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Travel to Memphis

Flying to Memphis

There are no direct flights from the UK to Memphis. There are plenty of options involving one stopover however, including flights with United (via Chicago, Houston or Newark), Delta/Virgin Atlantic (via Atlanta) and American Airlines/US Airways (via multiple cities). Airlines operating domestic flights from other US destinations include American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Southwest, United and US Airways. Prices are generally higher in July and August, with the cheapest deals available in winter.

Flight times

From London - 10 hours (including stopover); New York - 2 hours 50 minutes; Los Angeles - 5 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 4 hours (including stopover); Sydney- 21 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

The interstate highways are the fastest, most direct routes to Memphis. Some of these routes are tolled. The speed limit on interstate highways is 112kph (70mph) for cars, unless stated otherwise, and 48kph (30mph) in built-up areas. There is also an extensive network of federal, state and local roads and highways.

The minimum age for unrestricted driving in Tennessee is 18 years old. Driving is on the right throughout the USA. You must carry your national driving licence with you when driving, as well as proof of third-party liability insurance. Some car hire companies may request an International Driving Permit, especially if your licence isn't in English.

The AAA (tel: +1 800 222 1134; www.aaasouth.com) has reciprocal agreements with many foreign motoring associations.

Emergency breakdown services

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).

Routes

From the airport, I-240 goes into central Memphis. Memphis is a major crossroads of the south. The main routes into Memphis include interstates I-40 and I-55. I-40 comes from Dallas in the west through Little Rock, Arkansas, and from Nashville in the east. I-55 runs from St Louis in the north and Jackson, Mississippi, in the south. I-55 has links to New Orleans in the south and Chicago in the north.

Coaches

Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) operates coach services around the USA, including direct services from Memphis to Nashville, Baton Rouge and Chicago. Coaches depart from the coach station, 3033 Airways Boulevard.

Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; www.megabus.com) runs services from Memphis to Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Little Rock and St Louis.

Time to city

From Nashville - 3 hours; St Louis - 4 hours; New Orleans - 6 hours; Dallas - 7 hours; Chicago - 8 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Trains run to Memphis Central Station, 545 South Main Street. The station serves as a major passenger terminal. 

American train services are comfortable, though slow and subject to delays.

Operators

Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) operates rail services within the USA.

Amtrak's services are limited, although the City of New Orleans train does connect Memphis with Chicago and New Orleans. Reservations are necessary for priority seating and sleeping accommodation.

Journey times

From Chicago - 10 hours 20 minutes; New Orleans - 8 hours 15 minutes.

Featured Hotels

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Gen X Inn

A chic boutique-style hotel in Midtown from the Best Western chain. It's in the heart of the Medical District and less than one block from Interstate 240, ideally located on the trolley line and only two miles from downtown. The décor in the 32 rooms is knowingly contemporary, and the king and queen rooms feature complimentary WiFi and cable TV. Breakfast is included and there's an exercise room and free parking.

The Hotel Napoleon

In the renovated five-storey Winchester building, this 58-room boutique hotel was opened in September 2016. Designed with modern touches to complement the historic 1902 building, it's conveniently located Downtown near to several Memphis sights including Beale Street. Part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, it includes the farm-to-table Luna Restaurant and bathrooms that feature wooden sliding barn doors and luxurious marble showers.

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown

On the doorstep of barbecue and blues in central Memphis, this 230-room hotel has a free shuttle service covering a three-mile radius, dropping guests off at Beale Street, Sun Studio, the National Civil Rights Museum and other nearby sights. Fees include breakfast, WiFi, parking and use of the patio and outdoor pool.

Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown

Centrally located just three blocks from legendary Beale Street, this hotel has 280 rooms with free WiFi. Guests can burn off BBQ calories at the fitness centre and outdoor pool and make an exception for the signature chocolate chip cookie - a welcoming gift on arrival.

The Guest House at Graceland

As part of the Graceland complex's renovations, the somewhat dated Heartbreak Hotel closed down but instead Elvis fans can opt for more luxurious accommodation with a stay at The Guest House, opened in October 2016. This 450-room resort was built to feel like an extension of the Graceland mansion itself with a touch of Southern colonial style to its exterior and décor and furnishings inspired by retro opulence from Presley's homes in Memphis and Palm Springs.

River Inn of Harbor Town

This 28-room boutique bolthole opened in 2007, one of the few properties on the well-to-do island of Harbor Town. For dramatic views of the city skyline and the Mississippi, you could do worse than their rooftop terrace. This Memphis hotel is a mix of European and Old South chic, with lavish sitting rooms to lounge in. A chocolate and glass of port wine await you as you retire to your room at night.