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Kentucky Derby Week Transportation
Annual events for the Kentucky Derby last an entire week at the famous Churchill Downs racetrack. The historic race draws thousands of visitors from across the world to experience “the fastest two minutes in sports.” Over 150,000 attendees make their way to the track each year, which brings a few traffic concerns to visitors attending in a group. With so many people attending the Derby and related events each year, Churchill Downs and event planners have had to significantly amend parking and transportation policies.
If you’re traveling to Derby events with a large group, renting a private motorcoach to transport everyone to Churchill Downs will help ease the stress of inevitable traffic. GOGO Charters works with some of the most reliable charter bus providers in Louisville and surrounding area to safely and efficiently transport groups to Derby events. We have access to a wide variety of elegant and modern motorcoach models to match the upscale atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby.
Large groups can choose a spacious and fully-loaded charter bus that can comfortably fit up to 56 passengers, while smaller groups have various options of compact minibuses that can accommodate anywhere between 18 passengers to 35 passengers. Travel in comfortable, reclining seats and climate-controlled interiors while a professional driver handles the driving and parking logistics for your group. With a private charter bus and dedicated driver, you can get the festivities started early with on-board WiFi, televisions with DVD players, and a PA or speaker system while traveling to the track.
Every year, Derby Week kicks off with a night filled with cocktails and partying that extends until the day of the Kentucky Derby. If you’re planning a trip into Louisville for the entire week, a charter bus or minibus is an efficient way to get around with a large group. Your group will have a designated driver after an evening of fun during Derby Week’s Opening Night and a day filled with music, and Kentucky hospitality after Thurby.
Groups traveling from out of town will have dedicated transportation throughout their time in Louisville to get everyone to the race track from hotels, restaurants, and other locations. With GOGO Charters, your Derby Week experience doesn’t need to be limited to the track. Easily explore the rest of Louisville before or after the races with your own private charter bus.
Due to the number of vehicles in the area, Churchill Downs generally limits travel on major roads around the track during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. This limits access near the track to vehicles with pre-registered parking passes. All other vehicles must park at the nearby Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and walk to the track or at the Kentucky Exposition Center and take a shuttle to the track. Although these two locations have large lots for numerous vehicles, parking can still be a hassle and subsequently finding space on a shuttle for a large group is often difficult.
Our team of rental experts will help organize parking and transportation logistics for groups traveling to Churchill Downs. On-site parking for buses is generally limited and sells out quickly, so be sure to call us as soon as possible at 502-212-3567 to get the rental process started.
Parking can also get expensive for large groups split into multiple smaller vehicles. With a pre-registered charter bus, your group won’t need to worry about parking multiple cars and then hopping on a shuttle. If your group wants to arrive at the track early for pre-race festivities, a charter bus rental from GOGO Charters will ensure that everyone will arrive in a timely fashion.
Although rideshare services and taxis are often a preferred means of transportation for groups wanting to avoid driving and parking, you may be surprised by how difficult it is to come by alternative travel methods during the Kentucky Derby. Thousands of other visitors usually have the same idea, which can get both confusing and hectic. This causes travel prices to surge exponentially, especially for oversized rideshare vehicles to accommodate larger groups. In the past, groups have experienced doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled fares during this busy time.
Reserving a private charter bus locks you into a secured rate for your entire Louisville and Kentucky Derby trip. That way, you won’t need to worry about finding your rideshare or taxi in a sea of vehicles after the event. Your professional driver will take on the traffic and parking schedule so your group doesn’t have to!
Don’t wait to reserve your private transportation for Derby Week! Our rental experts are here 24/7 to help your group plan your trip to the next Kentucky Derby. We also specialize in other types of trip transportation planning throughout the Southeast, such as weddings, sports trips, business events, and academic trips. Call us at 502-212-3567 to plan your Kentucky travel today!
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