Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville in Nashville, TN

Historic Tours of America201 BroadwayNashville, TN 37201
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Overview

Offering a unique tour of Nashville, the Old Town Trolley Tour lets guests enjoy an entire day getting on and off the trolley at their own leisure. Guests can choose to stay on the trolley for an almost two hour fully narrated tour of the city or stop off at the Ryman Auditorium, Lower Broadway, Vanderbilt University, or other popular attractions along the ride.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Nashville Travel Experts
  • There are 15 different trolley stops.
  • Full tour is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes if you don't depart for stops.
  • Live narration by the conductors.
  • First tour begins at 9:00 am daily at 201 Broadway (stop #1 ).

Description

from Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville
Enjoy our 12 mile, fully narrated tour of Nashville. Think of Nashville, and it's hard not to imagine a stage full of sparkling legends. There's Dolly and Porter, Willie and Waylon and Johnny and June strumming and crooning as the crowd gets rhythm. But Nashville is truly much more than that. Nashville is cave-dwelling fur traders, pioneering physicians and, even, saber-toothed tigers. Yes, saber-toothed tigers!

From the first hunter-gather tracking game along the Cumberland to the last musician to step off a bus with nothing but a guitar and a dream, Nashville has been a draw for those with an extraordinary talent - and courage. And they've all had a hand in making this city the rich and vibrant place you've come to experience. Let's go see Nashville!!!

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Harleyman338
"Old Town Trolley Tours Review"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
This is an awesome tour. You can ride get off anytime and get back on easy. The trolley’s run about every 15 minutes. The drivers are awesome tour guides. However out driver Bill who is an excellent tour guide did slightly offend me ( not knowing). He described the Grand Masonic Lodge of Nashville as the Grand Wizards. The Person that is in charge of the Grand Lodge is referred to a the GrandMaster Not Grand Wizards! Grand Wizards are connected to the Ku Klux Klan which is a known white supremacy’s hate group! The Masonic Lodge especially the Grand Masonic Lodge has absolutely no connection with the Ku Klux Klan. I am currently a Master Mason and a Grand Lodge Officer of the Georgia Grand Masonic Lodge as the Masonic Education and Leadership Director (11a) . I did not notify my tour guide Bill because I did not want to embarrass this man on the Tour. Other than that I would recommend the old town trolley tours to everyone.
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Tom M
"a GREAT WAY to see Nashville sites"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
The BUS (TROLLEY) TOUR begins in the Broadway 'Honky Tonk area', and gives you an opportunity to see the Important Nashville sites in the comfort of the comfortable bus. You can 'GET OFF and GET ON' on Tour in about 15 'bus stops'. IT is a GREAT WAY to determine: what PLACES do YOU want to SPEND MORE TIME AT.
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Loren V
"Great way to see Nashville."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2019 NEW
Took the trolley at recommendation of hotel staff. Was a great way to see Nashville. 15 stops, about 2 hours, get on and off as you wish. Was $40. per person first day, $10. second day. Could not have 1) seen that much of Nashville otherwise, 2) afforded to park every time we stopped, 3) had such a great tour had we not taken this. Cowboy, Joel, and others provided great high points, local background and color, and recommendations to stop. If your first time, TAKE THE TROLLEY. Walking and ubers will kill you for sightseeing. *******
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DianaSissy52
"Tennessee Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 07, 2019 NEW
This was one of the best things we did while in Nashville. We were there for a limited amount of time and wanted to see as many things as we could. At the suggestion of our driver, we first went the complete tour without getting off. It helped us decide where we wanted to get off and spend more time. Our driver, Tony, was exceptional. He was fun, knowledgeable, and very entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour.
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George L
Petaluma, California
"Not enough trolleys"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 06, 2019 NEW
We’ve always had good luck with this tour in other cities - Thursday was good, but Friday was another story - long lines for shuttles, with over an hour wait - other riders were afraid to get off the trolley as they didn’t think they would get another one (not good for Nashville tourism) and others were requesting refunds as they couldn’t catch a trolley ride.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville

How long does a full tour of Nashville take if I don’t get on and off at all?
The Old Town Trolley Tour is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes if you ride the tour all the way around without getting off and on.

