Lexington Blue Grass Airport Guide

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Blue Grass Airport

4000 Terminal Dr, Lexington, KY 40510, USA
Phone +1 859-425-3100

Blue Grass Airport serves as the primary airport for Lexington, the second-largest city in Kentucky and the heart of an area known as the Bluegrass region. Upon approach to the small airport, passengers are treated to a green patchwork of horse farms below, many of which are home to famous thoroughbreds. Although the beautiful setting feels rural, LEX is only a 15-minute drive from downtown Lexington.

Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport is small, friendly, and mostly efficient in handling the more than 1.3 million passengers who pass through annually. With only one main terminal and two connected concourses, you probably won’t be scrambling to reach your gate on time. Unsurprisingly, most of the airport's departures are bound for larger hubs such as Atlanta (Delta), Charlotte (American), and Dallas-Fort Worth (American).

Blue Grass Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information

Know Before You Go

Blue Grass Airport is shaped like the letter “L” with only two concourses that are connected: Concourse A and the larger Concourse B. The airlines serviced by each concourse are:

  • Concourse A: United and Allegiant
  • Concourse B: Delta, American, and Allegiant

Ticketing, check-in, baggage claim, and security are all located on the ground level. After clearing security, passengers proceed upstairs to the second level where turning right leads to Concourse A or angling left leads to Concourse B. All choices for eating and drinking are found on the second level.

Even when extra busy, LEX is pleasantly functional and long lines tend to move steadily. The airport’s compact layout means you won’t have to run far for your gate even if you’re delayed at security.

Parking Options

Blue Grass Airport has three options for parking: short-term, long-term, and valet. The short- and long-term parking options are relatively affordable compared to other airports. Long-term parking is the first large lot on the left when driving toward the terminal. Short-term parking is on the second left and includes the parking garage. Hold on to your ticket given at the automated gate or you’ll be charged for a full day!

Parking at LEX is free in both lots for the first 30 minutes. If waiting longer for a passenger, you can use the small Cell Phone Waiting Lot. Look for the pull-off on the right side of Terminal Drive facing the runway.

Driving Directions

From downtown Lexington, take West High Street until it turns into Versailles Road (US-60). Continue west for around six miles to the edge of the city. Turn left onto Man-O-War Boulevard (opposite the entrance to Keeneland) then take the first right onto Terminal Drive and follow signs toward the terminal.

Public Transportation and Taxis

A taxi may be available outside the terminal, but most passengers arriving into Blue Grass Airport opt to use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. Many of the major hotels in town offer free transfers; check with them first. You can use the courtesy phones at Baggage Claim to contact hotels.

Lextran operates a bus from Blue Grass Airport to the Downtown Transit Center on East Vine Street in downtown Lexington. Look for bus #8 (Green Route) at a designated location outside the airport. Although the bus is the slowest transportation option, rides are only $1.

Where to Eat and Drink

If possible, eat in one of Lexington’s top restaurants before arriving at the airport. LEX airport only has two options for dining. All choices for eating and drinking in the airport are on the second level, just past security.

  • Bourbon Library & Restaurant (10 a.m.–last flight): This restaurants offers Southern cuisine and an extensive selection of bourbon.
  • Sir Veza’s Kitchen and Kantina (noon–6 p.m.): Come here for Mexican cuisine, soups, and salads.

For coffee and breakfast sandwiches, a Dunkin’ is open from the early morning hours until the last morning flight.

Where to Shop

Again, do your serious shopping before arriving at the airport. Lexington has plenty of great options for shopping around the city.

On the ground floor of LEX, you’ll find Blue Grass Marketplace for magazines and last-minute souvenirs. For a nicer gift, the Paddock Gallery next door sells photographs and paintings of scenes from around the Bluegrass region.

Once past security, there’s another magazine and news shop (LEX News & Gifts) along with the Cork & Barrel, your last chance to purchase a bottle of Kentucky bourbon before flying out.

How to Spend Your Layover

With Blue Grass Airport being so small and easy to reenter, you may as well exit if the weather is nice. The highly enjoyable Aviation Museum of Kentucky is only a half-mile (10-minute walk) down Airport Road from the passenger area at LEX. Noteworthy civilian and military aircraft are on display, both indoors and on the tarmac.

If you have more time, consider popping across Versailles Road to have a look around the landscaped grounds at Keeneland. Visitors are welcome to appreciate the beautiful property even outside of the three-week racing meets in April and October. With a little luck, you may get to see some of Kentucky’s famous thoroughbreds!

Airport Lounges

The Club at Blue Grass is the airport's only lounge, but it’s comfortable, convenient, and offers complimentary snacks and beverages. Look for the Club at Blue Grass lounge on the third level of the airport. The lounge is free for members of airline clubs belonging to Delta, American Airlines, and United Airlines. For everyone else, a day pass is $15.

Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Wi-Fi access is complimentary throughout the airport; just connect your device and follow instructions.

Charging stations and occasional outlets can be found in both concourses.

Blue Grass Airport Tips and Facts

  • Traffic exiting Keeneland after the races in April and October can exasperate Lexington’s already heavy rush-hour traffic on Versailles Road and Man-o-War Boulevard. Plan a little extra time if heading to the airport in late afternoon during Keeneland’s spring or fall meet.
  • Blue Grass Airport takes its name from the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, an area known for horses and bourbon—both are made stronger by the high mineral content in soil and water.
  • With a population of around 320,000 people, Lexington is the second largest city in Kentucky. Blue Grass Airport is actually the third busiest airport in the state because Cincinnati’s airport (CVG) is located in Kentucky.
  • Lexingtonians like to escape winter: Five of the 15 non-stop routes at Blue Grass Airport are to warmer destinations in Florida!
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Lexington Blue Grass Airport Guide