When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Nashville?
February is the best time to find cheap flights to Nashville, and although it’s considered off-peak it’s still a great time to visit, with loads of events to mark Black History Month. Prices are also lower between March and April. June to August is considered the peak season. Thousands of country music fans arrive to party in the city for the four-day CMA Music Festival in June, followed up by the CMA Music Awards in November.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Nashville?
It’s best to book at least three weeks before departure, and ideally about two months before, as this will give you more choice of return flights to Nashville. Give yourself even more time if you’re planning to go to one of the summer music festivals in the city. January and February can be a good time to find bargains on last-minute flights, as they’re a less popular time of year to travel and many airlines offer promotions on long-haul flights at the start of the year. Check Netflights.com to compare prices across routes and carriers and find the best deals.
Flying to Nashville International Airport BNA
Nashville International Airport BNA is around 14.5 km from downtown Nashville. It serves more than 13 million passengers every year. There aren’t currently any direct flights to Nashville International from the UK, but from May 2018, British Airways will run a nonstop service from London to Nashville five times a week. Many major airlines operate flights to Nashville from the UK with one or more stops. London Heathrow offers the widest choice, including Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Air France operates routes from London Heathrow with two connections. You can also find flights to Nashville with one stopover from other major UK airports, including Manchester and Birmingham. On some routes you may be required to switch to a different airline.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Nashville International Airport is a single-terminal airport with three concourses, and three levels. It offers travellers a range of facilities including dining and shopping outlets, massages, a nail salon, currency exchange, Wi-Fi and meeting space. You can even enjoy live music at the airport.
Ticketing and departures are located on level 3 of the terminal building, baggage reclaim on level 2, and transport connections are on level 1.
Getting to the City from Nashville International Airport BNA
Taxis charge a flat rate to downtown Nashville, and can be found at level 1 of the terminal building. There’s a car rental facility a short walk away from the terminal building which offers a choice of 10 rental companies. You can also take the MTABus to reach downtown Nashville in about 35-45 minutes, or the slightly quicker Express 18 service, which takes 20 minutes. The airport bus stop is located at level 1. It is possible to book a shuttle service to take you from the airport to your hotel; a full list of shuttle companies is listed on the airport’s website, along with contact details.
Why visit Nashville?
Nashville’s nickname is Music City, and it has inspired singers, songwriters and musicians for decades. As the home of country music, it’s known for its world-famous recording studios, and around 130 live music venues. A visit to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you can discover the stories of country music legends past and present, followed up by a tour of the historic RCA Studio B, where the likes of Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded hits. Afterwards, lose yourself in the beer-soaked buzz of the downtown honky-tonk bars, where many legendary musicians started out. You might even spot a rising star.
While music is the pulse of Nashville, the city’s also home to a rich food and drink scene, from award-winning fine dining to craft beer breweries and taprooms, and Southern hot chicken and barbecue. It’s also a great place to hunt for antique and vintage treasures, especially second-hand vinyl.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card or the Visa Waiver Programme. You might like to have some US dollars with you when you arrive, especially if you plan to take public transport from the airport into the city. Remember to check that your travel insurance includes cover in the US before you fly.