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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. 

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) has been named one of the best airports for passenger experience, earning the 2020 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award for Best Airport by Size and Region. John Glenn International is dedicated to making the airport experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Major carriers that service serve John Glenn International are: Air Canada, Alaska, American Airlines, Breeze, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United, and Vacation Express.

In 2022, John Glenn International served more than 7.75 million passengers. Currently, more than 150+ daily flights depart CMH to 50+ destinations nonstop.​

Columbus Flight-Drive Map - 2024

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.

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. Average rideshare from the airport to downtown is typically $25.

Rental Cars
For traditional car rentals, follow the purple signs in the terminal to the arrivals level, and take a short shuttle ride to our new rental car center. The following are available at John Glenn International: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

More than 50 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 Your Own Schedule
Columbus offers safe and walkable districts for all visitors. From the Greater Columbus Convention Center and headquarter hotels, attendees are across the street from a brewery as well as hundreds of local galleries, shops, dining, and nightlife in the Short North Arts District. Just a couple streets down, visitors can find quick-service dining at the North Market and numerous sports and entertainment venues in the Arena District.

For more environmentally friendly options, CoGo offers 365 bikes available for rent at 46 stations throughout downtown Columbus, for just $8/day, while Bird, Lyft, Lime, and Spin allow customers to locate and rent motorized electric scooters via an app for just $0.15/minute. Or, hire someone to do the pedaling for you with E.C.T. Pedicab, in operation most nights for $1.50/minute.

On a Fixed Route
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) operates bus services in Columbus for as little as $4.50 a day, hop on COTA’s routes to explore more of the city and beyond.

A downloadable transportation guide can be found here.