Bryson City travel guide

Bryson City Tourism | Bryson City Guide

You're Going to Love Bryson City

With a population of 1,458, Bryson City is a must-see destination in North Carolina, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Bryson City has to offer.

When to visit Bryson City

Bryson City in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bryson City in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Bryson City in July, when the average temperature is 73.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 84.2 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 23 °F, with an average temperature of 35.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 5.7″. In contrast, October is usually the driest month of the year in Bryson City, with an average rainfall of 1.7″.

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How to Get to Bryson City


Although Bryson City doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Knoxville McGhee Tyson (TYS), which is located 65 km from Bryson City. Greenville is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Bryson City departs from Minneapolis and takes around 1h 58m.


Another option to get to Bryson City is to pick up a car rental from Atlanta, which is about 205 km from Bryson City. You’ll find branches of Turo and Hertz, among others, in Atlanta.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bryson City, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Wanda Coach. From Asheville, the bus ride to Bryson City takes 193 km and will cost you around $62. From Chattanooga, the ticket costs about $55 for a journey of 233 km.

Airports near Bryson City

Airlines serving Bryson City

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British Airways
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Air France
Good (495 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,439 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,015 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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ITA Airways
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Ethiopian Air
Good (189 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (491 reviews)
Korean Air
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Japan Airlines
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Where to stay in Bryson City

Average rates range from around $245 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $355 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hemlock Inn and Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bryson City

Most booked hotels in Bryson City

Stonebrook Lodge Bryson City
Excellent (8.9, 1610 reviews)
Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area
Excellent (8.7, 760 reviews)
Nantahala Village
Excellent (8.7, 361 reviews)
Qualla Cabins and Motel Cherokee near Casino
Excellent (8, 1015 reviews)
Lloyd's On The River Country Inn by OYO
Good (6.3, 618 reviews)
Ridge Top Motel - Bryson City
Good (6.2, 833 reviews)
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Renting a car in Bryson City

Expect to pay $3.71 per gallon in Bryson City (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.52 and $59.36.