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Getting to Columbia

Fly into St. Louis or Kansas City

Most people fly into either the Kansas City airport or the St. Louis airport. Each of these airports is located approximately 120 miles, or a two-hour drive, from Columbia. After getting off your plane, you should follow the signs to baggage claim to pick up your checked luggage. Most ground transportation services at both airports leave from just outside the baggage claim areas; look for signs to the appropriate transportation.

Ground transportation to Columbia

The International Center cannot pick you up from the airport. Here are some options for getting from the St. Louis or Kansas City airports to MU:

  • Airport shuttle: You can use an airport shuttle (van service) to get to Columbia from St. Louis or Kansas City. MO-X, an airport shuttle service based in Columbia, serves the St. Louis and Kansas City airports. Check its website for schedules and prices.
  • Bus service: Bus service to Columbia from both St. Louis and Kansas City is available on Greyhound. You will have to take a taxi or public transportation from the airport to the Greyhound bus station in both cities.
  • Rental car: If you want to rent a car, you may be able to make arrangements in advance online. Remember to ask the rental companies about what documents you will be required to show in order to rent and drive the car.
  • Ride with a current student: Sometimes international student organizations help to coordinate rides for new students. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.

Fly into Columbia

Columbia Regional Airport

Another option is to fly into the Columbia Regional Airport, just a short 15-minute drive south of the MU campus. Please see the airport website for current flight options. Taxi service is available from the Columbia Airport to the MU campus. A one-way trip to campus from the Columbia airport will cost approximately $20.