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How to get from Memphis Airport to Downtown Memphis

Memphis, the hub of the Mid-South region, is more than a city. It’s a treat for the senses. With Beale Street and the Blues legacy, the mouth-watering Southern cuisine, Elvis’s Graceland and notable landmarks, such as the Stax Museum of Soul Music and the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis has something for everyone.

As soon as you land at Memphis International Airport, your options for getting to downtown Memphis are two; taxi and bus. The bus is an affordable option at $1 (€1) per one-way ticket. However, trips run every 2 hours until a particular time in the afternoon or the early evening. If you want a door-to-door transfer to your destination of choice all day round, a Memphis airport to downtown taxi is your best alternative. The ride will cost you around $30 (€30), and you will be at your doorstep in about 20 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €30 20min 24/7
Bus €2 30min 06:30–18:30

How to get from Memphis Airport to Downtown Memphis by taxi

An airport taxi or private transfer is the quickest and most comfortable way to get from Memphis Airport to downtown Memphis. Taxis are always available when flights arrive at MME, and that way, you will receive door-to-door service with zero hassle.

Taxi fare from Memphis Airport to Downtown Memphis

Memphis taxis are metered and apply rates set by the city. The final fare you will have to pay will depend on the total distance travelled. On average, if traffic conditions are normal, you can expect an approximate $30 (€30) for your transfer from Memphis airport to downtown. If you pre-book your ride with a company such as Welcome Pickups, you can get a competitive fixed-rate fare.


$30 (30)

Trip Duration

20 min

All fares from the airport have a $3 (3) surcharge.

Value for money

Taxis at Memphis Airport are available from 06:00 until one hour after the last flight arrival.

Where do I get a taxi from?

There is a taxi rank in front of the Concourse B baggage claim area. As soon as your flight lands and you collect your luggage, follow the exit signs to reach the outdoor area of the terminal. Join the queue of passengers waiting for a taxi and when your turn comes, board the first in line vehicle to begin your transfer.


Undeniably, a taxi is the most convenient transfer option compared to other ways, such as a Memphis airport shuttle to downtown. By choosing a taxi, you get a stress-free door-to-door transportation service. You will reach your destination as quickly as possible without impatiently waiting in the elements.

Editor’s Note

For all airport fares, there is a $1 (€1) surcharge for every additional passenger.

Useful Tips

Taxi tipping in Memphis is customary. Expect to pay an extra 15%.
If you carry more than three baggage pieces per person, keep in mind that there is a $0.50 (€0.50) surcharge for each additional piece (excluding handbags and briefcases).
Make sure that your driver resets the taximeter when you board the vehicle.

How to get from Memphis Airport to Downtown Memphis by bus

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is the service that operates the city-wide bus system. In Memphis, you can go nearly everywhere by bus. To get from Memphis airport to downtown, you must board Route 28. It departs every 2 hours from 06:30 until 18:30 Monday through Friday, from 09:31 until 17:31 on Saturdays, and from 09:14 until 17:14 on Sundays. The travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Bus fare from Memphis airport to Downtown Memphis

The base fare for Route 28 is $1 (€1) for a single-way ticket to Hudson Transit Center downtown. This price is valid for adults and students. Seniors and persons with disabilities get discounted tickets for $0.50 (€0.50).


$1 (1)

Trip Duration

30 min

The base fare for Route 28 is $1 (€1).

Value for money

Route 28 runs 06:30-18:30 on weekdays, 09:31-17:31 on Saturdays and 09:14-17:14 on Sundays.

Where do I get the bus from?

At Memphis airport, there is a MATA bus stop in front of Terminal C at the baggage claim level. All you have to do is look for the MATA bus sign overhead.


The bus is a highly affordable option for travelling to downtown Memphis, but not very convenient. There is a long waiting time as the bus runs every 2 hours, and service times are limited to the very early evening. If your flight arrives late at night, you must take a taxi or arrange a private transfer/shuttle.

Editor’s Note

The MATA bus is a good option if you travel lightweight or don’t mind waiting up to 2 hours for the next trip to start.

Useful Tips

From Hudson Transit Center downtown, you can continue using the public transportation system (buses and trolleys) to reach your exact destination.
There is a ticket box at the entrance of the bus, but it doesn’t give change.
The MATA bus network covers the entire city.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Memphis airport to downtown?

A taxi from Memphis airport to downtown will cost about $30 (€30). Keep in mind that there is a $3 (€3) surcharge for all airport fares and other extra charges for additional passengers/pieces of luggage, etc. To secure a competitive flat-fee rate, you can pre-book your private transfer with Welcome Pickups.

How do I get from Memphis airport to downtown?

There are two possible options for getting from Memphis airport to downtown; taxi and bus. Taxis are affordable and quick. The bus will take you downtown for a fraction of the cost, but service times are limited, and the wait can be up to 2 hours.

How far is Memphis airport from downtown Memphis?

Memphis airport is 9 miles (14.5km) southeast of the city centre. To get there, you will need about 20 minutes by taxi and 30 minutes by bus.

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