Arriving in Knoxville

The Knoxville airport is McGhee Tyson (TYS), which is not an international airport, but has direct connections with e.g. Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Washington, Philadelphia and NYC. Other reasonable options are flying into the Nashville (Tennessee) International Airport or the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, and driving to Knoxville (about 3 hours from Nashville and 3.5 from Atlanta).

For driving directions here is a link from google maps, with the directions to downtown Knoxville: Sunsphere, next to the Knoxville Convention Center(KCC). Feel free to replace with your hotel address from our accommodations info (map)or what else you might prefer. There is currently some construction work on I-40, but if you follow the signs to downtown (e.g. exit 388) you should be OK. See also the directions provided by KCC.

Ground Transportation

Go to for basic info on the different transportation options at the McGhee/Tyson airport. has info on car rentals.

The QM09 organizers have made a special arrangement for round trip transportation between the airport and downtown Knoxville with Twin Lakes Limo, at the cost of $30.00 per person.
The original deadline for reservations was March 20, 2009, but they can possibly (no guarantees unless you receive a confirmation) accept later reservations. The phone number to use is 865-988-9420 or 800-505-9420. You can also make your reservation via email to Please include the following information in your reservation request: arrival and departure flights and times, the number of people the reservation is for (and their names), and the hotel you are staying at.
If they ask for your credit card info to confirm the reservation, you are strongly encouraged to fax them that info, instead of including it in an email.

Public Transportation

The conference hotels that offer special QM09 rates are all located either right next to the conference site or within a few minutes walk, as are plenty of local restaurants etc., so no local transportation is typically needed.

Between e.g. the Univ. of Tenn. area, downtown and the Old City, the Knoxville Trolley Service provides free transportation during part of the day. For more info, please see their website.

Public buses also run in the downtown and surrounding areas. For more information, see Knoxville Area Transit.