Nashville Travel Guide

USA  #11 in Best Foodie Cities in the U.S.
Credit

Courtesy of SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Getting Around Nashville

The best way to get around Nashville is by car. The city has a public transportation system, but neighborhoods and attractions are a bit too spread out to walk between. To get from Nashville International Airport (BNA) to your hotel, it's best to get a rental car. You can also take an airport shuttle, a public bus (route 18) or a taxi. Ride-hailing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, also operate in Nashville.

Car

A car is the most efficient way to move around Nashville and see its top sights. Some hotels offer complimentary parking and finding a spot downtown isn't too much of a hassle. Select hotels also offer frequent shuttle service. Be sure to bring some spare change for the meters. You can find car rental agencies at the airport and throughout the city. Park It! Downtown, which provides information on parking in downtown Nashville, offers an interactive map and special rates on its website.

Bus

The city offers a public bus system, but this isn't usually very useful to tourists since routes are catered to residents using the system to go to and from their workplaces. Fares cost about $2.

There are also Music City Circuit buses, which are free to ride and offer two routes throughout the downtown and neighboring areas. These buses are more convenient for travelers visiting Nashville, since they run along major roads in downtown Nashville, The District and The Gulch, including Broadway and Demonbreun Street.

Taxi

You can use metered taxis to get around, but having your own vehicle while exploring Nashville will be a big convenience. You can take a taxi from the Nashville airport to the downtown zone for a flat rate of about $25. The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services also operate in and around Nashville.

Explore More of Nashville

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Florida Weekend Getaways

Spend sun-filled days exploring Florida's beautiful beaches, cities, parks and small towns.

Gwen PratesiDecember 9, 2019

The Best Travel Backpacks for 2020

U.S. News rated the best travel backpacks using recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerNovember 25, 2019

30 Top Wellness Retreats

Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at one of these relaxation-focused properties.

Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019

30 Fun All-Inclusive Family Vacations

Book one of these all-inclusive trips that cover food, accommodations and activities galore.

Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019

5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Becoming More Environmentally Friendly

Industry considers impact as it looks to the future.

Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019

11 Unique and Quirky Cruise Destinations

Venture off the beaten path for an authentic cruising experience.

Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019

The 2020 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Gather up the gang and head out to sea with one of these six kid-friendly cruise lines.

Nicola WoodNovember 12, 2019

The Top Pyramids in Mexico to Visit

Add these ancient marvels to your Mexico vacation itinerary.

Lyn MettlerOctober 28, 2019

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019