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About Nashville

Nashville spends its days swigging beer, listening to the wild twang of strings, and chasing the nights with bourbon and honky tonkin’ in juke joints and dive bars. It is the capital of Tennessee in the United States and home to over 600,000 residents. Attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and Belle Meade Plantation.

Get ready to lose yourself in the folksy swagger of ‘Music City’ with cheap flights to Nashville. The city is home to Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is a 25-minute drive from the city centre. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular international flights to Nashville depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Nashville is approximately 19 hours and 28 minutes.

Why visit Nashville

nashville music city

Music City

Head to the historical district of Music Row to see where it all began or follow the sound of harmonicas and guitar strings to Broadway, the bristling heart of Nashville.

nashville southern cuisine

Southern Cuisine

Apart from music, the city is most famous for Nashville Hot Chicken. Hattie B’s and Prince’s Chicken Shack are known for serving up the best cayenne-infused bird in town.

nashville bars and nightlife

Bars and Nightlife

When the sun goes down, wild rockabilly rhythms and bluegrass beats tumble out of honky tonk saloons, dive bars, juke joints and music clubs. If you’re not drinking, you’re dancing.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines
Time Zone GMT-6
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Nashville

Nashville experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius in summer to -6 degrees Celsius in winter. The city experiences significant rainfall throughout the year. The best time to visit Nashville is during summer (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather is warm and the landscape blooms with beautiful shades and hues. Summer (June to August) is peak season as the city bursts at the seams with music festivals, but rates and temperatures soar during these months. Notable events include the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, CMA Music Fest and Music City Hot Chicken Festival. For cheap flights to Nashville, the best time to visit would be between November and March.

Weather & Climate in Nashville

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -6°C -4°C 1°C 7°C 12°C 17°C 19°C 18°C 14°C 8°C 2°C -4°C
High °C 3°C 6°C 12°C 19°C 25°C 30°C 32°C 30°C 27°C 21°C 13°C 6°C
Rainfall (mm) 53 64 100 97 106 93 96 78 80 75 92 84

Overview

Nashville is where folk singers and country crooners come to find inspiration and make their dreams come true. It is a place that follows the rugged riffs of rockabilly and easygoing rhythms of country. It is the darling of the South and World Capital of Country Music.

Follow the poignant twang of strings and scent of bourbon and you will find your way onto Broadway. Lined with dive bars, juke joints, honky tonk saloons, live music bars, chicken shacks, BBQ-scented eateries and eclectic stores, it is the trembling lifeline of the city.

For travellers on a music pilgrimage, must-see attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, Music Row (the heart of Nashville) and Ryman Auditorium.

Other must-visit attractions include the Belle Meade Plantation, Centennial Park, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.

It all started with fiddles and buck dancing, but today Nashville is an iconic city that inspires musicians, and seduces travellers with its gentle strum and wild charisma.

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do require a visa to travel to North America. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and three blank pages available for entry stamps. Processing can also be a lengthy process, so it is advisable to leave considerable time for this.

Visas can be organised via the US Consulate General in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg.

Cape Town - 2 Reddam Ave, Steenberg, 7945. Phone: (+27) 021 702 7300 Durban - 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme St, Durban Central, 4001. Phone: (+27) 031 305 7600 Johannesburg - 1 Sandton Dr, Sandhurst, 2146. Phone: (+27) 011 290 3000

Health & Safety

Although Nashville is a relatively safe city, you should still use common sense and remain vigilant as you would in any other unfamiliar city. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Smash-and-grab robberies do occur, so valuables should be left in the hotel safe or kept out of sight. Avoid wandering along Dickerson Road and Trinity Lane at night. Driving in Nashville can be confusing, so it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the rules of the road.

Proof of vaccination is required if you are travelling from an area infected with Yellow Fever. Immunisation against hepatitis B and rabies is recommended. Other routine and recommended vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella and polio.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG NASHVILLE
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 157.42
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 49.19
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.32 R 22.67 R 54.82
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 16.30
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 40.00 R 65.59
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