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Getting Around Columbus

Presented by OSU

It's easy to get around Columbus. We have lots of great options to get around the city from public transportation to car sharing services.

Columbus is also home to all major national car rental brands including Dollar, Enterprise and Thrifty.

Getting Around PinLook for the pin! In Columbus, we're dedicated to providing visitors with an amazing experience. Look for the Greater Columbus Certified Tourism Ambassadors wearing a gold star pin. This shows that they are fully trained and certified to assist you with whatever you may need. Interested in becoming a Certified Tourism Ambassador? Check here for details

Get real-time flight information for departures and arrivals at John Glenn Columbus International Airport on
Let the OSU Airport welcome your next personal or corporate flight to Columbus or host your upcoming special event. From private hangar space to meeting rooms with a view, this vibrant airport is accommodating, accessible and inspiring.

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For parking availability around the Greater Columbus Convention Center, visit For parking in the Short North Arts District, use the ParkColumbus app. Park at meters or on side streets in the Short North Arts District and pay by using the ParkColumbus app or by calling 877-727-5970. Available for iPhone and Android devices.


COGOCoGo Bike Share
1-855-877-COGO (2646)
Apps: TransitApp for iPhone and Android 
Cost: 1-Day access pass ($8) 3-Day pass ($18)

Public transportation system with 600+ bikes at 70+ stations throughout Columbus, Bexley, Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Easton. Available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Trips more than 30 minutes accrue an additional $3 per half hour left undocked. Timer resets when you dock. See website for station locations.

E.C.T.E.C.T. Pedicab
614-321-5889 for a dispatch
Cost: $1.50/minute; trips between downtown districts average $5-$25

Inspired by rickshaws, pedicabs offer a swift breezy ride on a bike taxi. In operation most every night of the week. Located throughout downtown Columbus.

Apps: iPhone and Android
Cost: Scooters: $1 to unlock, plus $0.15 per minute. 

Lime electric scooters offer dock-free, smart mobility solutions. Find Lime scooters on The Ohio State University campus or in downtown Columbus. Download the app and start riding.

Apps: iPhone and Android
Cost: $1 to unlock, plus $0.15 per minute

Bird allows customers to locate and rent motorized electric scooters via the Bird app. Download the app and locate a scooter in downtown Columbus or on The Ohio State University campus. The scooters don’t have a dock and can be left in the designated areas throughout the city.


Cost: One-way fare $2; day passes $4.50.

COTA provides bus service throughout the Greater Columbus region. Many routes run every 15 minutes or less, all-day, 7 days a week. Plan your trip at, download the Transit App or your preferred maps app for real-time bus arrival information. Free Wi-Fi is available on all buses.

CBUS LogoCBUS (operated by COTA)
Cost: Free

Explore restaurants and shops in the hottest downtown neighborhoods on COTA’s free CBUS circulator running every 10-15 minutes from the Short North Arts District to the Brewery District and German Village. Free Wi-Fi is available on all buses.

Aur ConnectCOTA AirConnect
Cost: $2.75 each way

Easily and quickly travel between John Glenn Columbus International Airport and downtown Columbus every 30 minutes. AirConnect provides express service to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and many downtown hotels. Free Wi-Fi is available on all buses.


Apps: iPhone, Android and Windows phone
Cost: Average fare from John Glenn International to downtown is $15-20 on uberX

One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go and payment is completely cash-free. Download the app and get your first ride free, up to $15, using the code: EXPCOLS.

Lyft LogoLyft
Apps: iPhone and Android
Cost: Average fare from John Glenn International to downtown is $15

Take Lyft for an affordable ride in minutes. Just request a ride on the app and you’ll be on your way. Enjoy up to $5 off your first 3 rides by using the code OHIOVHB. Code valid for new users only and expires 14 days after entry.

Apps: iPhone and Android
Cost: $9.50/hour

Zipcar gives you on-demand access to drive cars by the hour or day. Apply online and when you’re approved, you’ll receive a Zipcard in the mail. To unlock, tap your Zipcard to the card reader in the windshield. Park it back in its dedicated parking spot, then lock up with the card. It’s that easy!

Free RideFreeRide

FreeRide is a micro-transportation company that offers a unique and fun experience for everyone. These open-air golf carts serve downtown Columbus for FREE. To take advantage, just hail one down like a taxi. Tips are encouraged.

Yellow Cab logoYellow Cab of Columbus
Apps: iPhone and Android; third-party Curb app available
Cost: Average fare from John Glenn International to downtown is $20-23

Providing you with more for less since 1928. Every driver goes through an annual fingerprint background check and is licensed by the city for your safety. Download the app and track your ride.


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