Many Roads Lead to Knoxville

Nestled in the Appalachian Valley and at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the opportunities for exploration and entertainment in Knoxville, TN are plentiful. In the heart of this flourishing East Tennessee city are local eats, shops & activities – all within walking distance of the festival. Behind these local establishments is a community embracing the creative spirit and artistic expression. Knoxville is a welcoming place, anxious to host the Big Ears Festival for locals and travelers alike. For further information on all there is to explore, head on over to for a comprehensive guide. Whether you’re joining us by car, plane, bus (or motorboat down the great Tennessee River), there are plenty of ways to arrive in Knoxville! Explore below for some recommended options.


Located at the crossroads of I-40 and I-75, Knoxville is an easy drive from anywhere in the eastern United States. Knoxville is 3 hours from Nashville and Atlanta and an easy 4 hours from Cincinnati, Louisville or Charlotte. For driving directions, click here.

Please note: Repairs to I-40 will reduce traffic to one lane throughout the festival weekend. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes. More info here.


McGhee Tyson Airport is only 20 minutes from downtown Knoxville, and is serviced by six national airlines with both direct and easy connecting flights. For more information, visit the TYS website here.



The Greyhound Bus Station is located near downtown Knoxville. For more information, visit the Greyhound website here. Megabus also services Knoxville, providing affordable travel beginning at $1 per trip. More information on Megabus here.


The free downtown trolley system connects to downtown hotels and gets concertgoers to all venues, either at the front door or with a maximum 2 block walk. View the map here.

Knoxville Area Transit’s regular, fixed route bus system can connect outlying areas of Knoxville to downtown. Basic cost to ride is $1.50. To plan your trip, click here.