LaPorte County is only 60 short miles from Chicago. Driving only takes one hour to one and a half hours, depending on where you are going in Chicago. You have the choice of driving, flying to a nearby airport, catching the train or hopping on the bus. We can’t wait until you get here.
Getting Here by Road
LaPorte County is located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, bordering the Michigan state line. It is easily accessible by using Exits 34 and 40 on Interstate 94, and Exits 39 and 49 on the Indiana Interstate 80/90 Toll Road. Or enjoy the scenic byways that lead to LaPorte County by driving on beautiful, tree-lined roads like U.S. 12, U.S. 20, Ind. 2, and U.S. 421.
Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport, just over an hour away in Chicago, provide entry by air to the Michigan City LaPorte Area. These two international hubs are serviced by most of the major airlines in the world, and both provide access to the South Shore and South Bend Railroad via Chicago Transit Authority "L" trains. The Chicago Department of Aviation portal provides traveler information for both airports.
South Bend Regional Airport, less than an hour from Michigan City, sees about 50 arrivals and departures a day from several US cities and also provides direct service to Michigan City via the South Shore and South Bend Railroad.
Or fly directly into LaPorte County by utilizing Michigan City and LaPorte Municipal Airports. The small airports cater to smaller, private or corporate vehicles. Both cities offer rental car agencies that service each airport.
Getting Here by Bus
Let someone else do the driving, leaving you free to sightsee and minimizing your carbon imprint. Coach USA and Barons Bus Lines both run regular service from the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 4073 S Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360. 24 Hour Free Parking and Indoor Space for waiting.
If you need to travel locally via bus, the Transit Triangle commuter service offered by the Michigan City Transit, LaPorte TransPorte and Purdue University North Central is a quick, convenient, economical connection between Michigan City, LaPorte and PNC.
The South Shore and South Bend Railroad takes commuters between South Bend and Chicago several times each day, stopping at either of two separate stations in Michigan City. Free overnight parking is available at both Michigan City locations. View the South Shore Passenger Line Service for more details.
Amtrak also makes periodic stops at a Michigan City flag stop along Lake Michigan when individual rider schedules dictate. The Blue Water Express and Pere Marquette both stop in Michigan City on their way to and from Chicago if needed. The stops aren't regularly scheduled.