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    Indianapolis Airport parking

    Indianapolis Airport’s parking lots are as expansive as its terminal building, with over 10,000 spaces from which to choose. There is, however, no existing option to pre-book parking.

    Short-term parking

    IND’s five-floor, 2,000-space Terminal Garage facility offers a wealth of short-term options, including a pick-up and drop-off area, electric car charging facilities and priority parking bays that can range from half-hourly to daily rates.

    Given that it is connected to the terminal building by a fully covered and temperature-controlled moving walkway, the Terminal Garage allows passengers to get from their car to their gate in minutes, which is particularly useful if you’re flying on business.

    The Terminal Garage is a multi-story facility with a height restriction of 6.8 feet (2.1 meters) in operation throughout, so it’s a good idea to double-check the height of your vehicle before setting off.

    Park and Walk

    IND’s open-air Park and Walk facility is ideal for passengers who want to enjoy the convenience of parking close to the terminal while also saving a bit of spending money for the trip ahead. Developed as part of Indianapolis Airport’s research into efficiency and sustainability, the Park and Walk lot is just an eight-minute walk from the terminal along well-lit and signed paths. To further increase affordability, this lot does not have a shuttle service, so it is perhaps best-suited to those who are away for a few days and traveling light, whether that’s in terms of luggage, budget or both.

    Long-term parking

    IND’s most affordable option and an ideal choice for those traveling with family or heavy bags is the 8,000-capacity Economy Lot, where a fleet of complimentary shuttle buses make the 10-minute trip between the lot and the terminal entrance every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.

    As part of the security features of parking in the Economy Lot at IND, your car is assigned a barcode upon entry that, when scanned upon your return, will quickly and accurately locate your vehicle so you don’t have to worry about forgetting where you left it.

    Valet parking

    One whole floor of the Terminal Garage is reserved for IND’s valet parking, which, above having staff park for you, includes car wash, polishing and detailing services, as well as help with your luggage and the option to have your car ready and waiting for you when you return.

    Cell Phone Lot

    If you’ve arrived early to pick someone up, Indianapolis Airport’s Cell Phone Lot provides completely free parking while you wait to hear from your passengers. Once they’ve told you they’re ready to go, it's just a five-minute drive to the terminal to collect them.

    Guide to Indianapolis Airport

    Map centered on Indianapolis Airport

    Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is the largest airport in the state of Indiana, with visitor numbers of around nine million per year. The airport’s three runways and 46 gates cater to over a dozen airlines offering more than 140 daily flights to and from 46 non-stop international and domestic destinations.

    The airport’s 1.2 million-square foot (111,480-square meter), $1.1 billion state-of-the-art terminal building was the first American airport facility to be designed and built in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

    Location of Indianapolis Airport

    IND is situated seven miles (11.3 kilometers) south west of downtown Indianapolis at exit 68 on I-70 and is easily reachable via the I-465 beltway that encircles the entire city and connects it to major Interstate highways like I-70, I-65, I-69 and I-74.

    Half-hourly buses and pre-booked express coaches run to IND from downtown Indianapolis and the surrounding region and, although the airport doesn’t yet have its own dedicated rail station, Indianapolis Central Train Station is only 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) east of IND, which is a quick and convenient taxi ride away.

    History of Indianapolis Airport

    First established in 1931, Indianapolis International Airport was renamed the Weir Cook Municipal Airport in 1944 after Indiana’s own Colonel Harvey Weir Cook, a heroic World War I flying ace who lost his life during World War II.

    The following three decades saw the airport grow rapidly in size and popularity until 1976, when the decision was made to change its name once again to Indianapolis International Airport in order to better reflect the facility’s reputation as a global transport hub.

    IND’s original domestic and international terminal buildings were expanded and redeveloped numerous times over the subsequent 40 years until they were replaced with a consolidated terminal facility in 2008. Boasting progressive design features and built to accommodate huge numbers of passengers, the record-breaking $1.1 billion terminal was named the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal in honor of the pilot and in celebration of more than 75 years of flights in Indianapolis.

    Airport facilities

    At the heart of Indianapolis Airport is the Civic Plaza, a melting pot of international food, fashion and fun that is accessible to the public as well as airport passengers, which means there’s always a friendly atmosphere and a sense of community there.

    Featuring numerous high-street names, the Civic Plaza can provide you with everything from last-minute essentials and freshly ground coffee-to-go to cutting-edge technology, the latest fashion and lifestyle accessories and even a tasty box of gourmet popcorn.

    Indianapolis Airport makes every effort to ensure its passengers, personnel and visitors are comfortable and safe at all times. If you have any questions or require any special assistance during your time at IND, you can find more information and all the necessary contact details here.

