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Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana which is about 65 miles north of Indianapolis and 130 miles south of Chicago off of I-65.

Local Weather

Plan on bringing the appropriate clothing for the area. Indiana can be hot in the summer, cold in the winter as well as everything else in between. Before traveling, check one of the online weather sites to be sure that you will be comfortable during your stay. Also, be sure to pack an umbrella for those unexpected rain showers.

Time Zone

We are in the Eastern time zone, along with New York, NY (-5:00 GMT) and the east coast of the United States.

Since 2006 Indiana observes Daylight Saving Time.

Getting to CERIAS

Plane

Automobile

Purdue can be reached conveniently by car from a number of cities in the midwest, with most routes being through either Chicago or Indianapolis.

During business hours, parking on campus is by permit only. To obtain a parking permit, contact Lori Floyd before your visit.

Driving Directions Disclaimer
These instructions are provided only as a convenience. All routes are not necessarily the fastest or shortest means possible but are among the easiest to follow. Traffic and road construction are considerations that should be taken into account when planning any trip. For those familiar with the West Lafayette area or looking for an alternate route, see one of the many online map services.

We recommend that you check the Indiana Department of Transportation page for listings of possible road construction at http://www.ai.org/dot/

Driving Directions from the Indianapolis Airport

West Lafayette is approximately 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Upon exiting the airport, head toward Indianapolis and follow the signs for I-465 North. Take I-465 North approximately 9 miles and exit to I-65 North.

Take I-65 North (toward Chicago) to Lafayette and exit on State Road IN 26 (exit 172).

Turn left at the light and follow IN 26 approximately 5 miles through Lafayette and into West Lafayette where it will become State Street.

Continue up State Street Hill (IN 26) and move into the right lane.

Turn right onto University Street (a one-way street).

Move into the left lane and continue two blocks to 2nd Avenue (one block before the traffic light).

Turn left. The parking garage will be on your right. Park in any “A” spot.

Driving Directions from Chicago

West Lafayette is approximately 135 miles southeast of Chicago.

Take I-65 South to State Road 26 (exit 172).

Turn right onto State Road 26 West and follow it approximately 5 miles through Lafayette and into West Lafayette, where it will become State Street.

Continue up State Street hill and move into the right lane.

Turn right onto University Street (a one-way street).

Move into the left lane and continue two blocks to 2nd Avenue (one block before the traffic light).

Turn left. The parking garage will be on your right. Park in any “A” spot.

To Reach the Recitation Building from the Parking Garage

Heading east, cross University street, and continue east, beneath a breezeway (Math building) - The Recitation Building will be directly South/East (ahead and to your right).

Train

Train service to Lafayette is available from Indianapolis, Chicago, and several other cities. The most likely connection is via Chicago, and is described below. For directions from other departure points, consult Amtrak’s site. To get to the Amtrak Station or Greyhound Bus Terminal in Chicago from O’Hare Airport, take the Continental Express Shuttle (773 454-7800) to Union Station, 225 Canal Street, Chicago. For assistance, Continental’s uniformed ticket agents are located in the baggage claims areas of terminals 1, 2, and 3 as well as outside U.S. Customs in Terminal 5. From Union Station, take the Amtrak train bound for Lafayette, IN. It would be advantageous to book a seat in advance. The toll-free number is (800) 872-7245.

Bus

Greyhound Bus services the Greater Lafayette area from Chicago, Gary, Hammond, and Indianapolis, and thence from other locales. Schedules and fares vary, so consult the Greyhound site or call 800-231-2222.

Lodging

Local Hotels

Purdue Memorial Union Hotel

Conveniently located on campus at the corner of Grant and State Street, West Lafayette. Call (800) 320-6291 for information and reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn

356 East State Street, West Lafayette, IN. (3 blocks from campus) Call (765) 743-2100 for more information and reservations. Free shuttle service to Purdue. Printer, copy machine, internet service available. Swimming pool, hot tub.

Holiday Inn Select

515 South Street, Lafayette, IN. (5 minutes from campus) Call (800) 423-1137 for information and reservations.

Free shuttle service to Purdue.

Homewood Suites

3939 State Road 26, Lafayette, IN. (20 minute drive to Campus) Call (800) 225-5466 for information and reservations.

Four Points by Sheraton West Lafayette

1600 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 (10 minute drive from Recitation Building)

You can also find other hotels, motels, bed & breakfast accommodations, and campgrounds in the area by visiting the Visitor’s Bureau site at Visitor Bureau lodging or Lafayette Online’s lodging section.

Car Rentals & Local Transportation

There are several choices for ground transportation during your stay.

Taxi

  • Four Star Taxi: (765) 742-8400

Rental Cars

  • Budget: (765) 743-3987 (Purdue Airport) or (800) 527-0700
  • National: (765) 743-8455 (Purdue Airport) or (800) 227-7368
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: (765) 743-7858 (Purdue Airport) or (800) 736-8222

Complimentary Shuttle