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About Indianapolis Intl. Airport

The airport which was constructed in 1931 within the boundaries of Indianapolis, the biggest city in the state of Indiana of the United States of America, served Air Forces of the United States of America during the Second World War. The name of the airport, which had been called Indiana Municipal Airport until 1976, was changed to Indianapolis International Airport after this year. The airport terminal building was renewed and expanded first in 1972 and then in 1987. Some sections were rebuilt in 2008 in order to give the terminal building of the airport a new look. Every year, an average of eight and a half million passengers and one million tons of cargo are carried from Indianapolis International Airport.

Getting to the City Center from Indianapolis Intl. Airport

There are many different ways of getting to the city center from Indianapolis International Airport. You can take a taxi, the bus, use a shuttle service, or even share a limousine if you want a luxurious journey. You can also rent a car or take advantage of the shuttle service that might be provided by the hotel you’re staying at.  


There’s a taxi queue right outside arrivals. The taxis have a minimum charge of 15 dollars regardless of where you’re going. If you need to get to a place that’s far away outside the Indianapolis city center then you should discuss the taxi fare in advance with the driver so you avoid paying an unexpected amount. It's also regarded as common courtesy to tip the driver a suitable amount.

Shuttle Service

The Go Express travel agency offers a shuttle service departing every half hour between 08:00 and 23:00 every day. A one-way ticket costs $10. The shuttle services pick up and drop off passengers from the Transfer Center, which is on the first floor of the airport car park. These go directly to the city center and do not stop on the way.

There are also shuttle services organized that go directly to race tracks when there are races going on in Indianapolis, which is known as the car racing capital of the world.

Rent a car

There are 8 different car rental agencies at the Transfer Center, which is on the first floor of the Indianapolis Airport car park. You can hire a car suited to your budget from the wide range of option and reach the city center in less 20 minutes easily by taking the I-70 motorway at the airport exit.


Unlike the shuttle services, the bus is not direct and will often stop to pick up and drop off passengers along the way, especially on Washington Street. It's definitely slower, but the price is $ 1.75, which is the same as the standard bus fare through the city.

This bus line from the airport to the city center has a total 54 stops and the journey takes around 1 hour. If you’re going to use the buses to get around in the city in general then you can get a daily ticket for 4 dollars.

Hotel Service

The airport shuttle services that are offered by hotels in Indianapolis may be by private vehicles or a shuttle bus / minivan. If you make a reservation in advance then you car will be ready upon your arrival. You should reach the city center in no more than 20 minutes.


If you really want a different and comfortable option then you can rent a limousine from one of more than agencies available at the Transfer Center in the airport car park. Limousines can be rented privately or shared.


Last Updated: 24 May 2018
Getting to Indianapolis Intl. Airport from the City Center

Indianapolis International Airport can be easily reached from the city centre by bus, shuttle service, which some hotels provide, or a rented vehicle. You can rely on limousine services for a more luxurious mode of transportation.

You can always find a taxi in the city centre. Regardless of where in the city centre, the taxi fare to the airport is a minimum of 15 dollars. If you are outside of the Indianapolis city centre, you should definitely speak to the taxi driver in advance regarding the fare. You should also remember that it is common to tip taxi drivers.

Shuttle Service

Go Express Travel offers shuttle services every day of the week from 08:00 to 23:00. Shuttle services depart from the city centre directly to Indianapolis International Airport every half an hour. A one-way ticket costs 10 dollars. Indianapolis is the car racing capital of the world, and during car racing events shuttle services are offered between the airport and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Car Rental

There are many car rental companies in the city centre. To reach the airport, drive along the Interstate 70 (I-70) and follow directions. The journey will take approximately 20 minutes in normal traffic conditions.   


Bus route 8 from the city centre to the airport takes around 1 hour. The journey lasts this long because the bus has to stop at 54 different stations on the way. A one-way bus ticket costs 1.75 dollars; a daily ticket costs 4 dollars.

Hotel Shuttle Service

Numerous hotels around the Indianapolis airport, and some of the hotels in the city centre provide airport shuttle services. Some hotels ask for additional charges for airport shuttle services. Find out in advance whether your hotel provides airport transfer services, and whether there are additional costs attached.


You can seek the services of a limousine company if in the lookout for a comfortable journey. For a more affordable option, you can also share the rented limousine. Your hotel can provide you with the contact details of companies that provide limousine services. Ensure to choose a limousine company that has the necessary business license to drop off travelers to Indianapolis International Airport.

Airport Information

Located in the southwest of the city, about 7 miles from the city centre, Indianapolis International Airport is the largest airport in the U.S. state of Indiana. To create a more comfortable environment, there are a number of facilities in the airport, including a spa centre and a hairdresser. There are also many stores, markets, cafes, restaurants, and bars, as well as a lounge spread across the airport. Free wi-fi service is available at the terminal. For further information visit the Indianapolis International Airport website.

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2016

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Which are the alternative airports to Indianapolis Intl. Airport?

You can use Anderson Municipal Airport as an alternative to Indianapolis Intl. Airport.

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Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines fly to Indianapolis Intl. Airport.

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