    Facilities at Indianapolis Airport include:

    • Airport Ambassadors
    • Airport gallery
    • ATMs
    • Baggage services
      • Baggage carts
      • Baggage wrap
    • Barbers
    • Car hire
    • Chapel/inter-faith meditation room
    • Currency exchange
    • Executive lounges
      • Business facilities
    • Family facilities
      • Baby care rooms
    • Food and drink
      • Bars
      • Cafés
      • Fast food
      • Restaurants
    • Information desk and kiosks
    • Internet access
      • WiFi
    • Live music
    • Lost and found
    • Medical services and first aid
    • Observation deck
    • Parking facilities
      • Cell phone lot
      • Long-term parking
      • Park and Walk
      • Pick-up/Drop-off
      • Short-term parking
      • Valet services
    • Pay phones
    • Phone and laptop charging
    • Shopping
      • Convenience stores
      • Duty free
      • Luxury goods
    • Smoking area
    • Spa and salon
    • Special assistance
    • Toilets
    • Transport facilities
    • Vending machines

    Indianapolis Airport hotel and parking

    Indianapolis Airport is located close to the city center and it benefits from excellent highway connectivity. The area surrounding the airport is full of hotels, motels and inns offering convenient package deals for accommodation and parking.

    An affordable and friendly hotel just over two miles (3.2 kilometers) from IND, Wyndham Indianapolis West is great if you’re traveling on a budget or heading away with your family. The hotel offers a convenient Park and Fly service that lets you leave your car at the hotel after your stay, so that you can get on with enjoying your trip. A free shuttle runs between the hotel and the airport every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, to get you, your kids and your bags to the terminal in 10 minutes.

    The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport is a sophisticated, stylish and comfortable hotel that, as part of its five-star facilities, offers a range of Stay, Park and Fly deals that can be tailored to suit your trip. The hotel also keeps a fleet of shuttles on hand around the clock to make the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) trip between hotel and airport forecourt whenever guests need transportation.

    If you’re just looking for a basic place to rest close to IND, La Quinta Inn Indianapolis Airport Executive Drive is an affordable, no-frills hotel located two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the airport and offers free parking for the duration of your stay. The hotel provides Park and Fly packages, a free airport shuttle service and even a fresh cup of coffee to take with you to help get your day off to a good start.

    Top things to do in Indianapolis Airport

    Fastest food

    As well as a number of world-famous fast food chains, IND’s Civic Plaza houses a selection of eateries serving up Indianapolis’ favorite foodstuffs, from frozen yogurt, fresh salad platters and specialty deli menus to gourmet popcorn and locally-made artisanal chocolate.

    There is even a unique diner that’s styled in celebration of ‘the greatest spectacle in racing’, the legendary Indy 500, that has taken place just 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) north of IND for over 100 years. So, whether you need to grab something on the go or enjoy a hearty meal before your flight, get stuck in at the Civic Plaza.

    Sky-high street

    Not only is the Civic Plaza packed with pre-flight retail options, but it also serves as a shopping street for the local region. Open to the public as well as those traveling through the airport, the Civic Plaza’s lively sense of community has attracted a vibrant range of international and local outlets.

    There are shops selling travel essentials, vacation reading and all the digital accessories you could want, along with a boutique that stocks a unique selection of clothes, lifestyle accessories, art, souvenirs and gifts, all of which are produced by local designers and craftspeople.

    Arty Indianapolis

    As a gateway to the iconic cultural identity of the Hoosier state, IND provides a showcase for Indiana’s creative talent in a series of permanent collections and pop-up gallery spaces. As well as works from established artists, Indianapolis Airport’s rotating exhibitions feature exclusive art from different up-and-coming Indiana talents every three months, so there will pretty much always be something new to see whenever you pass through.

    Take a look at what’s on display right now so you can find your favorite before you fly.

    Terminal tours

    Feeling restless? Take a tour of the airport on one of IND’s innovative walking routes around the terminal. Five different paths lead you past some of the most interesting spots in the airport, including the place where you can get the best view of the runways and locations where you can browse some of the most intriguing artwork on display.

    These walks are a great way to clear your head and take in all the activity of the airport from a new perspective.

    Music on the move

    On the first Friday of every month, IND’s Civic Plaza plays host to some of Indiana’s finest singers and musicians performing much-loved classics, as well as their own compositions. From 11am to 7pm, visitors can expect to hear a heady mix of jazz, blues, folk and traditional tunes from acoustic acts, solo singers and local high school bands.

    As well as being a pleasant way to pass the time before you fly, IND’s First Fridays are a great way to get a real taste for all that Indiana has to offer if you’re only traveling through.

