are not necessary...and you can catch a trolley at any one of the 115 stops located in town. Just part your car at the Visitor Center (all day parking is US$4) and grab a trolley.
To make it even easier getting around, routes are colour-coded. Just look for the colored
pennant flying from the front bumper and the matching banner on the side. For more info, refer to the website below.
ADULT ALL-DAY PASS $ 4.50
CHILD'S ALL-DAY PASS (ages 7 - 11) $ 1.25
children 6 and younger ride free!
TWO-DAY PASS (good for 2 consecutive days) $ 7.00
ONE-RIDE PASS $ 2.00
For the first time, Allan and I noted that there is a renovated Eureka Springs Depot, and there actually are trains that you can board! You are able to ride excursion trains , explore the living museum of rolling stock and equipment, do lunch or dinner aboard the Eurekan Dining Car.
You are able to spend a day on the railroad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week. They advertise "great food and grand atmosphere aboard the Eurekan Dining Car"
You must call for reservations for the Eurekan Dining Car.
So, if you like trains; if you like history; if you love the idea of eating on a Train's Dining Car, then this adventure is for you.
Parking is horrible & expensive, and the streets are narrow in the historic district! The town has a local trolley system that works fairly well, and I'd recommend using it if you're not in a rush and want to spend a lot of time downtown. They go by many of the local hotels, or you can park at the visitor center on Hwy 62 if you have to drive into town from the lake. If you have a RV or oversized truck/van, don't venture into the historic district - you'll be sorry after manuvering through the narrow, usually crowded, and hilly streets! They even have a narrated scenic tour of the historic district, if you want a mini history lesson of the beautiful historic neighborhood.
Prices for a daily pass during the tourist season is $3.50/adults, $1.00/child 7-12, with cheaper prices for only the historic district & "late rider" fares. Narrated tours run around $7.50/person
This is the neatest way to see the town without driving like a tourist and backing up traffic! ;-)
A trolley pass is under $5 and you can get on and off as much as you want. It is a must for going downtown at busy times when parking is hard to find. The trolleys stop at most of the highway hotel/motels and other areas. We park at Pine Mountain Village and get on there. There is also a tram tour that takes you through the historical "loop" of homes. It is all color coded with maps that are easy to figure out.
One of the Park & Ride terminals for using public transport. 177 S. Main St., Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632.