Knoxville Transportation

Knoxville, Tennessee is easily accessible by two major interstate highways; I-40 and I-70. Stretching for over 2,500 miles between California and North Carolina, Interstate 40 links Knoxville to all southern regions of the United States. Interstate 70 is the preferred route to Knoxville for anyone coming from the Midwest and Middle Atlantic region of the country. I-640 is a short beltway highway that surrounds Knoxville and branches off I-40. Drivers should be prepared to navigate winding roads and cross multiple bridges because the Tennessee River runs through the Knoxville area.

Visitors can navigate Tennessee's third largest city by using the public transportation options provided by the Knoxivlle Area Transit. KAT operates more than 20 bus routes throughout Knoxville, and these services cover most of the districts in the city. Many of the KAT buses stop at the Knoxville Station, which is a platform style transit hub located in Downtown district along Church Avenue. Knoxville Station has more than a dozen platforms, where assigned bus routes pick up and drop off passengers. Additionally, the bus terminal is also served by some intercity bus companies such as MegaBus.

The Knoxville Area Transit also operates multiple bus lines that are known as The T routes. The T primarily provides service to the University of Tennessee campus, one of the largest and busiest venues in the city. Riders can also enjoy the KAT Trolley system, which consists of historic themed buses that operate throughout Downtown Knoxville. The Trolley system includes the Downtown Loop, Gay Street Line, and Vol Line. Trolleys also make stops at the Knoxville Station.

The McGhee Tyson Airport is the main airport serving Knoxville. Located about 10 miles south of Downtown Knoxville, the airport is served by six airline carriers that provide non stop flights to more than a dozen cities in the south, Midwest, and northeast regions of the United States. After taking a car from one of seven on site car rental companies, visitors can get from the airport to Knoxville by driving along Airport Highway (becomes Alcoa Highway.)McGhee Tyson Airport also offers parking in short term, long term, and economy lots. All of the parking spaces are within walking distance from the main terminal building. Taxis, shuttles, and charter buses provide additional ground transportation options at the airport. Unfortunately, KAT buses do not serve the airport, so public transportation is not available.

Visitors who can afford private flights on small aircraft can land at the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport, which is used only for general aviation. The airport is located only several miles away from Downtown Knoxville.