Getting Around Nashville

BNA Airport is served by American, Frontier, United, US Air, Delta, Southwest and AirCanada. The least expensive option from the Nashville airport is a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus. The NMTA bus serves much of the metropolitan area. In addition, there are taxis, private limo services, hotel shuttles and one-price shuttles. Inter-city shuttles are available to Clarksville, Chattanooga, many other Tennessee towns, and even Kentucky destinations.

Car rental is available from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise and Hertz. The airport is located on I-40. To get to Nashville, drivers generally travel west on I-40 and take either I-24 east/west or I-65 north/south depending on their destination within the Nashville area. 

MTA buses all pass through Music City Central Station, which makes it easy and comfortable to pick up or switch buses. There are air conditioned and/or heated waiting areas. In addition, city buses allow bicyclists to bring their bike with them. All MTA buses have a bike rack which is easy to use. 

Once downtown, many tourists find that the most convenient way to get around is the free Music City Circuit buses. The Green, Purple and Blue circuits offer 75 total stops. Most downtown hotels and major tourist attractions are on the routes. This makes it easy to travel between such sites as the Nashville Riverfront, Ryman Auditorium, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Bridgestone Arena. One circuit makes rounds until 11 p.m. Another ends at 6 p.m. 

Nashville does not have a mass transit rail line or Amtrak service; however, the Music City Star is a rail line that takes passengers from one of five nearby communities into Nashville. The train line ends at Riverfront Station, the most desirable area for walking, listening to live music and dining. Travelers can use their rail ticket to transfer to a bus for no extra charge. In Lebanon, where the rail line originated, there are two stations: Martha Station on Martha Circle and Lebanon Station on West Baddour Parkway. The Mt. Juliet station is on Division Street. The Hermitage Station is on Andrew Jackson Parkway. The Donelson Station is on Lebanon Pike.