Area Info

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Welcome to the Bend

Aside from the wonders of Notre Dame’s beautiful campus, the greater South Bend area offers a number of facilities and activities for visitors.

Visit the Studebaker Museum, or catch a performance at the South Bend Civic Theatre or the Morris Performing Arts Center.

If you’d rather enjoy the weather—and the water—raft down the East Race, the first artificial white water kayaking/rafting course built in North America, or make the half-hour drive to the beaches and dunes of Lake Michigan. 

Participants in Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars have the opportunity to get a glimpse of South Bend through various educational and service activities offered during the programs.

How to get to Notre Dame

Notre Dame is located adjacent to the city of South Bend in northern Indiana, a few miles from the Michigan state line. It is easily accessible via major airlines, AMTRAK, and Interstate 80/90 (Indiana Toll Road). The University is approximately a two-hour drive from Chicago and three hours from Indianapolis and Detroit. Please note that Notre Dame is in the Eastern Time Zone, which is one hour ahead of Chicago (Central) time.

By car

From the north: The University is located just south of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90). Exit I-80/90 at Exit 77 and turn right onto Indiana 933. Make a left at the fourth stoplight (Angela Boulevard); then turn left at the second stoplight (Eddy Street). Follow signs to visitor parking.

From the south: Take U.S. 31 north, which becomes Indiana 933 just south of the city of South Bend. Stay on Indiana 933 through downtown South Bend to Angela Boulevard. Turn right onto Angela, and then turn left at the second stoplight (Eddy Street). Follow signs to visitor parking.

By plane

The South Bend International Airport is 15 minutes by car from the Notre Dame campus (flights should be booked to South Bend, Indiana). From the airport, go east on Lincolnway West (left out of the airport) to downtown South Bend. Turn left on Indiana 933 (Michigan Street) and proceed about two miles to Angela Boulevard. Turn right onto Angela, and then turn left at the second stoplight (Eddy Street). Follow signs to visitor parking.

Visitors also can fly to Chicago and drive or take a bus to Notre Dame. The University is about two hours by car from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes from Midway International Airport.

From O’Hare, take I-190 east out of the airport, merge onto I-90 east (the Kennedy Expressway) toward downtown Chicago and merge with I-94 south (the Dan Ryan Expressway). Take the Skyway exit off the Dan Ryan and remain on I-90 to the Indiana Toll Road, which merges with I-80. From the Illinois border, it is about 75 miles to Exit 77 (the South Bend/Notre Dame exit).

Coach USA operates a motor coach bus service between both O’Hare and Midway Airports in Chicago and the Notre Dame campus. The bus departs every two hours and makes several stops; travel time to campus is approximately three hours. A one-way fare is $42; round-trip fare is $74. Please visit Coach USA for more information.

By train

The South Shore Line trains run directly from the Chicago Loop (corner of Michigan and Randolph) to South Bend International Airport in South Bend (about a two hour trip). From the airport, the Notre Dame campus is approximately a 15-minute ride by car. Various transportation methods are available, including taxi service and rental cars.