|Information for visitors who fly into Indianapolis:
|Indianapolis has a public bus system called IndyGo.
Some of them are electric. They have bicycle racks.
A Rapid Transit System was created in 2019, called RED LINE.
|Rent A Car? Or Take A Taxi?
|Many hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the airport.
IF you will be staying downtown and have no plans to leave the city.
It would probably be wiser to take a shuttle to your hotel and then use taxis to get around.
IF you will be drinking a lot of alcohol during your visit. a cab will be safest.
Airport Shuttle Busses
Indianapolis' bus system will get
you downtown for around $2.
Busses leave about every 1/2 hour.
Ball State University
They can also get you to many
Note: Unlike a big city, you will be able to find a parking spot.
Note: When parking downtown, you must pay a meter from Monday to Saturday, 7am - 9pm.
Note: Indianapolis streets and highways are layed out logically, there are few winding or diagonal roads.
Note: Indianapolis is extremely flat, there are no hills in central or northern Indiana.
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|Indianapolis Area Code is 317
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|Indianapolis Rent-a-Car Companies
Rental Car Tax is 17% in Indianapolis.
The tax is lower in surrounding counties.
It costs a lot more to rent a car at the airport than from
the same rental agency a mile away. (It is that way in
Enterprise Car Rental have a branch near the airport at
7101 W Washington Street. This location's rental rates
may save you over a $100.
This is an alternative to taxis. People use a smart phone app to schedule a pickup.
Drivers are eveyday people who use their own personal vehicles. It is cheaper than taxis
and you get to choose your driver. However they are unregulated and their prices go up
drastically depending upon demand.
There are two ride-share programs in Indianapolis :
Personal Driver Service - "We drive your car, so you don't have to."
Reserve a driver for the evening,
Pick Up Service (They will get you and your car back home)
Car pickup service (If you had to leave your car somewhere the night before.)
Contact www.dryver.com or call 877-823-6933.
There are bike trails as well as bike lanes in Indianapolis.
Indiana Pacers Bikeshare - 25 locations around downtown Indy. It is designed for short (less than 30
minutes) trips rather than an all day rental.
Wheel Fun Rentals at White River Sate Park in downtown Indianapolis. They rent a variety of bicycles & surreys.
You can rent by the hour, half-day or full-day.
The HandleBar - Unique experience where a group sits at a mobile bar and peddle around to bars.
You can drink your own beer while pedaling. Now has electric assist pedaling.
The city sets meter rates at $2 per mile and 40¢ per minute
and 65¢ for each additional passenger.
There's a minimum $15 charge for a taxi at the airport.
If you wish to file a complaint with a taxi service for over
charging or something, you should take a photo of the driver
and his license.
INDY 500 - You can park at the Indianapolis International Airport and get a round-trip bus ride to the
Speedway on Race Day to avoid driving in traffic and parking fees. For information, go to my
Indy 500 Shuttles web page. You can also take a taxi cab.
Also check out my Speedway Parking web page for more information on parking at the Speedway.
In 2019, you can fly into the speedway via a helicopter with Sweet Helicopters. $650 for a round trip ticket.
Uber Base Car Price:
Cost Per Mile
Cost Per Minute
Lyft Base Car Price:
Cost Per Mile
Cost Per Minute
Note: Downtown Indy is a very "walk friendly" place which includes a skywalk and tunnel system that
connects hotels with restaurants, shopping, entertainment and more, while keeping you out of any
IF you will be doing much traveling, such as across the city every day, or if you will be traveling to other
nearby cities, renting a car will be much cheaper than hiring a taxi.
|Getting to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
|Busses to Neighboring Cities
|Indianapolis Limousine Services
Uber has a booking fee of $1.50.
They have larger or luxury
vehicles available at
Lyft has a trust and service fee of $1.55.
They have larger vehicles
available to higher prices.
Uber and Lyft
Neither's Web Site lists prices any longer.
You must enter pick-up and destination addresses to get an estimate.
However, they listed the following rates on August 2016:
For each succeeding quarter-mile
Waiting time per minute
There are electric scooters available for rent with the use
of a smart phone.
As of 2018, there are two companies to choose from:
Lime and Bird, with a flat fee of $1 to ride the scooter
plus 15 cents per minute used.
The scooters are dockless, meaning they do not need to
be parked at a particular location or back where you
started the ride. Scooters can be left at the rider's
The scooters for both brands will zoom up to about 15 mph.
Birds scooters can travel about 15 miles on a single
charge, while Lime scooters can go about 20 miles.
After locating a scooter, users can begin their ride by scanning the a QR code within the Bird or Lime apps.
Scanning the code unlocks the scooter and gives the user the ability to start it. Then put up the kickstand
and propel the scooter with your foot three times before pushing the throttle on the handlebar to kick on the
When it's time to stop, squeeze the brake with your left hand. It's helpful to lightly tap the brake when approaching
hills, bumps or other people.
Once you've reached your destination, park the scooter in a safe location, put down the kickstand and open up
the app. You can then lock the device and end the ride.
But note: If you lock the device, other users cannot ride it, but you will continue to incur charges. This is useful if
you're just running inside a store or making some other quick stop.
To stop incurring charges, you must end the ride within the app. This stops the timer that determines how much
you will be charged.
The scooters should not be ridden on sidewalks, the Canal Walkway, or trails, including the Cultural and Monon
trails. White River State Park is also off-limits,
The scooters should be parked upright and should not block sidewalks, ramps or doorways.
CIty rules say they may be used only during the day, however they seem to work up until 9 p.m.
Download Self-Guided Bike Tour - Indy Downtown w/map
Bike Indianapolis - the city’s bicycle advocacy group.
It is legal to ride on the sidewalk, but it is safer to ride
on the street where motorist can see you better. Many
Indianapolis streets have bike lanes.
RIde with traffic and obey vehicle traffic laws, such as
stopping at stop signs.
Updated July 2020
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