Not within driving distance to Bonnaroo but still want to attend? You aren’t alone; every year Bonnaroo brings in nearly 100,000 people a day. Many of these Bonnaroo attendees are from areas outside of the immediate area. Bonnaroo is one of the few music festivals in the country that brings in people from around the world. If you’re one of these people you will need to fly into Bonnaroo. Enter this article! Here we will go over all over your questions about flying into Bonnaroo so you are ready to rock come June.
Bonnaroo is one of those festivals where everyone camps at the festival. When you camp at Bonnaroo you need to bring a fair amount of equipment for the weekend. In fact, we have a full article on everything we recommend you bring with you to Bonnaroo as it’s such a common question. To summarize you need at the very least all your basic camping gear – a tent, sleeping bag, cooler, a tarp, etc. The point is you need to bring more with you to Bonnaroo than most music festivals, unless you are the rarity who is staying in Nashville for Bonnaroo.
I bring all this up because it plays a big factor in whether you drive or fly into Bonnaroo. Many people, even if they are located 1,000+ miles away, drive into Bonnaroo. That said, you can fly into Bonnaroo and still bring the necessities – you just need to plan really well. Let’s go into the logistics of flying into Bonnaroo and how you can make it work. Clearly you won’t be able to bring as much as to Bonnaroo as if you drove, but it can work.
Generally you have two options with flying into Bonnaroo. The main airport most people use for Bonnaroo is the Nashville International Airport (BNA). The Nashville airport is just over an hour away from where Bonnaroo takes place. Bonnaroo also offers an official shuttle (see below) form the Nashville airport, so unless you want to rent a car or have another way to get to Bonnaroo, this is your best bet. Nashville is also the bigger of the two airports, so you are more likely to find a cheap flight for Bonnaroo and will have more airlines to select from.
The other option is the Chattanooga airport. It’s not much further from Bonnaroo as it is about an hour and 20 minutes from Bonnaroo. The main advantage of the Chattanooga airport is it is small and won’t have many lines – you will get right in and out. Of course, the disadvantage of the small airport is the flights can get expensive quickly and there will be limited flights. The other main disadvantage is there is no Bonnaroo shuttle from Chattanooga to the festival. Ultimately I suggest you fly into Nashville, but Chattanooga is an option if you need it.
As I mentioned, if you are flying into Nashville for Bonnaroo you should consider the Bonnaroo Airport Shuttle. If you don’t want to rent a car, and plan to just tent camp, it’s a great option. Here’s all the details:
Ok so let’s get to the logistics. As I mentioned you generally want to bring a lot of stuff with you to Bonnaroo, so packing when you are flying can be a bit tricky. It certainly can and has been done, you just need to plan diligently. Here are my biggest tips if you are planning to fly into Bonnaroo:
As I mentioned you generally have two options: take the official Bonnaroo shuttle or rent a car. The advantage of renting a car is you can take advantage of car camping and it will be much more convenient hauling all your stuff to Bonnaroo. Plus, if you need to stop at Walmart for food, alcohol and supplies this is only possible with renting a car. If you can split the cost of renting a car with some friends this is the route I would go with Bonnaroo. If you are trying to save some money you can use the Bonnaroo shuttle and just tent camp.
Flying to Bonnaroo is a little tricky and requires some planning, but it can be done. The key is your packing scheme to try to bring as much as possible with you to Bonnaroo. Plan carefully and you can pull it off – distance is no reason to not attend Bonnaroo!