Overview

Indianapolis, affectionately referred to as ‘Indy’, is the capital of Indiana and the 12th largest city of the United States of America. This planned city was built as the capital of Indiana in the 1820s and has since then grown to become a major center of healthcare, retail and social services. Indianapolis’ unique location makes it the junction for six Interstate highways, six U.S. highways, and four state roads and has led to the city being called the Crossroads of America’.  While Indianapolis offers history, arts & culture attractions, it is under the monikers of ‘The Amateur Sports Capital of the World’ and ‘The Racing Capital of the World’ that it is best known. Indianapolis is home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the main governing body for U.S. collegiate sports, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) and the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The city plays host to the Indianapolis 500 (“Indy 500”) one of the most prestigious auto races in the world as well as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Brickyard 400. Whether you are a motor-head or a culture aficionado, this wonderful city has something to make your visit truly memorable!


Population: 843,393 (In 2013)
Size: 372 Sq Mi / 963.5 Sq Km
Language(s): English, Spanish, German, French

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Neighborhoods

Some of the major areas within Indianapolis are: 

Monument Circle / Downtown:

Near North:

  • The Near North encompasses the areas closest to Monument Circle towards its north.
  • This area is most preferred by new residents as it is still in the development stage, thereby making the rates affordable. Cottage Home and Lockerbie Square are two such neighborhoods that provide newbies with reasonable and cost-effective homes.
  • Be a part of the winery tour at Easley Winery at Lockerbie Square and pamper your taste buds with huge variety of wines. 
  • Other attractions in the Near North include:

Near South:

  • The Near South area includes neighborhoods like Fletcher Place and Holy Rosary that lie immediately south of Downtown Indianapolis.
  • Virginia Avenue, which is adjacent to Fletcher Place and Holy Rosary, connects important roads and trolley lines through the prime areas of the city.
  • The transformation of Fountain Square Theatre in this area has been attracting greater investment in adjacent neighborhoods by entrepreneurs and artists. Downtown and Fountain Square are connected by Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
  • The Italian Street Festival is one of the most awaited events in this area as a good number of Italian immigrants reside here. Other experiences to look forward to include:

South:

  • The South area of Indianapolis encompasses:
    • The Wholesale District: With easy access to interstate and a number of companies, eateries, shopping arenas and attractions nearby, this area is another upcoming Downtown of the city.
    • Market East, Old Southside, Bates- Hendricks, Garfield Park are other areas situated in south Indianapolis.
  • A majority of the city’s German immigrants reside in Perry Township in south Indianapolis.
  • Some of the attractions and landmarks in this neighborhood are:

Northwest:

  • The Northwest part of Indianapolis is home to 16 Tech, the new technophile area of Indianapolis, which has become a hub for life sciences, engineering and information technology initiatives.
  • With Purdue University, Health & Recreation Center, Marian University and Indiana University School of Medicine in the proximity, this township has become home to a number of professors and physicians. A majority of Indian, European and South American immigrants reside here.
  • Major attractions and landmarks in this area include:

North:

The North part of Indianapolis is home to Washington Township as well as the rapidly expanding townships of Fishers, Carmel and Noblesville in Hamilton County.

  • With Butler University in its vicinity, this region has a high youthful student population.
  • Broad Ripple Avenue attracts a lot of party animals with its vibrant nightlife. From restaurant & bars to music stores to tattoo parlors and art galleries, you can find it all here. The Union Jack Pub is particularly popular.
  • During summers, you can be a part of Broad Ripple Art Fair organized by Indianapolis Art Center.
 

Getting Around

General info

  • Indianapolis is served by the Indianapolis International Airport, located off I-70 via Exit 68 which is five minutes west of I-465.
  • The airport is 16 miles south west of town.
  • The airport is 12.1 miles away from the center of the city i.e. Monument Circle.

Taxi

  • Taxi service is available outside the Baggage Claim at Lower level of the terminal.
  • Irrespective of the distance, the minimum fare from airport will be USD 15.00.
  • Fare will be decided as per the meter. The minimum fare is USD 3.00 for the first mile, and fare increases by USD 2.00 per mile. 
  • Taxi companies with their contact numbers:
  • You can book Yellow cab.
    • Charges would be USD 3.00 for pick up, USD 2.00 per mile, USD 0.40 per minute waiting time and USD 0.65 for every additional passenger.
    • Contact 317-487-7777 for further information.
    • You can calculate your fare estimate from here
  • Refer here for further taxi fare information.

Bus

  • Local Bus service is provided by Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo).
  • There are 32 bus routes and you can have a look at their schedules here.
  • Depending on the place you want to travel to within the city, select the route number and you will have all the inbound and outbound information, along with the frequency of the bus.
  •  For a better insight on which routes you should opt for, refer here in order to visit popular attractions, BMVs, hospitals, Marion county libraries, post offices, schools and universities and shopping destinations.
  • Every IndyGo bus has a rack for keeping your bike. For loading and unloading instructions, refer here.
  • Maximum two children aged 5 and under are allowed for free ride with a fare-paying or pass-holding adult.
  • S-Pass can be purchased by local colleges and universities for students. Validity will be for 31 days on all bus routes.
  • Summer Youth pass gives unlimited bus rides on fixed routes from 1st June to 31st August.
  • Half fare forms can be filled in English or Spanish.
  • Half fare benefits can be claimed by following class of persons:
  • Persons with age 65 and above owning IndyGo Half fare ID or Government issued Medicare card
  • Youth younger than 18 years with a valid K-12 Student ID or owning IndyGo Half fare ID
  • Persons with disabilities having an IndyGo Half fare ID card
  • Purchasing options:
    • In person

