Indianapolis International Airport Guide

Indianapolis International Airport

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Indianapolis International Airport

7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241, USA
Phone +1 317-487-9594

Small, clean, efficient, and full of Hoosier hospitality, Indianapolis International Airport is quite possibly one of the least stressful airports in the country. There is only one terminal, and well-placed signs make it impossible to get lost when you're rushing to make your flight.

If it's your first time flying into or out of this airport and you're feeling nervous, have no fear. Here's everything you need to know about navigating Indianapolis International Airport for a worry-free flight.

Indianapolis International Airport Code, Location, and Flight Information

Know Before You Go

Indianapolis International Airport services 10 airlines: Air Canada, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United, and Vacation Express. IND also offers nonstop flights to 50 airports around the U.S, Canada, and Mexico, with a non-stop flight to Paris as well. The airport sees an average of 145 departures every day.

Indianapolis International Airport airport is small and easy to navigate. There is only one terminal, which is divided into two concourses: Concourse A and Concourse B. Both have TSA checkpoints, and you can reach any gate once you pass through either (I.e., your flight could be in Concourse A, but you can opt to go through the TSA checkpoint at Concourse B if the line is shorter). It is recommended that TSA PreCheck passengers go to Checkpoint A, as PreCheck passengers at Checkpoint B will still receive screening (although it will be expedited).

The lines at TSA checkpoints can get long depending on the time of day (early morning departures can be especially busy)—but TSA officials will get you through relatively quickly.

Indianapolis International Airport Parking

The airport offers both short term and long term parking.

  • Cell Phone Lot: This is designated for those coming to the airport to pick up passengers, as you are not allowed to park in front of the terminal. The lot is free and you can park here while you wait for your loved one. Once they have notified you that they have arrived at the airport, you can go to the terminal to pick them up.
  • Hourly Parking: You can find this lot in the Terminal Garage on level three. It costs $2 every half hour you are parked here.
  • Daily Parking: Daily Parking can be found in the Terminal Garage. It is on four levels and will cost you $20 each day.
  • Park & Walk: This lot is a more cost-friendly alternative. You will not be as close to the airport as you would were you to park in the Terminal Garage— but it should only take about nine minutes to walk to the terminal from here (note: there is no shuttle). It costs $14 a day to park your car here.
  • Economy Lot: At $9 a day, parking in the Economy Lot is the most affordable option for long term parking. A free shuttle service makes 11 stops throughout the 8,000-space lot, and it will take you to the Ground Transportation Center.

Driving Directions

  • If you are driving from downtown: You will need to take I-70 West, get off at exit 68, and merge onto Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive.
  • If you are driving from the east of Indianapolis: Follow the directions above.
  • If you are driving from the west of Indianapolis: You can follow the directions above, except you will need to go east on I-70.
  • If you are driving from the south (Louisville, New Albany, or Seymour areas): You will need to take I-65 North. Then, take exit 106 and merge onto I-465 West. Merge again onto I-70 West, and continue down this route until you reach exit 68. Take this and merge once more onto Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive.
  • If you are driving from the south (Bloomington, Vincennes, or Evansville areas): Take IN-37 North before merging left onto IN-39. You will then need to turn slightly to the right onto IN-39/IN-67 North. When you reach Ameriplex Parkway, take a left, and then turn right onto I-70 East. From there, you can follow the signs to the airport.
  • If you are driving from the north (Fort Wayne, Marion, or Muncie areas): You can reach the airport by taking I-69 South. There will be a series of merges: first onto I-465 South, then I-70 West (take exit 44A), and finally onto I-79 West (take exit 110B). Continue driving down this interstate until you reach exit 68. You will merge again onto Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive.
  • If you are driving from the north (Lafayette, Monticello, or South Bend areas): You will also need to drive down I-65 South. Take exit 123 to I-465 South and then exit 9B to I-70 West. You will take exit 68 before merging onto Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive.

Public Transportation and Taxis

  • Buses: There are 29 daily bus routes via IndyGo, which can take you downtown and to some of the city's biggest attractions. Take Route 8 to get from the airport to downtown for $1.75; or, you can get a day pass for $4 and ride all 29 routes.
  • Shuttles: There are shuttles that go downtown, and to Ball State University, Indiana University, and Purdue University (as well as the universities' nearby cities). The Go Green Airport Shuttle to downtown Indianapolis costs $13 one-way and can take you to Lucas Oil Stadium, The Convention Center, JW Marriott, and more. It runs every day, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. every half hour. You can reserve your shuttle here.
  • Taxis: If you are taking a taxi from the airport, ride the escalator down to the terminal's lower level. Right outside of Baggage Claim, you will find a Taxi Station on the curb. Press a green call button to hail your cab; all fares cost a minimum of $15.
  • Ride-Hailing Services: You can also call an Uber or a Lyft. Just be sure that you request to be picked up at the Ground Transportation Center (it's in the Terminal Garage on the first floor).
  • Car-Sharing Services: You can hire BlueIndy, which is a local electric car-sharing service that can take you from the airport to locations around the city. You can enroll at one of the kiosks on the third floor (right outside the Pedestrian Bridge). Then, head to the fifth floor of the Terminal Garage. See the map of BlueIndy locations here.

Where to Eat and Drink

You can find everything from fast casual to sit-down restaurants at Indianapolis International Airport. Several dining options can be found in the Civic Plaza, including Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, and Starbucks (which is also available in Concourses A and B). The Civic Plaza is open to the public, so passengers can grab a bite to eat with friends and family who are not joining them on the flight.

For a more local option, Harry & Izzy's (Concourse A) is an elegant steakhouse that serves up classy breakfast fare (think filet Benedict and prime steak & egg wraps) in the morning, and New York strips, ribeyes, thin crust pizza, and sandwiches the rest of the day. If you want a sweet taste of local gourmet popcorn, check out Just Pop In!, which you can find in both the Civic Plaza and Concourse B.

Currently, IND is overhauling its dining options, so you can expect even more choices in the coming years, including Indiana's first Shake Shack, local burger shack Bub's Burgers, and a Sun King Brewery outpost.

Airport Lounges

A Delta Sky Club is available to travelers who have access either through Delta's loyalty programs or an accepted credit card. This 4,800-square-foot club provides members with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable wait: complimentary drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), snacks, charging pads, a TV, and computer workstations. It is located in Concourse A.

WiFi and Charging Stations

Free Wi-Fi is available to all guests at the Indianapolis International Airport. All you need to do is connect to IND PUBLIC WI-FI. Charging stations are also located throughout the terminal, and you can find charging ports under the seats.

Indianapolis International Tips & Facts

  • Check this Travel Prep page before you head to the airport to see how long the wait will be at security.
  • There are three private rooms for nursing mothers located throughout the terminal, pre- and post-security.
  • An interfaith chapel is available for meditation from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays
  • The Indianapolis Airport Authority has an art program, with IND featuring a variety of art pieces depicting flight, nature, and Central Indiana culture. You can find a map to this public art here.
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Indianapolis International Airport Guide