Travel by Car, Train, or Bus

  • The campus is easily accessible by using Interstate 74, Interstate 72, or Interstate 57
  • Amtrak provides daily rail passenger service to and from Chicago and points south through Memphis to New Orleans
  • National and regional companies provide bus service

Get more information on these services on the City of Champaign public transportation page.

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Travel by Air

The campus is serviced by the University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI) which has American Eagle as a major carrier. CMI is located about five miles southwest of the University of Illinois. It offers a variety of ground transportation options including taxi service and onsite car rentals from Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National.

Other major airports within a 160-mile radius of Champaign-Urbana include: Chicago O’Hare (4-hour drive), Chicago Midway (3½-hour drive), Bloomington (50-minute drive), and Indianapolis (2-hour drive).

Parking on Campus

Be sure to read all meters and signage when parking.

There are three parking jurisdictions on campus:

  • University of Illinois
  • City of Champaign
  • City of Urbana

Be sure to read all meters and signage when parking.  Some meters are equipped with "pay by phone" capability, and many (not all) campus parking lots are available for public parking after 5 pm. Read blue sign when entering a campus parking lot to determine if and when it is available for public parking.  The University is not responsible for any parking tickets you may receive.

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