Columbus Travel and Transportation

Getting to Columbus

Columbus is within 550 miles, just a one-day drive or one-hour flight, from nearly half of the U.S. population.

Eight airlines and their regional affiliates serve John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). Major carriers (in order of most flights) are: Southwest, American, Delta and United. Air Canada, Frontier, OneJet, Spirit Airlines and Alaska Airlines (beginning March 2019) also service John Glenn International. More than 150 daily flights depart CMH to 42 destinations nonstop. In 2017, the newly renovated CMH served 7.5 million passengers.

Flight Map_Nov2018

Five highways run through the city, including two major interstate highways, 70 and 71, making it easy to get to the city from any direction when driving.

Getting to Downtown Columbus

John Glenn International is just 10 minutes from downtown and traveling between the airport and downtown is easy, with a variety of options for doing so. Answers to any questions regarding transportation can be found at the welcome center in baggage claim.

Express bus service runs between John Glenn International, the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) and downtown hotels. The connector stops at baggage claim every 30 minutes and costs $2.75 each way. Tickets can be purchased at a kiosk with credit cards (only) or on-board with cash (only).

Car Service
Traditional taxi service provided by Yellow Cab of Columbus or Orange Cab of Columbus as well as ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber are available at the airport 24 hours a day.

Rental Cars
The following auto rental agencies have check-in counters on the ground floor of an on-site, attached garage at John Glenn International: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

More than 30 charter bus, limousine and shuttle companies can accommodate pre-arranged transportation needs for an individual or groups from the airport to any point in the city.

Getting Around Columbus

It’s easy to explore the city outside of the confines of a meeting with so many accessible transportation options.

On Foot
Columbus offers a safe and walkable convention district for all delegates. From the GCCC, meeting attendees are literally just steps from the Short North Arts District as well as hundreds of hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports, hotels, entertainment and more.

By Bike
Rent a bike and pedal yourself around the city at one of CoGo Bike Share’s more than 30 stations throughout downtown, for just $8 a day. Or, hire someone to do the pedaling for you with E.C.T. Pedicab, in operation most every night for just $1.50/ minute.

By Bus
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) operates bus service in Columbus. The CBUS is a free downtown circulator that runs every 10-15 minutes from the Short North Arts District in the north to the Brewery District/German Village in the south, with stops at many popular downtown locations along the way. For as little as $4.50 a day, hop on COTA’s other routes to explore more of the city and beyond.

Our National Conference, NACAC 2016 was held in Columbus and our attendees loved the city. While we grew and had to extend our block out to the University, we used the CBUS as additional transportation for those attendees now staying a bit further from the center. This allowed us to save on shuttle costs, while also giving our attendees a true image of Columbus.  While this was good, we also appreciated the opportunity to “live like a student” by utilizing the free CBUS for those attendees staying closer to the University.  The CBUS was a great option for NACAC.   

Shannon Burke, CMP, Director of Conference and Meetings, National Association for College Admission Counseling

By Car
In addition to traditional taxis and ride-sharing services, Columbus also offers free trips around downtown in FreeRide Columbus’ open-air golf carts.

More information and a downloadable transportation guide can be found at