    Learn to save a life

    One of the first of its kind, Indianapolis Airport’s Hands-Only CPR Training kiosk can teach you life-saving skills in minutes. Featuring a touchscreen and high-tech practice mannequin, the kiosk provides personalized feedback about the depth and rate of your compressions and the effectiveness of your hand placement on the mannequin to help you provide CPR whenever it might be required.

    Get online

    Indianapolis Airport boasts the fastest WiFi of any airport in the USA. With no ads and no complicated login process, IND’s WiFi lets you log in and chill out with speeds up to 10 times faster than other major airports in the country.

    Whether you’ve got some work to do or you just fancy catching up on your emails before take-off, simply join IND’s public WiFi and you’ll be surfing the web in no time.

    Top things to do near Indianapolis Airport

    Downtown Indianapolis during twilight blue hour

    Take pole position

    Having hosted the world-famous Indianapolis 500 for over a century, the city is regarded by many as the home of American motor racing.

    Built into the grounds of the legendary Speedway arena just six miles (9.6 kilometers) from IND, is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which celebrates and documents the heritage of the Indy 500 as well as other illustrious motorsports events and milestones in automotive history. Open all year round and with a rotating display of over 50 prize-winning cars, the Speedway Museum should be the first stop for anyone interested in Hoosier culture.

    Learn all about the Hoosier state

    Housing an incredible 452,000 artefacts that reflect the history, present day and possible future of the state, the Indiana State Museum’s three floors cover all the prehistoric discoveries, artistic creations and scientific breakthroughs that help to make the Hoosier state what it is today.

    The museum itself is made completely from Indiana-sourced materials and features 92 unique, integrated icons that each represent one of Indiana’s 92 counties. Whether you’re new to the state, a regular visitor or even a local, at an easy 25-minute drive from the airport, the Indiana State Museum is handily placed to teach you something new before you fly.

    See a presidential palace

    Step back in time as you walk through the grand front door of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a faithful restoration of the home built and inhabited by the 23rd President of the United States.

    Stand on the very same porch from which Harrison delivered the famous ‘Front-Porch Campaign’ that won him the 1888 Presidential election or explore his 16-room red-brick house, painstakingly redecorated in the Victorian style that was typical during Harrison's lifetime. It’s adorned with over 3,700 artefacts from the era, the majority of which actually belonged to Harrison and his family.

    An early advocate for equal rights for all Americans, Harrison is often overshadowed by some of his presidential peers, but to his fellow Indianans, he’s a Hoosier hero.

    Enjoy art of the Americas

    Along with paintings and sculptures from some of Western America’s most important artists, The Eiteljorg Museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of Native contemporary art in the world.

    In a unique, engaging and often surprising series of galleries, visitors can find iconic works by Andy Warhol, Georgian O’Keeffe and Kay WalkingStick paired with new images and artefacts inspired by the tribal practices and traditions of the indigenous peoples of America.

    The Eiteljorg, only 20 minutes from the airport, is one of very few museums that allows visitors to explore the fusion of America’s long cultural history and its creative present.

    Feel the beat

    Indianapolis is the home of Rhythm!, the world’s first and foremost drum and percussion museum. Featuring a host of interactive exhibitions, presentations and performances, Rhythm! is a unique opportunity to play instruments and music from around the world and learn how rhythm can be used as a truly universal language.

    Whether you’ve got rhythm in your blood or you’ve yet to find your musical mojo, Rhythm! is a fun-filled family afternoon just 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) from IND and has also been known to put on the odd secret concert from some of the museum’s rock star friends.

    Enjoy park life

    Designed and constructed in 1916 by renowned landscape architect, George Kessler, the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens feature hundreds of different exotic species from around the world that keep its aluminum conservatory building - the first of its kind in the USA - warm throughout the year.

    Whether you want to stretch your legs before flying or the kids could do with burning off some energy, Garfield Park is 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of flowers, fountains and fresh air.

    Witness a postmodernist master

    The life and works of writer, artist and critic, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, who is yet another famous Hoosier, are preserved and explored at Indianapolis’ Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

    Dedicated to championing the late author’s groundbreaking literary and cultural contributions, the library houses a museum, art gallery and reading room. A complete replica of his writing studio, the museum's broad collection includes Vonnegut's Purple Heart medal for service in World War II, his iconic Coronamatic typewriter and an unopened letter to the author from his father; a perfectly intriguing trio of artefacts to inspire budding authors and respected writers alike.

    Which terminal?

    Indianapolis Airport’s massive Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal sees over 1,000 incoming and outgoing flights a week across its two distinct concourses. As well as serving 15 international and domestic airlines, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin American, IND is also the site of one of the biggest FedEx hubs in the world, where thousands of packages are sorted and handled every day.

