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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: you can stay on campus fine without a car. you just require a car if you want to go to a store or go do other stuff off campus.

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3 College Student

Transportation: Kirksville is small enough that a daring person could hack it with a bike and some determination but the lack of reliable public transportation makes even the most stubborn look longingly at used car lots.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: You move when you have to - probably by asking a ride

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: You have to have your own transportation device such as bike or car. Or have good friends who can give you ride.

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1 College Senior

Transportation: You can buy a plane ticket from St. Louis to the tiny airport right outside of town for about $50, which is totally reasonable as that's about as much as you'll pay for gas. There really isn't public transportation in Kirksville, but the town is small. If you decide to not bring a car, your bike will be just fine, and students are always happy to give each other a lift.

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Public transportation and Kirksville don't really belong in the same sentence. There is no reliable bus or tram service here that doesn't require a premeditated reservation. While this might be a major drawback in a larger city, most students don't feel it's really an issue here. You can get anywhere you need to go with a short car ride or a good pair of tennis shoes. Even Walmart, the farthest of the common student destinations, is only a two-mile walk.

Many students bring a car to campus—although certainly not all—and chances are great there's someone on your floor heading to Hy-Vee or willing to trust you with their keys for an hour or two. Downtown Kirksville, home to boutiques, gourmet food stores, and the one popular student bar, is less than a half-mile walk. Getting to and from town is a little more difficult, but it has become easier in recent years thanks to upgrades to Highway 63, which now makes Kirksville accessible by a pretty smooth four-lane road. The airport is seldom used by Truman students and is even less popular after an ill-fated flight crashed a short distance from the runway in 2004, killing 13. However, the planes are generally safe and new, but flights are pretty expensive.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike or scooter
  • Pickup truck, preferably with the windows down
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab ride to the airport

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

University Police
(660) 785-4176
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?


The Kirk-Tran bus system is rarely used by Truman students. It only provides transportation from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

(660) 665-8404

(877) 666-5475 Kirk-Tran Office

201 S. Franklin St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Kirksville Regional Airport

The airport is approximately seven miles from campus.

27161 Airport Trail

(660) 665-5020

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

This airport is about 3 hours and 15 minutes from campus.

10701 Lambert International Blvd., St. Louis

(314) 890-1333

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


There's a bus stop at the Shop & Go.

1700 Baltimore

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The station is approximately 13 miles from campus.

535 N. Owensby St., La Plata

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 66 responses

  • 2% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 3% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 88% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 22% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 9% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 36% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 33% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 29 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 29 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 28 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 67 responses

  • 55% Very easy.
  • 42% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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