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What's the tour price?
The Original tour is $36 for ages 15-55, and $33 for vintage folks age 55 and over. All Music Row Confidential seats are $33. When booking, be sure to select either Adult OR Senior for each person, not both.
The price doesn't cover any tip for your driver (or for Pip, if you're on the MRC tour) but TN sales tax is included.
Who is not allowed on the tours?
- NO children under 15, including babies: These are very adult-oriented tours and other guests might not feel comfortable drinking in front of your kids.
- NO bachelorette parties: see more details below
- NO pets: seating is too tight on our (school) bus; however, service animals are acceptable.
- Also NO reserved seating: if you want to sit with/near others in your party, arrive early!
How do I book a tour and pay?
All seats must be reserved through our Book A Tour page. You’ll pay a $3 non-refundable deposit for each seat when you book the reservation. The rest of your payment is due when you board the bus on tour day:
- Cash is faster and easier. We accept only ONE card per reservation. If paying separately, everyone must pay in cash.
- If you pay the balance with a credit card, you'll be charged an additional 3% service fee.
- The tour price does not include a gratuity for your driver (and for Pip, if you're on the MRC tour).
- Deposit paid for seats canceled later will not be credited to the remaining reservation.
After you book your reservation, you'll see a confirmation on-screen and our system also will send you a confirmation email. The confirmation email will have all tour details, including an emergency contact number for tour day. Be sure to check your spam/junk after booking the tour if you don't see the email in your in-box. And if you still don't see anything, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and she can check on your booking.
How long does a tour last and are there any stops?
This is a ride-along tour. We take a short stop at the halfway point, for a bathroom/beverage break, but you don't have to get off the bus. Both tours last about two hours, but actual time depends on downtown traffic. Friday afternoon tours can be delayed even further as all the downtown workers try to scramble out of the city. This is a leisurely experience, so just plan to relax and have fun!
How early can I book my seats?
We cannot guarantee any tour date/time before the posting day. Each month's schedule is posted at 2pm Central Time on the first Wednesday of the month three months ahead, unless that day is a holiday. For example, the posting schedule for the next few months will be:
- February tours post on November 2 at 2pm Central Time
- March tours post on December 7 at 2pm Central Time
- April tours post on January 4 at 2pm Central Time
- May tours post on February 1 at 2pm Central Time
- June tours post on March 1 at 2pm Central Time
- July tours post on April 5 at 2pm Central Time
We are closed on most Mondays and major holidays. We will also be closed on the following dates:
- January 23-February 3: Closed for vacation/bus maintenance
- March 4-6: No Original Tours; MRC is running
- May 20-30: No Original Tours; MRC is running
- June 5-11: Closed for CMA Fest
- August 18-26: Closed for vacation
This is our usual tour schedule, March-December (with some exceptions):
- Monday: Closed, no tours
- Tuesday: 11am Original tour
- Wednesday: 11am Original tour, 2pm Music Row Confidential tour
- Thursday: 11am and 2 pm Original tours
- Friday: 11am Original tour, 2pm Music Row Confidential tour
- Saturday: 11am Original tour, 2pm Music Row Confidential tour
- Sunday: 11am and 2pm Music Row Confidential tour
Do you have a waiting list?
Our reservation system is automated. If anyone cancels a reservation, those seats will be available in the system immediately, so we cannot keep waiting lists. But guests usually book tours well in advance, and plans can change. Guests must cancel 7 days before the tour to avoid cancellation charges, so check back about a week before the date you want.
We also may have no-shows on the day of the tour. Come to the bus about 30 minutes before the tour, and ask to be placed on the Stand-By List. If you're first in line, you can get any seats that aren't taken after the bus loads. Even if you already have seats, you must be first at the bus to get extras!
How do I view, change, or cancel my reservation?
To view or cancel an entire booking, use the link in your confirmation email. To change a reservation, send an email to email@example.com. Note how many Adult or Senior seats you no longer need, or the new desired time/date, and she will update your reservation if seats are available. Deposits paid for canceled seats are not applied to the remaining reservation!
Note: You can cancel any booking up to 3 hours before the tour, but there are cancellation fees:
- More than 7 days before your tour = no additional fees (but $3 per-seat deposit is non-refundable)
- Less than 7 days before the tour = 50% of the balance due
- Less than 4 days = 75% of the balance due
- Less than 2 days, or you're a no-show at tour time = 100% of the balance due
Does NashTrash ever cancel a scheduled tour?
Sometimes. We normally send out any cancellation alerts by email; however, it is absolutely critical that you provide a phone number in case there's an emergency and we need to reach you on tour day. (A cell phone is preferred unless you're traveling internationally and your cell service doesn't work in the US.)
We rarely cancel a tour, but sometimes there are circumstances we cannot control; for example:
- There are no understudies for our tours, so there may be personal emergencies that requires us to cancel or switch a tour.
- We have only one Big Pink Bus, and if she breaks down, we can't run the tour.
