Why You Should Take a Flight to Louisville
Home of the Kentucky Derby and birthplace of Muhammad Ali, Louisville is a great place for a vacation even if you are not a fan of horseracing or boxing.
Renowned as one of the friendliest cities in the US, Louisville has museums, historic neighborhoods, wonderful parks and plenty of places to relax with a mint julep.
When to Book Flights to Louisville
If you want to visit Louisville during the Kentucky Derby Festival then book well in advance – the city is packed to the rafters for the two-week jamboree, which climaxes with America’s biggest horse race on the first weekend in May.
The summer is peak season and the city is extra busy in August for the Kentucky State Fair. It can also get very hot and sticky at this time of year.
Winters in Louisville can get cold and there is the chance of snow between December and February, there are fewer visitors at this time of year.
The most pleasant time to visit is in spring or fall when the weather is mild. If you travel in spring be sure to remember that the derby festival begins in late April. Louisville’s parks are a picture during fall and September is bourbon heritage month.
How to Find the Best Flight Deals to Louisville
It is not hard to find a flight to Louisville, and there are plenty of ways to find a bargain when you book with Orbitz.
Planning ahead is essential if you want to visit during the Kentucky Derby Festival or during the Kentucky State Fair but booking well in advance is a good way to get a cheap flight at any time of the year.
Flexibility is also important. You can use the ‘Show flexible dates’ button to compare the cost of flights on different days.
Using the ‘Nearby airports’ option under the departure and arrival points allows you to look at flights to and from different destinations. Indianapolis International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Blue Grass Airport are less than two hours from Kentucky by car.
You can filter results using the buttons on the left of the search results screen or by clicking ‘Show options’. You can list flights by price, duration and time of day, search for specific ticket types, compare connecting and direct flights and search by airline.
US Departures to Louisville
Optimal flight times from US cities to Louisville, Kentucky include:
Main Airports in Louisville
Louisville Regional Airport (SDF) sits just to the south of central Louisville. It handles more than 3 million passengers a year and there are flights to dozens of cities all round the US. There is a local feel to some of the shops and bars which specialize in bourbon whiskey.
A cab into the city center takes just 15 minutes and costs $30. There are also buses from the east of the terminal to different locations around the city.
There are nine rental car companies at the airport, their offices are located on the lower level near baggage claim.
Which Airlines Fly to Louisville?
Among the airlines operating flights to Louisville, Kentucky are:
- Allegiant Air
- American Eagle
- Delta Air Lines
- Southwest Airlines
How to Get to and Around Louisville
Buses run by Transit Authority of River City (TARC) operate around Louisville, with a fleet of electric vehicles operating in the city center. You need the exact fare as the buses do not give change. Some suburban areas are not well served and it is easier to take a taxi or Uber.
There are cycle routes around the city of you want to explore using pedal power.
The best way for getting around Kentucky is to hire a car. There is plenty of metered parking in the city center and a vehicle gives you the freedom to explore outside the city.
What Are the Must-Sees in Louisville?
The Kentucky Derby Festival is an unmissable two-week party that culminates with the biggest horse race in the country on the first weekend in May at Churchill Downs. Other events include the gigantic Thunder Over Louisville fireworks display and balloon and steamboat races on the Ohio River. If you can’t make it during the festival itself there is always the Kentucky Derby Museum.
The Muhammad Ali Center celebrates the life and achievements of Louisville’s most famous son, a black man born during the era of racial segregation who rose to become an international sporting and cultural icon.
Louisville is famous for its parks, many of which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of Central Park. These open spaces have miles of bike and walking trails and are particularly beautiful in fall.
Tips and Tricks for Traveling in Louisville
Take home a bottle of bourbon – there is no shortage of places to stock up on Kentucky’s most famous export and you can tour the distilleries.
On the first Friday of the month there is a gallery hop in the city center with a free bus ferrying visitors from venue to venue on Main and Market Streets.