Ground Travel between Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and The Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel

Hotel address: 31 W. Ohio St. Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-635-2000.

Indianapolis International Airport - IND   One of the country’s most environmentally- friendly airports is the most passenger- friendly as well. The $1.1 billion Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal opened in 2008 as the first airport terminal designed after 9/11. Accolades include “No. 1 airport in North America” for performance and service from the Airports Council International, “Best Overall Passenger Experience” from J. D. Power and Associates, and the nation’s first LEED- certified terminal campus.  The airport is located 15 minutes from Indianapolis’ central business district.  Ground transportation information:

Shuttle: Go Express Travel Airport Shuttle provides nonstop bus service between the airport and several downtown hotels, including the Sheraton.  The shuttle runs every 30 minutes from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm for $12 one way. Passengers board the shuttle at Zone 7 of the airport’s Ground Transportation Center.

1-800-589- 6004. Travel time: 26 minutes.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport, and typical fare from the airport to downtown is $40. Travel time: 15-20 minutes.

Uber and Lyft: You can arrange to have an Uber or Lyft car pick you up at the airport. Uber and Lyft cars pick up travelers at the airport in zone A of the ground transportation center.  Prices vary depending on vehicle type. Uber:  Lyft:  Travel time: 15-20 minutes.

City Bus: The city buses are called IndyGo. IndyGo’s Route 8 travels between the airport and the Julia M. Carson Transit Center (the downtown hub for IndyGo) every half hour.  The price is $1.75 and travel time is 45 minutes.  The Transit Center is a 10-minute walk from the Sheraton.  You can also transfer at the Transit Center onto bus 3, 10, 19, 37, 38, or 39 for a 6-minute ride over to the Sheraton. For fares, schedules and maps see:

Car Share: BlueIndy maintains a fleet of electric cars with stations at the airport, downtown Indianapolis, and at various spots around the city. The airport station is located on the fifth floor of the terminal garage and enrollment kiosks are located on the third floor just outside the Pedestrian Bridge from the terminal. Cars can be rented for 24-hours could be used for travel between the Sheraton and Hine Hall during the conference and for travel to restaurants, etc. in the evenings. The cost is $8 for 20 minutes and then .40 for each additional minute.There is a $6 surcharge for trips beginning and ending at the airport.Zipcar is another carshare service that serves the airport and IUPUI campus. The Indy Zipcar service is very limited, but may be an attractive option for those who already have Zipcar subscriptions in other cities:

Dear SFHS Attendees from Overseas:  

Given the current unsettled and regrettable state of U.S. immigration and visa rules, we feel compelled to share with our foreign colleagues the following advice, compiled by Kathy Finley, Executive Director of the Organization of American Historians.  Though things seem to have settled down in the past year, caution is still indicated. The suggestions are based on discussions with immigration law professors. The OAH has graciously invited their sister societies to post this advice:

Overall, international travelers need to be well prepared before traveling to the U.S.
1. Be prepared to explain where you are from, why you are coming to the US, where you will be staying, and your plans for departing the US. 
2. Be able to explain who you are, what you do, and the purpose of your conference in one or two sentences. (It is okay to rehearse!).  
3. It is a good idea to have a paper copy of your itinerary and paper evidence of your conference or activities.  
4. Have your papers organized and accessible – not in your checked bag. It is best to have hard copies – don’t assume you can access information on your phone (and it may not be wise to do so).  
5. Be polite, well-mannered, and professionally dressed.  
6. Follow western cultural customs of eye contact. 
7. If you are receiving an honorarium or reimbursement of expenses, you may need to be able to explain how that is within the scope of your visa type and be clear that you are not coming in to the US “to work”. If receiving an honorarium, a pocket letter explaining this may also be wise. 
8. If you have any criminal history, you probably want to consult with an attorney.  
9. If you have traveled to one of the countries listed in the travel ban or have ties to those countries, you might want to consult with an attorney.  
10. Be prepared for delays.