What to Expect from Driving Times in Nashville, Tennessee

As Nashville has increased in popularity, so have driving times. Here's a look at what to expect when driving in any direction to and from this city.

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What to Expect from Driving Times in Nashville, Tennessee

Posted by Gary Ashton RE/MAX on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at 12:41pm.

An Overview of Nashville Commute TimesAs Nashville has grown in popularity over the years, it has become the most populous city in Tennessee. To accommodate the population growth, leaders in this region have continually upgraded the infrastructure. Residents have their choice of taking the train, riding the bus, riding a bike, or driving their personal vehicle for their commutes. Knowing what to expect from each option can help everyone choose their best routes to and from work. Here's what people need to know.


With railroad tracks crisscrossing across the region, trains have become a popular way to commute to and from work. People commuting from Nashville to Lebanon, or anywhere in between, can take the Music City Star to their destination. Even the longest trips only take about an hour to complete, allowing people to travel from their home train station to downtown Nashville in far less time than driving or taking the bus.

This train line runs all week and accommodates 70 commuters per trip on average. Cuts were recently made to keep the train running 12 or fewer trips a day, keeping the train on an hourly schedule for now. Upgrades in the future could change this, reducing wait times and giving commuters even more flexibility.


The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority provides bus service to people across the cityscape and its suburbs. Buses tend to hit the different stops every 20 minutes on a strict schedule.

Commuters can catch the bus at the stop closest to their house or even from the nearby train station. Many take the train for the bulk of the trip, and then hop on the bus for the last few blocks to their destination. Depending on where they are coming from, commuting by bus can take up to an hour each way.


Commuting by car from Hendersonville to Nashville along I-65 North takes anywhere from 30 to 65 minutes each morning. Trips from Lebanon to Nashville, on the other hand, regularly take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. For this reason, many people choose the bus or train over their personal vehicle. If you are driving infrequently, check out auto insurance rates for infrequent drivers. This might save you a little bit each month. 


For those still living in Nashville proper, there is the option to bike to and from work. Not many people participate, however, leading to the development of the Nashville Connector Commuter Challenge. This event occurs once a year on May 3rd, and dozens of local businesses participate, including:

  • Alliance Bernstein
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Postmates

When biking to the downtown area, many people can make it there in about 15 minutes, depending on their starting location. Biking back is just as fast and there are plenty of bike lanes, making the trip a rather safe endeavor.

Whether commuters are taking the train, bus, or another transportation option, it will likely take less than a couple of hours to get where they are going. Any incidents along the way can hold things up, however, but this is the case no matter where people are commuting.


Gary Ashton

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