Transportation to the Con from hotel
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Posted by darkranger65

WHat is the best way to get to the con from one of the outlying hotels? I have the La Quinta motel near the airport booked, about 7 miles away,  (until I can see what i can get in the housing lottery) and I was hoping to learn if Uber or a cab would be better to get there. This year will be my first time to Gen Con at Indianapoils.

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Posted by traveller

One thing to note about cabs in Indy.  The fare is set by each cab company and can vary from 2.95 to get in up to 4.95 to get in.

It was a surprise when i found that out.

Trav

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Posted by squirecam darkranger65

darkranger65 wrote:
WHat is the best way to get to the con from one of the outlying hotels? I have the La Quinta motel near the airport booked, about 7 miles away,  (until I can see what i can get in the housing lottery) and I was hoping to learn if Uber or a cab would be better to get there. This year will be my first time to Gen Con at Indianapoils.
I would use the cab. Uber has problems not the least of which is surge pricing. 

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Posted by lordnlkon

You're looking at about $20 each way for 4 days, a price of $160 or so. Now if you can split it with roommates, that'd make it easier. 

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Posted by rodoubleb

I've found that asking a hotel door man is a reliable way to get a cab hailed quickly when at Gencon. 

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Posted by squirecam rodoubleb

rodoubleb wrote:
I've found that asking a hotel door man is a reliable way to get a cab hailed quickly when at Gencon. 
walking across to the Hyatt works well.

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Posted by bushmaster

You could consider Park 10 option.  They have a lot of space for cars and are about a half mile walk form the stadium.

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Posted by pinheadjo

For two years we used gate ten and drove ourselves from the Crown Plaza at the airport. Never took longer than 12 minutes either way, and with the continual 24 hour shuttles from the lot to the con it was easy and cheap. Was $75 for unlimited in and out for Wed-Sunday. Never had any problems at all. SO easy we even went out to the airport area for lunch every day...no crowds at all.

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Posted by cjwynes

When I Uber'ed in from Southport in 2016 (which is a little further distance than airport, but in other direction), round trip was about $25-28 ($12-15 each way).  Friday night I ate surge pricing but could have dodged it if I'd waited another 30 minutes or so (and the driver confessed to me that Lyft was NOT surged at the time, but I hadn't checked it.)  Never had a wait time more than 4 minutes from downtown, and worst from Southport was 10.  Getting dropped off at right at the center is MUCH more convenient than having to walk to a parked car if you don't need the parked car for storage space.

I can't imagine using a traditional taxicab anymore, I do see a few downtown mostly in the loading areas of hotels, but rarely just passing down the street as they would after a major sporting event.  To get any kind of a good deal out of a cabbie, they have to be competing for fares, but that doesn't seem to be the case at GenCon, and you're going too far to talk somebody into a flat rate for a quick trip.  

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Posted by rhone1

You could also work something out with a Indy local that is going to Gen Con.  For a small fee you should be able to find someone to drive you where you need to go.

I've also used Uber numerous times in the past and have never had an issues.

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Posted by dragon2599

A Gate 10 parking pass and gas money is probably your cheapest bet. I bought one last year and plan on doing so again this year. We never had any problems getting a spot at any time and never waited more than fifteen minutes for the shuttle to or from the ICC. It's also great to have a place to drop off large loot hauls instead of either carrying them around all day or running back to where you're staying and trying to rush back before missing an event. Last year they had it listed in the event registration for Wednesday to Sunday for $70 as well as shorter passes for a smaller price. 

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Posted by brodyrules

Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

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Posted by del_grande brodyrules

brodyrules wrote:Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

Someone tried for, what was it, two years?  I know 2014 and 2015 - were there any others?

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Posted by father bloodlust brodyrules

brodyrules wrote:
Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

Yeah, that'd be nice.

*sigh* The impossible dream...

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Posted by garhkal del_grande

del_grande wrote:
brodyrules wrote:Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

Someone tried for, what was it, two years?  I know 2014 and 2015 - were there any others?

What happened then?  Did they get shutdown? 

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Posted by squirecam garhkal

garhkal wrote:
del_grande wrote:
brodyrules wrote:Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

Someone tried for, what was it, two years?  I know 2014 and 2015 - were there any others?

What happened then?  Did they get shutdown? 
it was mismanaged. Rather then try to fix it they cancelled it.

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Posted by a dark rider on a pale ... unicorn? garhkal

garhkal wrote:
del_grande wrote:
brodyrules wrote:Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

Someone tried for, what was it, two years?  I know 2014 and 2015 - were there any others?

What happened then?  Did they get shutdown? 

From memory, Gen Con couldn't find a company who could provide a good enough shuttle service at a price that people could reasonably be expected to pay.

(again from memory) the last year they were a thing, you had to pick your shuttle times in advance, so no spontaneous changes of plan during the convention, and the per-person cost was high enough that if you shared a taxi/Uber/Lyft with someone, it'd work out cheaper.

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Posted by del_grande garhkal

garhkal wrote:
del_grande wrote:
brodyrules wrote:Someone could make a million dollars running a dedicated shuttle from the convention center to all of the major hotels that aren't right downtown. 

Someone tried for, what was it, two years?  I know 2014 and 2015 - were there any others?

What happened then?  Did they get shutdown? 

No, but I am under the impression that it had so many complaints that the company decided not to bother in 2016 or later.

One problem was, the shuttles (a) only ran from the hotels in the morning and (b) only ran back to the hotels in the evening.  While I wasn't at GenCon in 2014, I have been told that there were quite a few cases of people in hotels at the end of the pick-up line were told hour after hour after hour, "Sorry, but this shuttle's full - wait for the next one."  I can only imagine what the lines for the shuttles back to the hotels were like - and your guess is as good as mine as to what happened when the last shuttle of the night filled up with people still in line.

In 2015, they thought they could fix this by having required reservations.  The main problem with this is, what if you don't know in advance when your event will end?  Do you just stand around the convention center for possibly three hours after making a midnight reservation "just in case" and you are done at 9:00?  Also note that shuttle reservations had to be paid for in advance, so if you missed your shuttle for whatever reason, you were out $6.

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Posted by lord thrifty the cromulent

You can possibly take the #24 Indygo bus downtown in the mornings, although it stops running at 7 PM (6 PM on Saturday) so might not be good for your return trip. 

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Posted by del_grande lord thrifty the cromulent

mstabosz wrote:
You can possibly take the #24 Indygo bus downtown in the mornings, although it stops running at 7 PM (6 PM on Saturday) so might not be good for your return trip. 

There are two LaQuintas near the airport; one is about a 1/2-mile walk from the nearest #24 stop, and the other is about a mile.  On the other hand, they both have airport shuttles, and the #8 bus goes from the airport (takes about 40 minutes; last bus from downtown leaves at about 11:45 PM Mon-Fri and 11:15 PM on Saturday).  Of course, that depends on how often (and late into the evening) the hotel shuttle runs.
 

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