Travel Information

Getting here is easy - Lawrence is located on I-70, just 45 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport. 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 / 435 W ramp to St. Joseph/Topeka. Continue for 3.5 miles
  2. Take exit 17 to 435 S toward Topeka for 29 miles
  3. Take exit 12 to 70 W / Kansas Turnpike toward Topeka for 25 miles
  4. Take exit 202 "West Lawrence" and pay the toll (about $2.00)
  5. After the toll booth, you'll be driving south on McDonald Drive. You will go under an overpass and merge onto Iowa Street.  
  6. Turn left off Iowa onto 15th Street.
  7. Turn right off 15th Street into the KU Visitor Center parking lot.
  8. Welcome to KU!

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. You will go under an overpass and merge onto Iowa Street.  
  3. Turn left off Iowa onto 15th Street.
  4. Turn right off 15th Street into the KU Visitor Center parking lot.
  5. Welcome to KU!

Directions to Lawrence from the east (K-10)

  1. Take Kansas 10 Highway (K-10) west into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 3.25 miles. 
  2. Turn right on Iowa Street. 
  3. Turn right off Iowa Street onto 15th Street.
  4. Turn right off 15th Street into the KU Visitor Center parking lot.
  5. Welcome to KU!

Directions to Lawrence from the south (U.S. 59)

  1. Take U.S. 59 Highway north into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence to 15th Street. 
  2. Turn right off Iowa onto 15th Street.
  3. Turn right off 15th Street into the KU Visitor Center parking lot.
  4. Welcome to KU!

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


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