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Traveling over Thanksgiving Break? You have options

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2022) — Let’s talk turkey. If you’re planning to travel home or elsewhere over Thanksgiving Break, you have at least two good options to get from campus to where you want to go: BreakShuttle and free regional airport shuttles.

University of Kentucky Transportation Services is offering both travel options for students again this academic year. Choose the one that works best for you.


BreakShuttle is a charter bus service that enables students, staff and faculty to take a bus from campus to their hometowns and other destinations during major academic breaks. The company contracts with UK Transportation Services to provide this service, offering transportation for students who prefer not to fly or who need a last-minute, comfortable ride home.

Tickets are now on sale for Thanksgiving Break along the following routes:

UK to Atlanta, with stops in:

  • Knoxville, Tennessee;
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee; and
  • Kennesaw, Georgia.

UK to Chicago, with stops in:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Merrillville, Indiana; and
  • Naperville, Illinois.

UK to Medina, Ohio, with stops in:

  • Dayton, Ohio, and
  • Columbus, Ohio.

The buses are scheduled to depart from Kroger Field 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. The boarding area is in the Kroger Field Green Lot, between gates two and three.

BreakShuttle buses will return to campus after Thanksgiving Break on Sunday, Nov. 27.

For specific trip, price and route information, visit BreakShuttle’s official UK page and sign up for email alerts and discounts.

Free regional airport shuttles

Students who plan to travel by air this Thanksgiving can take advantage of free regional airport shuttles, offered by UK Transportation Services, with funding assistance from the Student Transportation Council.

Free transportation to and from Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Louisville International Airport (SDF) and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is available to both students and staff, just by signing up. The shuttles leave from and return to Kroger Field.

Registration is now open for Thanksgiving Break. Airport shuttles are scheduled to depart at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, from gate six at Kroger Field, and return at noon and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

More details about airport shuttles can be found here.

If you have questions about your travel options, please email or call 859-257-5757.

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