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Travel to Campus

Attention: Changes to Entry Screening

Effective immediately, all international students entering the US will be directed to secondary inspection after completing the first level of screening by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to confirm students' eligibility for entry to the US.

We recommend allowing a minimum of 2 to 3 hours between connecting flights from your port of entry (the first airport you land at in the United States.)

Learn more about this update.

What to expect when you arrive at a U.S. Port of Entry

Please go to this U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Website.


Plan Your Arrival

You may be refused entry into the United States if you attempt to arrive more than 30 days before OR any time after, the program start date listed on your SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 form.

Make your travel arrangements as soon as possible. Please plan your travel so that you will arrive no later than the date on your I-20/DS-2019 form and admission letter. This will give you ample time to rest before orientation begins.

MHK - Mahattan Regional Airport

We strongly suggest flying into the Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), located only minutes away from campus. We provide a free shuttle for arriving students from the airport to campus. There are 5 flights a day to/from Dallas International Airport (DFW) or Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD). If you can arrange your international flight to bring you through Dallas or Chicago, you can then connect directly to Manhattan.

MCI - Kansas City International Airport

The Kansas City International Airport is a much larger airport than the Manhattan Regional Airport.  This option may offer greater flexibility and more arrival options. However, Kansas City is more than 200 km (130 mi) from campus and we do not have a pickup service available for students arriving at this airport. Transportation options from Kansas City to Manhattan will be expensive.

To Campus from the Airport

MHK to Campus

An airport shuttle will be available from Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) to the Kansas State University campus the week before orientation. This shuttle is available to students arriving in August or January for the fall or spring semesters. It is not offered for summer semester.  

This airport shuttle is free to all students arriving at the Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) during the week before orientation. It takes students to campus only.

For Fall 2018, the shuttle will be available 6-10 August. Sign up for the shuttle here after June 1st.

ATA shuttle bus
Taxi services are also available!

Click here to view information about local taxi services in the Manhattan area.

Uber is also available in Manhattan.

Royal Purple Transportation offers private car service to Manhattan from Manhattan Regional Airport. It is a $30 flat rate, plus 15% service charge. 

Kansas City to Campus

*Note: Kansas State University does not operate, recommend, or benefit from the use of any of the services listed above and does not recommend one service over any of the others.  While we make every effort to keep this list up-to-date, it is possible that one or more of the services below are no longer in operation or have changed its transportation offerings without our knowledge.  This list is simply a resource for students to utilize when arranging transportation from the Kansas City or Wichita airports to the K-State Manhattan campus.  Please contact us at international@ksu.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding your transportation to K-State.

Eagle Star Transport:

Shuttle service that runs from the Kansas City airport to Manhattan. Reservations must be made in advance.

Website: eaglestartransport.com/airport/
Telephone: +1 785 223 2281

Economy Shuttle & Economy Limousine:

Airport service specializing in shared rides from the Kansas City airport to Manhattan. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance and arrival flight information must be included.  The driver will wait for passengers arriving at baggage claim within the airport.

Website: www.economyshuttle.com
Telephone: +1 913 262 0905  or  +1 816 353 7100

Champion Shuttle:
Shuttle service that runs from Kansas City to Manhattan. Reservations and information are at www.championshuttle.com. Regular rates are around $250 (driver gratuity not included). Enter the promotional code WILDCATS for 10% off the price! They can also do shared rides for 3 or more students. Shared ride rates would be $80 per person.
Show Me Shuttle:
Shuttle service to or from MCI from $99. Reservations must be made in advance.
Phone: +1 844 524 7433

Wichita to Campus

Tornado Transit Shuttle:

Van shuttle services serving communities outside Wichita. Pre-scheduled services available 24 hours. Flat rate service available to most cities in Kansas.

Website: www.tornadotransit.com
Telephone: +1-316-650-5080

New Students for Fall 2018:

ATA shuttle bus

The free airport shuttle from Manhattan Regional Airport (code MHK) to the Kansas State University campus will be available 6-10 August. To sign up for the shuttle, go here.