GETTING AROUND

Traveling To, From, and Around Chattanooga

Whether you’re staying local or going international, we can get you there.

NAVIGATING CHATTANOOGA

Optimally positioned between Nashville and Atlanta and located at the cross-section of I-24 and I-27, getting to Chattanooga couldn’t be easier. Whether you’re heading to work, taking a weekend road trip to our neighboring metropolitan cities or traveling out further, we can get you there. On average, Chattanooga residents enjoy an 18-minute commute – about 50% less time than the national average. While most residents drive their own cars for daily commuting, many residents also rely on public transportation or pedestrian-friendly sidewalks for walking and biking. Our free downtown electric buses, operated by CARTA, make navigating downtown Chattanooga a breeze. When your adventures take you further than road tripping may allow, visit the Chattanooga Airport with 10 nonstop flights to major U.S. cities and endless options for connecting flights.

Commute

While the average U.S. resident has a daily commute of almost 30 minutes, Chattanoogans spend only 18 minutes getting to and from work. Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, and public transportation options via CARTA give our residents additional transportation options as well. Residents and tourists alike can rent bikes for the day through the Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System—with 400 bikes and over 40 pick-up and drop-off stations, and an emphasis on making our city safe for bikers and drivers—and use them for commuting or exercise.

 

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Airports

Optimally located between four airports, traveling from Chattanooga couldn’t be easier. Whether you plan to take a direct flight to one of the 10 major cities from Chattanooga Airport, visit one of the 26 cities offered from McGhee Tyson, or travel internationally out of Nashville International or Atlanta-Hartsfield International, Chattanooga is the perfect place to kickstart your travel plans.

Chattanooga Airport

Everything is easier when traveling out of the Chattanooga Airport. Low wait times and a streamlined approach to getting you from the check-in counter to the terminal make for a seamless day of travel. Average TSA wait time ranges from five to 20 minutes, which means less time spent at the airport and more time spent in your destination. Chattanooga Airport offers 10 nonstop flights to major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Washington D.C., and an endless network of layover flights from there.

McGhee Tyson Airport

Located about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Chattanooga, the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville offers 26 nonstop domestic flights from as east as Boston to as west as Las Vegas. With an average TSA wait time of about 10 minutes, you can get from the ground to 30,000 feet fast. In addition to servicing commercial air service, McGhee Tyson also services air cargo operation and military aviation, and is home to one fixed base operator.

Nashville International Airport

Just two hours outside of Chattanooga, Nashville International Airport is providing nonstop flights to 90 destinations, including seven international flights. A premier airport in the south, Nashville International is the fourth fastest-growing airport in the U.S., serving 390 flights daily and almost 13 million passengers annually. With an on-site hotel, state-of-the-art facilities, extensive parking and new concourses, you can rest easy knowing your time will be valued and efficient. Additional security areas have kept TSA wait times short even through growth.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Continuously rated the busiest and most efficient airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the best airport in the U.S. Just two hours outside of Chattanooga, you can find yourself on any of ATL’s 150 non-stop domestic flights or 70 non-stop international flights. Not looking to make the drive? Nonstop flights between ATL and Chattanooga are offered multiple times a day.

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