Ride Home Express

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Transportation Services offers an alternative travel option for students and employees in visiting a variety of destinations. The Ride Home Express will operate at the start and end of the Thanksgiving, winter semester and spring breaks, and will serve 15 cities along three routes. The Ride Home Express will provide reliable, comfortable and affordable transportation on deluxe motor coach buses to and from hometowns or break destinations during the three major academic breaks. The program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines, and faster travel times than other major bus companies.

Riders may bring one large piece of luggage, one small piece of luggage and one carry-on item.

Ticket sales for the 2017-2018 Thanksgiving and Winter Break Ride Home Express will begin at noon on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Dates for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Thanksgiving Break

Depart:      Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Return:      Sunday, November 26, 2017

Winter Break

Depart:      Friday, December 15, 2017
Return:      Sunday, January 7, 2018

Spring Break

Depart:     Friday, March 9, 2018
Return:      Sunday, March 18, 2018

Routes 2017-2018*

  • Atlanta Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF) and Winter Break (PDF)
    (Corbin, KY; Knoxville, Chattanooga, TN; Kennesaw, GA)
  • Chicago Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF), Winter Break (PDF) and Spring Break
    (Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville, IN; Naperville, IL)
  • Cleveland Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF) and Winter Break (PDF)
    (Florence, KY; Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Medina, OH)

Times listed are approximate, and may change based on weather, traffic or other delays.

*In the event that the minimum number of riders is not met, routes or stops along the routes may be eliminated. If the route is eliminated, ticketholders will be refunded in full. If a stop or stops is eliminated, the impacted riders will be contacted and be permitted to choose a new destination for a partial refund or to cancel for a full refund.

Transportation To and From Kroger Field

Transportation Services can provide free transportation to and from Kroger Field for Ride Home Express riders. If you wish to utilize this service, you must fill out the Ride Home Express Shuttle form after you purchase your ticket, no later than two business days prior to shuttle departure.

Purchasing a Ticket

Transportation Services will begin selling tickets for the Thanksgiving and Winter Break Ride Home Express at noon on Thursday, Oct. 5

UK students are able to reserve a round-trip seat via the Web by logging on to the Customer Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. BCTC students are also able to purchase round-trip tickets online with their KCTCS login. Ride Home Express tickets will be available under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. All other riders must purchase their seats from the Transportation Services office in person. One-way fares may only be purchased in person or over the telephone.

Ticket Details

Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination; a complete price list is listed below. Maps are linked to the route or stop name, and will open in a new window.

Transportation Services recommends purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the event that a route sells out, Transportation Services will maintain wait lists. If you are on a wait list, you will be contacted via email when and if an additional bus is added to your preferred route.

Riders will not be able to change their departure or boarding location without notifying Transportation Services staff at ukbuses@lsv.uky.edu and receiving written confirmation of approved location change. Such requests will not be reviewed outside of regular business hours.


Route (Overall Route Map) Stop Location (Individual Map)
Cost
    Round-Trip One-Way
Atlanta Area Route Corbin, KY $55 $30
. Knoxville, TN $95 $50
. Chattanooga, TN $115 $60
. Kennesaw, GA $135 $70
Chicago Area Route Louisville, KY $55 $30
. Indianapolis, IN $95 $50
. Lafayette, IN $115 $60
. Merrillville, IN $135 $70
. Naperville, IL $155 $80
Cleveland Area Route Florence, KY $55 $30
. Cincinnati, OH $65 $35
. Dayton, OH $75 $40
. Columbus, OH $105 $55
. Mansfield, OH $115 $60
. Medina, OH $135 $70

Refund Policy

If a rider must cancel their trip, Transportation Services will refund a percentage of the ticket cost based on the number of days remaining until the departure date. The refund is calculated on a pro-rata basis, as listed below. All refunds are for Thanksgiving are calculated based on a November 22 departure date.

  • 100% if 14 or more days
  • 80% if 8 to 13 days
  • 50% if 1 to 7 days
  • No refund if trip is missed

Still Have Questions?

Visit our Ride Home Express FAQ Page or e-mail UKBuses@lsv.uky.edu.