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Louisville, KY Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 127
Total Sleeping Rooms 20,236
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,310
Committable Meeting Rooms* 53
Convention Center Space 304,291 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 78,700 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $118
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $191
*Maximum for a single hotel

Louisville, KY Airport Information

Louisville International Airport (SDF)

With an average of 100 daily departures out of 23 gates and nonstop service to 19 cities, Louisville International Airport is also the hub of UPS international service.

Only a 10-minute drive from downtown Louisville, the airport is convenient to many U.S. cities. Passengers can arrive in one hour from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Birmingham, Alabama, while flights from Dallas, New York City, or New Orleans are only about two hours in duration. Flights from Boston and Denver take three hours, and one can reach Louisville from the West Coast in 4.5 hours.

A full range of amenities make passage through Louisville International an enjoyable experience. The new Bourbon Loft offers a first-class travel experience and an impressive view overlooking the airfield. Relax before or after flights while enjoying a wide selection of unique bourbons and spirits, light food, and beverages for purchase; computer workstations with free high-speed internet; telephones; and plenty of charging units. Restaurants of all kinds, from the full-service Woodford Reserve Bar and Grill to fast-food eateries such as Burger King and Pizza Hut, satisfy any appetite. A diverse set of stores provides convenience items, magazines, tourist paraphernalia, and books, including the Last Stop convenience store, Bluegrass News newsstand, Heritage Booksellers, Brighton Collectibles, the Explore Kentucky shop, and the PGA Tour Shop. Wireless internet service is available throughout the airport, and garages and a long-term lot offer onsite parking. Free shuttles linking the long-term lot and the terminal run every 10 to 15 minutes.

Airline carriers serving Louisville International Airport

  • American/American Eagle
  • Delta/Delta Connection
  • Southwest
  • United/United Express

Louisville, KY Ground Transportation

Transit Authority of River City (TARC)

The Transit Authority of River City, the main provider of public transportation services in the Louisville metro area, has been in operation since 1974.


TARC has over 7,000 bus stops along more than 50 routes, including special downtown and medical center routes, as well as shuttles that serve the University of Louisville's main campus and UPS' Worldport processing facility. Day and night bus service around the Greater Louisville area also includes a stop at the airport at the east end of the terminal.

Regular fare is $1.25; correct change is required. Travelers can also purchase a one-day pass for $3, a monthly pass for $35, or a book of 10 regular fare tickets for $10.

TARC's new LouLift service uses fast-charging, all-electric buses that produce zero emissions and are free to ride. It's a sleek, clean, and quiet way to get around. These vehicles are in the spotlight as they travel around downtown, stopping frequently near work sites and popular destinations, including concerts, museums, big-time college sports events, and now Churchill Downs.

Rental Cars

The rental-car companies represented at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Counters are located in the baggage claim area, and pickup is right outside the west doorway of baggage claim.


Taxi companies are plentiful in Louisville, and airport travelers can find cabs waiting at the traffic island to the left of the taxi stand just outside the airport doors. The 8-mile ride to downtown is a breeze and features a flat-rate fare under $20.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Lexington, KY 74 mi 1 hr 17 min 2 hr 10 min USD $539+
Cincinnati, OH 99 mi 1 hr 35 min 3 hr 48 min USD $549+
Indianapolis, IN 114 mi 1 hr 48 min 3 hr 11 min USD $352+
Nashville, TN 176 mi 2 hr 44 min 3 hr 36 min USD $539+
Columbus, OH 206 mi 3 hr 16 min 3 hr 19 min USD $343+
St. Louis, MO 260 mi 4 hr 5 min 2 hr 55 min USD $280+
Cleveland, OH 348 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 13 min USD $290+
Charlotte, NC 474 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 20 min USD $210+
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