- The bus is fully enclosed and tours run in almost all weather conditions except ice. If the streets are not safe, we will contact you at least two hours before your tour if we must cancel it.
- Due to the cost of running each tour, there must be at least 20 seats reserved. It rarely happens, but if we fail to get at least 20 people, the tour must be canceled.
If we have to cancel your tour, you will receive a full refund for any deposit you've paid.
Do you sell gift certificates?
You can buy Vouchers good for tours on the Gift Certificates page.They're good from one year from the date of purchase and are applied when booking a reservation!
Why no bachelorette parties?
The no-bachelorettes rule was implemented after years of bad experiences. The person booking the tour doesn't often know the other women very well, and things quickly get out of hand on the bus. The "I'm the wildest" attitude seems to come out when competing for the bride’s attention, and those who promise their group's best behavior are the worst offenders!
We can't keep you from reserving your seats, but if the guides or any other customers get any hint of a bachelorette celebration, you will be charged an additional $20 per person. (This penalty also applies to any group who won't allow other guests to enjoy the show.)
For a fun bachelorette activity, we instead recommend Ryan at Really Entertaining Tours; he does a kickass Bachelorette Bar Crawl! You can choose from his Day Drinkin' tour, or the Nash Nights Bar Crawl.
When You're on the Bus
Can I bring food and drinks?
Food is not allowed on the bus...repeat: DO NOT BRING FOOD. You can bring beverages, including beer or wine in six-pack sized coolers that’ll fit on your lap. Please keep glass containers to a minimum.
What are the Big Pink Bus rules?
- THE CARDINAL RULE: This is show, not a party bus. We want everyone to have fun, but if other guests are unable to hear, you'll be warned that you're breaking The Cardinal Rule. After three warnings, we can escort your party off the bus immediately, and/or will charge your card an additional $20 per person fee. Before booking seats, you will confirm that you understand and accept this policy.
- Keep cell phones on vibrate; do not text or take calls during a tour.
- No large hats and feather boas.
Can I reserve seats?
The tour is general admission and there's no reserved seating. The bus is loaded in order of arrival time, to if you want to sit with/near someone, be sure to get there early.
Is the bus temperature comfortable?
Tours run year-round and the Big Pink Bus is climate-controlled, but keep in mind that she's just a rolling metal can...even our air conditioner struggles to keep up on really hot summer afternoons!
Is there a place to store luggage while on a tour?
No. Please make arrangements to store your luggage elsewhere while on the tour.
Is the bus wheelchair accessible?
The Big Pink Bus is an old school bus and does not have wheelchair access. We do put a little stool out on the ground to help with that first big step. If you can make it up regular stairs with some help and can sit in a bus seat for two hours, you’ll be fine for the tour.
Do you rent the Big Pink Bus for other events or transportation?
No. The Big Pink Bus is used only for our tours.
About Private Tours
How do I reserve a private tour?
Our tour calendar is determined three months in advance. It's based on driver and performers availability, so we don't add extra times for private tours except during January and February. Private tours are reserved just like all other tours. But if you want the entire bus for your group alone, there are few things to consider:
1) There is no per-person price because you are reserving the entire bus for a flat fee.
2) The maximum capacity is 40 guests. Although you don't have to fill every seat, there must be at least 25 people in your group when you board the bus on tour day.
The total price for the Original tour is $1,540, and the Music Row Confidential private tour is $1,470. These prices are all-inclusive and cover sales tax and all gratuities. You will pay a 10% non-refundable deposit when booking, which is credited on the total price. If you cancel for any reason after you confirm the reservation, this deposit will not be refunded.
To book a private tour:
- Find an available date/time on our calendar with no seats filled.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify that you wish to book a private tour.
- She will create a private tour for you, which you can then reserve.
- We cannot guarantee any tour more than 3 months in advance; however, you can email Beth a few weeks before that tour month's posting date to express your interest in a private tour.
What if I don't have 25 people in my group?
Trust us: a half-empty bus is not a fun experience for you or the performers. If you reserve a private tour, there must be at least 25 people in your party when you arrive at the bus. If you don’t have at least 25, you must cancel enough seats at least 7 days before your tour, so other guests can book them. If you book the entire bus and arrive with fewer than 25 people, your tour will be canceled and you will be charged the full tour price.
What if I have more than 40 people in my group?
The Big Pink Bus only holds 40 and we don't do tours on other vehicles. Large groups must be divided; or, if you want the Jugg Sisters to give y'all a little taste of NashTrash, they can also appear at your event. Their 20-30 minute NashTrash comedy routine is $1,000, and can be booked by emailing Beth directly.
Can you pick up my group at another location?
For an additional $100 transport fee, we can pick up and/or drop off a private tour at another location, but the location must be inside the downtown interstate loop (the Opryland Hotel area isn't even close). Please contact Beth before adding that service to your tour. Transports are offered only for private tours. If you book seats on a public tour, you must come to the Market.