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You’d have to shell out a lot of money for a last-minute trip to the Kentucky Derby. See prices

Are you planning a trip to Churchill Downs this weekend? Between Kentucky Derby tickets, a hotel stay, and gas, you may end up spending more than usual.

The 150th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday and contenders include Dornoch, Sierra Leone, Mystik Dan and more. Only two of the 20 horses competing in this year’s Derby were not born in Kentucky.

Along with the high prices in the US for food and alcoholic beverages, travelers in the Bluegrass State can expect to pay more for fuel. Average gas prices in Louisville are $3.528 per gallon compared to $3.276 a month ago, and Lexington has also seen an increase.

Derby tickets cost more than $8,000 on Ticketmaster, but you can get lucky and snag a general admission ticket for closer to $320. Last year, StubHub had some general admission tickets for $75.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking for last-minute lodging in Louisville this weekend.

Lodging prices in Louisville for Derby weekend

Many hotels in the Louisville area don’t have availability, but here’s what you can expect to pay for available rooms if you check in on Saturday evening and check out on Sunday:

  • Holiday Inn Express: Louisville Airport Expo Center: $683 to $799 per night before taxes and fees (price depends on membership status and cancellation policy chosen) for 1 king bed.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown: $1,129 per night for a king bed, or $1,081 with membership discount.

  • The Galt House Hotel: $1,999 per night before taxes and fees for a room with two queen beds.

  • The Bellwether Hotel: $951 per night for a king room.

  • Home2Suites by Hilton Downtown NuLu: $829 per night for a room with two queen beds.

Prices for available rooms at various hotels in Louisville ranged from $185 to $1,980 for last year’s Derby.

If you’re looking for an alternative experience to traditional hotels, these Airbnbs will be available starting Tuesday, May 4-5:

  • “Parkside Path – Iroquois Park:” This one-bedroom, one-bathroom house costs $422, including fees, before taxes, for Saturday evening.

  • “1 bedroom oasis in Clifton:” This first floor unit sleeps two guests and is listed for $445, including fees, before taxes.

  • “Charming Highlands apartment for Derby:” This two-bedroom apartment sleeps up to six people, the listing says, and costs $599 per night, including fees, before taxes.

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