Public transport is not very reliable in Memphis and the most efficient way to cover the sprawling city is by renting a car, although you may find traffic congestion on major roads. The city is simple to navigate and parking is generally easy to find. To hire a car, drivers must be 21 years old, with most agencies having higher rates for under-25s. Some require an International Driving Permit as well as a valid driver's license.
Public transport is available, consisting of slow and infrequent buses. But there are also shuttle buses that operate around the main attractions in the city centre, which visitors may find more convenient. The famous vintage electric trolleys are a popular way for tourists to get around the city while taxis, Uber and Lyft all operate in the area.
The airport is situated seven miles (11km) southeast from Memphis.
Memphis International (MEM)
LocationThe airport is situated seven miles (11km) southeast from Memphis.
Getting to the city
Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) public buses leave regularly for the city centre from a bus station near Terminal C, and there are also services to many out-of-town destinations. Taxis are available outside the terminal buildings. Some hotels provide shuttle services and some shuttle companies serve the wider area. Car rental companies are represented at the airport. Uber and Lyf operate at the airport, pickup areas are located outside the terminals.
TimeGMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Rental car agencies are located in the Ground Transportation Center, on the lower level of Terminal B. Car rental companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Enterprise, and Thrifty.
Taxis are available outside the Terminal B baggage claim area on the ground level between 6am and one hour after the last flight of the day. Approved taxi companies include Dynasty Transportation, Premier Transportation, SFAX, and True Concierge.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are connected by walkways and are within easy walking distance of one another.
There are numerous restaurants, bars and cafes and a variety of shops, including an Elvis gift shop, shoeshine services, book stores, and a meditation centre. 24-hour ATMs are located in ticketing levels of Terminal B. Disabled facilities at the airport are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking at Memphis International Airport is free for the first 30 minutes. Short-term parking is $2 for the first hour, and $1 every 30 minutes thereafter up to $24 per day. Long-term parking has a similar pricing structure, with a $15 daily rate. Economy parking is $1 for the first 90 minutes, and $6 per day.