Our festival site is a beautiful 700-acre farm, located in Manchester, TN, about 60 miles southeast of Nashville and 40 miles northwest of Chattanooga. Once a year, our little farm becomes Tennessee’s 7th largest city basically overnight. This can mean traffic, lots of it, when you arrive at the festival site. So consider carpooling. It helps reduce traffic, saves money on gas and the earth will love you.
Like officers everywhere, Tennessee police expect you to obey they highway safety laws, and they’re prepared to enforce them. They’re especially strict about open container violations. Think: Do you really want to start the weekend in the slammer?
Please stay in your car, especially when you’re waiting in line at the Tollbooths. This is no time for hacky sack.
Bonnaroo is a friendly place. Don’t kill the vibe by cutting in line. You’ll be in soon and smiling, promise.
How to deal with the inevitable traffic delays:
- Fill your tank before getting in line at the entrance. There are no gas vendors at the site. Portable gas cans are allowed only if you have a generator.
- Empty your tank, too, before you arrive. There are no bathrooms near the line.
- Pack some snacks and nonalcoholic beverages (see first tip, above).
- Play 20 Questions.
- Better idea: Tune into Radio Bonnaroo (WFTZ 101.5 FM) as you approach Manchester for up-to-the-minute traffic announcements, news and an eclectic mix of music, artist interviews and in-studio performances.
Directions by Car
If you’re coming from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, all other states in the Northeast, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, or other locations east of the site:
Use I-75 or I-59 to Chattanooga, From Chattanooga take I-24 west
If you’re coming from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, or any other locations west of the site:
Use I-40, I-24, or I-65 to Nashville, From Nashville take I-24 east
If you’re entrusting your fate to GPS, just set it for Manchester, TN. When you get near Manchester you’ll see signs, and from there just go with the flow.
Directions by Plane
Most people who fly in for the festival use Nashville International Airport (airport code BNA), which is less then an hour by car from Manchester. We provide an airport shuttle directly to the festival from the Nashville airport. Others fly into Chattanooga (airport code CHA), at an hour and 15 minutes away, or Knoxville (TYS), which is about 3 hours out. Atlanta (ATL) is a little under 3 1/2 hours away.
The Bonnaroo Airport Shuttle departs Nashville International Airport directly for the Bonnaroo Festival on Thursday and Friday at various times and returns Monday throughout the day at the conclusion of Bonnaroo. There will be two help desks set up at either end of the baggage claim area of the Nashville Airport to assist you as you arrive. Once you have claimed your luggage, go to the help desk for directions to the shuttle buses on the lower level of the airport and to pick up your official Bonnaroo Festival program.
The shuttles have access to a separate festival entrance, so they should not get stuck in the General Admission traffic. But be prepared for a healthy walk to Tent-Only Camping, to On-site RV or General Admission Camping, or to find your friends. We recommend a luggage cart, rolling suitcase or strong friend to make the walk easier.
Directions by Bus
The Greyhound Bus Line goes right to Manchester, TN, and the bus station is a mile from the festival. Its address is 617 Woodbury Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355. We don’t offer any transportation from the bus stop to the festival, and recommend having a friend pick you up. If you choose to walk the last mile, be careful, you are in the domain of motor vehicles.
Rideshare to Bonnaroo
Save money. Make friends.
Looking to carpool to Bonnaroo, but don’t know how? Zimride makes it easy to connect with other festival goers heading your way. Driving? Post your trip on Zimride and sell the empty seats in your car. Need a ride? Book cheap seats in one of the many Bonnaroo carpools listed on Zimride.
Bonnaroo supports ridesharing to reduce traffic and our carbon footprint. Please consider Zimride as one tool to investigate or offer ride options. The Zimride platform uses Facebook integration to create a fun way for friends to share rides. Zimride empowers individuals to join together to save money, make friends and reduce our carbon footprint. Check things out before you go and be safe! Post or find your ride to Bonnaroo today.
Arrive with your buddies! Save gas! Make new friends and share rides! Zimride to Bonnaroo!
Arrive at the Festival with 4 or more people in your vehicle and you will be eligible for prizes:
1st place: 3 cars from each tollbooth will be eligible to be UPGRADED TO VIP CAMPING for each passenger in your car
2nd place: 3 cars from each tollbooth will be eligible for 2 VENDOR TOKENS for each passenger in your car. That’s 2 meals free!
3rd place: 3 cars from each tollbooth will be eligible for a BONNAROO MERCH ITEM for each passenger in your car.
Here’s how it works: Print out the Bonnaroo 2013 Carpooling PDF or write CARPOOLING TO THE ROO on an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper and put it at your windshield. We’ll have spotters at the tollbooths picking out cars at random. All winners will be notified ON THE SPOT.