Columbia is just about halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City. Because of the locations of the airports in these two cities, it takes about 2 hours to drive to St. Louis Airport, and 2 1/2 hours to drive to Kansas City Airport. To get from St Louis or K.C. airport to Columbia one can take the Mo-X (http://www.moexpress.com/ or call 1-877-669-4826) Van. These vans can take you directly to your hotel.
(to the University of Missouri) via I-70: Take I-70 to exit 126 (Providence Rd). Take Providence Rd 2 miles south to Elm Street. Left onto Elm to Hitt Street. Left on Hitt for a block to the Hitt Street Garage. Or continue down to University Ave. Left onto University to the University Ave Garage. Visitor parking is available in both garages Thursday and Friday. After 5pm Friday and on weekends parking is free anywhere.