Flights to Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is a city in the state of Ohio in the United States. It is Ohio’s capital city as well as the largest city in the state. While Columbus is known for being a Midwestern college town with sprawling corn fields and football weekends, there are many more activities and sights beyond this to entice visitors to the city. Not only does Columbus have a growing food scene, it also has an increasingly popular art scene from musical events to fashion-forward and lifestyle stores popping up around town.
Columbus is served by two airports:
- Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) – Officially known as the John Glenn Columbus International Airport and originally known as the Columbus Municipal Hangar, it is the main airport and international airport serving Columbus, Ohio. The airport is located approximately 13 kilometres from the city centre and takes about 10 minutes' travel time by taxi. A taxi ride would cost around USD21-26 (MYR90-110). There are currently no direct flights from Malaysia to Port Columbus Airport, but the airport does operate flights from several major airlines including Delta, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United and Air Canada.
- Columbus Rickenbacker Airport (LCK) – Officially known as the Rickenbacker International Airport, it is a civil-military public airport located approximately 24 kilometres from the city centre. A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre would take about 20 minutes and cost around USD35-45 (MYR150-190). Currently, only Allegiant Air operates passenger flights from the Columbus Rickenbacker Airport.
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Best Time to Visit Columbus
As a city that experiences all four seasons, the best time to visit Columbus would have to be during the fall or autumn season, October to early December, when the sprawling fields are most beautiful, and temperatures are relatively good averaging 10 to 19 degrees Celsius. The later days of December can get colder with an average of 3 degrees Celsius during the day and may fall below zero at night. When booking your flights to Columbus, try to make it in time for the HighBall Halloween event in October or the First Night Columbus celebration in December.
The spring months of March to May is also a recommended time to visit Columbus. While early Spring can still be chilly and wet with rain, the landscape around the city is blossoming with the countryside especially beautiful during this season. Walking around the city would be enjoyable with an average temperature of 10 to 24 degrees Celsius.
The summer months of June through September is also a popular time to visit Columbus. Despite the warmer weather, temperatures average at a comfortable 25 to 29 degrees Celsius during the day and may drop to 12 to 16 degrees Celsius at night making attending outdoor activities at night enjoyable. However, flight prices and accommodation rates may soar during the summer season. If you do find yourself in Columbus during the summer season, don't miss the Ohio State Fair in July to August or the Columbus Greek Festival in September.
It is best to avoid Columbus during the winter months of late December to February when average temperatures drop to 2 to 4 degrees Celsius during the day and below zero as night falls. There may also be a chance of occasional snowstorms during this season.
Things to do in Columbus
There are many sights to see and activities to join in on when vacationing in Columbus. Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Columbus:
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – A popular destination for families, it showcases animal and marine life with exhibits such as the Polar Frontier and the African Forest. It is home to over 9,000 animals all over the world.
- Franklin Park Conservatory – Also a botanical garden, the conservatory covers 88 acres of land area showcasing both art and nature exhibits. It also has magnificent landscaped grounds and greenhouses not to be missed.
- German Village – One of the historic neighbourhoods of the city, it covers an area of 93 hectares south of downtown Columbus. It is considered to be one of the premier historic restorations in the world. There are many dining establishments, retail shops as well as parks and landmarks within the neighbourhood.
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