Tickets On Sale Now for Academic Break Charter Bus Service

University of Kentucky Transportation Services: Transportation E-newsletter

October 1, 2018

Tickets On Sale Now for Academic Break Charter Bus Service

Ticket sales are now open for charter bus service for the Thanksgiving and Winter academic breaks. This service—formerly known as Ride Home Express—is now being offered through BreakShuttle, in cooperation with UK Transportation Services.

The BreakShuttle service enables students, faculty and staff to take a charter bus from campus to their hometowns and other destinations during major academic breaks. This service stops at numerous cities along three routes: Atlanta, Chicago and Cleveland.

The three routes' final destinations are the same as in prior years, although a few of the drop-off stops (Louisville, Cincinnati and Florence) have been eliminated. Below are the routes with their drop-off cities:

Atlanta Route

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Kennesaw, GA

Chicago Route

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Merrillville, IN
  • Naperville, IL

Cleveland Route

  • Dayton, OH
  • Columbis, OH
  • Mansfield, OH
  • Medina, OH

BreakShuttle’s service is scheduled to depart from Kroger Field on the last day of classes before each break and to return the final Sunday of each break. The BreakShuttle website allows people to purchase one-way tickets, so those interested in a return trip will also need to purchase the return trip option.

For the Thanksgiving academic break, the charter buses are scheduled to depart Kroger Field at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and return to campus on Sunday, Nov. 25. Winter Break buses are set to depart on December 14, and return on Jan. 6, 2019. Spring break buses are scheduled to leave on March 8 and return on March 17, 2019.

More information about schedules, prices, and links to purchase tickets, can be found here.

UK Transportation Services also provides free campus shuttle service to Kroger Field on the day the charter buses are scheduled to leave. Registration is required and can be done online. Shuttle pick-up locations and times can be found here. Those returning to Lexington from Thanksgiving break will be able to take the Yellow Route (#27) back to campus on Sunday, Nov. 25.

BreakShuttle is the nation’s largest provider of college break transportation services and contracts with fully insured and compliant charter companies. BreakShuttle is wholly owned by Wells + Associates, a transportation consultancy company. For more information about BreakShuttle, visit their website.

Students who plan to travel by air during upcoming academic breaks can also take advantage of a separate service offered through UK Transportation Services. Airport Shuttle Buses are provided free-of-charge from campus to Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Louisville International Airport (SDF) and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). More details about Airport Bus Shuttles can be found here.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to tune into 1700 AM (WQKH 253) to hear campus parking and transportation information. The station broadcasts 24 hours, 7 days a week.