Whether you’re planning on a beer-filled night out, need a lift to the airport or simply refuse to pay $800 for parking downtown, outsourcing a ride from Point A to Point B has never been easier. Here are the best ways to maneuver through Music City without getting behind the wheel.
The Best Ways to Get Around Nashville
The cab situation in Nashville is fairly standard for a midsize city: Many individual cab companies are available at all hours to take you wherever you need to go. In busy areas like Broadway and midtown, you can easily hail one during peak hours. Otherwise, order a cab by phone to ensure a timely arrival; some companies, like Magic Taxi and Green Cab, specialize in airport runs and allow you to book online ahead of time.
Gone are the days of Lyft vehicles sporting a giant fuzzy mustache on their grill—you can now find your driver via a glowing pink ‘stache on their dashboard. Despite this and other sleek updates, the company has maintained its casual, friendly vibe, meaning you’re welcome to sit up front and chat with your driver. Lyft’s fleet has five tiers: Lyft, Plus (for up to six riders), Premier (high-end rides), Lux (black luxury vehicles) and Lux SUV (luxury black SUVs). A recent partnership with Nissan Stadium, the Miller Lite Rideshare Lounge, makes Titans game day pickup and dropoff a breeze. You can also grab a discount on your first Lyft ride with the NashvilleGuru promo code.
Uber, too, has grown leaps and bounds since arriving in Nashville in 2013. The popular ride-sharing service now offers five classes of vehicles: UberX, UberXL (for groups), UberSelect (luxury cars), UberBlack (black luxury cars) and SUV. Uber has partnered with Bridgestone Arena to designate an official pickup and dropoff location at 5th Avenue South, south of Demonbreun Street, which comes in handy when you don’t feel like driving to a Predators game or concert.
Music City Circuit
An often overlooked form of transportation is the free MTA bus service called Music City Circuit. It has two routes: the Green Circuit (which runs between the Gulch and Bicentennial Mall) and the Blue Circuit (which runs between Riverfront Station and the Tennessee State University campus). Music City Circuit collectively stops at many key Nashville destinations, including Bridgestone Arena, the Schermerhorn, the Ryman, TPAC, the Nashville Farmers’ Market, the Country Music Hall of Fame, First Tennessee Park and the Frist.
If you’re out on Broadway and want a quick lift to a bar that’s a few blocks away, hailing a golf cart might be your most efficient option. Companies like Joyride and Cruzzin’ have gained popularity by offering rides around Nashville’s busiest streets—the service is free, but tips are encouraged for such convenient transportation. Note that golf carts can legally only take you around the downtown area, within the interstate loops.
Pedicabs are another downtown alternative that you can flag down just like a regular cab. (They’re also found in midtown and East Nashville.) Suitable for up to three passengers, this is a great way for visitors to take in the sights and sounds of Music City. Pedicabs accept cash and most credit cards. Nashville Pedicab offers scheduling, too.
Hop on, hop off. Nashville’s B-Cycle program allows residents and visitors alike to easily cruise around town on two wheels. Grab a bike at one of the 36 local stations, then drop it off at the station nearest your destination. Membership plans range from daily to monthly, and pricing is designed to encourage lots of short trips (i.e., under an hour) rather than a full day of riding.
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