Within the city, public transporation options are limited. Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) offers a system of buses and trolleys. The bus system serves a fixed route through the city of Knoxville and a few outlying areas in Knox County. The hours of operation for the bus are Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sa 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Su 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult fares are $1.25 per ride with a 20 cent transfer fee. Students (K-12), the handicapped, and the elderly  ride for 60 cents with a 10 cent transfer fee, and children under the age of 5 ride for free. KAT buses are also equipped to carry bicycles and are transported for free.

KAT also runs a FREE trolley system that serves the major tourist attractions in downtown Knoxville. Hours of operation for the trolley system are Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The trolley also offers a late-night service that runs between the Old City, Knoxville Convention Center and other evening hotspts. This trolley runs every 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Many of downtown Knoxville's attractions are within walking distance. There are also 39 miles of paved greenways located throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods that can be used by by walkers, bicyclists, and other recreational users. These pathways link together nature preserves, historic sites, and other attractions to one another and the city.