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. Several of the city's top guided tours get around via bus, which is another efficient way to sightsee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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