Champaign-Urbana is readily accessible to visitors by car, plane, train, or bus. A number of interstate, U.S., and state highways serve the motorist.
The University of Illinois' Willard Airport is five miles south of Champaign, just off US 45. Airlines link the community to major hubs across the U.S. where passengers can make connections to destinations worldwide.
Trains and Buses
Amtrak provides daily rail passenger service to and from Chicago and points south through Memphis to New Orleans. Multiple companies provide national and regional bus service. Get more information on these services on the City of Champaign public transportation page.
Driving from Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD)
To drive to the campus from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, take I-190 a couple of miles to Interstate 294, the Tri-state Tollway (exit 1D). Head south (toward Indiana) for 35 miles to I-80, paying your tolls along the way.
Take I-80 West (toward Iowa) three miles then exit from the left lane onto I-57 heading south. Drive south for a couple of hours or less to I-74 in Champaign. Take I-74 east three miles and exit at Lincoln Avenue. Turn right and head south a mile to the campus, which is on your right.
- O'Hare International Airport
- O'Hare Terminal Map
- Chicago Live Expressway Congestion Map
- Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Roadway Information
- Illinois State Road Map (PDF)
- Illinois Highway Rest Area
- Illinois Tollways, conditions, rates, and more
Driving from Bloomington-Normal Regional Airport (BMI)
Exit Central Illinois Regional Airport Bloomington-Normal onto Route 9 (west). After about a mile, turn left onto US-51/Veterans Parkway and stay on it for about four miles. Take the US-51/Main Street ramp and keep left at the fork, then turn left onto US-51/Main Street. About a mile and half later, take the I-74 (east) ramp towards Champaign. Take I-74 east to Champaign-Urbana. Exit South on Lincoln Avenue. Head south a mile to the campus, which is on your right.
Driving from Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Drive east from the airport less than a mile to I-465. Head north on I-465 about five miles to I-74. Take I-74 west (exit 16B, "Peoria") 107 miles to Urbana.
Driving from Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL)
Start the 180-mile drive by turning right (northeast) on North Lindbergh Blvd./US-67 from the St. Louis airport. Take the MO-B/Natural Bridge Road ramp and stay straight to merge on to US-67. Stay on US-67 for two miles and take the exit for I-270. Take I-270 about 25 miles until you hit I-70, and go east on I-70. Take I-70 East to I-57 in Illinois. Take I-57 North to I-74 in Champaign. Take I-74 East three miles and exit at Lincoln Avenue. Turn right and head south a mile to the campus, which is on your right.