Getting around the StL

The Washington University campus is about 20 minutes by car from Lambert St. Louis Lambert–St. Louis International Airport. Lambert Airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines, which has a dedicated terminal. All other airlines are based in Terminal 1, which has an iconic copper roof. Rental cars are available, most of which require a shuttle to a nearby location. When mapping your drive to or from the airport to your hotel/dorm, be sure to select the appropriate terminal.

The airport is accessible by the metro area's MetroLink system; both airport terminals have light rail stations, which correspond to the Red Line MetroLink. One way tickets cost $2.50. While the WashU Danforth Campus has two MetroLink stations, neither of those stations connect directly to the Red Line. Rather, riders would need to walk from the Delmar Loop Station to campus (about 25 minute walk), or transfer to the Blue Line. A map of the MetroLink is available here. The Blue Line Skinker Station is at the northeast corner of WashU's Danforth Campus, while the Blue Line University City-Big Bend Station is at the northwest corner of campus. The University City-Big Bend Station is a 6 minute walk from the Charles F. Knight Center.

The area around Washington University's Danforth Campus (including the Loop and DeMun) is easily walkable. Conference attendees should be sure to check out the surrounding area has to offer. That being said, St. Louis is not considered a great walking city. The Central West End, which is a popular neighborhood, would be a 3 mile, hour-long walk. While the MetroLink and MetroBus system can make getting between neighborhoods easier, you may want to consider other forms of transportation.

Other Transportation Options

  • St. Louis has Uber!
  • You can rent a bike at Big Shark near campus. St. Louis continues to expand bike lanes across the city.
  • If you don't need a rental car for your entire visit, Enterprise Car Rental is based in the St. Louis metro area, so there are plenty of spots to rent cars around the city. Enterprise car share options are also available around the WashU campus.