If you are visiting Indianapolis and the surrounding area, you will certainly need a rental car. There is little public transportation except for Indy city buses, and a car is a necessity for business travel. It is also recommended for those who simply want to see all of the area’s tourist sites.
All eight major car rental companies offer rentals on location at the airport. These include Hertz, National, Budget, Dollar Car Rental, Thrifty Car Rental, Alamo, Budget and Avis. Although it is a good idea to reserve a car ahead of time, there are usually enough rentals year-round. To pick up your car or choose a rental company, you need to exit the terminal and go to the first floor of the main parking garage. All rental car counters are located there in the Ground Transportation Center.
Once you have picked up your rental car, you will need either a GPS navigation system or a good map. The airport is near I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74 and I-465 which connects all of these highways to each other. The airport itself is located off of I-70 via Exit 68. To go to downtown Indianapolis, take I-70 East to exit 111. If you turn left on East Washington Street, you can explore downtown Indy.
Here are several other basic routes that you may need. To go to Anderson or Muncie, IN, home of Ball State University, take I-465 North for 26 miles to I-69 North. The trip to Anderson takes about an hour. To go to Muncie, allow 1.5 hours. To go to Cincinatti, Ohio, travel north on I-465 to I-74 South. For St. Louis or Terre Haute, take I-70 West. To reach LaFayette, home of Purdue University, take I-465 toward Peoria. Then take I-65 North. Bloomington is home to the main campus of Indiana University. To reach the area, take IN 67 South to IN 39 to IN 37 South.