Travel to Nashville

Flying to Nashville

From Europe, British Airways flies direct from London to Nashville. Alternatively, a number of European and American airlines offering connecting flights via Chicago, New York or Houston. Within the United States, there are many airlines offering domestic flights to Nashville. Prices are slightly cheaper in January and February if you book earlier.

Nashville International Airport(Code: BNA) is about 13km (8 miles) southeast of the city centre.

Flight times

From London - 9 hours

From New York - 2 hours 30 minutes

From Los Angeles - 4 hours

From Sydney - 19 hours (including stopover)

City Airports: 
Telephone:+1 615 275 1675

Nashville International Airport is located 13km (8 miles) southeast of Nashville.


ATMs, currency exchange services and bank facilities are all available at various points within the terminal.


Trolleys are available (for a fee) at various locations throughout the terminal. The Information Centre in baggage reclaim operates the airport’s lost and found service (tel: +1 615 275 1675).

Travel by road


Driving in Tennessee, as anywhere else in the USA, is on the right. The roads in Nashville are generally good, although the city appears to be under a permanent state of road construction.

The speed limit on interstates and freeways is 112kph (70mph), while most other highways have a speed limit of 88kph (55mph). In built-up areas, the speed limit is usually 48kph (30mph).

In Tennessee, the minimum driving age is 16 years. Drivers must carry their national driving licence with them when driving, as well as proof of third-party liability insurance.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) (tel: +1 800 222 1134; provides information.

Emergency breakdown service:

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).


The main routes from Nashville are Highway 40 east to Knoxville and the Appalachian Mountains, and west to Memphis. Highway 65 runs north towards Louisville (Kentucky) and Chicago (Illinois), and south to Birmingham (Alabama) and the Gulf Coast. Highway 24 runs southeast to Chattanooga and northwest to Paducah (Kentucky).

Driving times:

From Chattanooga - 2 hours; Louisville - 2 hours 40 minutes; Knoxville - 2 hours 40 minutes; Memphis - 3 hours.


Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; operates national bus services from its terminal at 709 Fifth Avenue South, with connections to cities nationwide.

Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; runs coaches from Nashillve to Atlanta, Chattanooga, Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville.

Travel by rail


Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; operates the national railway network, but trains do not stop at Nashville, the nearest passenger station being in Memphis. Nashville's historic Union Station handles freight trains only.

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