Blue Grass Airport
Lexington's Blue Grass Airport (LEX) has an evocative name that chimes with the proud history of the Kentucky area. Southern hospitality is the order of the day in the friendly and efficient service of the airport, located just four miles (6.5km) outside the city of Lexington. A small regional airport, you won't find flights to Blue Grass Airport from international destinations: instead, you can choose from commuter flights operating to and from Chicago, Atlanta and Houston. Processing just over a million passengers a year, the airport is a warm and welcoming gateway to the charms of the state of Kentucky - which include bluegrass music, bourbon whiskey, and the famous horse race, The Kentucky Derby. A highly recommended activity for when you're waiting for your flight is to visit the Paddock Gallery on the first level, and browse through the beautifully framed paintings and prints of past Kentucky Derby winners. Prints can be bought, and make good souvenirs for loved ones back home.
The airport is located four miles (about 7km) outside Lexington, Kentucky.
Getting to the city
There is an express bus service (Route 21) into downtown Lexington offered by LexTran, stopping at the Transit Centre in Vine Street. The bus operates on weekdays, 6am to 6pm, from a curbside pick-up area.
Local time is GMT -5 (GMT -4 between 13 March and 6 November)
(859) 425 3100
There are plenty of car hire agencies at the airport, including major brands like Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. The rental car offices are located in the baggage claim area on the first level of the terminal building.
There are taxis available outside the terminal building, by the exit of the baggage claim area. Average meters start at $2.50 and run $2.50 per mile (1.2km) for up to four passengers - so a typical fare to downtown Lexington would be about $12.50.
Airport facilities include ATMs, public telephones, children's play areas, a first aid station, information centre, lost and found, postal and FedEx drop boxes, gift stores and newsstands, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, an executive lounge, conference facilities, and welcome centre.
Parking is free for the forst 30 minutes in all lots, then charged at $2 for the first hour and $1 per subsequent hour. Short-term parking has a daily maximum of $14, long-term parking has a daily maximum of $11, and economy parking has a daily rate of $8. Valet parking is available for $13 per day.
You can get flights to Blue Grass Airport on a number of national carriers, including Continental, Delta, United Express, US Airways and AirTran. Direct flights are available to and from Orlando, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Charlotte and New York.
Free wifi is available throughout the terminal.
There is an Executive Lounge located on the third level of Concourse B, with computer terminals, photocopying and fax services, telephones and flat-screen TVs. Non-club members can use the lounge for a $5 fee. There are also meeting facilities (with audio-visual equipment) available in The Club Lounge.
Blue Grass Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.