Parking & Transportation

Parking & Transportation


All parking at Churchill Downs is sold in advance and is reserved for Kentucky Derby weekend.


Churchill Downs has developed a new plan for taxi cab and bus drop-off and pick-up of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Day patrons.

The revised Derby and Oaks transportation plan includes:

  • The new Bus Depot, located immediately outside of Gate 1, provides an expanded footprint for the unloading and loading of buses transporting patrons to-and-from parking lots at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the Kentucky Exposition Center and shuttle locations in downtown Louisville.
  • The new Taxi Depot, located adjacent to the Wagner's Pharmacy building at 4th and Central, will be available for pick-up and drop-off of patrons at peak times on Derby and Oaks Days. The new location is an approximate four-to-five minute walk for patrons exiting from Gates 1 and 17, but only seconds from the infield entrance at Gate 3.
  • Widening of the Pedestrian Walkway area along Central Avenue through which patrons will move to-and from the Taxi Depot and other parking near Churchill Downs.

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Gates open at 8 a.m. First post is 10:30 a.m.
Kentucky Oaks at 5:45 p.m. Kentucky Derby at 6:24 p.m.

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Parking & Shuttles

If you plan to drive to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days, you should be aware that all parking at Churchill Downs is sold in advance and is reserved.

Remote parking is available at these locations only a few blocks from Churchill Downs (NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED, PAY DAY OF EVENT):

  • Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium parking: $15
  • Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center parking: $8
Both parking locations listed above parking areas are within walking distance of the track, but Miller Transportation offers round-trip shuttle service to and from Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days. Pick ups and drop offs begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. both days. Service is ADA accessible.

Round-trip shuttle prices vary by location:

  • Shuttle from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium: $15
  • Shuttle from downtown Louisville:  $20
  • Shuttle from Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center: $15


Xtreme Transportation, the preferred Limousine service of Churchill Downs, is one of the largest providers of private and executive transportation in the Louisville, Kentucky/Southern Indiana area. Xtreme Transportation has a wide range of vehicles to meet your needs, large and small, from Sedans to SUV's, Vans, Limousines and Buses. Xtreme Transportation is a proud member of the National Limousine Association and the Kentucky Limousine Association, and was voted Kentuckiana's #1 chauffered transportation provider the last three years running. Let us serve you today! Contact for information and pricing, or call directly at (812) 246-2235. For more information, please visit

Miller Transportation provides shuttle transportation to and from downtown Louisville and to and from remote parking areas on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days. Shuttle buses drop off Derby and Oaks guests at Churchill Downs' main clubhouse gate, Gate 17. This is a very convenient way to get to the track, but a word of caution: lines for buses after the races can be long. Miller also provides charter, minibus, and shuttle van transportation. For more information, prices and schedules visit Miller Transportation online at

Taxi Service

Taxi service is available from downtown Louisville and sites around the city. Please note that taxi lines after the races can be long! Yellow Cab is the Official Cab Company of Churchill Downs.

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