Louisville is located along the Ohio River on the Kentucky-Indiana border and is one of the most accessible cities in America. It is within a day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. At the intersection of three major interstates, the city is directly connected to such communities as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland and Birmingham. You’ll be surprised at how easy Louisville is to get to and to get around.
Louisville International Airport (SDF) is just seven miles (10 minutes) from downtown and less than a mile
from the Kentucky Expo Center, where the majority of FFA convention activities take place. Serviced by most
major and regional airlines, the airport offers 85 daily flights from five major airline brands with non-stop
service to 24 U.S. destinations and convenient connections to cities world-wide. For current flight information,
Taxi fare from the airport to downtown is regulated by Metro Government. As of June 1, 2013, the rate
is $19.55. (The rate may fluctuate with rising gas prices.) Up to four people can ride at that rate; each
additional passenger is $3.
Consider an alternative airport if a specific flight into Louisville is unavailable. Louisville is two hours south of Indianapolis, 90 minutes southwest of Cincinnati, two and a half hours north of Nashville and four hours south of Chicago. You could fly in, rent a car and drive to Louisville, touring agricultural businesses along the way!
Centrally located, Louisville is intersected by three major interstates, I-65, I-71, and I-64. Two beltways, I-264 (Watterson Expressway) and I-265 (Gene Snyder) that make a ring around the city. The Kentucky Expo Center is located right off of the I-65 and the Watterson Expressway.
Louisville offers a full range of transportation service providers, from public transportation to rental vehicles and everything in between.
Needing to rent a vehicle for the trip? Convention attendees can contact Enterprise or National Car Rental for discounted rates. For Enterprise, go to www.enterprise.com or call 800-593-0505 and provide promo code GA08A02.
Shuttle service schedule to and from the Kentucky Expo Center will State Fairgrounds will be released in mid-August. Shuttle passes will be available through convention registration.
There are nearly 60,000 parking spaces in downtown Louisville. No matter what your destination, you’ll find convenient parking nearby. Choose from garages, surface lots or one of the more than 5,000 on-street spaces.
Many parking meters are two-space meters. Park your car so either the front or back bumper is in line with the meter. Meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 6 PM. This means free parking after 6 PM and all day Sunday! Different restrictions apply to different areas and are clearly marked at the beginning of the restricted area. For more parking tips visit www.louisvilleky.gov/PARC. For a map of garages and surface lots visit www.ldmd.org.
Taxi service is available 24 hours a day. For fast, easy transportation in and around the Greater Louisville area, nothing beats the Transit Authority of River City (TARC), offering bus service throughout the day and evening. TARC also operates Louisville’s historic Toonerville II and Main Street Trolleys, which provide transportation in the downtown area.