If you are able to own a car, then you must apply for an Illinois driver’s licenseBefore you can drive, you are required by law to purchase automobile insurance and you must also purchase license plates. Please see the following websites for more information:


Campus Recreation offers the use of free bicycles to students. “Star Bikes” can be checked out for five days at a time at the front desk of TRAC to run errands, get to class, or just for fun. Locks and helmets are provided at no charge.


SMTD (Springfield Mass Transit District) is a bus service with routes throughout the Springfield area. SMTD offers routes to and from the UIS campus. You may view their website for routes, services, and to purchase bus passes.

In addition, Student Life provides detailed bus route information specific to our UIS students including routes to popular locations and local venues, prices, and discount pass information.


  • Lincoln Yellow Cab: (217) 523-4545
  • Springfield Yellow Cab Inc: (217) 544-1111
  • Gracious Cab Service: (217) 685-9900
    • Gracious Cab provides low cab rates for UIS students

Ride Shares

Uber and Lyft are both rideshare companies that offer service in Springfield, Illinois:

Transportation Programs

The UIS Student Affairs Division may offer Transportation Programs throughout the semester, including shopping shuttles, rides to and from Springfield’s Amtrak station, as well as urgent care transportation for non-emergency needs. Please check campus announcements.