Graceland Shuttle Service:
The Graceland Shuttle is the most reliable and least expensive option listed here.  You need to plan your trip according to the Shuttle schedule to utilize this option.
The Shuttle cost is $50.00 (billed to your student account). When submitting a request, make sure you complete each box, including Name, ID#, Home Phone, and Email address where you can be reached. Lack of, or conflicting information can result in a delay in processing your request. If you want to cancel your shuttle request, you must do so 24 hours before the shuttle departure date or you will be charged a $50 fee. When purchasing an airline ticket, please remember to allow travel time to the airport. The Kansas City Airport is a two-hour drive in good weather conditions from Graceland University. The Des Moines Airport is a one and a half hour drive from Graceland University. Please submit shuttle requests early to ensure a reservation! Every effort will be made to accommodate requests made at least 24 hours prior to pickup . The shuttle will not run if there are no requests for its service 24 hours prior to a scheduled pickup time.

Jefferson Bus Lines:
Toll Free: 800.451.5333

Des Moines
The Jefferson Bus to Lamoni leaves from Des Moines at 6:20 pm, arriving at 7:25 pm and costs approximately $27 (times and price subject to change.) FROM the Des Moines Bus Station to the Des Moines Airport take a taxi to the airport. Allow at least 30 minutes travel time. You will need to take a taxi to get from the airport to the bus station. 

Kansas City
The KC Bus Station is 22 miles (35.41 km) from the KC (MCI) Airport. Allow at least one hour for travel time (not including wait time).
The Jefferson Bus to Lamoni leaves  at two times from the KC Bus Terminal: the first is at 12:15 am, arriving at 3:25 am, and the second leaves at 8 am, arriving at 10:15 am. It will cost about $34 (subject to change).  You will need to take a taxi or arrange for the Super Shuttle (cheaper/see contact info below) to get to the bus station from the a irport. 

Amtrak Train (Located in Osceola, IA):

Des Moines Cab Services:
The Des Moines Bus Station is 11 miles (17.7 km) from the airport. Allow at least 30 minutes of travel time (not including wait time). If you arrive at the Des Moines Airport you can take a taxi for approximately $20 to the bus station. You may catch the taxi at the taxi stand outside by exiting near baggage claim or by using a free courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. Take the taxi to the downtown bus station.
Capital Cab Company
Phone: 515.282.8111
Yellow Cab Company
Phone: 515.243.1111
There is also a free courtesy phone at the baggage claim area
Kansas City Cab and Shuttle Service:
If you are arriving at the airport you may take a taxi or the Super Shuttle to get to the downtown bus station. To get to the bus station, the taxi cost approximately $65+ or make previous arragements with Super Shuttle for your pick up.

Yellow Cab Company
Phone: 816.471.5000
Super Shuttle (KC) (appoximately $18 for least expensive option between bus station and airport)

Go to the US Department of State Website ( to get all kinds of travel information including: Passport and International Travel Information

Do I need a visa?
By looking at the International Travel Information and clicking on the Country Specific Information you can locate the information for specific countries. Usually it will list entry requirements and contact information for their embassy in the USA. is another resource for locating Washington DC embassies. The best time to call an embassy is in the morning because they are usually closed in the afternoons. You may be redirected to contact a Consulate office which serves the Iowa re gion.

If you need to apply for a passport you may do so at the Decatur County Auditor's Office at the Court House in Leon. You may contact them directly for details at 641.446.4323  

Passport photos may be taken at the Creative Media Center (CMC) in the basement of Zimmerman Hall. Contact them at 5246 to make arrangements.

Many students ask about going to Canada and Mexico. There are different requirements for entering these countries. Please make sure you check with International Programs prior to traveling. Depending on your citizenship you may have waiting periods to receive a tourist visa. Plan early.
The Canadian Consulate General of Detroit process visa for people in Iowa.
For the Mexican Embassy click Here

Visas for other countries