Being Ohio's capital and largest city, Columbus is well connected to the rest of the state and the country through several modes of transportation. For local and regional travel, most people use the highway system to navigate Columbus and the surrounding suburbs. Interstate 70 passes directly through the central part of Columbus. This major highway runs for nearly 2,100 miles between the west coast and northeast. I-70 connects Columbus with other major Midwestern cities such as Indianapolis and St. Louis as well as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Interstate 71 is one of the most important highways in Ohio, as it links Columbus with some of the largest cities in the state. Running for about 350 miles in a north-south direction, I-71 is the preferred route into Columbus for drivers coming from Cleveland and Cincinnati. After arriving in the Columbus region, drivers can navigate the area using the Interstate 270 beltway that encircles Ohio's capital city.
Ohio's largest city is well connected to the rest of the United States and the world thanks to Port Columbus International Airport. One of the busiest airports in Ohio is home to some of the largest airline companies in the United States. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways and United Airlines offer direct flights to major cities in all parts of the United States. There are even trips between Port Columbus International Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The Port Columbus Airport is located only minutes away from Downtown Columbus and ground transportation options include rental cars, taxis, shuttles and even public transportation. Additionally, there are thousands of parking spaces offered at the airport to accommodate the large traffic coming in right from the nearby exits of Interstate 270.
Public transportation in Columbus is provided by Central Ohio Transit Authority. The entire system consists of public bus service that includes more than 100 total routes throughout Columbus and the suburban region. The COTA service is divided into Local, Express and Crosstown lines. For example, the 52 OSU/Airport is an express route that stops at Port Columbus International Airport. Additionally, the 92 James/Stelzer is a Crosstown bus service that also serves the city's airport. Dozens of COTA buses circulate the Downtown Columbus area. The South Terminal and North Terminal are major bus stations that can be used to transfer within the Central Ohio Transit Authority bus system. The corner of High Street and Broad Street are also major bus interchange points in Downtown Columbus.
Unfortunately, Columbus is not accessible directly by any rail service. However, there is Amtrak service available in Cincinnati and Cleveland, which are both located over 100 miles away from Ohio's capital.