Directions to Purdue


By Plane

Indianapolis International Airport (code: IND) is the best choice and is serviced by most major airlines and their partner airlines. Ground transportation information can be found on the webpage for the Ground Transportation Center.

The Lafayette Limo shuttle bus departs Indianapolis International Airport daily every 2 hours between 6:30 AM, and 10:30 PM. The trip will take between 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes depending on traffic and your final destination in the Lafayette / West Lafayette area. Call (765) 497-3828 or check their website for more information. Reservations are encouraged especially during times when the campus is on break. The Lafayette Limo has pick-up/drop-off locations at the Purdue Memorial Union and various other sites in West Lafayette.

Star of America also has 9 departures from Indianapolis Airport.

Alternatively, a car can be rented. A list of rental car companies can be found via the airport’s Ground Transportation Center website.

Purdue University Airport (code: LAF) is less than one mile from campus and is available for private planes but is currently not available for use by commercial airlines.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (code: ORD) is located approximately 140 miles north of Greater Lafayette and is approximately a three hour drive from the airport to Purdue.

Lafayette Limo and Express Air Coach have roundtrip shuttles going from Chicago ORD to West Lafayette, IN.

By Car

Driving Directions from the South (Indianapolis)

West Lafayette is approximately 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Take I-65 North to Lafayette and exit onto State Road 26 (exit 172). Turn left at the stoplight. Remain on State Road 26 approximately 5 miles. State Road 26 follows South Street in Lafayette until you approach the downtown area. State Road 26 then follows Columbia Street across the Wabash River.

Once you cross the Wabash River, State Road 26 becomes State Street in West Lafayette. Continue State Street up the hill to Grant Street. Turn right onto Grant Street. Purdue Memorial Union will be on your left, and the Grant Street Parking Garage will be on your right.

Driving Directions from the North (Chicago)

West Lafayette is approximately 140 miles southeast of Chicago. Take I-65 South to State Road 43 (Exit 178).

Turn right onto State Road 43. Drive south (approximately 6 miles) to State Street (also State Road 26.) State Street intersects State Road 43 at the 4th stoplight, after you take the exit. Turn right onto State Street. Remain in the right lane. Proceed up the hill on State Street to Grant Street (2nd stoplight on State.) Turn right onto Grant Street. The Purdue Memorial Union will be on your left and the Grant Street Parking Garage will be on your right.

By Train

Amtrak Train service to Lafayette is available from Indianapolis, Chicago, and several other cities. The most likely connection is via Chicago and is described below. For directions from other departure points, consult Amtrak’s site. To get to the Amtrak Station, or Greyhound Bus Terminal in Chicago from O’Hare Airport, take the Continental Express Shuttle to Union Station, 225 Canal Street, Chicago. Their number is (773) 454-7800. For on-ground assistance, Continental’s uniformed ticket agents are located in the baggage claims areas of Terminals 1, 2, and 3, as well as outside U.S. Customs in Terminal 5. From Union Station, take the Amtrak train bound for Lafayette, IN. It would be advantageous to book a seat in advance. The toll-free number is (800) 872-7245.

By Bus

Greyhound Bus services the Greater Lafayette area from Chicago, Gary, Hammond, and Indianapolis, and from these points, to other locations. Schedules and fares vary, so consult Greyhound site or call (800) 231-2222 for additional details.