Columbus has flights to 40 destinations in North America, with frequent connections from Chicago, Washington, New York, Houston, and Denver. Most major airlines fly into John Glenn International Airport (CMH)situated close to the conference hotel with fast connections by public transportation (see below). John Glenn is a mid-sized airport and easy to navigate. When you are buying your ticket, be sure to check for flights directly from the Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines websites, which are often the least expensive. The other discount airline, Allegiant, flies to and from Rickenbacker Airport, which is farther away and does not have public transportation to the conference hotel.
For more information see: https://flycolumbus.com/
From the Airport to the Conference Hotel:
The AirConnect (https://www.cota.com/how-to-ride/airconnect/) bus departs from John Glenn International Airport every half-hour 6am-9pm seven days a week and will drop you off directly at the Hyatt and other downtown hotels. The ride takes less than 15 minutes. The bus stop is located just across from passenger pickup: follow signs for AirConnect or “public transportation” as you head through baggage claim or toward ground transportation. You can purchase tickets at the machine next to the bus stop; be sure to buy express tickets ($2.75 each) for the AirConnect. Swipe your ticket as you enter the bus, and let the driver know which hotel you are going to.
If you can’t take the AirConnect, a taxi from the airport to downtown hotels costs about $20 (metered rate); Uber and Lyft cost around $15. There is a designated ride share pickup spot across from the passenger pickup lane.
Dollar, Enterprise, and Thrifty rental cars are available at John Glenn International, but we do not recommend that you rent a car just to get to the hotel or to get around central Columbus.
If you fly into Rickenbacker Airport and don’t have your own ride, you must take a taxi or order Uber or Lyft (about $40).
For more information see: https://flycolumbus.com/getting-to-from
About half the population of the US and Canada lives within a day’s ride from Columbus, and driving would probably be an easier option for those living closer than Washington or Chicago. Avoiding rush hour traffic, it’s also an easy city to drive into.
If you’re renting a car to get here, you could drop it off at John Glenn International Airport and take public transportation to the hotel (see above). If you’re driving to the Hyatt, valet parking is available for a fee. Off-site self-parking is available at the Chestnut Street Garage, located one block south of the Hyatt and accessible via an enclosed and covered walkway. Parking at Chestnut Street Garage can be charged to your room at the Hyatt. There’s also a giant parking garage just north of the convention center and many parking garages available near the other downtown hotels. Like most things in Columbus, parking costs somewhat more than in most other Midwestern cities, but if you’re coming from the east or west coast, it will seem a bargain.
For more information see: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ohio/hyatt-regency-columbus/cmhrc/maps-parking-transportation
In the coming months, look out for information on carpooling to the conference.