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For country music fans visiting Nashville, visiting the Grand Ole Opry House, one of the country's most historic venues, is a must-experience.

This post provides information about visiting the Grand Ole Opry House, concert ticket prices, discounts, directions here, and backstage tours.


Grand Ole Opry ticket prices range between $69 and $145 per person, depending on what seats you buy.

The lowest-priced tickets are seats on the Tier 3 balcony and main floor.

Tier 3 tickets are usually available at discounted rates from Nashville tourist passes and combo tickets.

  • Tier 1 Ticket Prices: $143.75 per person
  • Tier 2 Ticket Prices: $115 per person
  • Tier 3 Ticket Prices: $86.25 per person
  • Tier 4 Ticket Prices: $69 per person
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Tickets are non-refundable but if a show is canceled, you will be compensated as per the Opry's refund policy.

Find out how to save money on tickets from the discounts section further down in this post.


If you’ve ever wanted to get a behind-the-curtain look at the theater that made country music famous, these tours are for you!

Depending on which package you purchase, Grand Ole Opry House backstage tour tickets range from $40 to $195 for adults.

There are three different tours you can take: a Daytime Tour, a Post-Show Tour, and a VIP Tour.

These tours sell out quickly, so it’s essential to purchase tickets well in advance.

Since you can't walk around the Grand Ole Opry House on your own, these tours are the only way you can discover the beauty and history of this cultural landmark.

Daytime Tour

This one-hour tour takes place either on days when there are no concerts scheduled or early in the day before a concert.

On your backstage tour, an expert guide shares stories about country music's biggest names and shows you where artists enter into the building, and potentially even step on stage.

Some tours may also stop in Studio A to give visitors a look at the former home of the historic television show Hee Haw.

TIP: This tour is included at a discount on Nashville tourist passes and combo package tickets. You can also save money if you are a military member or if you have a AAA card.

Read our discounts section for more details.

Post-Show Tour

This tour experience is the same as the daytime tour but takes place after the show.

Guests have an opportunity to see the entrance where artists came in earlier – and who knows? Maybe you’ll catch them before they leave!

You can also expect to see some of the Opry’s themed dressing rooms while learning about the history of the venue.

Post-show tours also usually include opportunities to step on stage and visit Studio A.

NOTE: You are required to have a ticket for that night's show in order to take the post-show tour.

VIP Tour

If you’re in the market for a more special experience at the Grand Ole Opry House, this is the best tour option.

In addition to all the subjects covered during daytime and post-show tours, VIP guests also have the opportunity to enjoy special activities.

This tour includes a look at the backstage area just before showtime, giving visitors a chance to see how the show comes together.

You will also spend some time in the Green Room and watch the big red curtain rise from the side of the stage. Better still, you will enjoy the first performance of the night after the curtain rises!

Needless to say, these tours are only available on nights when there is a show at the Opry House.

  • Ticket Prices: $195 per person
  • Availability: Only on performance nights at 6 pm
  • Includes admission to the show
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.


Below we cover interesting areas of the Grand Ole Opry House and which tours visit these areas.

Grand Ole Opry Dressing Room Sign Nashville

The Stage

See where country music's greatest talent got their start. You'll also see the famous red curtain that gets pulled back revealing some of the biggest superstars in country music.

Provided that there is enough time and there isn’t anything else getting in the way, guests can expect to see the stage on every tour available.

The Wooden Circle

This is the spot on the Opry stage where artists stand during their performances.

To many, this circle is the beating heart of country music, hundreds of musicians have built their careers from this spot.

Depending on whether or not there is enough time, guests usually get to visit the Wooden Circle on all three tour types.

The Artist Entrance

Every tour includes a visit to the entryway where musical artists enter the Grand Ole Opry House.

So many of the biggest names in country music have passed through this door -- Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Minnie Pearl, Reba Mcentire, Vince Gill, and on and on!

Studio A

In addition to the musical history of the Grand Ole Opry, this location is also known for housing the studio where historic television shows were produced.

Hee Haw was one of the most famous TV shows shot here. Other current shows shot here are Crossroads, Crook & Chase, and Invitation Only.

Most of the backstage tours stop at this studio, but it depends on both how time and whether or not the studio is in use.

Dressing Rooms

There are 18 different dressing rooms at the Grand Ole Opry House, and each has a different theme and design.

Most rooms are filled with historic portraits of famous musicians who have played at the Opry.

These areas are usually reserved for either the post-show tour or the VIP tour.


Below are the best deals on tickets for both the backstage tour and live shows at the Grand Ole Opry House, including Nashville tourist passes and ticket combo package discounts.

