We report on the luminescence properties of Er doped GaN grown prepared by metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy (MOMBE) and solid-source molecular beam epitaxy (SSMBE) on Si substrates. Both types of samples emitted characteristic 1.54 µm PL resulting from the intra-4f Er3+ transition 4I13/2→4I15/2. Under below-gap excitation the samples exhibited very similar 1.54 µm PL intensities. On the contrary, under above-gap excitation GaN: Er (SSMBE) showed ∼80 times more intense 1.54 µm PL than GaN: Er (MOMBE). In addition, GaN: Er (SSMBE) also emitted intense green luminescence at 537 nm and 558 nm, which was not observed from GaN: Er (MOMBE). The average lifetime of the green PL was determined to be 10.8 µs at 15 K and 5.5 µs at room temperature. A preliminary lifetime analysis suggests that the decrease in lifetime is mainly due to the strong thermalization between the 2H11/2 and 4S3/2 excited states. Nonradiative decay processes are expected to only weakly affect the green luminescence.