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Transportation and Directions

Lawrence campus map:

By car: Lawrence is located on Interstate 70, between Kansas City and Topeka.

By air: The best airport to travel to is Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is located on the north side of Kansas City, about an hour’s drive from Lawrence. It is served by all the major airlines, including Southwest, which has direct flights to many Midwestern and Southwestern locations. There are two ways to reach Lawrence from MCI. 1. Car rental, or 2. Shuttle

By train: Lawrence does have a very small Amtrak station that is served by one Eastbound train and one Westbound train each day, though the arrival/departure times are late at night or early in the morning.

Please click here to find car rental, shuttle and train information.



Getting here is easy - Lawrence is located on I-70 just 45 minutes' drive from the Kansas City International Airport (I-435 South to I-70 West; also see Airport shuttles). I-70 exit 202 is the most direct route to the KU Campus.


Directions to Lawrence from the Kansas City Airport

As you exit the airport, follow the signs to Topeka, which will direct you to:

  1. Turn left onto the 29 N / 435W ramp to St Joseph/Topeka. Continue for 3.5 miles.
  2. Take exit 17 to 435 S toward Topeka for 19 miles.
  3. Take exit 12 to 70W / Kansas Turnpike toward Topeka for 25 miles.
  4. Take exit 202 “West Lawrence” and pay the toll (about $1.75)
  5. After the toll booth, you’ll be driving south on McDonald Drive. Stay in the left lane to merge onto Iowa Street.
  6. Turn left on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the West (I-70)

  1. Take exit 202 “West Lawrence” and pay the toll
  2. After the toll booth, you’ll be driving south on McDonald Drive. Stay in the left lane to merge onto Iowa Street.
  3. Turn left on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the East (KS Highway 10)

  1. Take Kansas Highway 10 (K10) west into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 3.25 miles.
  2. Turn right on Iowa St. Continue for about 1 mile.
  3. Turn right on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the South (US Highway 59)​

  1. Take US Highway 59 north into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 2.5 miles.
  2. Turn right on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Tips for getting around in Lawrence

  • Numbered streets run east-west with 6th Street in the north and 31st Street in the south.
  • State streets run north-south roughly in the order they joined the union (east first).
  • West of Iowa St., 15th Street is Bob Billings Parkway, and 23rd Street is Clinton Parkway

State map of Kansas highways



High-level map of Lawrence

Visitor Parking

Visitors should expect to pay for parking on campus on weekdays.  Visitor permits that will allow a vehicle to park in Blue, Red, or Yellow lots may be purchased any weekday at the Allen Fieldhouse Garage office in increments of half-day, ($5), one-day, ($10), or one-week ($40). 

On Friday, October 3, conference events will take place in the Burge Union (BURU): 1601 Irving Hill Road, which is served by parking lots 19, 72 & the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage (paid hourly parking, no permit necessary).

On Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, conference events will take place in Wescoe Hall (WES): 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., the Kansas Union (U): 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., and the Adams Alumni Center (AAC): 1266 Oread Ave., which can be served by any open, unreserved parking space in any of the campus lots.

Visitors may choose to park without buying a permit by taking advantage of one of the methods of hourly parking available.  Several lots have meters that accept coin payments, (as designated on the map1 with a meter icon), and some long-term meters are also equipped to accept payments by mobile phone using Parkmobile.  See the Hourly Parking page2 for more detailed information on these two methods of parking, including rates (which vary by meter type and location).

Hourly parking is also available to visitors in the Mississippi St. Garage or Allen Fieldhouse Garage3.  Garage parking costs $1.75 for the first hour or any portion thereof , and $1.50 per hour for all subsequent hours. Except for the Mississippi Street Garage and lots where otherwise restricted, all lots are available for free parking on Saturday and Sunday.

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email ( or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

Join us for "World Wednesday: Demystifying Chinese Characters" this Wednesday, January 28, from 4-5 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B. After a quick overview of the language and its pronunciation with Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator Randi Hacker, the session will focus on stroke order and writing. Participants will have the chance to write one character using brush and ink. No registration necessary. World Wednesday Workshops are designed with educators in mind, but should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the topic. This event is free and open to the public.
Lawrence-area educators: Check out this World Wednesday Workshop on Chinese Characters, 1/28, 4 p.m. @lawrencelibrary
Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (, associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.

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