34 N.Delware  Street

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, 9:00 am to Noon 

    • By Phone: 

317.635.3344 (Relay Indiana: 711)

Monday -  Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

  • On Board an IndyGo Bus - Only one trip and one day passes are available. Payment in cash only.
  • Fares:

Pass Types

Cost

Half fare

One Trip

USD 1.75

USD 0.85

One Day

USD 4.00

USD 2.00

10 trips

USD 17.50

USD 8.50

7 Days

USD 20.00

USD 10.00

31 Days

USD 60.00

USD 30.00

Open Door One trip

USD 3.50

NA

Summer Youth Pass

USD 30.00

NA

College S-Pass

USD 30.00

NA

  • Other options available throughout Central Indiana:
  • Commuter Connect – Services like carpooling, vanpooling, biking, riding transit and walking are provided to help residents travel between two counties. Its main objective is to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. Refer here for more details.
  • County Connect – It helps commuters to travel from one county to another with the help of public transportation.  Visit here for further information.
  • Plainfield Connector – Passengers can transfer to the Plainfield Connector from IndyGo’s route 8, on the northbound side of Bridgeport Road, between Washington Street and Perimeter Road. IndyGo passengers are eligible to avail a discounted fare of USD 1.00. Others will be charged USD 3.00. Refer here for schedule, routes and other information.
  • Hamilton County Express – It provides reservation based transit service. It links to IndyGo routes 18, 19, 28, 34, and 37. Visit here for more information.
  • Access Johnson County – It connects to IndyGo routes 16, 22 and 31. For fares, schedules, contact and other information, refer here.
  • Megabus provides bus service throughout United States. You can refer here for more information.
  • Greyhound offers bus service throughout The United States. For more information, visit here.
    • You can buy tickets at the terminal or book online.
    • U.S customers can book tickets on phone by calling toll-free number 1-800-231-2222.
    • International customers can book tickets on phone by calling 214-849-8100.
    • You can obtain further information here.
    • For commuting from airport to other cities, you can get information here 

Shuttle

  • IndyGo coordinates the operation of the bus service.
  • Route 8 travels along Washington Street from the airport to downtown.
  • It will take you approximately 45 minutes and costs USD 1.75 per person.
  • Refer here for the schedule and map of Route 8.
  • Refer here for fare information.

 

  • Go Green Airport Shuttle runs between Downtown and Airport.
  • It will take you approximately 20 minutes and costs USD 10.00 per person.
  • Refer here for the schedule.
  • Cash is not accepted by the drivers. Hence, it is preferable to make an online reservation.

Eat and drink

Local

  • The food in Indianapolis is deeply influenced by British, Irish and German cultures. Currently Mexican and Indian immigrants into the city have also been influencing the local food.
  • Local specialties’ include:
    • Fresh sweet corn – Being an agricultural city as well, Indianapolis is home to fresh sweet corn, also known as the city of ‘Cornopolis’. Be a part of Beasley’s most awaited Corn Maze which is held every year in September. You wouldn’t want to miss The Tamale Place which offers distinct varieties of corn dishes.
    • Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich – Staple to Indiana, the pork tenderloin sandwich contains a breaded and fried cutlet. The pork loin is deep fried and served on a hamburger bun. This dish is most commonly served with French fries, onion, mayonnaise, pickles.
    • Barbeque Pork ribs – Pork ribs are cut of pork cooked by smoking, grilling or baking and often served with barbeque sauce.
    • Pulled Pork sandwich – It is a smoking method of slowly cooking pork at reasonably low temperature, allowing the meat to become tender enough so that it can be pulled easily and cut into pieces. This sandwich is served best with vinegar sauce, pepper sauce or barbeque sauce.
    • Sugar cream pie - Also known as Hoosier cream pie/ Indiana cream pie, this dessert is a single crust pie. It is made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla and cream which are used as filling. Additional fillers like maple syrup and brown sugar are also used. Locally grown garden is one exquisite place where you can relish this dessert.
  • Some notable restaurants serving the local specialties include:

Gourmet

 

  • Taste of Havana
    • Cuisine: Cuban
    • Awards: Ranked #2 in 2015 – Yelp’s Top 50 restaurants in Indiana.

 

  • The Capital Grille
    • Cuisine: Greek, Barbeque, American
    • Awards: Best American Cuisine (2010) by Open Table 

 

  • Fogo De Chao
    • Cuisine: Brazilian
    • Awards: 4.5 Michelin stars

 

 

Vegetarian

 

 

  

 

Drink

Tipping

Tipping is expected in most places and should always be done unless the service provided was completely unsatisfactory.

  • Hotels: Tip your porter USD 1.00 to 2.00 per bag depending on the weight. A doorman who helps you hail a cab should be paid USD 1.00 to 2.00 as well.
  • Restaurants: Tip your server 10 to 15% of the bill for average service. Restaurants will add a service charge for groups of five or more.
  • Bars: Tip the bartender USD 1.00 to 2.00 per drink.
  • Counter Service: Tips are not generally required.
  • Taxis: Tip your driver 10 to 15% of the fare; an additional USD 1.00 to 2.00 for help with bags.

Staying Connected

  • There are two main GSM service providers in the USA - AT&T and T-Mobile.
  • Both offer 3G services across the 850 MHz / 1900 MHz bands which supported by most modern quad-band phones.
  • If you have an “Unlocked” phone then you can purchase a prepaid / Pay As You Go SIM card for your phone. Check this link for tariff rates
  • Prepaid SIM cards are readily available – both at the airport as well as at convenience stores like Walgreens.
  • You could consider purchasing a SIM from either of the two bigger players, which might have a broader coverage, or from Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Ultra Mobile, Black Wireless and H2O, which might have a more flexible pricing.

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