Getting to Kirksville, Missouri
Kirksville is located in the heart of Northeast Missouri along US Highway 63. You can reach Kirksville easily from St. Louis, Kansas City, or Columbia, Missouri via 4-lane highways. Additionally, both a commercial airport and an Amtrak train station are located just minutes south of Kirksville.
- St Hwy 6
- St Hwy 11
- US Hwy 63
…and a short drive north of US Hwy 36
Nearest Large Cities
- Columbia, MO: 88 miles
- Des Moines, IA: 150 miles
- Kansas City, MO: 156 miles
- St. Louis, MO: 192 miles
- Chicago, IL: 384 miles
For upcoming roadwork and weather related road conditions, see the Missouri Traveler Information Map. The map is also available for smartphones by searching for MoDOT in the appropriate app store.
With a 6,000-foot hard surface runway, Kirksville Regional Airport (IRK) is a FAA Part 139 airport servicing commercial and private aircrafts. Cape Air provides three daily flights to and from St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Purchase tickets at www.capeair.com. For information regarding non-commercial service, call 660-665-5020 or visit www.kirksvillecity.com/airport.
An Amtrak train station is only 12 miles south of Kirksville, located in La Plata, Missouri. Two passenger trains, the eastbound and the westbound Southwest Chief, stop daily to board and drop off passengers. View current Southwest Chief Schedule. Call 800-USA-RAIL or purchase tickets at www.amtrak.com. See a map
Greyhound provides daily bus service both northbound toward Ottumwa, IA and southbound toward Springfield, MO. The bus stop is located at 2214 N. Baltimore Street at the Ayer Co #29. Tickets must be purchased in advance either online at Greyhound.com or via phone at 1-800-231-2222. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the bus stop.)
Kirk-Tran, Kirksville’s public transit service, offers a demand-response system (shuttle-type service) by which point-to-point rides are scheduled in advance by calling the dispatch center. Visit the City’s Kirk-Tran page to see route and fare information, or call 660-665-8404 to schedule a ride. The system operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. See a map
Taxi & Limo Service
Shuttle Train Airport Taxi
D & D Cab
Grand Luxury Limousine
Car Rental Service
From Kansas City:
Take I-35 North. Exit to 36-East in Cameron. Exit to 63-North in Macon, and continue on 63-North to Kirksville. (Approximately a 3-hour drive from Kansas City International Airport.)
From St. Louis:
Take I-70-West. Exit to 63-North in Columbia, and continue on 63-North to Kirksville. (Approximately a 3.5-hour drive from St. Louis-Lambert Airport.) Alternatively, another route is to exit I-70/40 to 61-North to arrive Kirksville via Hannibal. From Hannibal, take 36-West to Macon and exit to 63-North to Kirksville.
Hike & Bike
If you are interested in exploring the City of Kirksville by foot or bike, check out these resources:
This map shows the City of Kirksville with constructed trails highlighted in blue and city parks highlighted in green.
There are four trails throughout the park, ranging from .20 to 10.5 miles in length. The longest, Thousand Hills Trail, connects to Rainbow Basin Trail Road / County Road 226 and Highway H on the southwest side of Kirksville.
FLATS is a volunteer organization constructing bike and walking trails between Kirksville and Thousand Hills State Park. The FLATS website also has useful information on the development of trails in Adair County.