    Air Canada ExpressMain terminal, Concourse A
    Alaska AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse B
    Allegiant AirMain terminal, Concourse B
    American AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse B
    American EagleMain terminal, Concourse B
    Delta Air LinesMain terminal, Concourse A
    Delta ConnectionMain terminal, Concourse A
    Frontier AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse B
    OneJetMain terminal, Concourse B
    Southwest AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse B
    United AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse A
    Vacation Express (operated by Swift Air)Main terminal, Concourse A
    Vacation Express (operated by Volaris)Main terminal, Concourse A
    Virgin AmericaMain terminal, Concourse B
    Airline Terminal

    How to get to Indianapolis Airport

    Car

    Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is accessible via exit 68 I-70, which is easily reachable thanks to I-465, a loop-road that runs around the entire city. Use the ZIP code IN 46241 to navigate your way to the airport; it’s located at 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive.

    Bus

    IndyGo, Indianapolis’ public transport system, provides the Route 8 bus service that runs between IND and the city center on a half-hourly basis every day of the week from 6am until 11pm. The average journey time is around 30 minutes, but it is important to allow for potential traffic delays when planning your journey. You can find a detailed map and live schedule for the Route 8 service here.

    Indianapolis Airport is also served by the Go Green Downtown/Airport Express shuttle, which runs between the city and the airport every 30 minutes from 5am to 11pm. The Go Green shuttle is significantly quicker than the Route 8 service, reaching the airport in around 15 minutes, but it is highly recommended that you pre-book a space as priority is given to online reservations and you may be forced to wait for the next available shuttle. Head to the Go website for more information and booking options.

    Train

    If you’re traveling to IND from elsewhere in the USA by rail, the Indianapolis Central Train Station (part of the Amtrak intercontinental rail network) is just 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) east of the airport and easily reachable by taxi or via the Route 8 bus service.

    Although the airport doesn’t yet have its own rail facilities, the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal has been designed to accommodate a Light Rail Transit station in the future, which would allow users to travel between IND and the city center in minutes.

    Useful tips

    Check your vehicle’s height

    IND’s multi-story Terminal Garage has a height restriction of 6.8 feet (2.1 meters) in operation throughout, so it’s a good idea to check the height of your vehicle before setting off. If you are over the allocated height or you’re at all unsure, the Park and Walk and long-term facilities are both open-air and only a few minutes away.

    Where to go for drop-offs and pick-ups

    Indianapolis Airport provides free pick-up and drop-off bays right outside the terminal building, but drivers are asked to spend no longer than 60 seconds in them and should under no circumstances leave their vehicles unattended.

    If you’d like to spend a bit more time wishing your passengers a good trip or if you arrived to pick someone up earlier than planned, IND’s Cell Phone Lot is completely free to use and only a five-minute drive to the terminal when your passenger is ready.

    Ask for help from the Airport Ambassadors

    Whether you’re in need of directions, want to double-check you’ve got the right gate or you want to know where is good to eat in the airport or downtown, IND’s team of voluntary Airport Ambassadors is there to help you and show off some of the famous ‘Hoosier Hospitality’.

    Free car assistance from a service team

    If you’ve come back from your trip and forgotten where you’ve parked the car or found it with a flat tire or battery, IND’s vehicle service team is on hand to provide around-the-clock assistance and get you back on the road. Just call them on (+1) 317-487-5017 and they’ll be with you as soon as possible.

    Indianapolis Airport FAQs

    Where can I find more information about my flight?

    You’ll be able to find everything you need on IND’s daily flight tracker. As long as you know either your flight number or your airline, the tracker will display your flight’s destination, expected arrival and departure times, your gate number and any relevant delays.

    What accessibility facilities are available at Indianapolis Airport?

    IND is committed to providing an easy and enjoyable experience for all of its visitors and provides, amongst other things, accessible parking, wheelchair-friendly shuttle buses and braille signage.

    Although IND's staff will work hard to accommodate you, it is recommended that you make your airline aware (scroll down to the bottom of that page) of your requirements in advance of your flight so they can arrange with the airport to have assistance available as soon as you arrive. More information on IND’s accessibility features can be found here.

    I’ve lost something at IND - what should I do?

    If you’ve lost something on airport property, you can head to the information desk in the Civic Plaza or, if you’ve already left the airport, you can get in touch by ringing Guest Services on (+1) 317-487-7243 or by filling in this form.

    Unfortunately, IND is not responsible for any items left on your plane and you should contact your airline as soon as possible in order to locate and reclaim them. Make sure you scroll down on the page that is linked to here to find the phone numbers.

    Is there anywhere at IND for me to charge my electronic devices?

    As well as numerous free-to-use charging stations throughout the terminal, many of the seating islands are fitted with integrated charging banks, so you can power up whenever you need it.

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