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Getting In and Around Knoxville

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There are numerous ways of getting to Knoxville. Transport networks by road, air and water are reliable, convenient and comprehensive. Getting around Knoxville is easy, too. Ride a trolley, get on a bus, or rent a paddle boat or canoe to venture out to explore and experience the beautiful sights of the city. If you have a penchant for exploring the city on two wheels rather than four, there are many options available for you in Knoxville. All in all, getting in and around Knoxville is easy and hassle-free.


Getting to Knoxville

Getting to Knoxville by Plane

Knoxville by Plane
Image By Brian Stansberry (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Knoxville is served by two airports- McGhee Tyson Airport and Downtown Island Home Airport.  The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority manages and operates these two airports. 

McGhee Tyson Airport serves the eastern Tennessee. It offers several non-stop flights to and from all around the United States. It is located about 12 miles south of Knoxville Downtown. Airlines serving the McGhee Tyson Airport include United Express, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, US Airways, and Delta Air Airlines.

Address: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 865-342-3000

To and From Airport: Rental cars, shuttle service, limousine services and cabs/taxi services are available at the McGhee Tyson Airport.

Rental Cars
Several rental cars agencies have service outlets at the McGhee Tyson Airport. Some of them are:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 2010 Airport Hotel Dr, Alcoa, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 865-342-1650

Budget Car Rental
Address: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 865-342-3220

Alamo Rent A Car
Address: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 888-826-6890

Avis Car Rental
Address: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 865-970-2985

National Car Rental
Address: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 888-826-6890
Hertz Rent A Car
Address: 2055 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37701, United States
Phone: 1 865-342-3232


Taxis/Cabs
Taxis are available at the airport. You can even book a taxi in advance to arrange for a pick up. The fare for taxis from the McGhee Tyson Airport to downtown Knoxville is between $10 and $25.

Sunday Taxi Airport
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-518-1223

Knoxville Taxi Cab
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-691-1900



Knoxville Downtown Island Airport: The Knoxville Downtown Island Airport serves the corporate and private aircrafts. It is located about three miles from Downtown Knoxville.

Address: 2701 Spence Pl, Knoxville, TN 37920, United States
Phone: 1 865-577-4461

Getting to Knoxville by Car

Knoxville by Car
Image By Brian Stansberry (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Knoxville is served by two major interstate highways- I-40 and I-75. Getting to Knoxville is easy by car through these interstate highways.  I-40 connects Knoxville to Asheville, Nashville to the west and Bristol to the east via Interstate-81. I-75 connects Knoxville to Lexington to the north and Chattanooga to the south. These two interstate highways converge near Dixie Lee Junction, west of Knoxville, and split at the western end of Knox County. 

Getting to Knoxville by Bus

Greyhound bus lines services the Knoxville.

Greyhound bus station in Knoxville-
Address: 100 E Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917, United States
Phone: 1 865-525-9483

Megabus: Megabus operates buses between Knoxville and several other cities in the United States. 

Knoxville Megabus Station-
Address: 301 E Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915, United States
Phone: 1 877-462-6342

Getting to Knoxville by Boat

Knoxville is an international port, which is connected to the Gulf of Mexico and the nation’s inland waterways via navigable channels. The Tennessee runs through the city. Rent a boat and get to Knoxville while taking in the beautiful sights along the way.  Recreational watercrafts are available like yachts, fishing boats, jon boats, etc. that frequent the river. 


Getting Around Knoxville

Public Transportation in Knoxville

The public transportation system in Knoxville is managed by Knoxville Area Transit (KAT). The KAT offers trolley and bus services throughout the city and several areas of Knox County. 

KAT Bus: It offers several fixed route buses all around the city. All the buses are outfitted with flip down bicycle racks. KAT buses run every 1 hour. The buses operate from 5:30 am until 12:30 am from Monday to Friday; from 6:30am to 12:30 am on Saturdays, and from 11:00am until 7:00pm on Sundays. 

The fare for bus is $1.25 per ride with transfer fee of 20 cent for adults; the fare for Students, elders and the handicapped is 60 cents with a transfer fee of 10 cent; kids below the age of 5 are offered free ride. 

Address: 301 E Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915, United States
Phone: 1 865-215-7800

KAT Trolley: The KAT also offers a trolley service between in the Downtown Knoxville. There are three trolley routes that serve the University of Tennessee and the Downtown Knoxville area- The Orange Line, the Blue Line and the Green Line. 

Operating hours-

Orange Line: Operates from 7:00am to 8:00pm (Monday to Thursday), 7:00am to 10:00pm on Fridays and 9:00am to 10:00pm on Saturdays. It runs every 15 minutes on all days.

Blue Line: Operates from 7:00am to 8:00pm (Monday to Thursday), from 7:00am until 10:00pm on Fridays and 9:00am until 10:00pm on Saturdays. It runs every 7 minutes on Monday to Friday and every 15 minutes on Saturdays.

Green Line: Operates from 7:00am until 8:00pm (Monday to Thursday), from 7:00am until 10:00pm on Fridays and 9:00am until 10:00pm on Saturdays

Getting Around Knoxville by Biking and Walking

Several attractions of the downtown Knoxville are within walking distance. The city has several miles of greenways and sidewalks all around the city that link to the historic sites, nature preserves and other tourist spots of the city. The city is navigable afoot.

You can even rent a bicycle and explore the city. There are plenty of greenways that allow the bicyclists to downtown Knoxville.  The greenways include Third Creek Greenway, Sequoyah Greenway, Cavet Station Greenway and Jean Teague Greenway. 

Getting Around Knoxville by Cabs/Taxi Services

Knoxville Taxi Cab
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-691-1900

All Right Taxi Knoxville
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-384-2443

Paradise Taxi and Limo
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-525-9580

Knoxville World Class Taxi Service
Address: 5710 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, United States
Phone: 1 865-406-9105

United Taxi Cab
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-356-9845

Checker Cab
Address: Knoxville, TN, United States
Phone: 1 865-312-6050

All American Taxi
Address: 311 S Weisgarber Rd, Knoxville, TN 37919, United States
Phone: 1 865-323-5325

Getting Around Knoxville by Rental Cars

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 530 Summer Pl, Knoxville, TN 37902, United States
Phone: 1 865-579-5559

Budget Car Rental
Address: 5535 Clinton Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37912, United States
Phone: 1 865-281-8880

Avis Car Rental
Address: 7600 Kingston Pike, West Town Mall Sears Auto Ctr, Knoxville, TN 37919, United States
Phone: 1 865-560-5188

Rent-A-Wreck
Address: 6100 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921, United States
Phone: 1 865-450-2390

Hertz Rent A Car
Address: 6285 Clinton Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37912, United States
Phone: 1 865-938-6700
Budget Car Rental
Address: 8014 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, United States
Phone: 1 865-531-2198

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