The Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is the largest, most accessible airport serving Columbus, OH. Port Columbus is located approximately 6 miles east of downtown Columbus and 10 miles east OSU via I-670.
Once at Port Columbus, there are numerous options for getting downtown or onto campus:
- Numerous car rental companies are on site.
- COTA, the local bus, servicing from Port Columbus to anywhere in the city.
- Airport shuttles run every 20 minutes, servicing downtown Columbus.
- You’ll find plenty of taxis waiting for you at the airport, no need to reserve in advance.
I-70 runs east-west through Ohio and the center of Columbus, while I-71 runs north-south through Ohio, passing through Columbus. Columbus’s outer belt, I-270, makes getting around the city, as well as to and from the airport, quite simple. I-71 South from Cleveland (2.5 hours); US-23 South from Toledo (2.5 hours); I-70 East from Indianapolis (3 hours); I-70 West from Pittsburgh (3.5 hours); I-71 North from Cincinnati (2 hours).
Columbus is accessible by Greyhound Bus Lines from multiple cities and by MegaBus directly from Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
The Greyhound station is located in downtown Columbus at 111 East Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Take a taxi or the COTA bus to the OSU campus or your hotel.
The MegaBus has two stop locations: Downtown Columbus at the northwest corner of the intersection of Nationwide Blvd. and High Street. The OSU campus stop is located at the Ohio Union building 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210.
The Ohio State University is located about 3 miles directly north of downtown Columbus. The main areas of downtown you may want to visit are the Short North, the Arena District and German Village. The Arena District and Short North are walkable between each other. German Village sits on the south side of downtown Columbus somewhat separate from the other areas of town. Outlying towns such as Grandview, Dublin, Worthington and the Easton area are worth exploring if you have the time. All are located between 10-15 minutes from downtown.
Taxis are plentiful but you will want to call one a few minutes in advance:
CABS is the OSU campus bus system that will get you just about anywhere you want to go on campus and the immediate neighborhoods. Everyone is welcome aboard, no ID or pass is needed. The CABS Handivan can transport those with disabilities around the campus area. Call (614) 292-6202 to schedule a ride with the Handivan.
Handy Bikes Bike Rental
2489 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
Close to campus, renting a bike from Handy Bikes will allow you to explore downtown Columbus, campus, and the Olentangy River Greenway Bike Trail.
Mountain/Trail Bike: $25 per half day, $45 per day
Hybrid/Comfort Bike: $25 per half day, $45 per day
Tandem Bike: $45 per half day, $90 per day