Walk, bike, ride. It’s easy to get around Downtown Knoxville.
In less than one square mile, you’ll find restaurants, shops, tons of live music venues, festivals, museums, parks, and so much more! So Lyft or Uber in, ride a bus, or park a car. Once you’re here it’s easy to get around.
Best of all, you can walk. Seriously…you can walk anywhere you want to go in Downtown Knoxville in about 15 minutes. It’s a compact space with beautiful streets and patios and lots of friendly people, pups, and shop-keepers along the way.
Four color-coded routes service the downtown area. All are free. The Green Line runs between Gay Street, Market Square, and the Old City. The Blue line runs to the Civic Coliseum, the Red Line runs to the South waterfront, and the Orange Line shuttles to the University of Tennessee campus and University Commons.
You can identify stops by their color-coded signage flags. Waits typically range from three to seven minutes, depending on the route. Text the four-digit code found on the black flag at each trolley stop for a real-time estimate of when the next trolley arrives. Learn about the downtown trolley here, or just hop on and grab a map.
Bikes and Scooters
Knoxville offers a bike-share program with a multitude of hubs located throughout downtown. Download the free Pace Bike Share app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to unlock a bike at the touch of a button. You’ll also find scooter-share options to get you where you want to go.
There are over 5,000 free parking spaces available in city-run lots and garages nightly after 6pm and on weekends. On-street parking is also free on Sundays. You’ll find a variety of options with more than 35 garages and lots and more than 15,000 total public parking spaces.
Real-time is available for popular garages at the top of this site. Plus, when you explore this site, you’ll find recommendations for the closest parking to your downtown destination along with how many steps and how long it will take you to walk!
Do you need a car in Downtown Knoxville? No, not really. But if you arrive by car, it’s easy to get around wherever you park. Find a map here of downtown garages and lots.