Regional Transportation

Saturday Shuttles

The new Saturday Shuttle transportation will be provided by Hawkeye Stages. The shuttle runs every weekend to a different location approximately an hour from Grinnell, including Jordan Creek Mall and Historic East Village in Des Moines and Coral Ridge Mall and Old Capital Town Center in Iowa City.

Hawkeye Stages will pick up students in front of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center (JRC) and depart promptly at 10 a.m. The return will depart the destination promptly at 4:45 p.m. with an estimated return to campus by 6 p.m. 

Non-refundable tickets can be purchased for only $5.00 (cash only) in the Student Affairs Office, Rosenfield Center third floor, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If the shuttle is canceled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstance, you will be contacted by email and your $5.00 will be refunded.

  • KN95 Protective masks will be required on the shuttle. No exceptions.
  • Eating or drinking is not allowed on the shuttle.  
  • The College highly recommends that you wear your mask anytime you are inside a building at the destination.

Please note:  It is your responsibility to be on the bus at the time of departure. If you miss the bus for the return to campus, you will be responsible for your transportation back to campus.

Watch GrinnellShare for the schedule of upcoming destinations.


Des Moines Airport Shuttles

Grinnell College provides shuttle services for students from the Des Moines International Airport at the beginning and end of each academic year and school break. The registration links below for each shuttle include dates, times, and pricing information. Contact the Facilities Management (FM) office with questions at 641-269-3300.

August 2022 Return

Academic Year Student Shuttles: Des Moines


Chicago Shuttles

Grinnell College provides shuttle service from Chicago (Union Station) and Lisle, Ill., for school breaks and holidays, but not at the beginning or end of the academic year. The registration for each shuttle will include dates, times, and pricing information. Contact the Facilities Management (FM) office with questions at 641-269-3300.

Chicago Break and Holiday Schedule 2022–23


Bus Service

Burlington Trailways Bus Service provides regular route service between Omaha, Nebraska, and Chicago, Illinois. This route has a pick-up and drop-off location at Grinnell College in front of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. To search schedules and purchase a ticket, please visit the Trailways website or call 1-800-992-4618 option 2.


Taxi Service

There are taxicab companies that will come to pick you up from or take you to the Des Moines Airport for approximately $125.

Des Moines-Based Services

  • Alpha Taxi: 515-280-1813
  • Airport Limo: 877-APTLIMO or 877-278-5466
  • Capitol Cab Company: 515-282-8111
  • Gene’s Transportation & Delivery: 515-249-1127
  • Yellow Cab Company: 515-243-1111

Newton-Based Services

  • Hometown Cab Co.: 515-210-4111 or 641-275-9054, local and out-of-town services provided

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