How to Get Around Memphis Without a Car

No car? No problem. From taxis to buses, trolleys to bikes, we've compiled the maps and advice you need to get around Memphis without a car.

Tours and Free Shuttles

From the Jungle Room to jungle cats, the Memphis Hop tour bus makes it super simple to explore Memphis attractions without a car. One low price gets you a seat on this hop-on, hop-off tour bus. The Memphis Hop makes stops at ten Memphis attractions each hour, so spend as much time as you wish to sightsee before boarding the next bus to continue your tour of Memphis. The price for adults is $22 and $17 for children. 

Running seven-days-a-week and nearly every hour, the free Sun Studio Shuttle goes between three of Memphis' best music attractions - Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Graceland (also makes a quick pickup at Guest House at Graceland) and of course, Sun Studio. Seats are available for free on a first come, first served basis, but this deal is just too good for those without wheels. Make sure you don't miss the bus, and check the complete shuttle schedule

Want to move and groove in Memphis? Join a Backbeat Tour near Beale and Second Street to see Memphis in a whole new light. Your stage is a 1950s-era music bus and your lead singer is a Memphis musician. Laugh, sing, shake, rattle, 'n' roll as you get an insider's view of the city's rich musical heritage - no car necessary. Rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Backbeat offers a variety of tours that range in price from $13-$49 for adults. 

Want a fun way to get between Overton Square and Cooper-Young? Just step onto the Ride the Roo nightlife shuttle bus. The route brings passengars within ashort walk to many restaurants, pubs, theatres and shops, and you can get real-time tracking on their website of where the roo is on it's route during operating hours. The Roo runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. for only $2 per ride or a $5 all night pass. 
 

Walk or Pedal It Out

Put those feet to good use, throw on your backpack and start pounding the pavement. If you're directionally challenged (psst…the river is West), order our free Map & Tourist Guide or pick one up in your closest hotel lobby or visitors center. Its filled with handy maps and information on nearby attractions, shopping, restaurants and more.

Did you know that Memphis was named America's Most Improved Bicycle City by Bicycling Magazine? The community of bicycle enthusiasts have ammassed a great collection of trails, bike lanes, routes and shared-access roads. We've outlined two of the more popular routes below, but you'll want to bookmark their interactive map for more.

  • Big River Crossing is the nation's largest pedestrian bridge. This 5,000 foot trail spans the Mississippi River connecting Downtown Memphis and Arkansas and gives you the most spectacular view of Ole Man River and beautiful sunsets (or sunrises). So, grab your bike or lace your shoes and enjoy this newest addition to Memphis' riverfront. 
  • Home to the Memphis Zoo, Brooks Museum and Old Forest Arboretum, Overton Park pathways is a 2.5 mile winding and paved shared use path. Put the pedal to the pavement, enjoy the shaded paths and have lunch in the park. Overton Park is home of the outdoor Levitt Shell Theater where Elvis Presley gave his first performance.
  • The most significant bike route to date is the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 7-mile paved trail that runs through the heart of Memphis. The Greenline is built upon a former railroad line. Today, you’ll find the Greenline filled with bikers, hikers, walkers and runners of all types. The trail is open from sunrise to sunset.
Need to rent a bike? No worries, we've got you covered in that department as well. Check out these popular bike rental spots. 
Memphis Running Tours are ideal for individuals or groups (up to 6 people) who need to burn off a little Memphis barbecue from the night before. Going at your own pace and running past some of Memphis' most interesting and historical sites, Memphis Running Tours are perfect for the visitor who wants a different view of the city. 
 

Car Sharing & Taxi Service 

Need the flexibility of a car, but a taxi doesn't make sense? Reserve a zipcar online for just under $10/hour ($69 day). Now peep this, the cost of a zipcar includes free gas and insurance! 

After you've reserved your ride, just tap your membership card against the door and the locks pop open.
Zipcars are clean, fuel-efficient hybrids with 24/7 access parked across Downtown Memphis locations. Find out more about car sharing and zipcars in Memphis on their website

You can also download the Uber or Lyft apps on your Apple or Android mobile device for easy pick up and drop offs. First time using Uber? Use promo code: xjb4x and get your first ride free (value amounts vary by location).  

For more taxi and car rental listings, click here
 

Public Transportation

The Memphis Area Transit Authority's (MATA) green buses cover three main routes in the downtown area and pass notable destinations like South Main's Historic Art District, Sun Studio, Beale Street, the Mississippi River and Cook Convention Center. A one-day pass on the trolley is only $1 and 3-day passes are available for $9. 
The MATA citywide bus system can get you nearly anywhere in the city of Memphis.

Covering over 300 square miles, the MATA bus has 33 routes and thousands of bus-stops throughout town. Interested in finding the best route to get around? See the MATA Transit website

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