Nashville Transportation, Downtown Parking, & Airport Information
Nashville International Airport (airport code BNA) serves the general Nashville area. Unlike most other airline terminals, you won't need to rely on a newspaper and an overpriced cup of coffee to keep you occupied here (although you can still get them both). Nashville Airport really makes an effort to showcase its area's artistic heritage through rotating art exhibits, live music, and even live craft demonstrations! You, too, can learn to throw pottery, blow glass, and use a loom while waiting for your flight to board.
Check with the airport for a schedule of demonstrations and performances, as well as to locate additional information about the airport.
Nearly every major hotel offers free or low-cost shuttles directly to and from the airport. Be sure to call ahead and find out what your hotel offers, and the times their shuttle runs. Taxis are available from the airport to most local areas for around $30, and all major auto rental companies service the airport.
Major Highways in Nashville
Three major highways come together in the heart of downtown: I-40, I-24, and I-65. While this makes Nashville easily accessible, it can also cause fairly heavy congestion come rush hour. The speed limit around the city is 55 mph, and the locals are not known to speed. If possible, avoid the highways during peak hours (6-9 a.m and 4-7 p.m. during the week) and tune into the news for accident reports.
When driving through Nashville, be sure to pay attention to signs and have a map available. The block numbers are not always in numerical order, and many streets change names or directions without much warning. However, it's fairly easy to find your way back if you do happen to take a wrong turn.
Parking in Downtown Nashville
Nashville has worked hard to develop a convenient and affordable parking situation. Although lots and garages are located throughout the city, consider some of these choices depending on where you're heading.
Where to Park if you are going to:
Country Music Hall of Fame
Alloway Lot at 161 2nd Avenue South
Arena Lot at 225 5th Avenue South
- Alloway Lot at 161 2nd Avenue South
Hilton Covered Parking Garage at 121 4th Avenue South
Symphony Lot at 215 3rd Avenue South
Smead Lot at 110 4th Avenue South
Molloy Lot at 215 3rd Avenue South
- Smead Lot at 110 4th Avenue South
2nd Avenue Shopping, Clubs and Bars
2nd & Church Parking Lot at 210 2nd Avenue North
ACME Lot at 105 1st Avenue South
CB Ragland Lot at 206 2nd Avenue South
- $2/day before 6 p.m.
- $5 after 6 p.m.
- 2nd & Church Parking Lot at 210 2nd Avenue North
While there are dozens of lots and parking garages located downtown, these are just a few ideas to get you started in planning where to park during your Nashville getaway. IMPORTANT NOTE: All prices and parking availability are subject to change. In addition, many lots and garages charge different rates during special events and Tennessee Titans football games.
Public Transportation in Nashville
For short trips around the city—or if you simply feel like foregoing an automobile on your visit—Nashville has an impressive public transit system. MTA buses run to and from the airport, and all over the city. A one-way fare is $1.50, anywhere you want to go. They also offer special transportation programs:
- 'The Zone,' offering transportation within the downtown area for only $.25 a ride.
- 'Night Owl,' starting at 12:15am and offering transportation for passengers to any local bus stop.
The trolley travels three scenic routes—downtown, Music Row, and Music Valley—for 85 cents a ride, and is worth taking at least once. On weekends, they offer live on-board entertainment. There are also river taxis from Opryland to downtown.
A healthy combination of driving, walking, and public transportation is recommended to get around. Nashville is a great city with much to enjoy—don't waste your vacation sitting in traffic!