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Transportation Available to Students

Simpson has options for getting you to campus and taking you around the area

There are many different ways to get to Simpson and it's easy to get around the area once you're here. We realize, however, not everyone will be bringing their own vehicle to college. We've got several ways you can get where you need to go, including a ride share program on Facebook where you can team up with other students headed in the same direction.

Getting here and getting around

By Air
Simpson College is conveniently located less than a 15-minute drive from Des Moines International Airport, making it fast and easy to get to and from campus via air.

By Taxi
Students can arrange for a taxi to take them around town or around the Des Moines metro area. They are available 24/7/365 or by appointment. Call: 515-243-1111 or 515-282-8111

  • $2.00 to get in
  • $2.00/mile
  • $.50/extra person
  • $25/hr to wait
  • Night Rides (10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.): $2.00/trip
  • Airport surcharge: $2.50/trip
  • There is a $20 minimum to stay in Indianola

By Bus
Greyhound has a station in Des Moines and provides a regular travel to destinations across the country.

The Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) provides buses that are available for local transportation scheduled one day in advance and door-to-door rides.

There are buses available for rides scheduled one day in advance and door-to-door rides. Reservations can be made for Mondays - Fridays from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On Thursdays, a bus goes to Des Moines for medical appointments. Call: 877-686-0029, Email, or visit them at the Indianola Hy-Vee Food Store.

  • $2 each way in Indianola
  • $4 each way in Warren County

Once you are in Des Moines, the Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) provides bus service to anywhere in the metro. The closest DART bus stop is at Southridge Mall, approximately 12 miles north of Indianola. Buses are available as early as 5:45 a.m. and as late as 11:30 p.m. Go to ridedart.com to find and plan your route.

  • Local Route: Adult Fare $1.75
  • Weekly Passes: $16.00
  • Monthly Passes: $48.00
  • Transfers are free

By Train
An Amtrak station is located approximately 30 miles south of Indianola in Osceola, Iowa. The California Zephyr makes its way across the country with stops in major cities including Chicago, Omaha and Denver.