San Jose, CA, is home to nearly one million people, a large city population that's serviced by its own international airport, providing regular flights from San Jose to international and domestic destinations. The Norman Y. Mineta Memorial San Jose International Airport is only two miles from the downtown area at the intersections of U.S. Route 101, Interstate 880 and State Route 87. The primary airlines operating from the airport are Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Reservations for you airline ticket on these or other airlines serving the airport can be made through Orbitz.com.
Parking at Mineta San Jose International Airport is available at three hourly and three daily lots, one of which offers economy service. The hourly lots are interspersed around the terminal area for easy access, costing $2 for 30 minutes and $30 per day flat rates. The daily lots offer parking deals with discounted parking fees of $22 a day for the regular daily lots and $15 for the economy lot, which is further away from the terminals. Disabled parking is available in front of both terminals for a $2 rate for 30 minutes and $15 for a daily charge.
Several methods of travel are available for passengers to make their way from anywhere in the city to the airport. Several hotels in the area offer courtesy shuttle transportation for patrons. Public bus transportation is available from the Valley Transportation Authority, and metered taxi service is also available from anywhere in the area, with the downtown-to-airport fare costing approximately $15 to $18.
A quick meal can be eaten at the airport before departure in one of the many restaurants available in the concourse. Only ticketed passengers are allowed in the area containing the restaurants. Coffee and pastries are served at the Euro Café near the baggage claim area, while Starbucks can provide sandwiches as well, to get you quickly to the available flights from San Jose. If you have a bit more time to stop off on the way to the airport, try a sit-down breakfast at Café San Jose on Meridian Ave. or at Bill's Cafe on Willow St.
Flights to Indianapolis, Indiana, arrive at Indianapolis International Airport, which is home to airlines including American, Frontier, Southwest, United, and Delta. Cheap flights to Indianapolis on any of these airlines can be booked through Orbitz.com. Located at 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive in Indianapolis, this airport is just 14 miles from the downtown area. Among the amenities available at the airport are the USO Lounge for visiting members of the armed services.
The easiest way to find ground transportation when you arrive at the airport is at the Ground Transportation Center. This hub gives visitors easy access to rental cars, which can be booked on Orbitz.com. It also connects to taxis, which can reach downtown Indianapolis in about 20 minutes. The City's IndyGo bus system provides transportation from the airport to points throughout the city for $1.75 per ride. The city also provides an airport express service for $7 per ride.
Winter temperatures in Indianapolis range from 19º to 40º F; summer temperatures range from the 60s to the 80s. The spring, especially May, can be rainy. Indianapolis also gets several inches of snow each winter, so adequate footwear is a must for cold-weather travel.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a top-rated activity for families with small children; this museum includes an interactive dinosaur fossil exhibit. Outdoor activities in the area include Eagle Creek Park, which is ideal for hiking, picnicking, and kayaking. Vacation packages, low-fare local transportation, and cheap flights to Indianapolis can be booked on Orbitz.com.
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