Getting to Columbia

As bootcamps often fill up, please make sure that you have a spot in the camp by contacting Stephanie Klimstra at prior to making travel arrangements.

By air:

Flights are available on most major airlines to either Kansas City (MCI) or St. Louis (STL). Kansas City is approximately 2.5 hours from Columbia and STL is approximately 2 hours. You can fly directly to Columbia Regional Airport with American or United Airlines. Columbia’s airport code is COU. **Please note that Columbia Regional Airport is a small, regional airport that has limited flights. In times of winter weather, this can cause additional delays. 

Airport Shuttle Service: Mo-X (877-669-4826) offers round-trip shuttle service between the St. Louis and Kansas City airports. Note: Mo-X offers a discount for reservations made online.

Rental Cars at the Airports: Rental car companies have counters and/or shuttle service at the Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia airports. Please consult their websites and/or toll-free numbers for more information and rates.

By land:

From the Kansas City Airport: Take I-435 East (toward St. Louis) for approx. 25 miles, and take Exit 65B onto I-70 East (toward St. Louis – exit is on the left-hand side). Columbia is approximately 120 miles down I-70 (the entire trip is about 2 1/2 hours).

From St. Louis Airport: Take I-70 West about 110 miles to Columbia (approx. 2 hours).

From Columbia Regional Airport: Take Highway 63 north approx. 9 miles; then take Interstate 70 West (the trip takes about half an hour).

Directions from Interstate 70 to the Missouri School of Journalism (seminar location):From I-70, take the Providence Road exit (Exit #126). Go South on Providence Road (left turn from points east; right turn from points west) for about 1.4 miles. At stoplight at Elm Street, turn left. Missouri School of Journalism is at the intersection of Elm and Ninth Street.


Parking in Columbia: If you will be driving, please e-mail Stephanie Klimstra at for a parking pass.


Map of University of Missouri-Columbia
Map of IRE Offices at S. 9th St. At Elm St., Columbia, MO 65201


Area lodging:

Make your hotel reservations right away!

Tiger Hotel (5 minute walk to campus): 573.875.8888

The Broadway Columbia – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (5-10 minute walk to campus): 573-875-7000. Full-service hotel located in downtown Columbia.

Hampton Inn and Suites (25-30 minute walk to campus): 573-214-2222. Located next to Faurot Field and across from University Hospital, the Hampton Inn and Suites is the closest full-service hotel on-campus. They offer a quick-start breakfast, fitness center, business center and on-site restaurant.

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center (10-minute drive to campus): 573-442-6400 or 800-659-2220. Stoney Creek Inn offers free in-room, high speed Internet access, a fitness center including a small workout room and a large indoor/outdoor pool, and free breakfast.

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia (10-minute drive to campus): 573-443-8000. Full-service hotel with fitness center, business center and restuarants nearby.

Additional information can be found at Columbia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Area dining options:

Dining options in The District (Downtown Columbia) can be found here.

Dining options in Columbia can be found here.