Accessible Travel within Columbus
Detailed information about accessible taxi services, accessible public transportation, and other methods of travel are outlined in detail within the ACPA17 Accessibility Guide.
The John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is located approximately seven miles (11.25 km) from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and our Convention Hotels. The airport provides service to almost all major airline hubs in the United States. Columbus supports a variety of airlines including: Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United.
The airport is easily accessible to downtown in a variety of ways.
AirConnect, a bus run by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), offers an express shuttle from the airport that runs every 30 minutes ($2.75 USD Express fare, approximately 20 minute transit time picks up 6:00am and 9:00pm 7 days a week).
If you would rather take a taxi (approximately $25 USD fare, approximate 10-15 minute drive), or utilize a ride share company (approximately $15 USD fare, approximate 10-15 minute drive), they are available at the airport. If taking a ride share service from the airport, be sure to note the special “Ride Share” pick-up zone in the terminal. This is directly across from the regular car pick-up lane.
The Columbus Ohio Bus Station is located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and is serviced by Greyhound affiliated bus lines. Columbus is also served by regional bus service Baron’s Bus.
Columbus is accessible by car via major interstate highways, including, I-70 and I-71. (As of this posting) Parking is available at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for a $12 USD special rate for Convention attendees.
Travel While In Columbus
Public Transportation: The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides local bus service throughout the Greater Columbus area. You can plan your trip using COTA with the trip planning services on their website. The local/crosstown fare is $2 USD per trip ($2.75 USD Express fare from the airport to downtown).
The FREE CBus Circulator
COTA runs a free bus (CBus) that circulates every 10-15 minutes through the Arena District (the Convention Center) Short North, Victorian village, German Village and Brewery District. This will allow you easy access to all of the best restaurants in Columbus. The CBus drivers are delightfully helpful and will send you in the right direction if you ask for an assist.
Uber or Lyft
Ride share companies such as Uber and Lyft offer quick and easy access to all of the best spots in Columbus. To learn more, check out their mobile apps.
While both Uber and Lyft are available in greater Columbus, OH region, neither services is currently offering guaranteed accessible services. Therefore, the convention planning team does not recommend the use of Uber or LYFT for those attendees with significant mobility impairments.
While not necessary to travel around Columbus, car rentals are also available for pick-up at the airport and include companies such as: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and more.
If you hope to visit parts of Columbus by car, various parking options exist within the downtown area including street parking, surface lots, and garages.
CoGo is Columbus’ bike transit system. CoGo provides residents and visitors convenient access to bicycles on-demand at 46 stations locations in the downtown Columbus area. CoGo serves as both a transportation and recreational amenity offering its customers convenient, fun and affordable transit rentals. For $8 you can rent a bike for 24 hours access it on demand at any of the 46 stations.
Want to learn more about traveling to Columbus? Request a free travel guide to be mailed your way by visiting Let’s Tour Ohio’s website. Or ask at registration we will have information available for you and recommendations as well
Hoping to extend your trip and visit other nearby destinations after Convention? Not a problem! Build in visits to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, or Louisville–all within approximately a 3-hour drive or less from Columbus.
*all photos courtesy of Experience Columbus