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Nashville

  • How do I get there?

    Nashville, the "Music City," is a fantastic place to hang your hat for a few days, whether you're heading to Bonnaroo or just looking to explore. Check out these ways to get there.

    BUS:
    Greyhound, which is the largest long-distance carrier in the country, connects Nashville with major cities all over the continent. The bus will bring you to the station at 709 5th Avenue South, slightly southeast of the city center, near Interstates 65 and 40 and a 10 minute drive from downtown.

    Another bus option is Megabus, which offers service between Nashville and Atlanta, Chattanooga, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville; the bus stops at 704 4th Avenue South, a parking lot at the intersection of 4th Avenue South and Elm Street.

    We'll say that neither of these bus options have stellar reviews online, but if you're in dire need of a cheap option, they'll fit the bill.

    PLANE:
    Nashville International Airport (BNA), currently serves 9 airlines to 62 destinations (including non-stop to the major US metro areas), and nearly 10 million passengers per year.

    If you've chosen to fly to Nashville, the next step is to make your way to a hotel. For that, there are also many options.


    From BNA to Downtown Nashville:

    Public Transportation:
    The Nashville MTA offers hourly service on Bus Route 18 between the Downtown metro area and the airport seven days per week about every hour. Express trips are around 20 minutes, and local trips take between 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. The bus departs Nashville International airport every hour from 5:45am to 11:40pm Monday through Friday, from 6:47am to 10:40pm on weekends and holidays. Pick up the buses on Level 1 of the airport on the Ground Transportation level, and remember that the $1.70 one-way fare is cash only.

    Taxi:
    The starting fare from the airport is $7 and continues upward at $2.10 per mile. There is a flat rate between the airport and the Downtown and Opryland Hotel areas of $25, and a surcharge of $1 per person for passengers 2-4. Some companies take credit cards, but be sure to ask before accepting a ride. For cab companies recommended by the Nashville International Airport, visit the Taxi page for a list of options and contact information.

    Shuttles, Limousine Services, Rental Cars, and Charter Rides:
    All of these options are available right at the airport, and it is recommended that you only book or ride with an authorized transportation provider. These companies are properly registered and licensed so you are sure to be safe. See Nashville International's list of providers for exact names and contact information.

  • What is the lay of the land?

    Nashville has several neighborhoods worth exploring: 12South, 8th Avenue South, Berry Hill, Downtown, East Nashville, Elliston Place, Germantown, Green Hills, The Gulch, Hillsboro Village, Midtown, Opryland/Music Valley, and Sylvan Park to name a few. Each have their own distinct flavor, whether you're looking for quaint boutiques and restaurants to raucous country rock parties. If you're unsure where to begin, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation provides an overview of these regions with recommendations for things to see, do, and experience to make your planning a bit easier.

  • How do I get around?

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

    Bus:
    If you’re on a budget, the best option is public transportation which is accessible and simple to use. The Nashville MTA website has an easy to use Trip Planner system to help you navigate from one destination to the next around the city. Fares range from $1.70 per ride to $24 for a 7-day pass. You can even purchase your pass online in advance of your trip.

    BY CAR

    If you've decided to rent a car, or you have driven into Nashville, be assured that Nashville is quite navigable. For suggestions on where to find the cheapest and most convenient spots, check out Nashville's Park It Downtown website.

    If you want a car for a short day trip and don't want to shell out for a full rental, consider the Enterprise Car Share program. Formerly called WeCar, this service allows you to drive all over Nashville (and any of their other locations) in a fuel-efficient vehicle for a low price.

    Taxi:
    Take a cab from one of the recommended taxi companies who are authorized by the city to get you around.

    Allied Cab/Nashville Cab/1-800-TAXICAB: (615) 333-3333 / www.nashvillecab.com
    Checker Cab: (615) 256-7000 / www.nashvillecheckercab.com


    ON FOOT:

    Walking in Nashville is definitely an option, particularly in the Downtown area near Broadway and the riverfront. Unless you're visiting in the summer, when you may prefer air conditioning in the sweltering heat and humidity.

