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Travel Planning2019-10-11T12:37:45-05:00

Travel Planning

Welcome to Indianapolis!

Downtown Indianapolis is one of the most walkable downtowns in the country. On foot, visitors can reach hundreds of restaurants and attractions from their hotel and meeting space. An expansive network of climate-controlled skywalks connecting 4,700 hotel rooms to the convention center, Lucas Oil Stadium, a four-story mall, and restaurants keep it walkable in all weather. Use this page to find dining ideas, parking, shuttles, maps and ways to get around while visiting Indianapolis.

Need ideas for things to do? Visit the Tours and Attractions page.

New for 2019: All parking passes must be purchased directly from the garages and lots in Indianapolis. No parking passes of any kind will be sold through convention registration online or in-person.


Choose parking passes by vehicle type:

Buses (examples: mini-bus, school bus, charter bus or motorcoach)

Passenger Vans (example: 10+ passenger vans)

Personal Vehicles (examples: cars, mini-vans, SUVs or pick-up trucks)

All Vehicles with Trailers (see example)

There’s no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat during your visit to Indianapolis, regardless of your group’s size or budget. For options around downtown Indianapolis, check Visit Indy’s Eat & Drink page or download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for a large list of nearby Indianapolis dining options of all types. Have a large group? Check out Visit Indy’s Large Group Dining Guide.

Don’t miss the food trucks outside the east entrance of the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

Inside the Indiana Convention Center, several concession stands and three food courts offer numerous dining options. All concession stands located within the expo halls will be open during expo hours. Concession stands outside of the expo halls will operate during these hours:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 – 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31 – 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 1 – 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CDE/LDE Shuttles

Courtesy shuttles between the Indiana Convention Center and the Indiana State Fairgrounds are provided for all registered convention and expo participants participating in CDE/LDE events at Indiana State Fairgrounds. Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes. Allow 20 minutes for one-way travel.

Shuttle Stops
Indiana Convention Center (Maryland Street, just west of Capitol Avenue)
Indiana State Fairgrounds (South curb lane of State Fair Main Street, north of West Pavilion)

CDE/LDE Shuttle Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.*
Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.*

*Shuttles will remain available for any CDE/LDE event running late or arriving late from an off-site event

Rodeo Shuttles

Attendees of the rodeos at Indiana Farmers Coliseum can purchase a round-trip shuttle pass from Indiana Convention Center to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The shuttle pass is available through convention registration only. Shuttles are $10/person.

Rodeo Shuttle Stops
Indiana Convention Center (Maryland Street, just west of Capitol Avenue)
Indiana State Fairgrounds (South curb lane of State Fair Main Street, north of West Pavilion)

Hotel Shuttles

New for 2019: Hotel shuttle service will no longer be offered. Check back this summer for information on how to secure transportation for individuals and groups during the convention.

Airlines

  • American Airlines (Code 22H9BQ)
  • United Airlines (Code ZH2Q700504)

Car Rental

  • Avis (use AWD #T625013)
  • Budget (use BCD #X793816)
  • Enterprise (use code 08R0080)

Visit Indy

Airport Shuttles – Go Express offers nonstop service from Indianapolis International Airport to convenient locations near major downtown hotels and the Indiana Convention Center. This express, non-stop bus service runs every 30 minutes from 5 am-11 pm for  $12/person one way. For those staying at airport-area hotels, most provide complimentary shuttles for guests.

IndyGo – IndyGo has several public bus routes that move throughout the Indianapolis area. Coverage includes direct routes from downtown to all major shopping malls as well as many cultural destinations. IndyGo buses depart from the Julia M. Carson Transit Center at 201 E. Washington Street and include routes to the airport. Detailed route information.

Shared Ride Services – Uber and Lyft services are available in Indianapolis.

Taxi Service – Taxi service is available in Indianapolis. There is a $15 minimum charge for all fares from the airport, regardless of distance.

BlueIndy – BlueIndy is an electric car-sharing service that connects you to destinations around the city of Indianapolis, including the airport.

Event Safety

EVENT SAFETY TIPS
CODE OF CONDUCT FORM
PARENTAL CONSENT FORM

Accessibility

FFA is dedicated to making sure that all members and guests are able to participate in national-level events and have a positive learning experience.

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