Arriving & Departing
By Air
Memphis International Airport (tel. 901/544-3495), served by American, Delta, Northwest, and Northwest Airlink, is 9 1/2 miles south of downtown.

Between the Airport and Town

By Taxi

Taxi fare to downtown Memphis is about $17; try Yellow Cab (tel. 901/577-7700).

By Car

Take I-240 to downtown.

 

By Boat
The paddle wheel steamers Delta Queen, American Queen, and Mississippi Queen (Robin St. Wharf, New Orleans, LA 70130, tel. 800/543-1949) stop at Memphis.

 

By Bus
Greyhound Bus Lines (203 Union Ave., across from Third St., tel. 800/231-2222) offers service throughout the region.

 

By Car
From Memphis, which is encircled by I-240, I-55 leads north to St. Louis and south to Jackson, Mississippi; I-40 goes east to Nashville and Knoxville.

 

By Train
Amtrak (545 S. Main St., tel. 901/526-0052 or 800/872-7245) operates the City of New Orleans, which stops in Memphis on the trip between New Orleans and Chicago.

 

Getting Around
By Bus
Memphis Area Transit Authority (tel. 901/274-6282) buses cover the city and immediate suburbs; they run weekdays 4:30 AM-11:15 PM, Saturday 5 AM-6:15 PM, Sunday 9-6:15 (fare $1.15, transfers 10 cents). There is short-hop service on designated buses between Front, Third, and Exchange streets from 9 AM to 3 PM and between downtown and the Medical Center complex from 7 AM to 6 PM (35 cents). A trolley runs between the north and south ends of downtown (50 cents).

 

By Car
Memphis's streets are well marked, and there's plenty of parking, so the city is easily explored by car. Car Rental

In the United States you must be 21 to rent a car; rates may be higher if you're under 25. You'll pay extra for child seats (about $3 per day), compulsory for children under four, and for additional drivers (about $2 per day). To pick up your reserved car you will need the reservation voucher, a passport, a driver's license, and a travel policy that covers each driver.

The major car-rental companies represented in Memphis are Alamo (tel. 800/327-9633 or 0800/272-2000 in the U.K.); Avis (tel. 800/331-1212 or 800/879-2847 in Canada); Budget (tel. 800/527-0700 or 0800/181181 in the U.K.); Dollar (tel. 800/800-4000 or 0990/565656 in the U.K., where it is known as Eurodollar); Hertz (tel. 800/654-3131, 800/263-0600 in Canada, or 0345/555888 in the U.K.); and National InterRent (tel. 800/227-7368 or 0345/222525 in the U.K., where National is known as Europcar InterRent).

Rules of the Road

Drive on the right in the United States. The speed limit is usually 30 mph (50 kph) on urban roads and 55 mph (90 kph) or 65 mph (105 kph) on highways. Distances are always measured in miles. Tennessee requires passengers in the front seat to wear seatbelts, and children under age 4 must ride in child-safety seats.

At traffic lights, it's legal to make a right turn even when the light is red, provided you first come to a full stop and no traffic is coming. Signs indicate when such a turn is not permitted. If in doubt, wait until the light turns green to make a right turn. At four-way intersections controlled by red stop signs, it's first-come first-go; when in doubt, yield to the right.

Gas stations are open late or 24 hours. Many are self-service, meaning that you have to pump the gas yourself. The price of gas (petrol) in the United States is far cheaper than in almost any other country; expect to pay about $1.30 a gallon. The U.S. gallon is slightly smaller than the Imperial gallon. Approximately four liters equals a gallon.

 

ARRIVING AND DEPARTING:
By Boat
Boaters traveling the Intracoastal Waterway may dock at Hague Marina (Myrtle Beach, 843/293-2141), Harbor Gate (North Myrtle Beach, 843/249-8888), and Marlin Quay (Murrells Inlet, 843/651-4444).


By Car
Midway between New York and Miami, the Grand Strand can be reached from all directions via Interstates 20, 26, 40, 77, 85, and 95, which connect by other routes to U.S. 17, the major north-south coastal route through the Strand. Once in town, you can rent a car if necessary. Travelnow  is a good source for inexpensive  advance reservations.


By Plane
The Myrtle Beach International Airport (1100 Jetport Rd., 843/448-1589) is served by US Airways, Air Canada, American Eagle, Comair, Delta, G.P. Express, Jet Xpress, Midway, and Spirit.


By Bus
Greyhound Bus Lines (800/231-2222) serves Myrtle Beach.


By Train
Amtrak (800/872-7245) service for the Grand Strand is available through a terminal in Florence. Buses connect with Amtrak there for the 65-mi drive to Myrtle Beach.

 

By Taxi

The fare in Memphis is $1.25 for the first 1/11 mile, $1.10 for each additional mile. There are stands at the airport and bus station.