Best Buddies is committed to a safe and seamless travel for all Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) attendees. Guidelines for attendee travel are provided in this section. See you in Indiana!
Please note: Before booking your travel, it is very important that you talk to your Best Buddies staff contact first. Some Best Buddies offices will charter buses to Indiana for BBLC. Your staff contact may also have discounted airfare options and information on what flight your peers will be on so you can travel with others.
Once you have booked your travel, you must submit your itinerary to your Best Buddies staff contact. Itineraries should be submitted by June 15, 2019.
- Please notify your Best Buddies staff contact how you plan to travel to BBLC as soon as possible.
- If traveling by air, please e-mail your original flight itinerary to your Best Buddies staff contact.
- The deadline to book your travel is June 15, 2019.
Important note: all attendees are responsible for their own travel costs; chapter dues and conference registration fees do NOT include travel costs.
Traveling by Plane
The arrival airport for flights to Best Buddies Leadership Conference is Indianapolis International Airport (IND).
Dates and Times
Arrival Day – Arrive at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on Friday, July 19, before 5:00 pm ET.
Departure Day – Depart Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on Monday, July 22nd.
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is approximately 50 miles from the Indiana University campus (about a one hour drive).
- Best Buddies will provide bus transportation between the airport and the university for conference attendees on arrival day (Friday, July 19th) and departure day (Monday, July 22nd).
- For conference arrival (July 19th), attendees are encouraged to book flights that land at IND before 5:00 pm ET to avoid missing conference kickoff events.
- For conference departure (July 22nd), attendees will receive airport bus assignments based on their flight departure time (we recommend leaving at least 3 hours before scheduled flight time). The last bus from IU campus to the airport typically leaves around 4:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to fly out earlier in the day in case of flight delays and cancellations.
- For airport transportation falling outside the established travel days noted above, attendees are responsible for making their own plans for transportation and communicating with their Best Buddies staff contact.
- GO Express Travel offers regular shuttle service from the university to the airport; GO Express Travel also provides private car service, if needed.
Traveling by Car
If you will be arriving to Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) by your own car, or are being dropped off, please follow the guidelines below. Please be sure to notify your Best Buddies staff contact if you will be driving to conference.
Arrival Day – Arrive at Indiana University on Friday, July 19th by 6:00 pm ET.
Departure Day – Depart Indiana University on Monday, July 22nd.
Once you have parked your car, you will not be able to drive off campus or around campus. Those with personal vehicles should also stay until the Monday morning of conference. BBLC programming goes late on Sunday and all attendees will stay until the morning for safety reasons.
All drivers from high schools and middle schools should print the IU Parking Pass to display in the dashboard of your vehicles. When you arrive on campus, you will leave your car in the Orange Lot (701 E 17th St, Bloomington, IN) and walk to McNutt Residence Quad (1101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN) to check in.
All drivers from colleges, jobs, and other adult ambassadors will park your car in the lot by the Union Street dorms (445 N Union St, Bloomington, IN). Please be sure to park in a row designated for D parking. You will then walk to registration at the Union Street Center Building (445 N Union St, Bloomington, IN). Here you will receive your parking pass and must display it in your car as soon as possible.