How to Get to Lexington


Blue Grass Airport (map) is a medium-sized regional airport which has service from all of the major American carriers and daily non-stop service to at least 13 cities. It deposits passengers directly adjacent to Keeneland Race Course and just a few miles from downtown. There is express bus service by LexTran, once per hour from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. All major brands of car rental agencies have service here, and taxis and hotel shuttles are plentiful. International facilities including customs are available, but no carriers operate scheduled international flights; most passengers will go through customs in a connecting airport. Louisville (map) or Cincinnati (map), are larger airports, each about 1.5 hours drive from Lexington. 


Travellers usually access Lexington via one of the two major interstates that arc around the northern and eastern borders of the city.

I-64 runs from east to west, connecting Lexington with the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville, to the west. I-75 runs north-south, connecting Lexington with Cincinnati and Knoxville respectively. Neither interstate penetrates into the city.

New Circle Road (State Route 4) forms a complete circle around the city with most major streets radiating from downtown in a hub-and-spoke pattern. New Circle Road, an early experiment in urban circumferential expressways, was first built before current zoning rules, so that about 1/4 of it is developed with commercial usage, while the rest is 55-mph freeway with on/off ramps. The major roads often change names depending on which surrounding county seat they lead to.

The Lexington area is also served by the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway, starting near Versailles and ending at I-65 in Elizabethtown, and the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, which starts just east of Lexington and provides access to the Appalachian region.


The Greyhound station is on New Circle Road on the north side of town, ten minutes from downtown.

The nearest passenger train service is Amtrak's Cardinal, with stations in Maysville, and Cincinnati, Ohio.