Nashville Transportation

Nashville International Airport (BNA) is about five miles from downtown. A car is essential for getting around Nashville, and you can rent yours onsite at the Nashville International Airport. Eight major car rental companies have check-in desks located on Level 1 of the airport. The rental cars are conveniently located in a covered area adjacent to the terminal building. Taxis will be waiting for you in a designated area for ground transportation (follow the signs). From the airport, the meter starts at $4.50 and the rate is $2 per mile. A flat rate of $22 is charged to take a passenger to downtown Nashville and the Mobil Three-Star Opryland Hotel area. Be aware that there's an extra charge for large bags. The Gray Line Airport Express departs from the Nashville International Airport every 15 to 20 minutes beginning at 5 am and runs until 11 pm. The one-way fee is $12, with frequent stops, while a round-trip costs $22. You can board the express at the lower level of the airport's ground transportation area. The Nashville Metro Transit Authority Bus Route 18 makes nine trips each weekday between downtown Nashville and the airport, and four times daily on Saturday and Sunday. A one-way fare costs $1.25. The Route 18 schedule is available at the airport's Welcome Center, located on the baggage claim level.

Nashville is a relatively easy city to drive in for visitors. Yet, construction is always going on somewhere, which is Rule No.1 to know before taking the on-ramps to Interstates 40, 24, and 65. The work is often postponed until late at night or even suspended during major holidays. You should know that Interstates 65, 40, and 24 intersect, making Tennessee one of only six states in which three such thoroughfares converge.

Greyhound is located right in the Music Row downtown district at 200 8th Ave.

Nashville MTA operates routes throughout downtown and the surrounding area. $1.25 for an adult local fare, with no transfers allowed. An all-day pass for an adult is $3.75.

The Music City Star commuter train runs Monday - Friday. The train runs from Lebanon to Downtown's Riverfront Station. One-way tickets purchased at the platform are $5.00 each. There are two shuttle services that transport people for no extra charge, passengers use their Music City Star ticket to board. Shuttle 93 goes up Broadway, West End, and around the Vanderbilt area. Shuttle 94 loops through Downtown. If you wish to go to any other place in the city, you can catch the Downtown Shuttle at the Riverfront Station and exit at the downtown bus mall then catch the bus that is going to your destination.

Car is always your best bet. Average speed on highways ranges from 55-70 mph, while city streets are generally 35 mph unless otherwise posted.