COTA AirConnect

Your Direct Connection to Downtown Columbus

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Providing easy, affordable and accessible round-trip transportation before, during and after your conference, COTA AirConnect is your one-stop transit solution while you’re visiting downtown Columbus. AirConnect provides conference-goers fast, reliable transportation from John Glenn International Airport (CMH) to 13 designated COTA transit stops along High Street in downtown Columbus, all conveniently located near hotels and the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Payment Options

All rides are $2 one way, and riders have two payments options:

  • Download the Transit app on your smartphone prior to riding AirConnect. Create an account, load money using a credit or debit card, scan and ride. With the Transit app, you’ll never pay more than $4.50 per day, regardless of how often you ride.
  • Pay in cash. Note: you must have the exact fare when boarding; operators do not carry change.

Stay on Schedule

With scheduled rides leaving and arriving every 30 minutes, AirConnect gets you there on time. Rides from John Glenn International Airport to downtown Columbus depart every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The last airport ride of the evening leaves at 9:30 p.m. Rides departing from downtown Columbus to the airport also run every 30 minutes.

Find Your Connection

Find the AirConnect stop at the airport just outside of the Baggage Claim area (lower level). Just look for the AirConnect signage, which is where you’ll wait for your transit vehicle to arrive. Downtown, there are 13 designated AirConnect stops along High Street and at the COTA Transit Terminal (25 E. Rich St.). Look for the AirConnect logo on COTA signage along the road.

Get Around Downtown

AirConnect is available one day prior and one day after the duration of your conference, so come early or stick around and enjoy our city. While AirConnect exclusively provides transportation to and from the airport and downtown, you can use the Transit app to find route information and hop on one of COTA’s fixed-route transit vehicles to any number of destinations, including dining establishments, theaters, music venues and more.

Conference Schedule

Conference Date Service
APTA Mobility Conference* May 1-4 April 30 – May 5
US Chess Elementary Championship May 13 – May 15 May 12 – May 16
Plexus Worldwide June 22 – June 24 June 21 – June 25
Church of God in Christ, Inc. July 3-9 July 3 – July 10
AmericanHort Cultivate ’22 July 16 – July 19 July 15 – July 20
Thirty-one Gifts July 21 – July 24 July 20 – July 25
Fraternal Order of Eagles July 30 – August 4 July 29 – August 5
Americas Print Show August 17-19 August 16 – August 20
National Guard Association General Conference August 26 – August 29 August 25 – August 30
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference* September 17 – September 21 September 16, 17, 18, 20, 21

* COTA rides powered by Experience Columbus and Franklin County


AirConnect Questions?

Read COTA’s AirConnect FAQ

Find Your Stop


John Glenn International Departing Flights

Stop ID: 5383

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Airport Baggage Claim

Stop ID: 5383

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