Traffic & Travel Tips
Interstate Highway I-55 runs to the heart of Springfield, as does Interstate Highway I-72.
Amtrak is very reliable to travel to and from Springfield as is Greyhound bus lines. You can take the Amtrack train from Chicago or St. Louis to Springfield; however, if you plan to go to Lincoln's Tomb, War Memorials, Route 66 sites, or New Salem State Historic Site, you need a car, as these sites are not in easy walking distance from downtown Springfield.
Parking downtown is available on the street, meter parking on weekdays, and there is access to several parking garages.
Be mindful of one-way traffic flow on certain downtown streets and of railroad crossings and bus stops.
Did You Know?
The Lincoln home was built in 1839 as a one-and-a-half story cottage. The house was later expanded by the Lincoln family to a full two-stories. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois