Rooted and Grounded—Transportation

September 18-20, 2014


The closest airport to AMBS is the South Bend Airport (SBN), which 26 miles from campus. It is served by Allegiant (Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix), Delta (Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis), and United (Chicago O’Hare) airlines. Many car rental companies are available at or near the South Bend airport. If you are interested in the possibility of sharing a rental car from South Bend (or one of the cities below), you can send your arrival and departure information to [email protected], and we will let you know if there are others with similar schedules. Other airports within driving distance are:

  • 59 miles: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich., International Airport (AZO)
  • 78 miles: Fort Wayne, Ind., International Airport (FWA)
  • 106 miles: Gerald Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR)
  • 117 miles: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • 129 miles: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • 168 miles: Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

Elkhart is served by Amtrak’s Capitol Limited line, which links Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. The westbound train (train 29) is scheduled to arrive in Elkhart at 7:29 am each morning, and the eastbound train (train 30) at 9:29 pm each night; however, trains sometimes run late. The Amtrak station in Elkhart is a little less than two miles from the AMBS campus. Pick-up and drop-off service can be arranged in advance with AMBS, by contacting [email protected].The cost of a one-way trip to the campus is $16, which could be shared if several people arrive on the same train.