Parking & Transportation

Downtown Shuttle Service

FREE Arnold Downtown Shuttle Bus service is available throughout the Arnold Sports Festival beginning February 28, 2019.  The Arnold Downtown Shuttle Bus connects every major downtown hotel to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 

The Arnold Downtown Shuttle Bus Route provides wheelchair assistance for ease of transportation. Shuttle buses will be marked by “Arnold Downtown Shuttle.

Arnold Downtown Shuttle Bus Route

Greater Columbus Convention Center  to
Columbus Renaissance Hotel  to
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square  to
Holiday Inn Downtown  to
Westin Hotel  to
DoubleTree Hotel to
Hotel LeVeque to
Courtyard by Marriott to
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Arnold Downtown Shuttle Hours of Operation

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arnold Express Shuttle Service / Ohio Expo Center Parking

FREE Arnold Express Shuttle Bus will run between the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Arnold Express Shuttle provides wheelchair assistance for ease of transportation. Shuttle buses will be marked by “Arnold Express Shuttle.” Parking will be available at the Ohio Expo Center for $10 or $24 for a weekend pass. The Arnold Express Shuttle runs between the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center for attendees that also want to attend events Downtown.

Arnold Express Shuttle Hours of Operation

  • Friday, March 1, 2019 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)
  • Sunday, March 3, 2018 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Greater Columbus Convention Center Reserved Parking

The Greater Columbus Convention Center offers Guaranteed and Reserved VIP Parking in its four Greater Columbus Convention Center-owned and managed parking garages for $25 per day. Three-day and two-day (Saturday, Sunday) packages are also available. All VIP Parking includes in and out privileges.

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4-Day VIP Parking - $80
3-Day VIP Parking - $60
Friday Only - $25
Saturday Only - $25
Sunday Only - $25

Please email with any questions.

Arena District Guaranteed Parking

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3

Other Reserved Parking

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot for the Arnold Sports Festival, visit SpotHero and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the app.



Columbus Commons Parking Garages

If you are attending the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend the Columbus Commons Parking Garages are a quick and affordable Downtown parking option. With more than 4,500 centrally-located parking spaces to choose from, our garages offer daily, and hourly rates, as well as exclusive rates for special events. Credit cards are accepted.

The Main Garage is located at 55 East Rich St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 with entrances on Main and Rich Streets between High and Third Streets and is right across the street from the Westin Shuttle pickup.

The Underground Garage is located at 191 South Third St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 with an entrance off of Third Street, between State and Rich Streets. Right next to the Sheraton pickup.
The cost of the Main Garage is $1 per hour or $12 maximum per day. The cost of the Underground Garage is $3 for the first 30 minutes or $17 maximum per day.

Taxi Cab Services

  • A-1 Taxi Cab 614-784-8811
  • AAA Express Airport Taxi 614-262-333 / Shuttle 614-374-5959
  • ACME Taxi 614-777-7777
  • Airport Taxi and Super Shuttle 614-868-888
  • Blue Cab 614-236-4444
  • Buckeye (OSU Campus Taxi) and Shuttle Service 614-261-9999
  • Dublin Taxi 614-766-6666
  • Orange Cab 614-414-0000
  • Shamrock Taxi 614-784-8888
  • Yellow Cab 614-444-4444

Other Transportation Services

  • Arch Express Transportation 614-252-2277
  • My Chauffeur Limousine Service 614-231-2555
  • Prestige Corporate Car 614-564-1700
  • Royal Transportation 614-806-0632
  • Supreme Limousine Service 614-880-9600
  • Grandiose Limousines 614-787-1409
  • Ohio Diamond Pedicab 614-806-6559
  • Enalux Luxury Car Rental Company 614-599-2739
  • R Man Van Transportation 614-477-0737
  • Capital City Limousine 614-746-9994

Capital Crossroads

Capital Crossroads Special Improvements District:

  • Provides directions and safety escorts through their Capital City Crossroads Ambassadors and phone 614-228-5718



Central Ohio Transit Authority (Public Transportation)

COTA’s CBUS® is a free downtown circulator that runs Monday-Sunday with service every 10-15 minutes. Download PDF.

COTA AirConnect is a service that provides transportation between John Glenn International Airport and downtown hotels. Cost is $2.75 per ride. Download PDF.

Also, the line 21 Night Owl runs 7 pm-3 am Thursday-Saturday.  Service runs on High Street and serves Downtown, the Arena District, the Short North and The Ohio State University.  Trips are $2 each way and transfers are free.

To learn more about the CBUS and COTA’s other service visit or call (614) 228-1776.

COTA Mainstream
Complementary ADA Paratransit service is available through COTA, Columbus’ local transportation service provider, for visitors with disabilities who are current Paratransit riders where they reside. Arrangements for Paratransit service must be made in advance through COTA to obtain temporary ADA status. Please call 614-275-5828 for further information.

Additional Transportation Information

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