More than 10 million passengers are served by the Nashville airport annually, with 440 arrivals and departures daily. The code “BNA,” stands for Berry Field Nashville in honor of Col. Harry S. Berry, administrator of the original airport project in the 1930s. Nashville is served by the following major airlines: Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262); Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/252-7522); Allegiant Air (tel 702/505-8888); American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300); Boutique Air (tel. 855/268-8478); British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297); Contour Airlines (tel. 888/332-6686) Delta (tel. 800/221-1212); Frontier Airlines (tel. 801/401-9000); JetBlue (tel. 800/538-2583); Southwest Airlines (tel. 800/435-9792); Sun Country Airlines (tel. 651/905-2737); United Airlines (tel. 800/241-6522); Vacation Express (tel. 800/486-9777); and WestJet (tel. 855/937-8538).
Southwest is the city’s largest carrier. Most Southwest flights depart and arrive from the airport’s Concourse C. Southwest Airlines also offers air/hotel packages. For details, visit Southwest Airlines Vacations, or call tel. 800/423-5683. British Airways also now offers direct flights between Nashville and London, which will get you there or back in 8 to 9 hours.
The Nashville airport offers restaurants, massage bars, a nail salon, terminal-wide Wi-Fi access, a full-service business center with foreign currency exchange, meeting space, and an Arts at the Airport program featuring visual art and live entertainment.
Getting into Nashville from the Airport
Nashville International Airport (tel. 615/275-1600) is located about 8 miles east of downtown Nashville and is just south of I-40. It takes at least 15 minutes to reach downtown Nashville from the airport and may take 30 to 40 minutes during rush hour. Many hotels near the airport offer a complimentary shuttle service, while others slightly farther away have their own fee shuttles; check with your hotel when you make your reservation.
The Metro Transit Authority provides hourly bus service between downtown and the airport daily. Express trips take 20 minutes excluding traffic, and local service takes 35 to 45 minutes. One-way fares are available for less than $2. Downtown circulator buses, called the Music City Circuit, provide free transportation Monday through Saturday. The Green Circuit carries passengers between downtown and the Gulch, while the Blue Circuit serves key destinations between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Music City Central, the downtown transit station, is located at 400 Charlotte Ave. For more information, visit www.nashvillemta.org or call tel. 615/862-5950.
Jarmon Transportation (tel. 615/275-0146), located on the ground level, offers shuttle transportation to downtown hotels departing every 15 minutes. Reservations are recommended. Jarmon also provides transportation services to Clarksville, Ft. Campbell, and all area convention centers, including Opryland (One-way Opryland tickets are $14 per person; $25 round-trip). The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center shuttle (tel. 615/889-1000) runs from 5am to 11pm and departs every 20 minutes from the ground level and from the hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the Opryland information desk on the airport ground level.
Taxi service is another option. There is a $25 flat fare in the triangle between the airport, downtown, and the Opryland resort. Between any two points, the fare is $25 for up to four people. Outside this triangle, the meter starts at $7. Taxis are available on the ground level of the airport. For information, call the Transportation Licensing Commission (TLC) at tel. 615/862-6777.
Ride-hailing services including Lyft and Uber are both active in Nashville via phone application. A nearby driver will be dispatched to your location within minutes. The Nashville International Airport was the first airport in the country to allow ride-hailing services to operate on the property, and they remain committed to making them easy to use. For more information, visit Fly Nashville's “Transportation Network Companies” page.
Avoid the interstate during morning or afternoon rush hour in both cities, which is typically 7 to 9am and 4 to 6pm. Traffic tie-ups are increasingly common, especially in Nashville, and ongoing freeway construction and renovation often congests roadways. To find out about lane closures, visit the Tennessee Department of Transportation. You can also find out about snow and ice warnings there.
Nashville is a hub city intersected by three interstate highways: I-65 runs north to Louisville, Kentucky, and south to Birmingham, Alabama; I-40 runs west to Memphis and east to Knoxville; I-24 runs northwest toward St. Louis and southeast toward Atlanta. Downtown Nashville is the center of the hub, encircled by interstates 40, 65, and 265. Briley Parkway on the east, north, and west and I-440 on the south form a larger “wheel” around this hub.
Here are some driving distances from selected cities: Atlanta, 250 miles; Chicago, 442 miles; Cincinnati, 291 miles; Memphis, 210 miles; New Orleans, 549 miles; and St. Louis, 327 miles. If you’re heading into downtown, follow signs for I-65/24 and take exit 84 or exit 85. If you’re headed to Opryland, take I-40 east to Briley Parkway and head north. If your destination is West End, take I-40 around the south side of downtown and get off at Broadway.
If you are a member of the American Automobile Association (AAA) and your car breaks down, call tel. 800/222-4357 for 24-hour emergency road service or visit www.autoclubsouth.aaa.com to find a local branch.
If you’re visiting from abroad and plan to rent a car, keep in mind that foreign driver’s licenses are usually recognized here, but you should get an international license if your home license is not in English. Airportrentalcars.com offers domestic car-rental discounts and reasonable rates. International visitors should note that insurance and taxes are almost never included in quoted rental-car rates in the U.S. Ask your rental agency about additional fees, as they can add significant cost.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222) is the sole nationwide bus line. International visitors may want to consider the Greyhound North American Discovery Pass, which offers unlimited travel and stopovers in the U.S. and Canada. It can be obtained from foreign travel agents or through. Greyhound offers service to Nashville from around the country along interstate corridors or local routes. The Greyhound bus station is on the south side of downtown Nashville at 200 8th Ave. S.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.