Welcome to the College of Business at the University of Illinois. We are convinced that whether you are here for a semester or an entire year, you will have a great experience. There is so much that both the College of Business and the University have to offer you, not to mention that the University is only several hours away from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. Make the most of your experience and get involved.
We hope that this website will provide answers to many of your questions. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Business Study Abroad office in 320 Wohlers Hall.
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Getting to Champaign-Urbana from Chicago
It is not recommended that you take a taxi from Chicago to Champaign-Urbana since it is a 2-3 hour drive.
The University of Illinois Willard Airport (Airport Code: CMI) serves the Champaign-Urbana area, offering daily flights to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This is the easiest way to get to Champaign-Urbana.
Amtrak trains leave Champaign three times daily (6:10, 10:14 and 6:49). Reservations are required and cost between $15-$40 one way, depending on the train and how early you book. The trains take about three hours to get to downtown Chicago. There is a subway train (CTA blue line) that will take you from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport, but it can be inconvenient with luggage. Taxis from Union Station to O’Hare cost between $30-$40.
EAC Shuttle offers transportation between Urbana-Champaign and O’Hare Airport. Cost is about $45 one way.
Illini Shuttle is a coach service that provides connections between O’Hare and Champaign. Reservations are required.
Peoria Charter serves many different locations including Bloomington Airport as well as Chicago O’Hare.
Greyhound buses also run between downtown Champaign and Chicago; travel time will depend on whether the bus is an express service or a local service. Times of the buses change, but they run frequently.
Megabus is an inexpensive service between downtown Chicago and downtown Champaign. There are two trips a day, each taking about two and a half hours. Ticket prices vary ($8-20), depending on the date of purchase and time of trip. Service may be limited during summer months.