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Distance between Memphis and Nashville



Driving non-stop from Memphis to Nashville

How far is Nashville from Memphis? Here's the quick answer if you are able to make this entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 212 miles or 341 km

Driving time: 3 hours, 6 minutes

Realistically, you'll probably want to add a buffer for rest stops, gas, or food along the way. To get a better idea of how long this trip would really be, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.





Flying non-stop from Memphis to Nashville

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Memphis, Tennessee and Nashville, Tennessee. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 197 miles or 316 km

Flight time: 35 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 15 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.1x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/3th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.




Memphis to Nashville road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Nashville, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 3.5 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in Memphis.

Drive for about 1 hour, then stop in Brownsville (Tennessee) and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 30 minutes then stop in Jackson (Tennessee) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 31 minutes then stop in Wildersville and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 41 minutes then stop in Hurricane Mills and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 44 minutes then stop in Fairview (Tennessee) and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 3.5 hours and arrive in Nashville.


To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:






Memphis to Nashville airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Memphis International Airport (MEM)

Arrival airport: Nashville International Airport (BNA)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 25 minutes

Getting to your destination: 19 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from MEM connecting through MKL and arriving at BNA flying on Wings Of Alaska SeaPort Airline. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 39 minutes

Connecting airport: McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL)

Connection flight time: 46 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Memphis to Nashville including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 6 hours




Plan a trip to Nashville

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Nashville. Trippy has an entire Q&A community where you can post questions and get answers from expert travelers or locals who know the area. For instance, you might be interested in the answers to this question: Nashville and Memphis in August. Where to eat? What to see and do?. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Gaylord Opryland Resort. A great place to eat might be Bluebird Cafe. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Nashville like Grand Ole Opry. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Nashville like Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?. Click the button below to explore Nashville in detail.






How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Nashville to Memphis, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Memphis, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Memphis!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 212 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 6 minutes
flight distance is 197 miles
flight time of 35 minutes
58 Memphis travel answers
88 Nashville travel answers





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