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Getting to Memphis

Memphis is located in the heart of America.  Two-thirds of the US population is within an eight-hour drive.  Memphis is accessible from two major interstates:  I-55 and I-40.

Air Travel

The Memphis International Airport (MEM) serves more than 10 million passengers a year with routes to cities across the United States.  The major airlines servicing the airport are Delta, American, United, Southwest, Frontier, and Allegiant. The airport is conveniently located just 8 miles from the University of Memphis campus, and approximately 10 miles from the NCUR-designated hotels.


Memphis is home to an Amtrak station which operates a passenger train that travels north to Chicago, IL and south to New Orleans, LA.  The station is located in downtown Memphis and is approximately 20 minutes from campus.


Memphis plays host to two major bus companies with links to a variety of destinations. The Greyhound bus terminal is located near the airport at 3033 Airways Blvd, approximately 10 minutes from the downtown and east Memphis hotels.  The Megabus company also operates in Memphis and its terminal is located at 3921 American Way, approximately 5 minutes from East Memphis hotels and 10 minutes from the downtown hotels.

Ground Transportation Options from Airport

There are a variety of ground transportation options at MEM to get conference attendees to their hotels, including taxis and hotel shuttles.  The approximate taxi fare to downtown or East Memphis hotels is $25-$30. Several conference hotels offer complimentary shuttle services to and from the airport. Please inquire directly to the hotels regarding airport shuttles. Additionally, eight rental car agencies are located in the Memphis International Airport:  Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Thrifty, and Enterprise.