Bourbon Distillery Tour Transportation

Planning a trip along the bourbon trail and to Buffalo Trace Distillery is exciting but the number of options available to you online can be overwhelming.  While some guests prefer planning their own bourbon country experience, others prefer to enlist a professional to manage all the moving parts and provide transportation to allow for an additional layer of responsibility during your visits to Distilleries.  

Read on for our tips to selecting a quality transportation partner.

Finding a Transportation Service

When choosing to book with a third-party transportation company, properly vetting them is crucial to ensuring you understand what you are paying for and that, ultimately, you have a the best possible  experience. 

When properly vetting a Bourbon Country transportation partner, it is important to look for the following things before committing to payment or entering into an agreement:

  • Online presence
    • Website
      • Professionally maintained and free of errors/typos
      • List of vehicle and package options
    • Review Sites (Trip Advisor, Google, Yelp)
      • How do their clients/customers rate them?
      • How do the owners respond to feedback?
      • Absence from these platforms should be a red flag
    • Do they only “sell” their packages on third-party sites like Viator, TripAdvisor, etc.
  • Transparency in fees (e.g., do they publicize that Buffalo Trace Distillery offers “complimentary” experiences?)
  • Are they licensed and insured, registered with Secretary of State, DOT, and BBB?  Do they provide information about these licenses and insurance policies?
    • Do they offer vehicle maintenance records?
    •  Do they own their vehicles?
    • Do they meet or exceed all state and federal laws regarding safety, insurance coverages, vehicle maintenance and annual inspections? 

If you have doubts or questions about a potential transportation company, please feel free to reach out to the Distillery at  We’d be happy to provide any additional information that we may have, including our knowledge about, and previous experience in dealing with, the company at question if applicable.  

No transportation companies are authorized to advance book and sell reservation spots to Buffalo Trace Distillery.  We do have working relationships with transportation companies that have a proven track record of best-in-class business practices including safety, ethics, and pricing.  

Directions and Parking


113 Great Buffalo Trace Frankfort, KY 40601


For directions to and around the distillery,use the Google Maps link below and/or refer to the adjacent parking map.

Our Visitor Parking Lot opens at 8:00am EST (Monday-Saturday) and 10:30am EST (Sunday).

Guests should enter via our main entrance at 113 Great Buffalo Trace and follow signs to the Visitor Parking Lot.  Please do not use the Truck Entrance located at the traffic light/Fair Oaks Lane.

Parking is limited and we recommend carpooling when possible.  Guests traveling with large vehicles (charter bus, RV, truck with trailer, etc.) should email for special instructions.


  • The calendar will open at 10:00am EST weekly on Wednesday’s via our reservations webpage.  Our reservation calendar has dates released up to 8 weeks in the future and there is a running list of dates on the reservation site for upcoming release windows.  If you do not see availability for the date you wish to visit, from the calendar page, please click the Get on the Waitlist button.

  • Set a reminder to be on the reservation site a few minutes before10:00 am EST

Please click the Get on the Waitlist button on our reservations webpage.  If space opens, our reservations team will contact you to fill those spots via email and/or text based on the information you entered on the waitlist.  Please only enter your information once.

We do offer complimentary tasting opportunities throughout the day, if you do not have a guided tour reservation.  We do not pre-book these experiences. For more details, please check in at the welcome center upon arrival.

  • Our Gift Shop is open daily, and no reservation is required to shop.  However, all guests should still check-in at our Freehouse Welcome Center for ID check and wristbands.
  • Our state Gift Shop license allows us to sell a portion of our award-winning bourbon portfolio in the Distillery Gift Shop including Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, EH Taylor Jr. Small Batch, Blanton’s Single Barrel, Weller Special Reserve, and Sazerac Rye.  These products are also in short supply and as such, are not available every day in our Gift Shop just as you see with our partner retailers.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot disclose future bottle deliveries. We can only tell you what is on the shelf for the current day. This information is published each morning on our product availability page.
  • Please note that although our bourbons may be available when we open, it is not guaranteed to be in stock when you arrive as it is made available to visitors as they arrive at the Distillery and we are not able to pre-sell or hold these products.

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No, but registration is recommended to guarantee a spot. Our Visit Us page will describe the tour opportunities and allow you to reserve a spot.

The Trace Tour is open to visitors of all ages. All other tours are open to guests that are 12 years of age and older and accompanied by an adult. Guests may also utilize our playground facilities daily between 9am and 8pm.

The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are ADA accessible. The Trace Tour is ADA accessible.

Yes, we are proud to partner with Staxx BBQ to offer our Firehouse Sandwich Stop seasonally between April and October.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at our Firehouse Sandwich Stop, located just a short walk away from the Visitor's Center at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The Sandwich Stop opened in the summer of 2010 and is inside of the original distillery firehouse, built in the 1930's. See authentic fire coats and boots once worn by distillery workers in the 50's and 60's when the Firehouse was in full swing at the Distillery and take your picture next to the 1964 Ford fire truck! We are able to take preorders for groups of 10 to prepare box lunches. 

We are happy to partner with Staxx BBQ to operate the Firehouse Sandwich Stop!

  • Only outdoor seating under an awning is available at the Firehouse Sandwich Stop.

  • Guests are asked to park in our regular visitor parking area when visiting the Firehouse Sandwich Stop.

    Wed & Thu: 11am-2pm
    Fri & Sat: 11am-2:30pm
    Sun: 11am-2pm

Contact the Firehouse Sandwich Stop

(502) 783-5673