Getting Around

Driving

Chattanooga is nestled in the southeast corner of Tennessee along the Georgia border. The region is situated at the intersection of three major interstate highways, I-24, I-75, and I-59.

Drive times & distances to Chattanooga
  • 104 miles northwest of Atlanta
  • 100 miles southwest of Knoxville
  • 125 miles southeast of Nashville
  • 90 miles northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and
  • 145 miles northeast of Birmingham
Local Drive times & distances
  • Lookout Mountain 16 min 7.4 mi
  • Signal Mountain 14 min 8.5 mi
  • North Chattanooga/Riverview 6 min 2.0 mi
  • Red Bank 12 min 4.8 mi
  • St. Elmo 9 min 4.5 mi

Parking

With over 1200 on street parking spaces and more than 50 garages and lots, Downtown Chattanooga has a variety of parking options for you. Click the map and select Parking to see where you can park.

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Buses & Shuttles

The city is served by the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). CARTA operates 17 bus routes, including Free Electric Shuttles in the downtown area which run continually until 11pm along Broad Street from the Chattanooga Choo-Choo on the south side to Coolidge and Renaissance Parks and the trendy Frazier Avenue shopping area on the north shore. Free wireless Internet is also available on certain "smart buses." You can park and ride CARTA’s Free Electric Shuttles in parking garages on Frazier Avenue on the Northshore and at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on the Southside. Parking fees apply.

The Downtown Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around Downtown Chattanooga and - it's a FREE ride! Electric shuttles run daily* about every 5 minutes from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops every block in between. The shuttle provides front-door transportation to attractions, convention center, shopping, hotels & employment sites in the Downtown area. All Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

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Shuttle Bus Schedule
  • Shuttle buses run about every 5 minutes
  • Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Sundays - 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
  • North Shore Shuttle buses run about every 15 minutes - Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

* The Shuttle runs daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. The Shuttle runs on a holiday schedule on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day.

Walking

Chattanooga is an extremely easy city for those who like to walk from place to place downtown. In addition to clean wide sidewalks and great directional signage, Chattanooga boasts a 13-mile Tennessee River Walk for a nice stroll and the convenient Walnut Street Bridge, which provides pedestrians safe and scenic access between downtown and the Northshore. Plus, visitors and locals alike can easily venture to most businesses, restaurants, attractions and UTC – within 15 minutes of just about anywhere downtown.

Wayfinding Signs

Because we host millions of tourists each year, Chattanooga features convenient wayfinding signs posted on street lamp posts. Their purple and green backgrounds are easy to distinguish from normal traffic signs and should point you in the direction of most of the city's popular attractions. Some even feature information kiosks.

Bike Share Program

The City of Chattanooga’s Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System offers a convenient and healthy way for residents and visitors to travel around downtown Chattanooga. The membership driven system features 33 stations and 300 bicycles, available to members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Annual memberships cost $50 per year or $8 for a 24 hour pass. You can take unlimited rides of one hour or less at no additional charge. There is also a 3 day pass available.

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