    BY BIKE:

    There are currently two bike sharing programs for you to take advantage of during your visit. Nashville Green Bikes are free and can be checked out at any of the 10 stations around the city, and Nashville B-Cycle lets you rent out bikes by the hour, for $5 per day or $10 per week.

  • What do I need to know about money?

    Nashville's cost of visiting pales in comparison to other major cities in the US, but in case you're on a budget and want to save a dollar or ten, here are a few helpful money tips to bring with you.

    Sales Tax:
    Nashville's sales tax is 9.25% for all general sales.

    Hotel Costs:
    The average hotel room price is $99 per night, but premium rooms in the downtown area can run well over $200 per night.

    Tipping: In the US the base hourly wage for someone in the service industry (i.e. servers, bartenders, etc) can vary by state and be minimal. Therefore, it is customary to leave a tip based on the quality of service. Cash is always preferred to credit card, so have extra small bills on hand for these purposes.

    Restaurants: 15% to 18% gratuity is a good place to start for good-but-not-great service.

    Bars: $1-$2 per drink.

    Bag Service: $1-$2 per bag for skycaps, bellhops; more if bags are heavy.

    Valet Parking: $2-$5 when picking up car.

    Hotel Housekeeping: $2-5 per night.

    Concierge Services: $5-20 if they arranged tickets, reservations, or other activities.

    Taxi Drivers: 10%-15% of total fare.

  • Do I need a Visa?

    Citizens of countries enrolled in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may enter the US for 90 days or less with a valid passport without a visa. If your country does not participate in the VWP, you will need a to obtain a visa from a US consulate or embassy in your country in addition to your passport. The visa process can be complicated, but Discover America, the official travel and tourism website for the US, has a simple and user-friendly explanation.

  • What is the climate like?

    Nashville's climate is subtropical, with hot and humid summers and cold winters. It rains only about 47 inches (1199 mm) per year and mostly in the spring and fall, but that can include severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. Snow in the winter is rare, averaging about 5.8 inches per years. Average temperatures range from highs between 50°F (10°C) – 61.5°F (16.4°C), and lows between 31.8°F (-0.1°C) – 39.5°F (4.2°C) in the winter, and highs between 71°F (21.7°C) – 89.4°F (31.9°C), and lows between 48°F (8.9°C) – 68.9°F (20.5°C) in the spring and summer.

    Find more about Weather in Nashville, TN
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  • What are the regular business hours?

    Most banks and branches of the Post Office are open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and until early afternoon on Saturdays. Many shops and stores are open until 9pm or 10pm, and restaurants serve customers until 11pm or later. You can be served alcohol until 3am, and buy booze at a liquor store from 8am to 3am Monday through Saturday, and from 12pm to 3am on Sundays. Beer can be bought in grocery stores, and wine/liquor in liquor stores, until 3am Monday-Saturdays, and in restaurants only on Sundays.

  • What's the deal with the food?

    Nashville's food scene is a growing culinary hotspot of authentic Southern barbeque and soul food, led by home-grown creative culinary artists and entrepreneurs. Locally sourced products are abundant here and a key element of the food culture, which also includes a growing food truck scene. Check out Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corp's restaurant listings or our guide to 24 Hours in Nashville for dining ideas.

  • What is the nightlife scene like?

    Ranked as one of the Best Nightlife Scenes in the USA, if you're in Nashville for the tunes, you've come to the right place, and we don't just mean country music. Check out Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corp's listings or our guide to 24 Hours in Nashville for suggestions.

  • What are some laws I should be aware of?

    Alcohol: The legal drinking age is 21, and you must have legal identification. In Nashville, bars must stop serving at 3am. Liquor stores can be open from 8am to 3am Monday through Saturday, and from 12pm to 3am on Sundays; beer can be purchased in grocery stores, and wine/liquor is only sold in liquor stores until 3am Monday-Saturdays, and in restaurants only on Sundays. Nashville does not allow open containers.

    Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in restaurants but you can still light up in bars.

    Marijuana: Tennessee has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the US. Definitely keep the weed at home.

    Driving: In Tennessee you may drive as of age 16, but they have a graduated licensing system for those under 18, as well as strict curfews from 11pm to 6am for those under 18. Texting and driving is illegal, and strictly enforced.

  • What's the culture shock factor?

    If you're on your way to Bonnaroo and unprepared for the prevalence of country music, you might find yourself surprised. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the fantastic Southern hospitality.

  • Directory

    BEAUTY:

    Parlour & Juke
    521 8th Avenue South
    Suite 302
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 730-8068
    www.seeamericagetahaircut.com

    Trim Classic Barber & Legendary Beauty
    2315 12th Avenue South
    Nashville, TN 37204
    (615) 269-8029
    www.trimnashville.com

    Red's Classic Barber Shop
    211 4th Avenue North
    Suite 150
    Nashville, TN 37219
    (615) 269-8029
    www.redsclassicbarbershop.com

    CABS:
    Allied Cab/Nashville Cab/1-800-TAXICAB:
    (615) 333-3333 / www.nashvillecab.com

    Checker Cab:
    (615) 256-7000 / www.nashvillecheckercab.com


    DRY CLEANERS:
    Nashville Cleaners
    2116 21st Avenue South
    Nashville, TN 37212
    (615) 298-2318

    Melrose Cleaners
    2631 Franklin Pike
    Nashville, TN 37204
    (615) 297-0253


    EMERGENCIES:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    1211 22nd Avenue North
    Nashville, TN 37232-2102
    (615) 322–5000
    www.mc.vanderbilt.edu

    Nashville Police Department
    200 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37201
    (615) 862-7400
    www.nashville.gov

    ORGANIC:
    The Turnip Truck Urban Fare
    311 12th Avenue South
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 248-2000
    www.theturniptruck.com

    The Produce Place
    4000 Murphy Road
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 383-2664
    www.produceplace.com

    H.G. Hill Urban Market
    415 Church Street
    Nashville, TN 37219
    (615) 244-9892
    www.hghills.com

    PHARMACIES:
    Walgreens
    226 5th Avenue North
    Nashville, TN 37219
    (615) 256-4600
    www.walgreens.com

    CVS
    4402 Lebanon Pike
    Nashville, TN 37201
    (615) 889-7477
    www.cvs.com

    POST OFFICES:
    901 Broadway
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 255-3613
    www.usps.com

    16 Arcade
    Nashville, TN 37219
    (800) 275-8777
    www.usps.com

    9 Music Square South
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 321-2580
    www.usps.com

    PRESS:
    The City Paper
    www.nashvillecitypaper.com

    The Tennessean
    www.tennessean.com

    Nashville Scene
    www.nashvillescene.com

    Nashvillest
    www.nashvillest.com


    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
    MTA Music City Central:
    400 Charlotte Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37219
    (615) 862-5950
    www.nashvillemta.org

    TATTOOS:
    Black 13 Tattoo Parlor
    209 10th Avenue South #208
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 750-3741
    www.black13tattoo.com

    Nashville Ink Tattoo
    305 Glenrose Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37210
    (615) 823-3404
    www.nashvilleinktattoo.com

    Icon Tattoo & Body Piercing
    1917 Broadway
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 329-4066
    www.icontattoo.com

    Kustom Thrills Tattoo
    1000 Main Street
    Suite 107
    Nashville, TN 37206
    (615) 226-3009
    www.kustomthrills.com

    TOURIST INFORMATION:
    Nashville Visitor Information Center (Open Monday-Saturday 8am-5:30pm, Sundays 10am-5pm)
    Intersection of Fifth Avenue South & Broadway
    (615) 259-4747 / (615) 254-1725
    www.visitmusiccity.com

    Nashville Visitor Information Center (Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm)
    Intersection of Fourth Avenue North & Commerce
    (615) 259-4730
    www.visitmusiccity.com