Future Technologies Group hosts many visitors throughout the year. We hope the following information and links will be helpful to you when planning your visit:
ORNL Visitor Information
Prior approval and a visitor's badge is required in order to visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). A DOE Standard Badge (non-site specific) is not an acceptable badge for the lab. Information about those requirements, along with directions and other general information can be found at http://www.ornl.gov/ornlhome/visiting.shtml.
The closest airport to ORNL is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). It is located just outside of Knoxville in Alcoa, Tennessee and is approximately 30 miles from ORNL. Nashville International Airport (BNA) is aproximately two hours away, and Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta (ATL) is approximately 3.5 hours away. More information on McGhee Tyson Airport and available flights can be found at http://www.tys.org/.
If you are flying, you will need to obtain a rental car for your visit. Please be advised that if ORNL is sponsoring your visit and paying for your travel, GPS systems for rental cars are unallowable expenses. Please get your driving directions ahead of time.
The ORNL Guest House is an option for those wishing to stay within the ORNL campus. More information can be found at http://web.ornl.gov/adm/fo/ls/hospitality/guesthouse/.
There are a variety of hotels in Oak Ridge and West Knoxville area.
Although Oak Ridge is closer to ORNL, Knoxville, located about half the way between ORNL and the airport, has a larger selection. Please be advised that if ORNL is sponsoring your visit and paying for your travel, per diem is based out of Oak Ridge, which is a lower rate than Knoxville. Information about the city of Oak Ridge and subsequent restaurants and hotels can be found at http://oakridgevisitor.com/. Knoxville information can be located at http://www.knoxville.org/.
ORNL is located at One Bethel Valley Road, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
- ORNL provides several links on http://www.ornl.gov/ornlhome/driving_directions.shtml.
- Google map directions from Knoxville airport to ORNL Visitor Center (and building 5100). You will have to pass through the East security gate on this route. Your visitor paperwork should make this possible.