Fly To Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is Ohio’s capital, and the largest city in the state, with carefully planned streets and boulevards punctuated with green spaces and elegant statues. It’s an orderly, easy-going city, best known for its university, and offers nightlife that is vibrant and diverse enough to satisfy students and professionals alike.
Whether you’re flying to Columbus for business, to check out Ohio State University’s campus, or simply to enjoy the culture and entertainment of the city, Travelstart can get you there with ease. The easy to use flight-finder tool above will collect the cheapest flights to Columbus available, saving you the trouble of having to shop around on your own time.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Columbus, Ohio do need a Visa to enter the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Columbus is the South African Consulate-General in Chicago. 200 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago IL, 60604. Phone: + 1 312 939 7929. Website: southafricachicago.com.
See and do
Being a university city and cultural centre for Ohio State, it comes as no surprise that Columbus is filled with fascinating museums, exhibitions and galleries. You’ll find centres focusing on everything from golf (The Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus University Area) to crafts (the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus South), history (Ohio History Centre, Columbus Northwest), and science and technology (COSI, Downtown). Don’t miss the Santa Maria – a life-size replica of Christopher Columbus’s ship, which you’ll find at the Batelle Riverfront Park in the Downtown area.
Columbus also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, of which the Columbus Arts Festival is arguably the largest. Music-lovers should aim to see ComFest, while car-fans will enjoy Good Guys Columbus. Gamers should aim for Origins International Game Expo – one of the top gaming conventions in the world.
Easton Town Centre is the place to go for a major dose of retail therapy, but you’re more likely to find souvenirs in places like the German Village or Franklin Art Glass, whose stained glass makes a vivid, if fragile keepsake.
Travelling around Columbus is easiest using the COTA bus service, which covers all the major attractions and destinations in the city. Downtown Columbus is particularly pedestrian-friendly, as is the corridor of High St. If you’d rather hire a car, however, parking is extensive and reasonably priced, and traffic is not usually a problem.
Port Columbus International Airport – CMH
Food and beverage: Cup O’ Joe, MoJoe Lounge, Tim Hortons, and Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: The Business Centre, situated before security, houses Western Union currency exchange, as well as many other business services and facilities.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found, located on the mezzanine level above the food court, handles all items lost within the terminals. They can be contacted on +1 (614) 239-5035.
Airport Hotels: Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn are both located on the airport grounds, and offer 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport buildings.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.