Combo Ticket Packages

If you plan to see other attractions in Nashville, there are combo packages that include tickets to either the backstage tour or a live show at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Gray Line

This company offers a combo package that includes a ticket to a live show and transportation to and from the Grand Ole Opry House.

This is a great deal if you don't have a car or feel like driving to the venue.

  • Combo Ticket Price: $70 per person
  • Availability: 2-3 times per week
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Includes hotel pick-up service
  • Not currently available.

Gray Line also offers a combo package with tickets for both the backstage tour and the Gaylord Opryland Delta Riverboat cruise.

  • Combo Ticket Price: $55/Adults | $25/Children
  • Availability: 2-3 times per week
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Includes hotel pick-up service
  • Not currently available.

Old Town Trolley

This is one of the popular hop-on-hop-off bus companies in Nashville.

Its combo tickets include a trolley tour of the city, along with either the backstage tour or a live show.

  • Trolley + Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour
    • Price: $70 per person
    • Includes 24-hour trolley tour
    • Includes Grand Ole Opry backstage tour
    • Not currently available.
  • Trolley + Grand Ole Opry Show
    • Price: $92 per person
    • Includes 24-hour trolley tour
    • Includes Grand Ole Opry show
    • Not currently available.

To find out more about the Old Town Trolley, read our post covering Nashville bus tours.

Music City Total Access Pass

This discount pass includes admission to four different attractions of your choice as well as tickets for both the Parthenon and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

The pass also includes a discount of 25% off select Gray Line sightseeing tours.

There are over 30 different activities to choose from, including the Ryman Auditorium, Historic RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and more.

The Music City Total Access Pass is $119.

While they are not currently offering admission to the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour, this is an activity they have included with the pass in the past.

If you're interested in a Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour, we recommend checking to see whether or not this attraction has been added to your pass.

For more details, make sure to read our post on Nashville tourist attraction discount passes.

Discount Sites

If you’re looking for an easy way to save money on tickets that don’t require you to pay for other activities, make sure to check websites like Groupon and Living Social.

Both of these websites sometimes offer discounts on either the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour or a live show.

On top of that, each company also offers discounts of between 10-20% off local activities like this when you use a coupon code.

Make sure to check for additional coupons before making your purchase in order to get the best possible deal!

Opry Mills Discounts

This shopping center right next to the Grand Ole Opry, is one of the nicest places to shop in Nashville.

If you’re looking for something to do either before or after your trip to the Opry, this is a great place to stop.

Shoppers with a Nashville Sightseeing Pass receive a free water bottle at Opry Mills and a savings passport book which includes thousands of dollars in discounts.

Military Discount

Members of the military can receive a 10% discount on all Tier 2 Grand Ole Opry Show tickets and backstage tours.

Simply present your military ID when purchasing tickets to receive this deal.

AAA Discount

AAA members are eligible for a 10% discount on both Tier 2 tickets for the Grand Ole Opry Show and backstage tours.

All you have to do is present your AAA card when purchasing your tickets to take advantage of this opportunity.


The Grand Ole Opry is located just outside downtown Nashville along Briley Parkway at 2804 Opryland Drive.

Although there aren’t any buses that go directly to the venue, there are bus stops serving Line 34 at the nearby Opry Mills shopping center.

Alternatively, you can drive here. There is no free parking at the Grand Ole Opry House. You can book an on-site spot in advance and save 20%.

You can park at the Opry Mills shopping center to save a few bucks.

You can make your visit easier by considering a Gray Line combo deal that includes round-trip transportation plus a choice of either a Grand Ole Opry concert or a backstage tour.

Best Times to Visit

There is never a bad time to schedule your visit to the Grand Ole Opry, since you can take a tour, see a live performance or both!

Check the Grand Ole Opry schedule of upcoming concerts to see if an artist you like is performing.

Even if you aren't a big fan, you may want to go to the show anyway. There is nothing like seeing live music on the biggest stage in country music.

If you’re interested in taking the tour, consider coming earlier or at times when both the stage and Studio A are more likely to be accessible.

Grand Ole Opry Bag Policy

The Grand Ole Opry does not allow large bags inside unless they are deemed medically necessary.

All bags are subject to a search before entry. 

Outside food and drink, tripods, zoom lenses, and selfie sticks are prohibited.

Check the Opry's security page for a complete list of prohibited items so you will be able to get in. without a problem.

Dress Code

There's no dress code for the Grand Ole Opry House. Wear jeans, wear a suit, wear whatever you long as you wear something!

Grand Ole Opry Security

All visitors go through a metal detector upon entering and may be subject to a second screening if they set off the alarm or cannot pass through the metal detector.

For this reason, visitors are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early in case of delays. 


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: July 27th, 2023
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