By Air

Columbus is served by Port Columbus International Airport,, located about 10 miles northeast of downtown.  Principal passenger airlines going in and out of Port Columbus are American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways.  The closest alternative is Dayton, which is a little over an hour away.  

Transportation from Port Columbus is by taxi, rental car or hotel shuttle.  Columbus's bus system, COTA ( also has a stop at the airport.  A cab from the airport to downtown Columbus takes approximately 15-20 minutes with a fare of about $25.  Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty have locations at the airport.  Travel by car to most parts of the city and most suburbs takes half an hour or less except at peak traffic times. 

By Car

Columbus is easy to reach by car from nearly anywhere.  Two major interstate highways -- I-71 and I-70 -- intersect in Columbus, so travelers arriving from the east and west generally arrive via I-70 and travelers coming from the north and south come in via I-71.   US 23 runs straight through town, and is a route favored by travelers coming in from the northwest or south part of the state.  Once in the area, I-270, the outerbelt, rings the city and is the route of choice for suburban destinations. 

By Bus

Columbus's bus terminal is located downtown, a few blocks from the center of the city.