Nashville International Airport [BNA] — Ultimate Terminal Guide

Nashville International Airport

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Nashville International Airport (BNA) served over 18 million passengers in 2019 and is one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S.

BNA Vision is the airport’s growth and expansion plan to increase passenger capacity and includes a new Concourse D with 6 more departure gates.

An additional parking garage will create more spaces in front of the terminal, and other developments will include a new international arrivals facility and an on-site hotel.

Quick Info

Airport: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Terminals: 1 terminal and 3 concourses — A, B, and C
Airport Address: 1 Terminal Dr., Nashville, TN 37214
Distance From Downtown Nashville: 8 miles (13 km)
Websites: flynashville.com
Phone Number: 615-275-1675
Annual Passengers: Over 18 million
Daily Departures: 540
Flight Information: Departures and arrivals info can be found here

BNA Flight Data

Airlines Operating From BNA

Nashville International Airport route map
Nashville International Airport route map. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport
AirlineConcourse
Air CanadaC
Alaska AirlinesB
Allegiant AirlinesB
American AirlinesC
British AirwaysB
Cape AirB
Contour AirlinesB
Delta Air LinesB
Frontier Air LinesB
JetBlueB
Southwest AirlinesC
Spirit AirlinesA
Sun Country AirlinesB
United AirlinesA
Vacation ExpressUndisclosed
Viva AerobusUndisclosed
WestJetB

BNA Airport Terminals

Nashville International Airport
Nashville International Airport map. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

BNA consists of 1 terminal and 3 departure concourses. The terminal is located in the airport’s central area, and access roads run in front of the terminal across 3 different levels — departures, arrivals, and ground transportation.

Terminal parking is just a short walk from the terminal, and a new parking lot is currently under construction directly opposite the terminal building. All airport facilities, including the rental car center, are on-airport property and can be reached from I-40 and Donelson Pike.

Level 1 — Ground Transportation

Level 1 provides access to the ground transportation area for public transport, taxis, and shuttle buses. The TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center is also located on this level.

Level 2 — Arrivals

Nashville International Airport Level 2
Nashville International Airport level 2. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

The arrivals area is on level 2 with baggage claim, rental car counters, and curbside access for pick up. There are information counters that can provide assistance with hotels, onward transportation, and general information about exploring Nashville.

Level 3 — Departures

Nashville International Airport Level 3
Nashville International Airport level 3. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

Level 3 has curbside access for passenger drop off, leading through to the airline ticketing desks. There are 2 entrances to the security checkpoint (north and south) that passengers can use to reach the departures area.

Concourse A

Nashville International Airport Concourse A
Nashville International Airport Concourse A. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

Concourse A is located at the north end of the terminal and has 6 gates numbered A1-A4, A7, and A8. Spirit and United operate from Concourse A, which is also used for international arrivals. There are just a couple of restaurants and shops in Concourse A, with more situated at the entrance.

Concourse B

Nashville International Airport Concourse B
Nashville International Airport Concourse B. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

Concourse B has 13 gates numbered B1-B13, and the majority of airlines operate from this concourse. There are a few shops and restaurants along the concourse and a children’s play area towards the far end. More shops and restaurants are near the entrance, as well as a Delta Sky Club.

Concourse C

Nashville International Airport Concourse C
Nashville International Airport Concourse C. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

Concourse C is at the south end of the terminal and is the largest concourse with 23 gates numbered C1-C20, C21, C22, and C25.

There’s a good selection of shops and restaurants, a Graycliff Smoking Lounge, and an Admirals Club.

Inter-Terminal Transport

All areas of the terminal and concourses are accessible by foot, so there are no buses or trains to connect between gates.

If passengers are parking in the economy lots B or C, or the BNA Express Park, they will need to ride a shuttle bus to and from the terminal.

Security and Customs at BNA

BNA has 1 security checkpoint located on level 3 of the terminal. The checkpoint is accessible through the north or south entrances that are open daily from 3:30 a.m. until the last departure.

TSA PreCheck

There are dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at the security checkpoint. Check the TSA website for the schedule as opening hours vary.

