Air Transportation

Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is the closest major airport to Lawrence, Kansas. Travel time between MCI and Lawrence is approximately 50 minutes by car or shuttle. View a map of the route. In addition to the information included below, MCI maintains a Ground Transportation page that may prove helpful.

When departing the conference, follow your airline’s recommendations for arrival time before your flight. In general, plan to arrive at the airport at least 1.5 hours prior to a domestic flight.

Rental Car

A complete listing of rental car services is maintained by Kansas City International Airport.

Ride Share Coordination

The Local Arrangements Committee has set up a ride sharing page here ( for those who wish to coordinate shared group shuttle rides or rental cars.

Please Note:  The conference organizers will not be directly involved in arranging carpools. We have instead contracted with an online carpooling application to allow attendees to arrange their own carpools. This application allows an attendee to create trip sign-ups for ride sharing of a rental car or a shuttle ride and its cost. If there is not a trip set up at the time of arrival, you can create a new trip. Other attendees can then sign up to join the ride. The person setting up the carpool will need to make arrangements for the rental car or group shuttle. Note that some shuttle companies do charge by the trip rather than per person.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle services at Kansas City International Airport strongly recommend advance reservations. Some charge per person, others charge per trip. Coordinating with other travelers may yield savings. When making reservations with any of the following services, mention the KU IASSIST conference to receive the group rate. The table below lists contact information for several transportation companies. All have door to door service to Lawrence hotels. Fares are one-way and are subject to change.

Name Phone Number Individual  Group Passengers Type
Abe’s Transportation, LLC. 816-349-5393 $112/car
holds 1-3
$304 for a van full 3-6 Private
AERO Shuttle Express 816-839-1148 $90/car
holds 1-3
$90 1-5 Private
5 Guys Transportation 816-891-9999 $100 $47
*limited dropoff/pickup locations
1-6 Private
Ground Transportation Services, LLC 888-467-3729 $60/person $95 1-3 Shuttle
Roundabout Transportation 913-488-4224 $70/car
holds 1-3
$70 1- 5 Private
SDM 785-979-2428 $75/$145 roundtrip $75/$145 roundtrip 1-3 Private
Super Shuttle 800-258-3826*
*$3 fee for making reservations via phone
Use discount code EGW6B or this link when making reservations.
$99 from $99 1-7 Shuttle


Due to the distance between MCI and Lawrence, this option is quite expensive. With that caveat, Kansas City International Airport provides directions for obtaining taxi service and current rates.