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There are a number of options for getting around Vanderbilt, Nashville and Middle Tennessee.


Driving in Tennessee

For information about driving in Tennessee, including obtaining a temporary or regular driver's license, car insurance, and buying a car, click here.


Vandy Vans

The Vanderbilt Police Department administers the Vandy Vans escort system at Vanderbilt University. The Vandy Vans escort system provides vehicular escorts to designated locations on campus. The service consists of vans that operate from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The vans follow three routes on campus.

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Car Sharing


Zipcar and Vanderbilt have teamed up to give international students 24/7 access to Zipcars right on campus. It only costs $25 to join and students only need to be 18 or older--Zipcar accepts all foreign licenses. After that, members pay by the hour or day, and gas and insurance is always included. To use the cars, make a reservation online or on your phone, let yourself in with your unique Zipcard, and drive away. For more details or to sign up, click here.


WeCar by Enterprise car sharing has teamed up with Vanderbilt to provide a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend, or longer. For more information, click here.

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Rental Cars

Here are the phone numbers and hours for the airport location of rental car companies. There are several locations for each company throughout Nashville and to find the location nearest you, please call the toll-free number or connect to their website.

National Car Rental (Nashville Airport)
Tel: (888) 826-6890
Tel: (615) 340-6546
Hours: Sun-Sat: 6:00AM-11:59PM

Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Nashville Airport)
Tel: (800) 261-7331
Tel: (615) 275-0011
Hours: Mon-Sun: 6:00AM-11:59PM

Hertz (Nashville Airport)
Tel: (800) 654-3131
Tel: (615) 361-3131
Hours: Sun-Sat: 6:00AM-11:59PM

Dollar (Nashville Airport)
Tel: (800) 800-4000
Tel: 615-275-1921
Hours: Sun-Fri: 6:00AM-11:59PM; Sat: 6:00AM-8:45PM

Alamo (Nashville Airport)
Tel: (888) 826-6893
Tel: (615) 340-6547
Hours: Sun-Sat: 6:00AM- 11:59 PM

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Bus schedules are available at the International Student & Scholar Services Office, the Post Office, the Sarratt Student Center, or can be printed from the Nashville MTA website. Buses normally run every 10-25 minutes on weekdays from 5:30am to 10:30pm, and every hour on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30am to 8:00pm. Vanderbilt bus routes are: 3, 5, 7, 11 & 25

Nashville MTA
Tel: (615) 862-5950

**Vanderbilt and the Metropolitan Transit Authority offer Vanderbilt employees and Vanderbilt graduate students with a valid Vanderbilt Identification Card FREE bus transportation on an MTA bus to and from Vanderbilt. Just show and swipe your Vanderbilt ID card and enjoy the ride!

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Airport Shuttle

Gray Line Airport Express

Tel: (615) 883-5555

Rates: one way – $12, roundtrip – $20 (check for any rate changes)

This shuttle services the downtown and West End area hotels (several which are near Vanderbilt campus).  Service begins at 5:00 am and runs until 11:00 pm.  Shuttles depart every 15-20 minutes from the airport and every 30 minutes for most hotels.

More information regarding airport transportation can be found at the Nashville International Airport’s website.

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Bicycle Sharing

B-cycle will open two automated bicycle sharing stations in late October 2012, at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place and in the park near the intersection of Medical Center Drive and Blakemore.