Getting to Columbia

The boot camp seminars often fill up as the camp dates approach. Before you make your travel arrangements, please make sure that you have a spot in the camp by calling Amy Johnston at 573-884-1444.

By air:

You can fly with most major airlines to either Kansas City or St. Louis (each city is about a two-hour drive from Columbia), or you can fly directly to Columbia Regional Airport with American Airlines. Columbia’s airport code is COU.

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: Most major rental car companies have counters and/or shuttle service at the Kansas City and St. Louis airports. Please consult their national Web sites and/or toll-free numbers for more information and rates: The Kansas City AirportLambert St. Louis Airport.

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 Amy Johnston at [email protected] 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.

The Gathering Place (bed and breakfast located about a 15 minute walk from campus) 573-443-4301. Rates include full breakfast.

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