BNA has a TSA Enrollment Center located on level 2 of the main terminal. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

BNA Airport Lounges

LoungeLocationOpening Hours*Day Pass Fee Per Person**
Admirals ClubConcourse C, across from gate C10Monday-Friday: 4:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 5 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 5 a.m.-7 p.m.
$59
Delta Sky ClubConcourse B, adjacent to gate B3Monday-Friday: 4:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Saturday: 5:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
N/A
Graycliff Divans LoungeConcourse B, near gate B9Daily: 3:30 a.m.-last departure$8
Concourse C, near gate C10
USO Nashville (active military only)Near the entrance to Concourse CDaily: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.N/A

*Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
**Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Hot Tip: Check out these personal and business credit cards for airport lounge access if you want to avoid paying for a lounge day pass at the airport.

Dining and Drinks at BNA

BNA has 30 restaurants, cafes, and grab-and-go food counters, with only a few before security. Concourse C has a large selection of restaurants and the rest are located in the A/B rotunda.

BNA Wi-Fi and Charging Points

BNA provides 5 MB of free Wi-Fi throughout all public areas. Passengers can connect by selecting “BNA_Free_Wi-Fi.” For faster Wi-Fi, a day pass upgrade is available to purchase for $7.95 (10 MB).

BNA Airport Lost and Found

Misplaced items are sent to the information center located on the level 3 baggage claim. Items are kept for 30 days, and you can reach the office at 615-275-1675.

If you lose an item at the security checkpoint, call TSA Lost and Found at 615-354-6733.

If you lose an item on an aircraft, you need to inquire with the relevant airline.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

An information center is located on level 2.

Children’s Play Area

BNA ranks 10th in our study of the most kid-friendly airports in the U.S. An aviation-themed children’s play area is located at the end of Concourse B.

Baby Facilities

A lactation room is located at the entrance of Concourse B.

Traveling With a Pet

BNA has 2 pet relief areas located:

  • At the north end of level 3, outside departures
  • Inside the secure area (an airport escort is required)

Smoking Areas

Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the terminal on all 3 levels. Smoking rooms are also located in the Graycliff Divans Lounges, near gates B9 and C10.

Money

ATMs are located on the departures and arrivals levels.

Luggage Storage

There are no luggage storage facilities at BNA.

Important BNA Phone Numbers

Customer Service: 615-275-1675

Parking: 615-275-1045

Lost and Found: 615-275-1675

Travel to and From BNA

Transport Options

Nashville International Airport Ground Transportation Center
Nashville International Airport Ground Transportation Center. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

All commercial transportation services operate from the ground transportation center on level 1 of the terminal garage. Turn right out of the terminal and follow the sidewalk to the terminal garage. Signage will direct you to level 1.

Bus

Bus route 18 operates between BNA and downtown Nashville. The bus route display will state either Route 18 Airport, 18 Airport Express, or 18 Elm Hill. The express route takes 20 minutes to reach downtown, and other services can take up to 45 minutes.

Limousines and Courtesy Cars

Limousine and courtesy cars pick up from the ground transportation area on level 1. The airport recommends these companies.

Taxi

The taxi stand is located in the ground transportation area on level 1. The taxi fare from the airport to downtown Nashville is around $25, not including tip.

Rideshare

Rideshare operators Uber and Lyft are authorized to operate from BNA. Both pick up from the ground transportation area, with Lyft meeting passengers at zone A and Uber at zones B and C.

Directions by Car to BNA

Arriving From Downtown Nashville

Take 1st Avenue N and continue onto Hermitage Avenue. Turn right onto Fairfield Avenue and then left onto Green Street. Merge onto I-24 E/I-40 E and continue on I-40 E. Take exit 216A towards International Airport and continue onto Terminal Drive for access to the terminal.

Arriving From Franklin

Take I-65 N and then exit 80 onto the I-440. Merge onto I-24 W towards Nashville/Knoxville/I-40 E and then take exit 52B to merge onto I-40 E. Take exit 216A towards International Airport and continue onto Terminal Drive for access to the terminal.

