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Memphis Airport Mini Guide
What Can you Tell me About Memphis?
Memphis is synonymous with only one name – Elvis, The King, whatever you want to call him, and many travellers arriving in Memphis come to pay homage to the rock and roll legend at his home, Graceland. Found on the edge of town and in what’s now a less than salubrious neighbourhood, if you want to see rock star adulation at its peak, turn up during the anniversary weeks of his birth and death. Inside, despite the kitsch, there’s a lot worth seeing including his collection of cars, the gold discs and the clothes. Don’t forget though that Memphis, and in particular, Beale Street, is considered to be the home of ‘blues’ and whilst in the city you must spend at least one night on the street that invented a musical genre.
How do I get to Memphis?
Although Memphis is an international airport, almost all of its flights are from North America with only a flight from Amsterdam
with Delta supplying European demand. For UK
travellers, a budget flight to Amsterdam is cheap and quick, allowing for a transatlantic connection to Memphis. Once you arrive, the airport is only a couple of miles from downtown with many convenient ways of making the onward journey.
What’s the Airport Like?
The airport has three terminals with A and C terminals servicing domestic flights and Terminal B servicing international ones. The airport is set out with terminals accessed from the planes by concourses with only Terminal B having to go through TSA security. It’s modern and large with a host of facilities packed into it.
What can I Expect When I Land?
As with most modern airports, you’ll disembark via air bridges into the concourses. This is especially welcome if arriving in mid-summer when the heat and humidity is oppressive in Memphis. It’s then a short walk either through security for international arrivals or straight into the upper hall for domestic flights. Check the displays for your reclaim belt number before heading down to reclaim and on to the arrivals hall. You’ll easily spot the airport information desk if you need help and can also exchange currency at one of the exchange companies in the hall or get cash from the ATMs. On either side of the central escalator you’ll find the car rental desks although you’ll have to take the car rental shuttle to collect your vehicle. There too you’ll find desks where you can arrange accommodation in Memphis.
What can I Expect at the Airport When I Leave?
Get your bags checked in and collect the tickets then spend some time looking around the shops. Terminal B has by far the biggest selection including Elvis memorabilia, a music shop specialising in blues and Elvis, a bookshop and a toy shop as well as a consumer electronics outlet. Once you’ve tired of shopping, you can sit down to enjoy a meal at one of the cafes and restaurants in the terminals. Most are light snacks or take away but there is a Tennessee-style grill restaurant in each terminal for more substantial meals.