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The closest major airport is Des Moines International Airport, also known as DSM or KDSM, located at a distance of just 5 miles from the city center of Des Moines City, IA.
By Car: Most travelers enter Des Moines City via interstate, on either I-80 or I-35. Drivers should not worry about encountering traffic jams because this does not happen very often on the city's streets. Driving your own car or renting one to find your way around in Des Moines City is considered to be a good idea, the majority of the locals relying on their own car to get around. It is best to avoid driving on I-235, due to the fact that the traffic is a bit heavier during the morning or the evening rush hour.
By Bus: The public bus transportation service in Des Moines City is provided by Des Moines Area Regional Transit, also known as DART, offering routes that are available during the day, with only a few routes that are running in the evening, also offering door-to-door pickup and convenient fares. The regular fare for a single trip is $1.50, the express fare costing $1.75.
By Taxi: Taxi services can be easily found all over the city, and are available immediately.
From the East and North: Take I-235 and drive for about 6 miles until you get to the 31st Street Exit. Turn right (north) at the 31st Street Exit and drive for about 5 blocks until you see the stoplight from University Avenue. Make a right here and travel for one block until you see the Olmsted Center parking lot, which is located on the left (north) side of the University. Cole Hall (Office of Admission) is situated one block east of the parking lot.
From the West and South: Take I-235 east, onto the 31st Street Exit. Be sure to pass the 63rd Street Exit. Drive for 6 blocks until you get to University Avenue. Make a right here and travel for one block until you get to the Olmsted Center parking lot. Cole Hall (Office of Admission) is situated one block east of the parking lot.
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