Getting Around, Lincoln Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Lincoln, Nebraska - NE, USA)
How you choose to travel around the city of Lincoln really depends upon where you decide to stay. If you are based in the city center, then you will most likely opt to get around on foot, rather than use public transport.
Most of the main necessities are within walking distance of hotels in downtown Lincoln, along with numerous places of interest, such as the Children's Zoo, near the Antelope Creek, the Billy Wolff Trail and the Capitol Parkway. However, don't forget that the winter months are always cold and frosty, and if you are planning to walk around the city at this time of the year, you will certainly need to step it out and wrap up well to keep warm.
Bus transport is ideal if you intend to travel longer distances or during periods of inclement weather, while if you are in a rush, you can arrange to be collected by a taxi. When the sun in shining, you may like to make the most of the city's trail network and hire yourself a bicycle.
Lincoln Airport (LNK) / Arriving by Air
Address: 2400 West Adams Street, Lincoln, Nebraska (NE), 68524, USA
Tel: 1 402 458 2480
Situated just 4 miles / 6.5 km to the northwest of the city center, Lincoln Airport is actually the second-biggest air facility in the whole of Nebraska, with roughly 150,000 annual passengers. The main airlines based here are Delta Connection and United Express, which between them travel to onward destinations such as Chicago
. Ground transport at Lincoln's airport comes in the form of car rental firms (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National), van services (DashAbout Shuttle, Navigator Express and OMALiNK) and a number of taxi companies.
With a considerably larger capacity, the Eppley Airfield sits on the outskirts of Omaha. It is roughly 60 miles / 97 km to the northeast of Lincoln and is best reached by taking Interstate I-80 for the majority of the journey.
Eppley Airfield (OMA)
Address: 4501 Abbott Drive, Omaha, Nebraska (NE), 68110, USA
Tel: +1 402 661 8017
Being located on the southeastern side of Nebraska means that those who choose a hire car as their mode of transport can easily travel across no less than three nearby state borders, namely those of Kansas
(east) and Missouri
(southeast). Interstate I-80 serves as the primary thoroughfare and connects Lincoln with the western state border of Nebraska, which runs to Cheyenne
, and joins the I-76 to reach Sterling in Colorado
. Other highways passing through the capital of Lincoln include the US-6, US-34 and US-77, as well as the Nebraska Highway 2.
Downtown Lincoln is organized as a gridwork of roads, with various rectangular blocks and just a handful of diagonal streets, such as the Normal Boulevard, which becomes the Capitol Parkway. During peak hours, traffic in downtown Lincoln quickly becomes congested and the same can be said on Saturdays, if the university is hosting a big football game at its Memorial Stadium.
Two separate companies provide bus transport in and around the city - Burlington Trailways and also Arrow Stage Lines. Intercity buses await passengers at the Lincoln Bus Station on the corner of the Cornhusker Highway and North 11th Street.
A further transit company, StarTran, is on hand to transport travelers around Lincoln (Monday to Saturday) and features both buses and smaller shuttle vans. Bus fares are extremely inexpensive and monthly passes are available where required.
Tel: +1 800 872 7245
Lincoln is home to a busy Amtrak railway station, which resides on North 7th Street, next to the Burlington Antique Mall and within the northwestern Haymarket neighborhood. Regular train transport links Lincoln with much of Nebraska and beyond. The 'California Zephyr' travels each day between Chicago (Illinois
) and Emeryville (California
), next to San Francisco
, stopping off at Lincoln in the early hours of the morning.
If you need to travel just a short distance, then local taxi transport is often the most convenient way to get around. Taxis can be easily arranged by most hotels and are ideal for short hops between your accommodation and attractions, particularly when the weather is inclement. Local cab companies include:
- Capital Cab - tel: +1 402 477 6074
- Happy Cab - +1 402 202 2222
- OMALiNK - tel: +1 402 475 5465
- Servant Cabs - tel: +1 402 477 4111
- Yellow Cab - tel: +1 402 477 4111