Louisville Travel Tips
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.
Convention Housing Shuttle Service
The National FFA Organization has organized a shuttle system from various convention housing hotels in the Louisville area to the Kentucky Exposition Center. Shuttle passes will be available through convention registration. The cost of a shuttle pass is $30 per person. Each person must have a pass to ride the shuttle.
Convention Housing Routes and Schedules:
Shuttle routes subject to change. Final route schedules posted two weeks before convention. Refer shuttle questions to Jim Armbruster.
Fly to Louisville
Louisville International Airport (SDF) is just seven miles (10 minutes) from downtown and less than a mile from the Kentucky Exposition Center, where the majority of FFA convention activities take place. The airport offers more than 85 daily flights from five major airline brands with non-stop service to 24 U.S. destinations and convenient connections to cities worldwide. For current flight information, visit www.FlyLouisville.com.
Also consider flying to Indianapolis (two hours north of Louisville), Cincinnati (90 minutes northwest), Nashville (two and one-half hours south) or Chicago (four hours north). You could fly in, rent a car and drive to Louisville, touring agricultural businesses along the way!
Louisville Ground Transportation
Louisville offers a full range of transportation service providers, from public transportation to rental vehicles and everything in between.
Drive to Louisville
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 Exposition Center is located right off of the I-65 and the Watterson Expressway.
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 XZ08140.
Teachers attending the convention need to use the code XZ08140 and enter the letters NAT when prompted by Enterprise.com
Downtown Louisville Parking
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.
Meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This means free parking everyday after 6 p.m. 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.
Louisville Public Transportation
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.