Champaign travel guide

Champaign Tourism | Champaign Guide

You're Going to Love Champaign

With a population of 81,055, Champaign is a must-see destination in Illinois, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Champaign deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Champaign

If you’re looking for affordable options, Biaggi's - Champaign (2235 S Neil Street) and Miga (301 N. Neil St. Ste# 104) are great picks.

When to visit Champaign

Champaign in January
Estimated hotel price
$99
1 night at 3-star hotel
Champaign in January
Estimated hotel price
$99
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Champaign in July, when the average temperature is 75.2 °F, and the highest can go up to 86 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 26.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 4.2″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Champaign, with an average rainfall of 2″.

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How to Get to Champaign

Plane

When flying to Champaign, you’ll arrive at Champaign University-Willard (CMI), which is located 6 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Champaign departs from New York and takes around 4h 55m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Champaign. The train station in Champaign is called Champaign, and is located 0.1 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Champaign is to pick up a car rental from Chicago, which is about 126 miles from Champaign. You’ll find branches of Turo and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Chicago.

Bus

Tornado Bus operates bus routes to Champaign. The most popular bus station is Champaign Pilot Travel Center, located 4 miles from downtown Champaign. Champaign Ikenberry Dining Hall - 301 E Gregory Dr is also a commonly used station, and is 0.9 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Champaign, you’ll arrive at Champaign University-Willard (CMI), which is located 6 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Champaign departs from New York and takes around 4h 55m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Champaign. The train station in Champaign is called Champaign, and is located 0.1 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Champaign is to pick up a car rental from Chicago, which is about 126 miles from Champaign. You’ll find branches of Turo and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Chicago.

Bus

Tornado Bus operates bus routes to Champaign. The most popular bus station is Champaign Pilot Travel Center, located 4 miles from downtown Champaign. Champaign Ikenberry Dining Hall - 301 E Gregory Dr is also a commonly used station, and is 0.9 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Champaign

Lufthansa
Good (4,686 reviews)
KLM
Good (843 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,724 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,465 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,110 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,951 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,376 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,354 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (770 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (948 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (777 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (754 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (559 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,661 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (459 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (314 reviews)
WestJet
Good (2,016 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (421 reviews)
Breeze Airways
Good (59 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Champaign

Most booked hotels in Champaign

I Hotel And Conference Center
4 stars
Excellent (9.2, 448 reviews)
$115+
Comfort Suites Urbana Champaign, University Area
2 stars
Excellent (8.4, 363 reviews)
$122+
Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 276 reviews)
$132+
Best Western Plus Champaign/Urbana Inn
2 stars
Excellent (8.3, 642 reviews)
$118+
Best Western Paradise Inn
2 stars
Excellent (8.2, 236 reviews)
$100+
Holiday Inn Champaign, An IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, 361 reviews)
$116+

Renting a car in Champaign

Renting a car in Champaign costs $73 per day, on average, or $147 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 21% cheaper than airport locations in Champaign.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Champaign (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. Intermediate (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Champaign, while also 16% cheaper than other types, on average.

Renting a car in Champaign costs $73 per day, on average, or $147 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 21% cheaper than airport locations in Champaign.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Champaign (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. Intermediate (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Champaign, while also 16% cheaper than other types, on average.