BNA Airport Parking Information

Nashville International Airport Parking Map
Nashville International Airport parking map. Image Credit: Nashville International Airport

Terminal Garage

The terminal garage has 2,200 covered spaces and is just a short walk from the terminal.

  • First 20 minutes: Free
  • Every additional 20 minutes: $4
  • Daily maximum: $16

Hot Tip: The terminal garage has electric parking stations located on levels 2 and 3, and motorcycle parking is located on every level in the northeast corner.

Valet Parking

Valet parking is available on the ground transportation level and costs $22 per day.

Terminal Lot A

Terminal lot A offers uncovered parking further from the terminal, but still within walking distance.

  • First 20 minutes: Free
  • Every additional 20 minutes: $4
  • Daily maximum: $9

Economy Lots B and C

Economy lots B and C are located around a mile from the terminal and passengers can ride the courtesy shuttle bus that runs every 10 minutes.

  • First 20 minutes: Free
  • Every additional 20 minutes: $4
  • Daily maximum: $12

BNA Express Park

The BNA Express Park lot is located 2.5 miles from the terminal, and passengers can text 615-275-1418 for an on-demand shuttle service. The shuttle takes just 5 minutes to reach the terminal, and the lot also offers free electric vehicle charging stations. The daily parking rate is $12.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Parking

BNA has 2 cell phone waiting lots, and both are located near economy lot C. Visitors may check real-time flight information monitors and remain with their vehicles until a passenger calls for pick up.

Off-Site and Hotel Parking

The cheapest daily parking at BNA is $9, but you can find more cost-effective parking at an external lot.

Daily parking starts from $6 when booked with airportparkingreservations.com, and many parking lots operate shuttle buses to and from the airport.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Parking for passengers with disabilities is available at all official airport parking lots. Parking is free of charge for those that sign up for the Accessible Parking Program.

Parking Contact Number

General Inquiries: 615-275-1045

Car Rental at BNA Airport

The rental car facility is located near terminal lot A. To reach the facility, passengers can turn left out of the terminal, walk along the sidewalk past the valet drop off area, and cross Terminal Drive.

The following rental companies are available on-airport property:

Hot Tip: Register for a credit card that includes rental insurance as a benefit and avoid paying expensive insurance fees directly with the rental agency.

BNA Airport Hotels

Country Inn Suites by Radisson Nashville Airport
Country Inn Suites by Radisson Nashville Airport. Image Credit: Radisson

There are no hotels directly onsite at Nashville International Airport. Passengers can find accommodation located from 0.8 miles away from the terminal.

HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Nashville Airport, TN590 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-874-8040

30.8
Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Airport583 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-885-4242

30.8
Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport1112 Airport Center Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

615-889-9090

30.9
Holiday Inn Express Nashville Airport1111 Airport Center Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

615-883-1366

30.9
Drury Inn & Suites Nashville Airport555 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-902-0400

30.9
Super 8 by Wyndham Nashville East720 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-200-9942

21
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Nashville Airport510 Claridge Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

615-872-0735

21
avid hotels – Nashville Airport40 Rachel Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

615-645-1925

N/A1
Home2 Suites Nashville Airport832 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-874-2280

31
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport1100 Airport Center Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

615-884-6111

31
Four Points by Sheraton Nashville Airport800 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-884-9777

31
Hyatt Place Nashville Airport721 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-493-5200

31
La Quinta by Wyndham Nashville Airport531 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-885-3100

31
Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel – BNA911 Airport Center Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

615-872-0109

31.1
Element Nashville Airport2825 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-894-9791

31.1
Sheraton Music City777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-885-2200

41.2
TownePlace Suites Nashville Airport2700 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-232-3830

31.3
Wingate by Wyndham Nashville Airport1 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214

615-885-1122

41.3
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport511 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-930-3730

31.3
Embassy Suites Nashville – Airport10 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214

615-871-0033

31.4
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport412 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-884-0088

