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Flying into Beautiful Memphis

If you’re gearing up for an exciting trip to Memphis, there are plenty of ways to experience all the delicious Southern cuisine and amazing blues music without breaking your budget and it all starts with affordable flights. From bottom dollar round-trip Delta flights to cheap direct flights from just about anywhere on the east coast, flying to Memphis doesn’t have to cost you a lot. Here are just a few pointers for traveling to and enjoying Memphis, Tennessee on a budget. 
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Plan Your Trip Around the Weather 

Whether you are flying to Memphis to visit Elvis’s very own Graceland or just to enjoy the local blues and soul music scene, you should definitely plan around the weather. Memphis shares its weather patterns with much of the South, which means late May through September are hot, sticky, and humid with highs well in the 90s. 

December through March aren’t ideal months to visit either because the winter is rainy and cold with average highs in the 50s. The best time to visit Memphis is October and November as well as April and May. During these months, the humidity is low, the temperatures are comfortable, and there are fewer tourists in and around the city. 

Keep Your Travel Plans Flexible 

Before you book your flight, keep in mind that date flexibility is the best way to keep costs down. Memphis is a relatively easy city to fly to and the city’s international airport is one of the best in the country, so there are a number of flight options available every day. 

By being flexible and willing to adjust your departure and return days forward or back, you can find the best rates available. If this means flying in on a Thursday night instead of Friday afternoon or departing on a Monday morning instead of Sunday night, the overall lower cost of the trip might just be worth it. 

For Cheaper Flights, Keep Lesser-Known Airlines in Mind 

Memphis International Airport serves thousands of commercial flights each week, so finding the right flight at the right price is a breeze. Although larger airlines like Delta, United Airlines, and US Airways all fly to Memphis, lesser-known airlines do as well and oftentimes at lower rates. 

Smaller airlines like AirTran and Southwest* fly to Memphis regularly as well and, depending on your criteria and departure city, these airlines tend to have lower rates in order to keep up with the competition. So, when booking your flight, keep the lesser-known airlines in mind, but don’t ignore what the larger airlines have to offer. 

Avoid Taxis When Traveling To and From the Airport 

Although Memphis International Airport is only a short 15 minutes away from downtown, it’s still important to choose the most affordable transportation option to and from the airport. Taxi service is available, but fixed rate downtown fares typically start at the $30 mark. 

For a more budget-friendly option, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) has bus routes that run between Terminal C and multiple destinations in the city starting at $2.50. There are also eight rental car companies within the airport as well as free hotel shuttle buses depending on the accommodations you choose. 

Low-Cost Options For Getting Around Memphis 

Memphis is a vibrant city that offers tons of local attractions and fun activities. Luckily, whether you want to explore the music venues in the birthplace of rock‘n’roll or you want to visit some of the best Southern-inspired restaurants along South Main Street and the Mississippi River, traveling by foot is the cheapest way to go. 

Memphis is a very pedestrian-friendly city with crosswalks and sidewalks along every road and intersection. And, because the downtown area is fairly compact, strolling from one destination to the next is fast and easy. 

If you want to explore even more of the city, the Memphis Hop Bus travels pretty much everywhere including famous Beale Street and Graceland. The MATA bus system also travels throughout the downtown area as well as surrounding neighborhoods. 

City Resources 

To get the most out of your visit to Memphis, you’ll definitely want some city resources at your side. Before you leave, check out the official Memphis Travel website for tips on what to do and where to go. Once you arrive, the Memphis Visitor Center located at 3205 Elvis Presley Boulevard is a great place to grab a map of the city and start your visit off on the right foot. 

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