Getting Around, Knoxville Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Knoxville, Tennessee - TN, USA)

Tennessee does not share the excellent transport infrastructure networks that some American states boast, with Memphis having the only rail connection. However, accessing the state by air is straightforward and road links to Knoxville are adequate. Meanwhile, traveling by hire car or taxi can be a convenient means of getting around within the city and its nearby areas.

Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

Address: 2055 Airport Highway Alcoa, Knoxville, Tennessee TN, 37701, USA
Tel: +1 865 342 3000
Located close to both the Mentor Community Park and Springbrook Park, the Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) resides in the region of 12 miles / 19 km south of the city itself, where it is easy to reach via the Alcoa Highway (US-129). Close to two million passengers now use this airport every year, with prominent airlines including the likes of American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines and United Express. Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are amongst the most popular onward destinations connected by these airlines. Passengers will find two floors and a noticeable Great Smoky Mountains theme, with gates, shops and eateries being situated on the upper level.

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) Guide

Memphis International Airport (MEM) / Arriving by Air

Apart from the McGhee Tyson Airport, the closest significant air links to Knoxville are at Memphis (390 miles / 628 km) and Nashville (172 miles / 277 km) in Tennessee, and Atlanta (215 miles / 346 km) in Georgia, all of which offer frequent links to destinations across the US and some international destinations. Memphis International Airport is situated 10 miles / 16 km from downtown Memphis, from where long-distance bus transport links are available to Knoxville. Alternatively, there are numerous car hire travel agencies located at the terminal, making self-drive to the city a popular travel option. Nashville International Airport is also well connected to other destinations, including Knoxville, by bus and taxi.

Memphis Airport (MEM) Guide

Car Rental

Many visitors to the city arrive by air at Memphis or Nashville and then choose to hire a rental car and drive the remaining journey to Knoxville. With international car hire travel agencies well represented at these international airports, finding a car is made easy. Alternatively, there is a selection of car hire outlets in Knoxville itself. While a car is not an essential method of transport for touring Knoxville, traveling around the city and its surrounding areas by car is the most convenient means of getting around.

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Buses and Coaches

Greyhound offers connections throughout Tennessee, but links to some small towns, particularly in the east are limited. However, there are some links to Knoxville, Nashville and Atlanta, making accessing the city by bus a viable travel option.


Knoxville has no rail links and the nearest rail connection is at Memphis, from where Amtrak runs services. While rail is a convenient way of accessing Tennessee State, alternative forms of transport must be used for the remaining journey to Knoxville.


Taxis are plentiful in downtown Knoxville and throughout the Old City, making taxi travel a convenient means of transport for short hops. Taxis in Knoxville can be booked in advance via telephone or hailed in the street, while there are also taxi ranks located outside some strategic points in the city and major hotels.