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Memphis Information

Time Zone: Central Time Zone

State: Tennessee

Country: United States

Population: 1,072,678

Best Time to Visit:
Either mid-August or late December offer the most seasonal activities for visitors to participate in. Late summer provides visitors with the opportunity to partake in outside activities, while late December offers a variety of holiday events.


Taxi Coverage:
Three taxicab companies serve Memphis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cab fare from the airport to downtown averages $15, and the trip takes about 15 minutes.

Memphis Area Transit Authority:
Phone: 901-722-7100
An efficient public transportation system allows visitors to easily find their destinations. Rider-friendly buses follow a route that links attractions, restaurants, hotel rooms, parks, and colleges. The standard fare is $1, $.65 for students, and $.50 for seniors with identification cards. During the summer tourist season, MATA offers a special tourist pass with unlimited rides for one low price.

Trolley Service:
The downtown trolley system runs a 5-mile loop route down Main Street Mall and Riverside Drive from Auction Street near The Pyramid to Calhoun Street and the National Civil Rights Museum. The route connects downtown hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops with the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Fares are $.50 each way with a special daily lunch hour rate of $.25 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.