Getting Around, Nashville Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Nashville, Tennessee - TN, USA)

Many visitors to Nashville will be surprised at the lack of adequate public transport and travel facilities for a city with so many spread out attractions. The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) runs limited bus services throughout the city and most visitors to Nashville find that hiring a car is the most economical and practical way to travel around.

The easiest way to reach the city is by flying into Nashville International Airport or alternatively to Memphis; Memphis offers a wider selection of air routes, often at cheaper prices due to it being a larger hub with more air traffic. Amtrack trains and Greyhound buses also offer frequent services which travel to and from Nashville to destinations across the US.

Nashville International Airport (BNA) / Arriving by Air

American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest and United all operate flights to and from Nashville International Airport. As Nashville is only considered to be a medium-sized air hub, it can often be cheaper to fly into nearby Memphis. The airport is situated 8 miles / 13 km east of Nashville city center and buses run by the MTA, shuttles and taxis connect it with downtown Nashville. There are also car rental facilities at the airport should you wish to drive yourself into the city directly. For further information, please refer to the Nashville Airport page.

Nashville Airports Guide

Car Rental

Attractions in Nashville are not concentrated in just one area, so it can be convenient to hire a car to travel around. Most residents choose driving as their preferred means of transport for the simple reason that public transport facilities are not very developed here. Rental companies that are represented at the airport include Almo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty, while there are also outlets situated downtown. Nashville can be accessed by road via route 40, 65 and 431.

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Buses and Coaches

Greyhound buses operate routes from Nashville to destinations across the country and there are some Greyhound services that travel directly from Nashville International Airport. There are few public bus routes and the services within Nashville and the routes that are in operation are limited.


Amtrack runs daily rail services which travel to and from Nashville, with trains stopping at 8th Avenue South. Trains can be a comfortable way of traveling and there are connections to major centers across the US.


Nashville has three main taxi companies, Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and Nashville Cab. In addition to the somewhat scarce street taxis, Nashville also boasts a river taxi service from downtown to Opryland that runs every 30 minutes in the evenings.