Indianapolis travel agent tips on Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
The Central Canal that runs through downtown Indianapolis is a draw for locals and visitors. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Whether you're flying into Indianapolis for a major sporting event like the Indianapolis 500, or departing from Indy on your way to a holiday or business destination, Indy travel agent Mark Moorhead of highly rated The Travel Agent in Indianapolis says getting a ride from or to the airport is your most convenient option.
"The most convenient way is to have someone drop you off or pick you up from the airport," he says. "Limo rides are relatively inexpensive and they’re an exciting way to start a special trip."
For travelers departing from Indy, but driving in from cities farther away such as Muncie or Anderson, Moorhead recommends starting your trip a day early and staying at a hotel the night before. Many hotels within the vicinity of Indianapolis International Airport (IND) offer free shuttles to the airport and long-term parking for guests.
Despite the fact that Indianapolis hosts smaller airports such as Eagle Creek Airport and Mt. Comfort Airport, these terminals are mostly for smaller private planes, so travelers are usually better off checking flight availability with IND.
Even checking other nearby international airports doesn't offer significant savings, Moorhead says. "In the case of the Indianapolis airport, it’s a unique situation; There’s a good mix of different carriers – not one airline has a hold on the city," he says. "Really, more people travel from places like Cincy to fly out of Indy, rather than vice-versa."
To make your time before a departing flight more hassle-free, Moorhead recommends scheduling your flight to avoid the busiest days and times at the airport. "The road warrior guys are out on Mondays and back on Fridays," he says. "And with the 8:00-10:00 flights, you’re meshing with earlier flights and later flights, so it’s a real slow down."
And travelers should consider using the expertise of a travel agent, Moorhead says. "I think it’s foolish not to use a travel agent. All the online ticketing agencies are just like me in terms of cost, but they don’t have anything [to offer that] we don’t have – and you have to do everything yourself, he says. "If you use a travel agent and you have a problem, you have someone to go to - lost luggage or missed connections can be a nightmare."