Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.25 miles (5 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Tram Ride to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.

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Sample Itinerary

There’s no such thing as an ordinary day at the Gateway Arch. But here is a sample itinerary to help you get the most from your visit. Keep in mind that your actual travel and wait times may vary. When choosing your ticket times, you’ll want to allow at least 45–60 minutes for the Tram Ride to the Top tour experience.

Sample Itinerary

There’s no such thing as an ordinary day at the Gateway Arch. But here is a sample itinerary to help you get the most from your visit. Keep in mind that your actual travel and wait times may vary. When choosing your ticket times, you’ll want to allow at least 45–60 minutes for the Tram Ride to the Top tour experience.

Plan Ahead & Construction Alerts

ALERT: Through June 2018, the Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center will be located in the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. Walking distance from the Old Courthouse to the Arch’s south leg entrance is approximately 0.25 miles (a 5-minute walk). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch facility must have EITHER a Tram Ride to the Top ticket OR an Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility. Tram tickets sell out early and often—purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

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Save time—and avoid the ticket line—
by purchasing your Tram Ride to the Top tickets before you arrive.

The time on your ticket is when you should be through security and in line at the tram entrance inside the Arch facility to begin your tour. Please note this is not the exact time you will board the tram.

If you plan to buy tickets on-site, allow an extra 30–45 minutes to purchase tickets at the Old Courthouse and walk to the Gateway Arch entrance, in addition to security line wait time at the Arch entrance.
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Park
11:00am

Find parking at one of the convenient Preferred Parking options nearby. Please allow ample time to get from your parking spot to the Gateway Arch entrance.

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Security Screening
11:30am

Depending on crowds, it could take several minutes to enter the Gateway Arch facility. Plan to arrive at the Gateway Arch entrance 30 minutes before your Tram Ride tour time.

Security Guidelines
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Explore Museum Exhibits
12:00pm

Before or after your Tram Ride, make time to browse the interactive exhibits in the museum and discover how the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis region became the Gateway to the West. (Opening July 2018.)

Arch Museum rendering

Tram Ride to the Top Tour Begins
1:00pm

Begin your tour at the tram entrance (north or south) and time noted on your ticket. First, your tour guide will lead you through interactive, pre-boarding exhibits featuring 60s-era animations and Gateway Arch trivia. Soon, you’ll board for the 4-minute Tram Ride to the Top. Accessibility information.

Please allow at least 45-60 minutes for your tram tour.
Tram Ride to the Top load zone

Enjoy the Views

At the top, discover breathtaking views up to 30 miles in all directions. Stay as long as you like—trams return to the lobby every 5–10 minutes.

Couple taking a selfie at the top of the Arch

Have more time?

No trip to the Gateway Arch is complete without taking the Tram Ride to the Top for exhilarating views of St. Louis, the Mississippi River, and beyond. Extend your Gateway Arch experience by spending time enjoying some of our many other activities.

One Hour

Browse the fascinating exhibit galleries at the
Old Courthouse, and see where civil rights history was made. Stroll the park grounds to capture breathtaking views of the Gateway Arch and Mississippi River. Learn the story behind the structure in the award-winning Monument to the Dream documentary movie. Walk through time in the interactive new Museum at the Gateway Arch (opening July 2018).

Two Hours

Stop by the Arch View Café for a casual lunch or snack on the bank of the Mighty Mississippi. Then, take in unique views of the Gateway Arch and downtown on a relaxing, one-hour
St. Louis Riverfront Cruise. Or soar high above it all on a Helicopter Tour. Seasonal hours apply.

Three Hours

Watch the sun go down and the city lights come up on a Skyline Dinner Cruise. Or make plans to embark on one of our Specialty Cruises. Whether you’re in the mood for Sunday brunch, a historic tour, or live music and dancing, we have a cruise to suit your tastes. Reservations required.