Getting Around Memphis

Memphis International Airport (MEM) is the primary FedEx distribution center, and, as the world's busiest cargo airport. Northwest Airlines maintains a hub at the airport, providing regional service and a few international flights.

Interstate 40 is a good route into town. I-40 essentially ends in a historic neighborhood. Take I-240 to complete the journey into downtown Memphis. The outer loop is only partially complete, mostly to the Navy base. I-55 will take you quite close to town. Just catch I-240 and swing north to take you into downtown. Except for downtown, parking is usually free. If you're downtown, try the "Parking Can Be Fun" garage on Union Avenue. It's cheap, absolutely bizarre, and right where you want to be.

Amtrak service is available from trains running up and down the Mississippi, as well as connections through major hubs.

Bus service is available across the city. The Memphis Area Transit Authority, located at 1370 Levee Rd., (901/274-6282) provides bus service for $1.10. The buses pass through the downtown area, as well as the suburbs. There are additional costs for traveling outside the city limits. Another way to get around Memphis, is to ride the Main Street Trolley, which can be found along Main Street (901/577-2648). The trolley hits places such as downtown Memphis, South Main Historic District, as well as Beale Street. Tickets can be obtained for the low price of 50ยข. Tickets are for one-way trips.