How to Get Around Nashville

February 28, 2013 by

Travel Tips


Nashville West End. Photo courtesy of KentonForshee.

For those planning a trip there, you’ll be happy to know there are many options for how to get around Nashville. The most cost-effective option, and also the one that will allow you to see the most, is walking. Most likely, you’ll be spending most of your time in the downtown area, which makes it easy to visit the many stores, restaurants, bars, clubs and attractions on foot. Moreover, the Music City Circuit is a free bus program servicing downtown Nashville and can get you to places such as the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Country Music Hall of Fame, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Bicentennial Mall and the Richard H. Fulton Complex.

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Another option is the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), which is a bus service throughout Nashville and Davidson County, with all routes serving the downtown transit station Music City Central. Bus tickets can be purchased at Music City Central at 400 Charlotte Avenue from 6am to 6:30pm Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday and 10:30am to 2:30pm Sunday. To help you effortlessly plan your route, the MTA offers a Trip Planner that allows you to enter your starting and ending addresses to be shown which bus routes to take and from where. Fares for adult tickets start at $1.70 for local service, while a full-day pass is $5.25, 20 local rides is $32, 20 express rides is $42 and a 31-day pass is $84.

Of course, the most convenient albeit expensive way to get around Nashville is by taxi. Some of the more popular cab companies include Music City Taxi (615-262-0451), Checker Cab (615-256-7000), Yellow Cab (615-256-0101) and Diamond Cab Co. (615-915-0311). For a rate estimate, know that the meter begins at $3 and is $2 per mile from there. For each additional passenger, an extra $1 is charged. If you’re going from downtown to the airport, there is a flat fee of $25 for up to four passengers.

And for those with their own car, Nashville offers both metered street parking — which is free weekdays and Saturdays after 6pm and all day Sunday—as well as paid lots for as low as $6 per day. Park It! Downtown is a resource that can help you find the cheapest available parking for events and attractions at a given time.

-Jessica Festa

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