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Nashville on a Budget: Travel Tips That Don’t Break the Bank

Nashville on a Budget: Travel Tips That Don’t Break the Bank
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Nashville is known for its lively music scene, delicious food, and southern charm. While it can be an expensive city to visit, there are plenty of ways to experience Nashville while on a budget. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you get started!

Getting Around

Public transportation is one of the easiest ways to save money in Nashville. The bus system, MTA, offers two-hour fares for just $2.00 and day passes for $4.00. Another affordable option is the Music City Circuit, a free bus service that runs through downtown 

Nashville and connects to many popular tourist destinations.

If you like walking, downtown Nashville is perfect for pedestrians, as most popular destinations are close by. Alternatively, you can rent a bike from one of the many BCycle stations scattered throughout the city.


There are plenty of free and low-cost places to visit throughout Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a starting admission rate of $27.95. Meanwhile, the Frist Art Museum is another excellent option, with free admission on Thursdays and discounted admission for students.

For anyone who is into history, check out the Tennessee State Museum, which is always free to the public. The Parthenon in Centennial Park is also worth visiting in Nashville, with a $10.00 admission fee for adults.


Nashville is known for its delicious food, but eating out quickly adds up. To save money, try some of the local food trucks or check out the farmers’ market in downtown Nashville. You can find a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, and prepared foods at reasonable prices.

Consider going during happy hour, when many restaurants in the area offer discounted foods and drinks, especially when you’re looking for a sit-down meal. You might also want to visit one of Nashville’s many “meat and three” restaurants, which offer a meat entree and three sides at a reasonable price.


No trip to Nashville is complete without experiencing some live music. While some venues can be expensive, there are plenty of free and low-cost options. The Bluebird Cafe, made famous by the TV show “Nashville,” offers early shows with a cover charge of just $10.00. 

Another great option is the Station Inn, which hosts nightly bluegrass shows every Sunday.

Numerous bars and eateries in Nashville also provide free live music. Check out the schedules for Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge or Robert’s Western World for some great options.


Nashville has a range of accommodations, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels. To save money, consider staying in a hostel or Airbnb. The Bode Nashville is a great option for those looking for affordable yet stylish accommodations, with prices starting at around $199 per night. This hostel offers private rooms as well as shared dorms and is located in the trendy neighborhood of The Gulch.

If you prefer a hotel, think about staying outside of downtown Nashville. Many hotels in surrounding neighborhoods offer lower rates and are still short drive or bus ride away. 

Final Thoughts

While Nashville can be an expensive city, there are plenty of ways to experience it on a budget. By using public transportation, visiting free attractions, and eating at affordable restaurants, you can enjoy all that Nashville has to offer without breaking the bank. In short, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Music City, even if you’re on a tight budget.

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