Airport Transportation Options

If you are flying in, you will need to connect into Kansas City International Airport (Airport Code=MCI). The ride from the airport to Lawrence is approximately one hour. We encourage you to carefully view the choices below for reserving a ride to Lawrence before you arrive in Kansas City.

KU does not arrange for student pick-ups from the airport. 

Option 1

If you are a new KU international student for the Fall 2016 semester, limited free shuttle transportation is available through a Lawrence community organization. Please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • E-mail address
  • Flight number
  • Arrival date and time to Kansas City

The shuttle coordinator will be in contact with you to confirm your pick-up shortly after you e-mail.

Option 2

For an additional $65 to your orientation fees, university sponsored transportation will be provided from the Kansas City International Airport to the University of Kansas Lawrence campus on August 8, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. In order to select this option, please visit the Transportation E-Form in i-Hawk.

Option 3

You can make your own reservations with a commercial shuttle, a taxi, or a car rental company for transportation from the airport to Lawrence. Below is information about various companies currently connecting from the Kansas City airport to Lawrence:


  • Flat Rate 
    • Flat rate means that this is the total cost of the shuttle reservation, regardless if it is used by only one passenger or more than one passenger.
  • Shared Ride
    • ​​Shared ride means that you pay the specified amount to reserve your space in a shuttle that may also be providing transportation to other individuals.

Better Alternative Transportation Services (BATS): $84 (cash) or $89 (credit card) for exclusive, door-to-door delivery to any location in Lawrence. Driver monitors flight arrivals and meets passengers at the arrival baggage claim area. If you share the ride with a friend, you can split the fare. We recommend reservations made within 24 hours of your trip by email ( If less than 24 hours, you can give us a call at 913-634-5484 to check availability. Visit here for more information.

Ground Transportation Services. (GTS): $60 each rider for basic shared-ride shuttle service with door-to-door delivery to any location in Lawrence. This price includes one large bag and one carry-on item (such as a backpack), and each additional bag is an additional $10. Town car service for $95 total is also available. For more information and the shuttle schedule, visit here or call 1-888-467-3729.

5 Guys Transportation: $100 one-way flat rate for a van that holds 1-6 people. 5 Guys Transportation provides a private door-to-door car service to or from Lawrence. A driver will meet you at baggage claim at the airport with a personalized signboard and will deliver you to your home, hotel, residence hall or any other location. For more information, call the office at 816-891-9999 or go here to book your ride.

Super Shuttle: $56 - $125 for a shared ride with door-to-door shuttle service for up to 10 passengers. For additional details, go here, email, or call 1-800-BLUEVAN (1-800-258-3826) toll-free from within the U.S.

KCI Road Runner: $49 (may be more depending on amount of luggage) for shared ride shuttle service from airport to the Holiday Inn Holidome (200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence). Shuttle makes NO other stops in Lawrence, so riders must arrange for additional connecting transportation to their final destination. Call 1-800-747-2524 toll-free within the U.S. or visit here for additional information.

SDM Transportation: Door-to-door delivery service in a four door mid sized mid-sized sedan from the airport to anywhere in Lawrence. $75 one-way and $145 round trip. SDM Transportation is a private car, on-demand, door to door service operating primarily in the early mornings, evenings, nights, major holidays, all day Thursday service and on weekends. Please call 785-979-2428 and leave a message for a reservation or email

Taxi Service: Taxis are available through various taxi service telephones located at the baggage claim areas in each terminal and outside the terminal exits. Taxi service from the airport is very expensive, but it may be possible to share the ride with other people to reduce the cost. Before entering a taxi, establish the estimated cost with the driver.

Please note - All fares listed above are subject to change and may increase in the late evening/night. For any of these services, it is customary to tip the driver 15% of the charge.

Rental Car: There is typically a minimum age requirement of at least 21 to rent a car (with a younger driver surcharge up to age 25), and drivers must have a license that will allow them to drive legally in the U.S. If you would like to rent a car, please see the car rental link on the Kansas City International Airport web page here for options. Many companies require that the car be returned to their originating rental facility, so please be aware of this if you decide to rent one.

Option 3

You may arrange for personal transportation from the airport through a friend or relative. Some of the campus student nationality organizations also assist students from their representative countries. A list of campus student organizations can be found here.



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