SSAR 2015 Travel

By Air: The closest Commercial Airport to Lawrence is Kansas City International Airport (MCI)a medium-sized hub and the 35th busiest airport in the United States. MCI has service from most major US carriers, including Southwest, United, Delta, US Airways, American, and Spirit.

By Car: Lawrence is located approximately 40 miles SW of Kansas City along the Kansas Turnpike (Route 70). Maps and directions to the meeting venue can be obtained via Google maps or other popular mapping applications.

Other Transportation: Lawrence is served by passenger rail via Amtrak and by bus via Greyhound. Numerous car rental outlets in Lawrence, Kansas City and the Kansas City International Airport offer one way or roundtrip rentals. 

Important Notice on Transportation Between the Airport and the Meeting Venue

The Kansas City International Airport is 50 miles NE of Lawrence by car and the drive generally takes about one hour door to door. It is critically important to make arrangements for transportation from the airport to the meeting venue in Lawrence prior to your arrival at the airport. Hiring a cab to drive this distance at the time of arrival is difficult (if not impossible) and very expensive. The best option for most attendees is to make prior arrangements with one of the several transportation services that specialize in door to door service between the airport and Lawrence. The table below lists a number of available transportation services along with their costs and services.

Airport to Lawrence Transportation Options

Name Phone Number Individual* Group* # Pass. Type Door to Door
Abe's Transportation, LLC. 816-349-5393 $120-$160 $120-$160 3-6 Private Yes
AERO Shuttle Express 816-839-1148 $90 $90 1-5 Private Yes
BATS 913-634-5484 $84 $84-$89 4-5 Private Yes+$10 for 2nd stop
Champion Shuttle Inc. 888-245-7844 $75 $75-$85 1-6 Private Yes
Day and Night Transportation 816-407-7433 $85 $85 4 Private Yes
5 Guys Transportation 816-891-9999 $95 $95 1-6 Private Yes
Ground Transportation Services, LLC 888-467-3729 $60 $95 1-3 Shuttle Yes
Quicksilver Airport Service 913-262-0905 $46 ~$36 per person 5-6 Shuttle Yes
Roadrunner 800-747-2524 $48 $88 1-3 Shuttle Yes+$10
Roundabout Transportation 913-488-4224 $85 $85 1- 5 Private Yes
SDM 785-979-2428 $65 $65 1-3 Private Yes
Super Shuttle 800-258-3826 ~$99 ~$99 1-3 Shuttle Yes

*One way fare. Gratuity not included. Subject to change.
With private services, passenger(s) hire a car for a particular trip and determine the time of the trip. With shuttle services, the transportation company attempts to pool travelers with similar schedules and may have pre-determined pick-up times.

As you can see from the table, the cost to hire a ride between the KC airport and the conference venue in Lawrence ranges from $46-$120+. The lowest fares are generally for shuttle services that have limited availability of pick-up and drop-off times and may require ride sharing with other KC visitors who may have drop-off points somewhere other than the SSAR meeting venue (in other words, these services can take a bit more time and may involve a bit more waiting around at the airport).  Private car or van services start with a higher price ($65+), but, because the fare is generally the same for one person or a car full of people, you can save money by sharing a ride with other meeting attendees. Due to the complexity of individual attendee flight schedules, the conference organizers cannot play a direct role in organizing such carpools or “shuttle pools,” however, we can provide links to an online carpooling application. This application permits individual users to establish trips and recruit fellow travelers. If you are driving to or from the airport, or have already made a reservation with a transportation service, you can establish your own listing in the carpool application to seek ride sharers. Attendees who have not yet made reservations to rent a car or hire a shuttle can visit the carpool application to look to join with others who have already established trips with similar arrival or departure times. If you do not see a shuttle leaving at the time you require, you will need to make a reservation of your own, and add it to the carpool list if you would like to attract ride and cost sharers. If you use the carpooling links below, please be sure that at least one member of your party has reserved the shuttle well in advance of your arrival. The conference organizers are available to answer any questions about airport transportation services via the conference e-mail address (, but cannot guarantee availability of ridesharing options.

Click Here to Carpool from the Airport to Lawrence

Click Here to Carpool from Lawrence to the Airport

Parking: Parking near the meeting venue is available in the Mississippi Street Parking Garage where rates are $1.75 for the first hour and $1.50 per hour thereafter. Parking in this garage is billed 24/7. Free street parking is also available on many streets adjacent to campus for those willing to include a short walk in their commute. Parking is also freely available in designated areas at most of the recommended locations for lodging, including the dormitory, the Holiday Inn, Spring Hill Suites. Guests at the Oread will be billed $12 a day for parking.