Getting Around Columbia

Check out our tips for getting to, from, and around Columbia. Unlike most major cities, Columbia offers a front-row seat to all the action - basketball festivities, top-notch restaurants, and vibrant neighborhoods as well as manageable traffic, convenient parking, and affordable prices. 

Flying to Columbia

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) offers 35 non-stop flights a day from major airports across the country. Get here from almost anywhere in one stop or less. And you'll breathe easy once you arrive. Our spacious and hassle-free airport has relaxing rocking chairs, incredible skylights, and all the gracious charm you'd expect from a southern destination. Once you arrive, you're an easy 15-minute drive to Colonial Life Arena and downtown Columbia. 

Driving to Columbia

Three major interstates run through Columbia: I-26, I-20 and I-77. I-95 connects to I-20 and I-26 for easy access from anywhere on the Eastern corridor.

Gameday Shuttles

Gameday shuttles will be available for FREE from satellite parking areas. Shuttles will run from the satellite parking areas to the Colonial Life Arena on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd. More information on timing of shuttles and location of parking areas will be available in the coming months.

Ride Sharing 

Columbia has Uber, Lyft, and taxis available to get you from point A to point B, if needed. We are working to create drop-off and pick-up points to avoid congestion around the arena. 

COMET Bus System & Soda Cap Connector

Columbia’s transit system is noticeable by its neon-painted buses. With routes across the Columbia region, the COMET can get you wherever you need to go for as little as $2. Or, hop on the Soda Cap Connector for FREE to get you from one entertainment district to another. The current Soda Cap Connector routes and hours can be found here. The Soda Cap will be providing extended hours and routes during the tournament. Stay tuned for more information!

Street Closures 

More information on street closures will be posted here leading up to the tournament. We anticipate that portions of the streets surrounding Colonial Life Arena will be closed, especially Lincoln Street. 

Parking Near Colonial Life Arena

Information on parking around the arena will be available closer to the tournament date. There are several parking garages in The Vista and Main Street areas. With walkable entertainment districts, we recommend parking for the day and enjoying Columbia's usually sunny weather as you walk from spot to spot. 

This page will be updated with which garages are available closer to the tournament dates.