Transportation to/from Illinois College through St. Louis

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in St. Louis, Missouri: This airport is very manageable in size while servicing many destinations in the U.S. and several in Canada. Lambert Airport is conveniently tied into the regional rail system, and from there to the long-distance Amtrak train system. There are no flights to Springfield, Illinois (SPI).
 Allow at least two hours in St. Louis in order to make connections between flights and Amtrak trains.
In order to catch the last train of the day from St. Louis to Springfield, departing St. Louis (STL) at 5:30 p.m., an incoming flight should arrive at St. Louis Lambert Airport (STL) no later than 3:30 p.m.
When taking the train from Springfield to St. Louis for flight connections at St. Louis Lambert Airport, note that the first Amtrak train of the day departs Springfield (SPI) at 10:15 a.m., arriving in St. Louis about two hours later. With this connection, an outbound flight from St. Louis Lambert Airport (STL) should have a scheduled departure not before 2:30 p.m.
MetroLink Red Line

The MetroLink Red Line train provides ground transportation between downtown St. Louis and the airport.  

At the airport, the MetroLink Lambert Airport Station is located just off the main ticket area in the upper level of the terminal. For more information on the airport, see the airport guide.

In downtown St. Louis, the MetroLink Civic Center Station is only a few steps from the Amtrak train station. Transfer between the trains is easy and convenient, even with luggage — no stairs or narrow escalators to navigate. 

The Red Line train ride between Lambert Airport and the Civic Center/Amtrak station takes about 45 minutes and costs $3-4. Tickets can be purchased at vending machines in the station, just outside the platform area. Vending machines generally take cash only, so have $1 bills ready.

Amtrak Train/St. Louis Gateway Station (STL): St. Louis provides access to long-distance Amtrak trains in many directions. The line to Chicago is one of the most travelled routes. The Amtrak station, officially called St. Louis Gateway Station, is located right by the regional MetroLink station Civic Center.
 There are five trains a day on the “Lincoln Service” or “Texas Eagle” between St. Louis (STL) and Springfield (SPI) in both directions. The ride normally takes about two hours. Find a schedule overview in downloadable PDF format. The ticket may cost from about $12 (with student discount) upwards, depending on when you make the reservation. For the most up-to-date Amtrak schedule and ticket reservations, visit the Amtrack website

You must pick up your ticket, either at a vending machine or at the Amtrak counter, even if you have a ticket reservation, before you board the train. Passengers wait in a boarding lounge until they are called to board their train. 

Remember that in order to catch the last train of the day to Springfield, departing St. Louis at 5:30 p.m., a flight into Lambert Airport should have a scheduled arrival time of no later than 3:30 p.m. In Springfield, this last train of the day from St. Louis will be met by IC Rides for transportation to campus.

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