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Visiting Purdue

Making Travel Plans

West Lafayette, Indiana, is conveniently located near the interstate that connects Indianapolis and Chicago. We're about one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. The resources below will help you plan your trip.

Suggested Driving Routes

State Street Redevelopment Project construction is well underway. This work has already closed a significant portion of State Street through campus and will continue to impact travel on and near campus in the coming months. Purdue University police are urging motorists to get an early start and follow route and parking suggestions as outlined in communications for your visit as road construction continues near campus.

This helpful campus construction map shows current closures and restrictions on campus.

Commercial Travel Services

  • Air Travel - The nearest commercial airports are Indianapolis International (65 miles) and Chicago O’Hare (140 miles) and Chicago Midway (130 miles). The Purdue Airport accommodates privately owned planes.

  • Shuttle Services from Airports - Shuttle service is provided to and from Indianapolis by Lafayette Limo and Reindeer Shuttle. Shuttle service to and from O’Hare is provided by Express Air Coach or by Reindeer Shuttle.

  • Other Commercial Travel - Amtrak and Greyhound also serve the area, stopping at a station in Lafayette. From there, visitors can ride Greater Lafayette's CityBus system to Purdue (about 1.5 miles).


There are a variety of lodging options in the Greater Lafayette area. Use the Greater Lafayette Visitor's Bureau website to locate other nearby hotels and campgrounds.

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