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Transportation

Public transportation is not available to/from the Laboratory. All participants must have their own transportation or the ability to carpool with another ORNL-access authorized person. Some interns organize carpools through the ORNL Interns Facebook group. Another potential resource for carpooling is Knox Smart Trips, a matching service for carpooling in the Knoxville region.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is located in Roane County, Tennessee, about seven miles from the center of the city of Oak Ridge and about 25 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville.

Distance to Knoxville Map

Map Source: KnoxvilleChamber.com

Transportation options to the area include:

Auto: By far, the best way to visit the area. Public transportation is not available to/from the Laboratory. All participants must have their own transportation or the ability to carpool with another ORNL-access authorized person.

Bike: ORNL is situated on U.S. Department of Energy lands which are about 10 miles from the town of Oak Ridge, hence biking to work is not recommended.

Bus: Greyhound and Megabus both serve the Knoxville area. Locally, Oak Ridge does not have a bus system. When you are in Knoxville, the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) system provides regular, fixed route bus service throughout the city of Knoxville and portions of Knox County. There is a bus route from the University of Tennessee to ORNL that operates three times a day. It goes to the Visitor’s Center, so it may not be advisable for all participants.

Plane: McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is the closet full-service airport to Oak Ridge with more than 120 daily arrivals and departures.

Rail: Passenger rail service is not available in East Tennessee.

Taxi: For a taxi from the airport to your housing or vice-versa, see McGhee Tyson Airport’s recommended list.

ORNL Map

Map Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory