Travel to Bloomington

Plan your route

Indiana is known as the crossroads of America, so you can be sure there are many routes into the area. Bloomington is an easy trip from anywhere in the midwest and a short distance from an international airport.

Once you get here, getting around is no problem! It’s convenient to drive, walk, or use a ride share service, and public parking is available downtown and on campus.

Use these transportation tips to help you plan your route.

Getting here

There are several options for getting to Bloomington, and these resources can make trip planning much easier.

The Indianapolis International Airport is the closest major airport, just 50 miles north of Bloomington, with flights from many major U.S. cities and several international locations. Car rental services are available at the airport and bus shuttle service is available byGo Express Travel.

Licensed pilots with private planes can fly into the Monroe County Airport, just a few miles west of Bloomington. You will need to arrange for local transportation from the airport.

The drive into Bloomington is convenient from any direction, so enjoy the ride!

From the north or south, I-69 provides interstate access. Construction is taking place north of Martinsville, Indiana, so there may be delays in that area. You can use IN-67 to avoid construction traffic or for a quick route from the Indianapolis International Airport.

From the east or west, IN-46 provides a scenic route into Bloomington. This two-lane highway connects to I-65 to the east.

There are two Greyhound bus stations in Indianapolis, one downtown and one at the Indianapolis International Airport. You will need to rent a car or use a shuttle or ride share service to get to Bloomington.

Ride the rails to downtown Indianapolis via Amtrak. Once you’re there, you can take a taxi to Bloomington or to the Indianapolis International Airport where you can rent a car or take a shuttle bus.

Getting around

Once you arrive in Bloomington, you’ll find it easy to get around the city and campus, especially with these helpful tips.

IU Bloomington Spring Graduate Commencement and Winter Commencement will be held in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, 1001 E. 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408

IU Bloomington Spring Undergraduate Commencement will be held in Memorial Stadium, 701 E. 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408.

Parking will be free to graduates and their families and friends on their Commencement day.

Graduate ceremony

Please use the following gates to enter the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall parking lot (uniformed attendants will assist you):

  • Gates 2, 4, 6, and 8: For graduates and all guests, except those who use wheelchairs.
  • Gate 12: For graduates who are unaccompanied by friends or family.
  • Gate 13: For vehicles with persons in wheelchairs only.

Undergraduate ceremony

Please use the following gates to enter the Memorial Stadium parking lot (uniformed attendants will assist you).

  • Gates 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11: For all guests.
  • Gate 4: For vehicles with persons in wheelchairs. All other guests may also use gate 4.
  • Gates 10 and 11: For graduates unaccompanied by other guests.

Explore all of campus while you’re here; you’re sure to find several beautiful photo opportunities! This campus map can help you navigate your tour.