Getting to and around Champaign-Urbana

Directions to Campus

Champaign-Urbana is easily accessible by car, plane, train, or bus. A number of interstate, U.S., and state highways serve the motorist (see a city map).

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The University of Illinois’ Willard Airport (CMI) is only five miles south of Champaign, just off US 45.

Other major airports within a 160-mile radius of Champaign-Urbana include:

  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD ; 3 hour drive)
  • Chicago Midway (MDW; 2 1/2 hour drive)
  • Bloomington, IL (BMI; 45 minute drive)
  • Indianapolis (IND; 2 hour drive)

The Illinois Terminal, just west of campus, provides bus and rail transportation to Champaign-Urbana from many surrounding cities.

Local Transportation

The twin cities of Urbana and Champaign (combined population of over 115,000) are divided by Wright Street, which runs north-south through the middle of the Illinois campus. Urbana is east, Champaign west, of Wright Street.

If you are going to a building identified by a street address, you must know which city it is in. The campus map or city map shows you major streets in both cities.


For general information about parking on campus, including maps of parking areas across campus, please visit:

For information regarding a campus visit coordinated by a specific career services office, contact that office for more detailed instructions.


The I Hotel offers a discounted rate for recruiters visiting campus. The hotel located just south of State Farm Center has an adjacent restaurant and café. They offer shuttle services from Willard Airport as well as campus. To make reservations call (217) 819-5000. Many hotels, such as Hilton Garden and Hampton Inn, and the Marriott Towne Place Suites on Green Street offer special rates for recruiters that you may want to request. The Illini Union Hotel has 72 guest rooms and two V.I.P. suites.

For a list of other hotels, motels, restaurants, and bed and breakfast accommodations in the Urbana-Champaign area, visit the Champaign-Urbana Convention and Visitors Bureau or phone them at (217) 351-4133 or toll-free at 1-800-369-6151.

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