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How to Enjoy Memphis on a Budget

How to Enjoy Memphis on a Budget

Sticking to your budget may be easier in Memphis than in other cities thanks to a reasonable cost of living, a range of free or low cost entertainment and dining options, and the local transit system. Find yourself in Memphis? Whether it be for pleasure, business, or a move, discover how you can make the most of it without breaking the bank.

Discover free or low-cost entertainment.

The local hot-spot for entertainment and nightlife, a stroll down Beale Street is an absolute must for any visitor to the city. Take in a range of street performers and musicians while admiring the historic district.

On Saturday mornings, take advantage of free admission to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, home to an incredible Impressionist collection including Degas, Monet, and Pissarro, as well as the spectacular gardens surrounding the building.

Discover the role and influence of the Mississippi River by exploring the Mud Island Riverwalk — a scale model of the Mississippi’s path that spans five city blocks, visitors can follow the Big Muddy from where it begins in Minnesota, all the way to its final destination at the Gulf of Mexico.

Enjoy the city’s cheap eats.

Dining out on the cheap doesn’t mean hitting the drive-thru in Memphis. In fact, there are plenty of restaurants with delicious menu options that’ll cost you less than $10 for an unforgettable dining experience.

Head to east Memphis to check out Porcellino’s, home to a few local favorites including the dutch baby pancake ($5), quiche ($8), and dumplings ($10).

Find yourself in Overton Square? Don’t miss the Bi Bim Bap burger ($7) Kwik Chek Deli.

Make your way to the University District for a taste of Brother Juniper’s, serving up the unforgettable black bean breakfast burrito ($9).

And in Midtown, be sure to stop in Pho Binh for their delctacble lunch buffet featuring lemongrass tofu, black bean tofu, coconut curry, and more ($7.50).

Master the transit system.

The typical mode of public transportation used in Memphis is the MATA, which operates both the bus system and the trolleys.

The trolleys are an excellent way to sight-see — the Main Street Trolley runs north and south (along two and a half miles of the Mississippi River) in the downtown area, and the Madison Trolley runs east and west. The trolley is $1 per ride, with lunchtime (11am – 1:30pm) at half price (there are also discounted passes available for frequent riders). On the last Friday of each month, the trolley is free from 6-9pm and includes live entertainment as well as stops at many of the city’s art galleries.

MATA also operates the local bus system. Bus rides are $1.40 (half price for seniors). There is a Stop and Shop pass for passengers who will be transferring repeatedly over a short time period, as well shuttle services for sports fans during football and basketball season.

Book an extended stay.

When you visit Memphis, you don’t have to leave the comforts of home behind. Choose extended stay accommodations and you’ll enjoy plenty of features and amenities that enhance your trip, making it easier and more enjoyable — all at one low price. From mail service to laundry, WiFi and kitchen facilities, there are plenty of reasons to stay at InTown Suites.

Discover InTown Suites’ extended stay properties in Memphis.