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Car Rental in Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky Car Hire Guide

Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, is renowned for its historical significance, cultural hubs, and sporting events. From the legendary Kentucky Derby to the urban bourbon scene, the city promises a mix of Southern charm and modern vibrancy. To truly soak in its multifaceted appeal, having your own set of wheels with a hire car is a game-changer. Here's why:

Nearest Airport:
The primary airport serving Louisville is Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF).

  • Distance from SDF to downtown Louisville: Approximately 6 miles, typically a 10-15 minute drive via I-264 E.

While most of Louisville is toll-free, drivers should be aware of tolling on the bridges that connect Louisville to southern Indiana across the Ohio River. These include the Lewis and Clark Bridge (KY 841), Abraham Lincoln Bridge (I-65 North), and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (I-65 South).

Road Conditions:
Louisville's road infrastructure is generally in good shape. However, occasional repairs and maintenance can lead to temporary inconveniences, so it's a good idea to check for any construction updates if you have a fixed schedule.

As with many major cities, Louisville can experience traffic congestion during rush hours. If you're headed to popular events, especially the Kentucky Derby, anticipate significant traffic and plan routes accordingly.

Driving Customs & Rules in Kentucky:

  • Seat Belts: Kentucky law requires all front-seat occupants to wear seat belts. Children under 40 inches tall must be secured in a child restraint system.
  • Cellphone Use: It's illegal for drivers under 18 to use a phone while driving, except in emergencies. Texting while driving is prohibited for all drivers.
  • Alcohol: The legal blood alcohol limit in Kentucky is 0.08%. Always designate a sober driver.

Benefits of Hiring a Car in Louisville:

  • Flexibility: Experience attractions outside the city like the Bourbon Trail at your own pace.
  • Convenience: Visit multiple attractions in a single day without relying on public transport.
  • Economy: For families or groups, hiring a car can be more economical than multiple public transport tickets.

Recommended Attractions & Routes:

  1. Churchill Downs: Home of the Kentucky Derby, it's located just 5 miles from downtown via S 3rd St.
  2. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Located downtown, it's a treat for baseball enthusiasts.
  3. Muhammad Ali Center: A short drive in the downtown area, this museum pays homage to the legendary boxer and Louisville's native son.
  4. Cave Hill Cemetery: About 3 miles from downtown via Baxter Ave, this historic cemetery offers both history and serenity.
  5. Big Four Bridge: Walking the bridge is a treat, but you can drive to its base, park, and then take a stroll for views of the Ohio River.

Louisville is more than just bourbon and horse racing. It's a city with a rich tapestry of history, culture, and modern attractions. By hiring a car, you unlock the freedom to explore this Southern gem intimately, ensuring you leave with memories that last a lifetime. 

Current Rental Rates in Louisville

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.45 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 353.17 EUR from 22/01/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Volkswagen Jetta

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.45 EUR/day
Volkswagen Jetta

7 Days rental at 353.17 EUR from 22/01/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 51.21 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 358.48 EUR from 22/01/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Useful to know about Louisville

  • Trains cross Louisville’s main street causing traffic chaos each time
  • Louisville is a dormitory town for the cities of Canton and Massillon
  • The city is known as the ‘Constitution Town’ on account of its input into the US Constitution
  • Louisville is a very traditional American town with little multicultural influence


Popular car hire destinations in Louisville

Best car rental companies in Louisville

based on 4006 reviews
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No.2: HERTZ,
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Louisville car hire information

  • 8.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Budget US Corporate
  • € 353.15
    Average price:
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  • € 50.45
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  • 4
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  • 24
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Average prices per day in Louisville

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