Why Rent a Bus in Knoxville?
Knoxville has public transit, taxis, and rideshares, but if you’re with a large group, booking a charter bus could save you time and maybe even money. Check out all of Knoxville’s transportation options to decide which one is best for your group:
- Knoxville Area Transit, aka KAT: Knoxville’s public transit system is affordable and includes buses and a downtown trolley. While the trolley is a charming way to get around Market Square, it’s more of a fun attraction than a practical way to travel long distances. The public buses are practical, but they can take a long time and require you to be near a stop.
- Taxis and rideshares: Taxis and rideshares can pick you up exactly where you are and take you where you want to go. However, large groups will need multiple vehicles. That means your group will have to split up, which can be difficult if you’re traveling with children. It also means the fare can be very expensive.
- Charter buses: A charter bus follows your preferred route, and you’ll pay for the bus ahead of time instead of paying every time you go to a new destination. That said, the price of charter buses makes them most viable for large groups of people who can split the cost.
Sporting Events in Knoxville
You can’t talk about Knoxville without talking about college sports. If your alumni or fan group wants to cheer on the Vols, you can rent a bus to Neyland Stadium or Thompson-Boling Arena so no one has to worry about serving as D.D. Pack your bus’s undercarriage storage with all the folding chairs, cookout equipment, and coolers you need, and then sit back in a comfy seat while your professional driver handles the game-day traffic.
Even when the Volunteers aren’t playing, you can get your Knoxville sports fix at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors great women’s basketball players and coaches from the college and professional level, including some former Lady Vols, and is open year-round.
Neyland Stadium (home of UT Volunteers football)
Address: 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN 37916
Charter bus parking: Neyland Stadium has a limited number of on-campus RV/bus parking spots for those who already hold permits. If you do not have a permit, you will need to park in Garage C, run by the City of Knoxville. Call 865-215-8900 to reserve a spot in this garage.
Thompson-Boling Arena (home of UT Volunteers basketball)
Address: 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN 37996
Charter bus parking: Contact UT Parking Services at 865-974-6031 to find out if parking is available near the arena. If it is not, free parking and shuttle service is available from the University of Tennessee's Ag Campus.
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Address: 700 S Hall of Fame Dr, Knoxville, TN 37915
Charter bus parking: Because the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is in downtown Knoxville, it doesn’t have its own parking, but you can pay to park your bus in a nearby public lot.
College Tours in Knoxville
The University of Tennessee has legendary sports teams, but it also has strong academic research programs. If you’re taking a group of high school seniors to tour UT Knoxville, a charter bus offers a safe, comfortable alternative to a school bus. Some Christian youth groups also rent vans or buses to visit Johnson University, a deeply religious private university that’s located in Knoxville too.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Visitors center address: 1502 Cumberland Ave Suite, 282, Knoxville, TN 37922
Charter bus parking: Group tours are canceled as of fall 2020, but when they return, you will receive parking information when you book your tour. You can book a 50-person, 90-minute tour 3 weeks in advance by going online.
Address: 7900 Johnson Dr, Knoxville, TN 37998
Charter bus parking: There is visitors’ parking near the chapel and University Counseling Center.
Weddings in Knoxville
The beautiful Smoky Mountains make the Knoxville area a popular destination for weddings. You can look out over the city from the Sunsphere tower while you say your vows, host your reception in the historic Capitol Theatre, or get married surrounded by nature at Smith Event Centers.
Whether you need to transport guests from the Sunsphere to the Press Room or from the Capitol Theatre back to their hotel, a charter bus rental can be a safe, stress-free option. A professional driver will take all of your attendees from the ceremony to the reception and back home at the end of the night so you don’t have to worry about guests getting lost or struggling to find a DD.
Tower with an observation deck
Address: 810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
Charter bus parking: Parking for the Sunsphere is in the Locust Street garage, but the garage may not be able to accommodate full-size buses. Your bus can drop you off and go to a public parking lot elsewhere in the downtown area.
The Press Room
Historical event space surrounded by breweries
Address: 730 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
Charter bus parking: You can find parking just outside of the venue.
Historical movie theatre that now hosts concerts, plays, and events
Address: 127 W Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37801
Charter bus parking: Your bus can drop you off in the unloading zone on Broadway Avenue before going to park in a public lot.
Smith Event Centers
Mix of indoor and outdoor event spaces in a single complex
Address: 601 Smithview Dr, Maryville, TN 37803
Charter bus parking: Smith Event Centers offers plenty of on-site parking for your charter bus.
Field Trips in Knoxville
If you’re planning a field trip in Knoxville, Shofur can provide air-conditioned charter buses with reclining seats to keep your students comfortable. Let them pull up their schoolwork using the free WiFi while you travel from Lexington to Zoo Knoxville (home to red pandas!) or the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture (home to dinosaur fossils!). If you want a field trip that you can only find in Knoxville, stop by the Knoxville Museum of Art, where all of the art is created by artists from east Tennessee.
Address: 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, TN 37914
Charter bus parking: Buses park for free in the zoo’s lot when you register your field trip in advance by completing the Field Trip Reservation Form.
Knoxville Museum of Art
Address: 1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916
Charter bus parking: You can park for free in the large lot north of the staff parking lot or in the lot across the street from the museum.
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
Address: 1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996
Charter bus parking: Please call University of Tennessee parking at 865-974-6031 and let them know you’re visiting on a charter bus. They will tell you where the bus and driver should go after your group gets dropped off at the museum.
Corporate Events in Knoxville
Knoxville has several convention centers and team-building venues capable of hosting corporate conferences or trade shows. One of the most popular is the Knoxville Convention Center, a 500,000-square-foot facility ideally located near World’s Fair Park and the Sunsphere. If you’re looking for a smaller space, try Lighthouse Knoxville, a 400-person venue that lies on the shore of a scenic lake.
Knoxville Convention Center
Address: 701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Charter bus parking: The Knoxville Convention Center doesn’t have its own parking, but many public paid lots lie nearby.
Address: 6800 Baum Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919
Charter bus parking: Lighthouse Knoxville has its own parking area that can hold charter buses.
Explore Knoxville on a Charter Bus
Whether you’re planning a wedding, attending a conference, or tailgating at a UT game, Shofur can help your group get to your destination in Knoxville safely. Call us at 1-800-436-8719 to book a modern charter bus for your next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Knoxville
$110 - $170
$105 - $160