31.4
Quality Suites Nashville Airport2615 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-883-0114

31.4
Homewood Suites Nashville Airport2640 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-884-8111

31.4
Comfort Suites Airport Nashville2521 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

629-204-6147

21.5
Courtyard by Marriott Courtyard Nashville Airport2508 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

629-883-9500

31.6
Nashville Airport Marriott600 Marriott Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

629-889-9300

41.7
Alexis Inn and Suites Hotel600 Ermac Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

629-889-4466

31.8
Baymont by Wyndham Nashville Airport2350 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-647-5597

21.8
GLō Best Western Nashville Airport West 425 Glastonbury Rd., Nashville, TN 37217

615-265-0406

31.8
Residence Inn by Marriott Nashville Airport2300 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-889-8600

31.9
Hotel Preston Nashville Airport733 Briley Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37217

615-361-5900

31.9
Hilton Nashville Airport2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

615-883-9700

31.9.

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Loyalty ProgramRedemption Cost
Nashville Airport Marriott600 Marriott Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

629-889-9300

41.7Marriott Bonvoy30,000-40,000 Marriott points
Embassy Suites Nashville – Airport10 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214

615-871-0033

 

31.4Hilton Honors40,000-45,000 Hilton Honors points
Hyatt Place Nashville Airport721 Royal Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214

615-493-5200

31World of Hyatt8,000 World of Hyatt points

Close to both the airport and Downtown Nashville, the Nashville Airport Marriott offers everything that guests are looking for. Arrive to and from the airport in the complimentary shuttle, enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, break a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center, then take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool. The hotel is a Category 5 property in the Marriott portfolio, with award nights starting at 30,000 Marriott points on off-peak nights, 35,000 points on standard nights, and 40,000 points on peak nights.

At the Embassy Suites Nashville Airport, every morning starts with a free made-to-order breakfast for all guests. As if that weren’t enough, the hotel also offers a nightly free evening reception featuring complimentary small plates and drink options. You’ll also find that standard amenities like a fitness center, indoor pool, and airport shuttle, are offered as well. With Hilton’s dynamic price model towards award nights, you can expect a free night at the hotel to cost between 40,000 to 45,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Located 2 minutes from the airport and 7 minutes from downtown, the Hyatt Place Nashville is a great option for those looking for a comfortable stay. The hotel offers free breakfast each morning, a pool, fitness center, airport shuttle, and is pet-friendly. Better yet, the Hyatt Place is a great cost-effective option as award nights at the hotel start at just 8,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Hot Tip: If you’re looking to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more Hilton Honors pointsWorld of Hyatt points, or Marriott points.

Final Thoughts

With Tennessee’s booming population, it’s no wonder that BNA is thinking about future expansion. The airport is striving to add more nonstop routes, international destinations, and cargo services to its operations, and is considering extensions to one of its runways to help that along.

Southwest Airlines account for over 50% of passengers capacity at BNA, and Spirit, Delta, and Allegiant have already launched more routes, or are planning to, from this growing airport.


Frequently asked questions

What airlines fly in and out of Nashville?

The following airlines operate out of Nashville International Airport:

AirlineConcourse
Air CanadaC
Alaska AirlinesB
Allegiant AirlinesB
American AirlinesC
British AirwaysB
Cape AirB
Contour AirlinesB
Delta Air LinesB
Frontier Air LinesB
JetBlueB
Southwest AirlinesC
Spirit AirlinesA
Sun Country AirlinesB
United AirlinesA
Vacation ExpressUndisclosed
Viva AerobusUndisclosed
WestJetB

What does BNA in Nashville stand for?

BNA stands for Berry Field Airport — the original name for Nashville International Airport.

Is Nashville Metro Airport the same as BNA?

Nashville International Airport may be occasionally referred to as Nashville Metro Airport, but there is only 1 commercial airport in Nashville.

Is Nashville Airport easy to navigate?

Nashville International Airport is easy to navigate and once you’ve cleared security, it’s possible to walk between all 3 concourses.

How many terminals does Nashville Airport have?

Nashville International Airport has 1 terminal and 3 concourses that are all connected within the secure area.

How much is an Uber from Nashville Airport to downtown Nashville?

An Uber from Nashville International Airport to downtown Nashville costs around $20.

Does Southwest fly direct to Nashville?

Southwest Airlines operates from Concourse C at Nashville International Airport.

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