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, Delta, United and US Airways. United offers connecting flights from the UK via Chicago, Houston and Newark. Other airlines operating domestic flights include American Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines and US Airways. Prices tend to be highest during peak periods including July and August, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Flight times

From London - 12 hours (including stopover); New York - 2 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 4 hours; Toronto - 2 hours; Sydney - 19 hours (including stopover).

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.