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
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 logo 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 six tiers: Lyft, Lyft Preferred, Lyft XL, Luxe, Luxe Black, and Luxe Black XL. 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 eight classes of vehicles: Uber VIP, Uber Black, Uber Black SUV, Uber Pet, Uber Green, Uber XL, Uber Comfort, and Uber X. 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.
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 downtown and midtown, you can usually hail one during peak hours. Otherwise, order a cab by phone to ensure a timely arrival—some companies, like Magic Taxi and Music City Cab, specialize in airport runs and allow you to book online ahead of time.
Electric scooters have become a popular form of transportation in Nashville. Scooters are affordable, accessible, and a sustainable car alternative. There are multiple scooter companies in Nashville such as Bird, Lime (an Uber partner), and Lyft scooters, that provide apps for users to pay and track scooters near their location. You must download the app and enter your credit card details before using.
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 Bike Cab offers bookable tours, 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 30+ 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 two hours) rather than a full day of riding.
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