International Student Registration Guide: Travel Plan Confirmation

As soon as you have obtained your student visa, you must finalize your travel arrangements. It is important to keep the Center for International Students fully informed of your travel arrangements, including dates, times, methods, and cities of departure and arrival. Complete the Travel Plan Confirmation found on your TruView page. If your plans change, please submit an updated form.

Recommended Routes to Kirksville, Missouri

  • If you Arrive in Kansas City, Missouri:
    • Take the Truman shuttle from Kansas City International Airport to Truman’s campus (3 hours).
    • Take the Amtrak train from Kansas City, Missouri to La Plata, Missouri (2 hours). Take a Truman shuttle from La Plata, Missouri to Truman’s campus (15 minutes).
    • Take the Greyhound Bus from Kansas City to Kirksville (5 hours). Take a Truman shuttle to Truman’s campus (15 minutes).
    • Take the MoExpress Bus from the Kansas City Airport to Columbia, Missouri (2.5 hours). Take the Greyhound bus from Columbia, Missouri to Kirksville, Missouri (2 hours). Take a Truman Shuttle into campus.
    • Take the Superior Shuttle from Kansas City to Kirksville (3 hours).
  • If you Arrive in St. Louis, Missouri:
    • Take the Cape Air* commuter flight from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to Kirksville Regional Airport (1 hour). Take a Truman Shuttle or a taxi to Truman’s campus (10 minutes).
    • Take the MoExpress Bus from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to Columbia, Missouri (2 hours). Take the Greyhound bus from Columbia, Missouri to Kirksville, Missouri (2 hours). Take a Truman Shuttle to Truman’s campus (10 minutes).
  • If you Arrive in Chicago, Illinois:
    • Take the Amtrak train from Chicago, Illinois to La Plata, Missouri (5 hours). Take a Truman shuttle from La Plata, Missouri to Truman’s campus (15 minutes).

Scheduling and Buying Tickets

Public transit in the United States, especially in the Midwest, is less common than in many other countries. It is important to book your tickets for all parts of your travel in advance to assure seat availability. Additionally, transit is often delayed so we encourage you to leave enough time to make connections.

  • Amtrak Train:
    Tickets can be bought online at amtrak.com.
    Trains leave Chicago Union Station (CHI) daily at 15:00 and arrive in La Plata, Missouri (LAP) at 19:55.
    Trains leave Kansas City Union Station (KCY) daily at 7:43 and arrive in La Plata, Missouri (LAP) at 9:55.
  • MoExpress Bus
    Tickets can be bought online at moexpress.com.
    Buses leave Kansas City International Airport 5 times daily to arrive in Columbia, Missouri.
    Buses leave St. Louis International Airport 12 times daily to arrive in Columbia, Missouri.
  • Greyhound Bus
    Tickets can be bought online at greyhound.com.
    Buses leave Columbia, Missouri daily at 10:45 and arrive in Kirksville, Missouri at 12:35.
    Buses leave Kansas City, Missouri daily at 8:30 and arrive in Kirksville, Missouri at 13:30.
  • Cape Air*
    Tickets can be bought online at capeair.com.
    Flights leave Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) 3 times daily to arrive at Kirksville Regional.
    *Checked luggage may arrive 2-5 days after your flight if flying with Cape Air.
  • Superior Shuttle

Tickets can be bought at http://thesuperiorshuttle.com/reservations/

Truman Shuttles

Truman provides shuttles specifically for newly arriving international students. The shuttles run by reservation only. It is essential that you provide notice of your arrival by filling out the Travel Plan Confirmation on TruView.

  • From Kansas City International Airport
    • Friday, August 11, or Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • Pick up at Terminal B, Gate 45
    • Departs 10:00, Arrives in Kirksville at approximately 15:00
    • Cost is $75
  • From the La Plata Amtrak Station
    • Friday, August 11, or Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • Pick up at the La Plata Amtrak Train Station upon student arrival.
    • Cost is $25
  • From the Kirksville Airport
    • Friday, August 11, or Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • Pick up at the Kirksville Regional Airport upon student arrival
    • Cost is $25
  • From the Kirksville Bus Station
    • Friday, August 11, or Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • Pick up at the Kirksville Bus Station upon student arrival
    • Cost is $10

Kansas City Airport Hotels

You may need to stay in a Kansas City Airport hotel if you arrive prior to January 11, 2017, and plan to take the shuttle to Kirksville, Missouri. Many airport hotels provide free shuttle service to and from the airport. Across from the luggage carousels where you pick up your suitcases, there is a hotel directory with free phone service. From that phone you can call a hotel and inquire about room availability, cost, and shuttle pick up. They will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. The next day you can arrange for them to bring you back to the airport in time to meet the Truman shuttle. Prices range from approximately $50 to $120 per night.

Comfort Inn – Airport
1200 Highway 92
Platte City, MO 64079
816-858-5430

Best Western Country Inn
11900 Plaza Circle Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-431-2823

Best Western – Airport
11133 N Ambassador Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-891-9111

Hampton Inn
11212 North Newark Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-464-5454

Holiday Inn
11832 Circle Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-464-2345

Hilton
8801 NW 112th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-891-8900

Residence Inn
9900 NW Prairie View Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-891-9009

Sleep Inn
7611 NW 97th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-891-0111

Econolodge
11300 NW Prairie View Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64153
816-464-5082

Kirksville Hotels

Students who will live in the residence halls and arrive in Kirksville prior to January 11, 2017, must stay in a hotel until the residence halls are open because early check-in to on-campus halls is not allowed. Students who will live off-campus may wish to stay in a hotel until housing can be acquired.

Holiday Inn Express
2702 S. Business Hwy 63
660-627-1100

Super 8 Motel
1101 Country Club Drive
660-665-8826

Days Inn
Highway 63 South
660-665-8244

Comfort Inn
2209 N. Baltimore
660-665-2205

Best Western
Junction 6 & Bus. 63 S.
660-665-8352

Shamrock Inn
2521 S Franklin St
660-665-8352