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There are 5 ways to get from Columbus to Indianapolis by bus, car or plane

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Bus Barons Bus  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Richmond, IN Columbus-Chicago
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, IN to Indianapolis, IN Cincinnati

$29 - $53

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Cincinnati, Oh 1537 / ...
  2. Take the bus from University of Cincinnati to Indianapolis, IN

$32 - $68

Drive  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Columbus to Indianapolis 176 miles

$17 - $25

Fly from Columbus  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Indianapolis (IND) CMH - IND

$145 - $757

Bus to Dayton, fly  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
  2. Fly from Dayton (DAY) to Indianapolis (IND) DAY - IND

$200 - $962

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The cheapest way to get from Columbus to Indianapolis is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to Indianapolis is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Columbus to Indianapolis. However, there are services departing from Columbus, OH and arriving at Indianapolis, IN via Richmond, IN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

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The distance between Columbus and Indianapolis is 169 miles. The road distance is 176 miles.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Indianapolis without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 20 min and costs $28 - $55.

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It takes approximately 4 h 20 min to get from Columbus to Indianapolis, including transfers.

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Columbus to Indianapolis bus services, operated by Barons Bus, depart from Columbus, OH station.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Indianapolis is to bus which takes 4 h 20 min and costs $28 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $140 - $800 and takes 5 h 27 min.

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There is no direct flight from Columbus Airport to Indianapolis Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 14 min and has one stopover.

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Columbus to Indianapolis bus services, operated by Barons Bus, arrive at Indianapolis, IN station.

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Map of how to get from Columbus to Indianapolis.
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  • Distance: 169 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 20 min

What companies run services between Columbus, OH, USA and Indianapolis, IN, USA?

You can take a bus from Columbus to Indianapolis via Richmond, IN in around 4 h 20 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Columbus to Indianapolis hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Indianapolis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Indianapolis via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Dayton to Indianapolis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Indianapolis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Bus operators
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Richmond, IN
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $28
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baronsbus.com
Bus from Richmond, IN to Indianapolis, IN
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Dayton Trotwood, OH
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Book at
baronsbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Dayton Trotwood, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
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Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to Indianapolis is 176 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 57 min to drive from Columbus to Indianapolis.

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Delta, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Columbus Airport to Indianapolis Airport.

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There are 242+ hotels available in Indianapolis. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Columbus Airport is to bus which takes 10 min and costs $3 - $5.

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