Transportation & Infrastructure
Home to nine Fortune 500 companies, with strengths in manufacturing, financial services and healthcare, Cincinnati is a recognized business hub and great place to live.

Cincinnati Transportation & Infrastructure

Cincinnati is a strategically located and well-connected city. Businesses locating here enjoy easy access to I-65, I-70, I-74 and I-75, connecting the city to additional regional business hubs in Chicago, Nashville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and as far south as Atlanta. 

Air Transportation

Air transportation from the region’s Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) provides efficient access to major U.S. and international cities.  CVG boasts major routes to New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington D.C. and more domestically, as well as Paris, Toronto and the Caribbean internationally. The airport is one of three major global hubs for DHL aviation and DHL express, ranking CVG 9th in North America and 36th in the world for cargo operations.

Highway Transportation

Cincinnati is will connected to all major regional markets via multiple interstates: 20 major metro areas are located within 400 miles (644 km) and are served by one-day truck driving time, with 30 additional markets by second-day service. Regional road assets include:

  • More than 900 interstate common motor freight carriers service the region
  • Over 380 general freight trucking establishments, of which 255 are long distance hauler, are located in the Cincinnati MSA
  • More than 290 specialized freight trucking establishments in the Cincinnati MSA
  • 44 Freight Forwarders

Cincinnati has 5 interstates that connect the region to the U.S.:

  • I-71, Louisville to Cleveland
  • I-75, Miami to Ontario, Canada
  • I-74, Davenport, Iowa to Cincinnati
  • I-471 and I-275 serve the regional market 

Rail Transportation

Cincinnati USA is a vital gateway both north/south and east/west. Four major railroad systems serve the region including:
Amtrak, CSX, Indiana & Ohio Railway, the Central Railroad Company of Indiana, and Norfolk Southern.
CSX and Norfolk Southern provide long-haul freight service through the region. Both railroads have major classification and intermodal yards in Cincinnati. Genesee & Wyoming provides regional freight service while Amtrak provides passenger service to Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington, and New York.

Waterway Transportation

The Ohio River links our region to the global economy via the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. At approximately mile marker 470, the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is situated at the mid-point of the mighty Ohio River. According to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, this port is the #1 inland river port and #14 overall water port in the United States as ranked by tons of cargo. The river port provides low-cost transportation for vital goods in energy production, manufacturing, and agriculture production. In 2016, more than 43 million tons of goods, consisting of coal, petroleum products, chemicals, steel products, raw materials, aggregates, fertilizer and farm products, moved into and out of the port via barge. This vast river-port complex includes approximately 70 terminals, 7 power plants, 5 fleet and tow operators, 41 pleasure marinas, 2 ferries, and 2 day-cruise lines.