Lawrence travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lawrence

With a population of 87,643, Lawrence is a must-see destination in Kansas, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Lawrence

If you’re looking for affordable options, RND Corner Grille (801 Massachusetts Street) and Merchants Pub and Plate (746 Massachusetts St) are great picks.

Most popular restaurants in Lawrence

Wonderful (204 reviews)

When to visit Lawrence

Lawrence in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Lawrence in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Lawrence in July, when the average temperature is 78.8 °F, and the highest can go up to 87.8 °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 30.2 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 5.9″. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Lawrence, with an average rainfall of 1″.

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How to Get to Lawrence


Although Lawrence doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Kansas City Airport (MCI), which is located 36 miles from Lawrence. Manhattan is the most popular, with regular flights from American Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Lawrence departs from Minneapolis and takes around 1h 21m.


The train station in Lawrence is called Lawrence, and is located 0.3 miles from the city center.


Another option to get to Lawrence is to pick up a car rental from Kansas City, which is about 36 miles from Lawrence. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Turo, among others, in Kansas City.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Lawrence, including Tornado Bus, El Expreso Bus and Greyhound. From Tulsa, the bus ride to Lawrence takes 260 miles and will cost you around $220. From Oklahoma City, the ticket costs about $209 for a journey of 376 miles. Lawrence’s bus station is located 0.1 miles from the city center.

Airports near Lawrence

Airlines serving Lawrence

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,726 reviews)
Air France
Good (628 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,688 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (2,590 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (160 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
Good (3,420 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
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ITA Airways
Good (305 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
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Where to stay in Lawrence

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lawrence and Comfort Inn & Suites Lawrence - University Area.

Where to stay in popular areas of Lawrence

Most booked hotels in Lawrence

Hampton Inn Lawrence
Excellent (9.1, 208 reviews)
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Lawrence,KS
Excellent (8.8, 539 reviews)
Comfort Inn & Suites Lawrence - University Area
Excellent (8, 299 reviews)
Baymont by Wyndham Lawrence
Good (6.8, 600 reviews)
Quality Inn & Suites Lawrence - University Area
Good (6.4, 455 reviews)
Super 8 by Wyndham Lawrence KU
Okay (4.2, 55 reviews)

Renting a car in Lawrence

Renting a car in Lawrence costs $68 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Lawrence.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Lawrence (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Lawrence is Economy (Kia Rio or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Mitsubishi Mirage G4 or similar) are, on average, 65% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.