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The closest major airport is Des Moines International Airport, located in Des Moines, IA, about 50 miles from the city center of Grinnell, IA.
There are not many public transportation options, when it comes to getting around in Grinnell, and therefore, most people prefer to drive, while staying in the city.
There used to be rail service, but passenger trains no longer stop in Grinnell. The closest stop is in Ottumwa, which is approximately 1 hour south of the city.
There is, however, some bus service offered by the Burlington Trailways, which operates scheduled intercity passenger, package express service, chartered bus service and escorted tours to destinations throughout the continent, traveling through the northern midwest states, from Indiana in the east to Wyoming in the west. The bus stop in Grinnell is located at Rosenfield Student Center, at 1115 8th Avenue.
Easy! Just follow the driving directions listed below!
From Des Moines International Airport: Head south on Cowles Dr, toward Fleur Dr, and take the 2nd right onto Fleur Dr. Continue straight to stay on Fleur Dr and turn left at Army Post Rd. Turn left at SE 14th St and continue onto E 15th St. Turn right to merge onto I-235 E and take exit 137A to merge onto I-80 E, toward Davenport. Take exit 164 toward US-6 E and turn right at US-6 E. Take the 1st right onto IA-14 N/US-6 E and turn right at US-6 E/1st Ave W. Turn left to stay on US-6 E and again at West St. Turn right at 8th Ave. Grinnell College will be on the left.
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