Travel to Nashville

Flying to Nashville

There are no direct flights to Nashville from the UK. However, flights to USA| are offered by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, as well as US carriers such as American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways.

Flight times

From London -11 hours; New York - 2 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 4 hours; Toronto - 2 hours; Sydney - 21 hours.

Travel by road


Driving in Tennessee, as anywhere else in the United States, 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 the city, the speed limit varies between 40-72kph (25-45mph).

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 1333; provides information.

Emergency breakdown service:

AAA (tel: 1 800 222 4357 or AAA HELP).


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 30 minutes; Louisville - 3 hours; Knoxville - 3 hours; Memphis - 3 hours.


Greyhound (tel: (615) 255 3556 or 1 800 229 9424; operates national bus services from its terminal at 200 Eighth Avenue South, with connections to cities nationwide.

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.