Transportation & Travel
Whether you want to get around town or head out for destinations unknown, Springfield, Missouri, makes commuting and travel easy. Transportation has long been a focus of our community, beginning with our heritage as a central railroad hub and the birthplace of historic Route 66. Today, our well-maintained infrastructure, cutting-edge traffic systems, and state-of-the-art airport facilities continue the tradition, making Springfield the perfect place to move.
If congested freeways and long commutes are not your thing, you’ll love driving in Springfield. Our city is ranked 20th in the nation as one of the best cities for commuting. Most commutes anywhere within the city are 20 minutes or less. Our innovative diverging diamond interchange systems and continued investment into street improvements have dramatically eased traffic flow and decreased accidents. And our city street system is laid out on a simple, north-south-east-west grid. So once you learn it, it’s hard to get lost.
Travel for business or pleasure is a true pleasure from Springfield’s two area airports. In 2009, Springfield-Branson National Airport opened a new, state-of-the-art terminal building with 10 gates and the potential to add up to 60 more. The facility currently houses four airlines—American, Delta, United, and low-cost carrier, Allegiant. They provide daily nonstop flights to key business hubs, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Denver, and connections to vacation hot spots like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Florida (Ft. Myers, Orlando, St. Petersburg/Tampa.)
Fifty miles to the south, privately owned Branson Airport opened in the spring of 2009, providing a second convenient option for regularly scheduled commercial airline service. Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines fly to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, and Orlando making this an easy-to-use option to get in and out of the region.
Interstate 44 on our northern limit and Highway 65 on our eastern edge make travel and transportation easy, both around Springfield and to other major cities in Missouri and Oklahoma. By car, we’re just 2-1/2 to 3 hours away from Kansas City, St. Louis, and Tulsa.