All air travelers arrive at the Nashville International Airport
(BNA), just off Interstate 40, about 15 minutes from the Music Valley/Opryland area and 30 minutes from downtown. BNA is in the midst of a comprehensive renovation of its terminals, parking and security facilities, none of which have adversely affected air travelers as they use this busy means of Nashville transportation.
At the moment, there is no Amtrak service to Nashville (discussion continues about resuming passenger train service to the city). Greyhound
offers daily bus service to Nashville on a variety of routes; the bus station has a temporary home in a former car dealership building at 11th Avenue and Charlotte Avenue N.; it recently moved to make room for the city’s new convention center complex.
The regional rail of the Nashville transportation system, the Music City Star
, handles commuter traffic. Compared to systems in most major cities, it's metro rail-lite: there’s a single line from Lebanon to downtown, with six stops total. Commuters can then connect to buses or walk to their final destinations.
Nashville is a very easy town to navigate by car, and is laid out along a simple grid, making it one of the most popular forms of Nashville transportation. Parking is readily available; but in areas like the West End, Vanderbilt and on Music Row, double-check parking signs when parking on the street. A car-sharing service, WeCar
, is available for quick rentals, with pick-up and drop-off sites around downtown Nashville.
Taxis are available at the airport and throughout downtown Nashville, although they are not as common as in larger cities. From the airport, a trip downtown, to the West End or to Opryland runs a flat rate of $26 plus tip.