Nashville International Airport
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Parking at Nashville International Airport
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You’ll find all the latest information about offsite and official Nashville International Airport right here – as well as tons of useful tips on eating, shopping, and amenities.
But maybe you’re arriving in Nashville from other parts and want to see a little of Music City too?
It’s an awesome city, so a day or so here is the perfect appetizer for a longer work trip or vacay.
You can tune in with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry and take in a backstage tour or a live show (Friday and Saturdays). This iconic venue has been the home of live country music for over 90 years and is famous worldwide. Speaking of which, if you’re a serious Country fan, you’ll definitely want to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where guitars, sheet music, costumes and interactive exhibits bring the history of the genre alive.
Meanwhile, for many in the know, Downtown Nashville is the heart of the action. Here you’ll find the Honky Tonk Highway (packed with live music joints), a replica of the Parthenon in Greece, the Johnny Cash Museum, and the Frist Art Museum.
But Downtown isn’t the only hotspot in Nashville. For instance, East Nashville is a hip place to hang out, with lots of buzzing bars, restaurants, and shops, and it’s also the home of the Five Points district, which has some amazing independent boutiques. And Germantown is a lovely retro neighborhood with historic buildings and the Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park.
Last but not least, if you’d like some cathartic tree bathing, take a stroll around Cheekwood. This art museum and botanical garden boasts a Japanese garden, rise garden and woodland garden, as well as interesting design, art and architecture exhibits.
Find the best deals at Nashville International Airport
Got a nose for a great deal? There are several ways to find bargains on BNA parking if you’re open to different ideas.
For example, off-site parking can sometime be cheaper than onsite and there are many of these type of unofficial options not too far from the airport – some of which provide shuttle services, and others that require you to book a taxi or walk. If this type of option meets your requirements, it can be a money-saver, but naturally you shouldn’t expect the type of personalised service you’d get from say, onsite valet parking.
Another good option is park and ride. There are lots of these lots near BNA and the parking itself is free – the only cost is your shuttle ride to the airport and back.
Overall, choosing your parking at Nashville International Airport is a balancing act – rates will vary according to the type of parking you choose, some options are more convenient than others (especially if you’re traveling with kids) and onsite option might be more secure than offsite. Align these elements and you’ll find your ideal BNA parking space.
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With over 10,000 spaces, Nashville doesn’t skimp when it comes to parking.
And in many ways, it’s always been an airport that’s ahead of its time. First opened in 1937 as Berry Field (after Tennessee administrator Colonel Harry S. Berry), it became a military base during WWII (a hub for the 4th Ferrying Command), then returned to civilian use in 1946.
The airport gained a new 145,900 square foot terminal in 1961 (with an international wing in concourse A), then in 1985 its fortunes were bolstered further when American Airlines revealed plans to open a base at Nashville.
The current terminal was built in 1987 and the facility was named Nashville International Airport in 1988. It now has four runways and a total footprint of 4,555 acres. Various improvements have followed in the years since and BNA has also been praised for its commitment to sustainability, with renewable energy and waste reduction programs in place.
Today, BNA is a major player in the Nashville and Tennessee economies – generating $10 billion annually and supporting 30,000 jobs.
What parking is there at Nashville International Airport??
Aggregator sites are another option worth considering when you’re really nailing down a bargain.
For instance, Looking4Parking collates the best parking offers from a variety of sources (including on- and offsite), so it’s often worth checking out.
And APH has offers available on lots of different sites within striking distance of the airport, so that’s also worth looking into.
But for now, let’s take a look at your official Nashville Parking options.
Terminal Garage 1
With 4,300 spaces, this garage is located adjacent to the terminal. Fees are charged on an hourly basis and if you’re picking someone up or dropping them off, this is the best option.
Terminal Garage 2
This garage is also close to the terminal and has 2700 spaces. Again, it’s an ideal option for short-term BNA parking.
Economy Lot A
A short stroll from the terminal, Economy Lot A has 3,000 spaces and it’s great for thrifty travelers.
Economy Lot B
If you’re away for a few days and don’t want to spend too much on parking, this lot close to the terminal fits the bill and there are 2000 spaces to choose from.
Economy Lot C
Another lot close to the terminal, Economy Lot C boasts 1000 spaces and the rates are reasonable too.
With 200 spaces, the cell lot is close to the terminal and perfect for quick pick-ups and drop-offs.
You’ll pay more for valet parking at Nashville International Airport (as you’d expect) but if you want the ultimate convenience and luxury, it’s worth every cent.
You can pay for BNA parking with cash, credit card or debit card. Here are some more solid tips before you choose: if you haven’t pre-booked and at least show up early on the day of departure to avoid disappointment. Furthermore, carefully consider your needs and those of your travel companions – especially if they have additional needs, or they’re young or elderly.
Getting to Nashville International Airport
Nashville International Airport’s also nice and easy to find if you’re driving.
From the north, take I-40 E to exit 216A, follow the BNA signs and turn left onto Terminal Drive. The airport will then be on your right.
If you’re driving up from the south meanwhile, take I-40 W to exit 216A, follow the BNA signs and turn right onto Terminal Drive.
From the east, take I-24 E to exit 52B, merge into I-40 E and follow the aforementioned directions. And from the west, take I-24 W to exit 216A, follow the signs for BNA and turn right onto Terminal Drive.
It normally takes around 30 minutes to drive from Nashville to BNA, but this can vary during rush hour, so arrive early if you can, watch out for construction on the road and plan your route before you leave home.
Facilities at Nashville International Airport
Whether you’re waiting at BNA for an hour before your board, or you’ve got a little longer, the pre-flight experience is excellent.
There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the airport (always a bonus for busy businesspeople and tantrum-prone teens), there are plenty of power outlets to charge your electronic devices and you’ll find restrooms throughout when nature calls.
There are also quiet, plush lounges at BNA, operated by Priority Pass, Delta Sky Club and American Airlines Admirals Club, and several ATMs if you need to draw cash.
Wheelchairs are available at the airport, and there’s a lost and found in the baggage claim area.
Want to shop before you board?
Try Brooks Brothers for men’s and women’s fashions, gifts, and accessories, the Emirates Duty Free for cut-price tobacco, liquor, and electronics, and GNC for supplements and vitamins. There’s also a Macy’s at BNA where you can wander around and browse for home goods, electronics, and lots of different high-quality merchandise.
Meanwhile, Sunglass Hut is the place to pick up cool new shades and New York & Company is great for ladies fashions.
And you don’t want to board a flight if you’re feeling hungry, so definitely pop into one of BNA’s superb eateries to sample the wide range of cuisine on offer.
The Arrington Wine Bar and Grille serves classic American cuisine and Tennessee wines, while Bar Louie focuses on delicious burgers, sandwiches, and salads. And if you fancy some surf and turf, Bistro Rotisserie & Wine Bar serves sumptuous steak, chicken, and seafood.