What are the hours of operation for the tours?
The first tour begins at 9:00 am daily at 201 Broadway (stop #1 ). The last tour of the day varies depending on the depot that you are starting from, the time of year, the day of the week, and any citywide events in town. Please refer directly to Old Town’s tour schedule.

How much knowledge do your conductors have about Nashville? 
You will be amazed at how knowledgeable our conductors are and what great storytellers and entertainers they are, too! All of our tour conductors go through a rigorous six-week training program to ensure that their tour is safe, their information is accurate, and their customer service is outstanding.

Are there parking lots near any of your stops? 
Parking in Nashville is sometimes a challenge and can be on the expensive side; but there are a large number of parking options around the city, including parking garages, parking lots, and city-metered spaces.

Are your tours narrated?
Yes, the Old Town Trolley is fully narrated by knowledgeable, expert guides. However, an Old Town Trolley Tour is more than just a narration, it’s an experience! You’ll hear sound effects and much more.

Can I get on and off wherever I want?
Yes! This is one of the most unique and enjoyable aspects of an Old Town Trolley Tour. You can hop off and hop back on at 15 different stops around the city, sightseeing at your own pace.

Where does the trolley stop?
Stops include: Lower Broadway, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Musem & Goo Goo Shop, Ryman Auditorium, Legislative Plaza, Musicians Hall of Fame, Farmers’ Market, Marathon Motorworks & Antique Archaeology, The Parthenon/Centennial Park, Vanderbilt University, Hot Chicken, Belmont Mansion, Bobby’s Idle Hour/Music Row, The Gulch and The Frist Center.

Are food and drinks allowed while on the tour?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Can your trolley’s accommodate an electric scooter? 
We always allow electric scooters where the combined weight of guest and scooter/wheelchair is less than 600 pounds.

Do I have to start at stop #1?
You may start your Old Town Trolley Tour at any of our 15 convenient stops.

Are baby carriages allowed on your trolleys?
Yes, children are always welcome on Old Town Trolleys. We do ask that carriages be collapsed; the tour conductor will store the collapsed carriage in a safe place on the trolley until you’re ready to step down at a departure point.

Are dogs allowed on your trolleys?
Assistance animals, such as seeing-eye dogs, are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys.

Are the trolleys handicap accessible?
A certain number of our trolleys are equipped with hydraulic wheelchair lifts. We do ask that you call ahead to arrange use of these vehicles.

Are your trolleys enclosed?
The trolleys are open-air vehicles but have plastic “isinglass” windows that can roll up or roll down depending on the weather conditions.

Do you run tours in inclement weather?
Yes, we operate our tours rain or shine, hot or cold, year-round. However, bear in mind that some winter conditions can prohibit safe operation. Occasionally, we are forced to close operations for safety.

Are the trolleys heated?
Yes. During the wintertime, we use heated trolleys that are glass-enclosed specifically for the colder weather.

Are the trolleys air-conditioned?
The trolleys are open-air vehicles which allow for optimal sightseeing and picture-taking.

How many times can I go through the loop?
You may ride the Old Town Trolley Tour around as many times as you wish. However, we recommend that you get off and on as you go and take advantage of the sights. Many of the attractions will get increasingly busy as the day wears on; so it’s often best to take advantage of the stops as you go. In addition, you will hear essentially the same information presented each time you go around on the tour, although presented by each driver with his or her own style and flair.

How often does the trolley pass each stop?
Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville operates the city’s largest fleet of sightseeing vehicles and this allows us to pick up and drop off more frequently than any other trolley company. The frequency of the trolleys depends on the time of the year, and traffic and weather conditions. In addition, the trolleys tend to run more frequently on weekends than on the weekdays.

If I get off and go to a museum or attraction, do you wait outside?
The trolleys go around the city in a continuous loop, allowing guests to hop off and hop on at the designated stops. When you hop off a trolley to see the sights at a particular stop, that trolley will continue with the tour, and another trolley will arrive shortly to make another pick-up.

Can I bring my luggage on board?
Space on the trolleys is limited, but in some cases, it may be acceptable to bring a small suitcase on board. Bear in mind that our trolleys are designed specifically for sightseeing and therefore contain limited storage space (as compared to motor coaches.)

Can I bring my stroller on board the trolley?
Yes, we can accommodate strollers but they must be collapsible and will be stored up front with the conductor. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.