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The airport code for Nashville International Airport is BNA, which represents Berry Field Nashville in honor of Col. Harry S. Berry, administrator of the original airport project. BNA is located at One Terminal Drive, Nashville, TN 37214, about eight miles east of downtown Nashville, and serves 17 million+ passengers each year.
BNA is home to 14 airlines providing more than 540 daily flights to 75 markets from coast-to-coast. And of course, the airport offers a sampling of Music City in six venues. View BNA's live music schedule.
The Nashville Metro Transit Authority's Route 18 Airport/Elm Hill Pike bus runs hourly, seven days a week, between the Nashville International Airport and downtown Music City. Express trips take 20 minutes; local service takes 35 to 45 minutes. One-way fares between the airport and downtown are available for under $2.
In Nashville, MTA provides bus service in and out of downtown and throughout the city. All-day, unlimited-ride passes are available for $5.25. Music City Central, the downtown transit station, is located at 400 Charlotte Avenue.
Nashville is accessible by highway as one of only a few cities in the nation where three interstates connect:
- I-65 connects the city with Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, IN; and Chicago, IL to the north and Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile, AL to the south.
- Nashville is bisected by I-40, an east-west freeway that also passes through cities such as Asheville, NC; Knoxville and Memphis, TN; Little Rock, AK; and Oklahoma City, OK.
- I-24 crosses the city from the northwest to the southeast, providing convenient travel from St. Louis, MO; Chattanooga, TN; and Atlanta, GA.
Music City Star Commuter Rail has six stations along the route between Lebanon (east of town) and the destination station at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville, where passengers can board one of two MTA buses at no additional cost. One bus circulates downtown; the other travels to West End/Belmont. Trains operate Monday through Friday during peak commuter hours, plus a late train on Friday with a 10:30 p.m. departure from the Riverfront Park station.
Nashville does not have an Amtrak station. Visitors can use Memphis Central Station or Cincinnati Union Terminal, then rent a car or transfer to a bus to reach Nashville.
(Image of Lane Motor Museum, courtesy Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.)