Bristol (Tennessee-Virginia)

Bristol welcome sign over State Street, spanning the two states.

Bristol is a city in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, United States of America.


Bristol is a city bisected by the Virginia-Tennessee border; the north half is in Virginia and the south half in Tennessee. State Street runs along the borderline and the two cities share a downtown.

Bristol, Virginia is an independent city in Virginia, bounded by Washington County, Virginia and Sullivan County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 17,835.

Bristol, Tennessee is in Sullivan County. As of the 2010 census, the city has a total population of 26,702.

Originally named Goodson, the city was renamed to Bristol in 1890.

Get in

By plane

The closest major airport is Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) and is approximately 20 miles driving distance.

By car

Interstate 81 connects Bristol with other cities (Roanoke, VA to the north and Knoxville, TN to the south) along a scenic and well maintained corridor that is a major route for private and commercial traffic. Bristol can be accessed via exits 1, 3, 5, and 7 in Virginia and exit 74 in Tennessee. Exit 3 on I-81 leads to I-381, a short spur freeway that takes traffic into downtown Bristol.

Get around

Public transportation is available to a limited portion of the city via a municipal bus system.


Cumberland Square Park and War Memorial



Go next

Routes through Bristol

Roanoke Wytheville  N  S  Kingsport Knoxville via
Roanoke Wytheville  N  S  Splits into and
Merges with  N  S  Johnson City Knoxville
Merges with  N  S  Kingsport Knoxville

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