Getting Here & Around

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Getting Here 
Lawrence is right here in the middle of the continental United States, and conveniently located on Interstate 70 just 30 minutes west of Kansas City and 20 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital.

Kansas City International Airport (in Kansas City Missouri) is a comfortable 45-minute drive on a series of four-lane interstate highways. Fourteen major airlines operate out of KCI, offering 46 nonstop flights across the United States.

The Lawrence Municipal Airport is a general aviation facility located approximately three miles north of downtown Lawrence on East US Hwy 24/40.

An uncontrolled airfield, Lawrence Municipal Airport averages more than 100 daily flight operations of single-engine, twin-engine and business jets. With the assistance of a 5,700 feet runway and Class I Instrument Landing System, it is an outstanding all-weather airport for recreational or business flyers.

A complete range of aviation services are available, including aircraft rental, flight instruction, hangar rental and a full-service Fixed Base Operator seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call: 785-842-0000 or get radio frequencies and runway data at

Rental Cars
Rental cars and trucks are available in town from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and from Laird Noller Automotive Leasing. 

Public Transit

Lawrence Transit System is a service of the City of Lawrence and works in conjunction with the University of Kansas’ KU on Wheels transit system to provide safe, convenient, affordable, reliable and responsive public transportation.

Learn more about routes, trip planner, fares and more at

SafeRide and SafeBus are available for University of Kansas students (Your KU ID number is your ticket to a safe ride home.)

SafeRide is a demand-response service where students called in to schedule a ride, giving students a ride home from anywhere within the city limits. It operate 3-8 cars, depending on the night of the week, from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

SafeRide runs from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. 7 nights a week while classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters.

SafeRide runs from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights while classes are in session during the Summer semesters.

785.864.SAFE (7233)

SafeBus has four fixed routes connecting campus, downtown, and student residential areas with the highest density of SafeRide rides.

SafeBus service is for KU students and operates from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout both the Fall and Spring Semesters.

There is a limit of one non-student guest per student passenger.

Find routes at

By Rail
Amtrack Passenger Service
413 E. 7th Street

By Bus
Greyhound 2447 W. 6th Street

Shuttle, Taxi & Limo Services
Affordable Limousine Service

GTS (Ground Transportation Services)
Airport shuttle and taxi service

Jayhawk Taxi
785.843.TAXI (8294)

Lawrence First Class Taxi

Lawrence First Class Transportation
Airport pickups, nights on the town, proms, weddings and special events

SDM Transportation
Airport shuttle service and car service

Driving? Check the chart below for distances

Driving Distances to Lawrence
From Miles Drive Time
Major U.S. Cities
Atlanta 876 13:35 hours
Boston 1,507 22:15 hours
Chicago 541 9:45 hours
Dallas 481 8:45 hours
Des Moines 247 3:50 hours
Kansas City 40 0:45 hours
Los Angeles 1,551 28:30 hours
Minneapolis 489 7:15 hours
St. Louis 291 5:30 hours
Other Kansas Cities
Arkansas City 225 4:00 hours
Dodge City 302 5:30 hours
Emporia 65 1:15 hours
Goodland 368 6:45 hours
Topeka 21 0:30 hours
Wichita 148 2:15 hours


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Laura Hiebert-Carbrey Director of Sales