for U.S. incoming freshmen

Directions

Getting here is easy - Lawrence is located on I-70 just 45 minutes' drive from the Kansas City International Airport (I-435 South to I-70 West; also see Airport shuttles). 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 / 435W ramp to St Joseph/Topeka. Continue for 3.5 miles.
  2. Take exit 17 to 435 S toward Topeka for 19 miles.
  3. Take exit 12 to 70W / Kansas Turnpike toward Topeka for 25 miles.
  4. Take exit 202 “West Lawrence” and pay the toll (about $1.75)
  5. After the toll booth, you’ll be driving south on McDonald Drive. Stay in the left lane to merge onto Iowa Street.
  6. Turn left on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

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. Stay in the left lane to merge onto Iowa Street.
  3. Turn left on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the East (KS Highway 10)

  1. Take Kansas Highway 10 (K10) west into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 3.25 miles.
  2. Turn right on Iowa St. Continue for about 1 mile.
  3. Turn right on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the South (US Highway 59)​

  1. Take US Highway 59 north into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 2.5 miles.
  2. Turn right on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

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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