Sleeping in Airports

Nashville Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Nashville Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I woke up around 3am and had to unroll my sleeping bag, since someone had kicked the A/C on and set it to “icebox” mode. – BCT

BNA Airport Overview

nashville airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Nashville International Airport.

What to Expect

Nashville Airport (Code: BNA) consists of a single terminal that is divided into four concourses and a satellite concourse. You’ll find a good selection of eateries and shops here. Pay attention to the time, as most restaurants close early, with only a few open until 9:30PM. No shops or cafes are open 24 hours. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Sleeping in Nashville Airport

Overnight sleepers will be restricted to the landside as security checkpoints close at night. Expect security guards to check your ID and boarding passes. The airport takes its moniker, “Music City U.S.A.” seriously! Several reviewers reported that country music plays constantly (and loudly!) well into the night. Have your earplugs or noise cancelling headphones handy if you want to sleep! For a quiet place to sit, there is a meditation room located Landside, 3rd floor, next to the Allegiant Airlines check-in desk. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service to guests. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Nashville Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours, however the TSA security checkpoint only operates from 3:30AM to after the last flight.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Nashville airport sounds like a nightmare, there are sleep cabins inside the airport and nearby hotels that offer an airport shuttle.  From the airport, there are hotel courtesy phones on the baggage claim level to request a pick-up.

Hotels at the airport

Minute Suites – Location: Airside, Concourse D at Gate D3. Minute Suites provides private suites for travellers needing to relax, work, or sleep during a layover or flight delay. Each suite has a daybed with fresh pillows and sheets, WiFi, sound-masking system, and special “nap audio” program. Here are the rates as of April 2024: US$ 55 per hour, minimum two hour stay  • US$ 195 (Overnight – 8 hours, after 9:00 AM).  » Check Rates

Hilton BNA Nashville Airport – This new hotel is connected to the main terminal from the landside.  » Check Rates

Hotels near Nashville Airport with free shuttles

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Nashville Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Airside, near Gate C15. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges (members only)

Delta Sky Club – Location: Airside, adjacent to Gate B3. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Airside, near Gate D1.

Related Pages: Nashville Airport Lounges

Food & Drinks

There are no 24 hour food concessions in the terminal. Some concessions open as early as 4:00AM and most close by 7:30PM but you will find a few that close at 10:00PM.

Mobile Charging

A reader tells us mobile charging is available.  One station can be found at Gate C10.

WiFi / Internet

Unlimited Free WiFi is available at Nashville Airport. Connect to the “!BNA Free Wi-Fi” network.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available at various locations throughout the airport. Rates: $4 fee per cart.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Areas -Location: Airside, near Gate B10.
  • Nursing Room – Breastfeed in comfort. The rooms offer a comfy chair, electrical outlets, sink, hand dryer and baby changing stations. Locations: Airside, near Gate D4 (Lactation Room) • Airside, near Gate B3 (Mamava Lactation Pod).

Information Desk – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, on the Ticketing level and the A/B checkpoint • Airside, at Gates A1, C13 & D4 • Baggage Claim, between carousels 4 & 5.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Massages – Feel your stress melt away with a foot massage at the Massage Bar. Locations: Concourse B, Airside, near Gate B1 • Concourse C, Airside, near Gate C14. Massage Chairs are also available Airside, near gates B5, B8, B9, B10 and C9.

Meditation Rooms – Location: Landside, third floor, next to the Allegiant Airlines check-in desk.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Airside, between Concourse A and B • Airside, near Gate A1 • Airside, near Gate C12 • Airside, near Gate D4 • Landside, Baggage Claim, near Carousel 4.
  • Currency Exchange – not available

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox in the center of Baggage Claim Level. Stamps can be purchased at any of the airport’s ATM machines.

Salon – Na’Sah’s Nail Salon offers hair, nail, brow and waxing services. Location: Concourse C, Airside, near Gate C15.

Shopping – No duty free shops are available. A full list of stores can be found on the Nashville Airport website.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

SIM Cards – You can purchase a SIM card at the InMotion store. Location: Airside, near Gate C2. Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM.

Smoking – Travelers Post Smoking Lounge. Location: Concourse B, Airside, near gate B10.

Things to do & see

  • Art in the Airport – Exhibitions and musical performances are held throughout the year.
  • Live Entertainment – Location: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Airside, near gate C5.

Traveler’s Aid  – Traveler’s Aid is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing etc. Location: 1 Terminal Drive, Suite 501. Hours: 6:30AM – 11:00PM.

Airlines
Nashville airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant • American Airlines • Avelo Airlines • British Airways • Contour Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Flair Airlines • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • Silver Airways • Spirit Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country • United Airlines • Vacation Express • Viva Aerobus • WestJet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses

Buses and shuttles pick up in the Ground Transportation Center, Level 1 of Terminal Garage 2. WeGo Public Transit connects the airport and downtown Nashville. One-way bus fare is $2. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the WeGo Public Transit website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are handled in the Rental Car Facility, which is connected to the airport terminal via covered moving walkways. Onsite car rental agencies include Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Payless • SIXT • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: avid hotelsBest Western Plus Hotel  •  Cambria Hotel •  Country Inn & Suites by Radisson  • Drury Inn & Suites  • Element Hotel     Embassy Suites by Hilton   •  Fairfield Inn & Suites  •  Four Points by Sheraton  •  GLo Best Western  •  Hampton Inn & Suites   •  Holiday Inn Express   •  Hotel Preston   •  Hyatt House  •  Hyatt Place  •  La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham   •   Radisson Hotel   •  Red Roof PLUS+   •  Sheraton Music City   •    Sonesta Select Suites  •  Sonesta Hotel   •   Wingate by Wyndham.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Apps

Both Uber and Lyft are approved ride apps at Nashville Airport. Journeys can be booked directly through their websites or mobile applications. Lyft picks up in Ride App Zone A and Uber in Ride App Zones B & C.

Shuttles

There is no shortage of shuttle/private transfer options available to/from the airport. To see a list of approved providers, visit the Nashville Airport website.

Taxis

Taxis are available in the Ground Transportation Center at the airport on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered with a starting fare of $9 plus $2.50 per mile. At the time of this update, a one-way fare between the airport and downtown/Opryland Hotel area is $30.

Last updated: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.