How to Get Grand Ole Opry Tickets and Discounts

In this post, we will provide information about visiting the Grand Ole Opry House, including details about how to get here, tour types, ticket prices, discounts, things to see, and more.

 

 

 


HOW MUCH DO BACKSTAGE TOUR TICKETS COST?

Depending on which package you purchase, backstage tour tickets will cost between $33 and $150 for adults.

If you’ve ever wanted to get a look behind the scenes of this famous venue, this tour will take you backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House.

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

 

 

All their tours sell out quickly, so it’s important to purchase tickets well ahead of time to make sure you can get in.


Daytime Tour

This tour takes place either on days when there are not any shows or earlier in the day before a show takes place.

During this one hour backstage experience, a knowledgeable guide will provide stories about country music legends, reveal 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 through combo 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 is essentially the same as the daytime tour, but it takes place after the show instead.

Guests will 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 will require a ticket for the preceding 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 definitely the best option.

In addition to all the subjects covered during daytime and post-show tours, VIP guests will 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. In addition, you can also 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: $150 per person
  • Availability: Only on performance nights at 6:30 pm
  • Includes admission to the show
  • Duration: 1 – 1 ½ hours
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HOW MUCH DO LIVE SHOW TICKETS COST?

Depending on the ticket you purchase, live show pricing for the Grand Ole Opry is between $45 and 100 per person.

The Grand Ole Opry House remains one of the most popular venues in the United States, and they offer several live performances throughout the week from both notable and up-and-coming country artists.

 

 

Ticket prices vary depending on where you want to sit, with the lowest cost option being on the Tier 3 balcony and main floor.

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

For more information on this opportunity to save money, make sure to check our discounts section.

  • Premium Ticket Prices: $100 per person
  • Tier 1 Ticket Prices: $75 per person
  • Tier 2 Ticket Prices: $45 – $55 per person
  • Tier 3 Ticket Prices: $40 – $50 per person
  • Standing Room Prices: $45 – $55 per person
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DISCOUNTS

This section will cover all of 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’re planning to do a few other things while you’re in Nashville, there are several different combo packages you can purchase which include tickets to either the backstage tour or a live show at the Grand Ole Opry House.


Gray Line

This company offers a combo ticket including transportation to and from the Grand Ole Opry House and tickets to a live show.

This is a great deal if you don’t feel like driving there and back again.

  • Combo Ticket Price: $70 per person
  • Availability: 2-3 times per week
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Includes hotel pick-up service
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

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
    • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Old Town Trolley

This is one of the big hop-on-hop-off bus services in Nashville, and they offer combo tickets which include their trolley tour along with other activities including both the backstage tour and a live show at the Grand Ole Opry House.

  • Trolley + Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour
  • Trolley + Grand Ole Opry Show

For more details about the services provided by Old Town Trolley, please read our post covering Nashville bus tours.


Music City Total Access Pass

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

They also offer a discount of 25% off select Gray Line sightseeing tours.

As you may have guessed, one of the four attractions you can choose from is the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour.

In total, they have over 30 different activities to choose from, including popular destinations like the Ryman Auditorium, Historic RCA Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and more.

The Music City Total Access Pass is $75. If you consider that the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour alone pays for half of that, it’s not hard to see how you could save money with this service.

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

 

 


Discount Sites

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

Both of these services will 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

Located right next to the Grand Ole Opry, this shopping centre is one of the nicest places to shop in all of 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.

Visitors who have a Nashville Sightseeing Pass will 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.

Make sure to present your military ID when purchasing tickets in order to receive this deal.


AAA Discount

If you’re a AAA member, you 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.

 


WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE

The following section will cover some of the more interesting attractions you can expect to see while taking a tour of the Grand Ole Opry House.

 

 

In addition to describing each location, we will also explain which tours will visit these areas.


The Stage

If you’ve ever wanted to see the location where several historic musicians got their start, this is a pretty important site to visit.

In addition to the stage itself, you’ll also have the chance to see the famous red curtain that gets pulled back to reveal 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 stage where artists will stand and give the audience their best possible performance.

Many people consider this the heart of country music, as it is the location where many famous musicians have built their career.

Depending on whether or not there is enough time, and other factors, 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.

This is a door that some of the most famous country musicians in the world have passed through, including artists like Carrie Underwood and Minnie Pearl.


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 shows that was shot here, but they continue to host television shows like Crossroads, Crook & Chase, and Invitation Only.

Most of the backstage tours will make a stop at this studio, but it all depends on both how time and whether or not the studio is in use when you arrive.


Dressing Rooms

There are 18 different dressing rooms at the Grand Ole Opry House, and each of them have 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.

 

Grand Ole Opry Dressing Room Sign Nashville

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE

The Grand Ole Opry is located just outside Nashville city center along the 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 also drive here and either park on-site or at Opry Mills to save a few bucks.

In addition to these options, it’s worth noting that Gray Line offers a combo deal which includes tickets to either a Grand Ole Opry show or the backstage tour and transportation both there and back.


Best Times to Visit

Due to the fact that they only offer guided tours and live performances, there really isn’t a bad time to visit the Grand Ole Opry.

All you have to do is purchase tickets for either a show or a tour, and you’ll have the same quality of experience as everyone else.

The best way to make sure you have a good time is to check their schedule and pick a show that sounds appealing.

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 the venue unless they are deemed medically necessary. All bags are subject to being searched before entry. 

Outside food and drink, tripods, zoom lenses, and selfie sticks are also prohibited. We suggest checking their security page for a full list of prohibited items.


Grand Ole Opry Security

All visitors go through a metal detector upon entering and may be subject to secondary 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. 

 


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