Salina Lodging and Transportation Information

The vernalization chamber creates seasons on demand by controlling the diurnal cycle.

The vernalization chamber creates seasons on demand by controlling the diurnal cycle.

Thank you for your interest in visiting The Land Institute. We hope this information will help you plan your trip. The motels we have listed are less than 5 miles from The Land Institute. However, there are over 30 motels, bed & breakfasts, and camping facilities in the Salina area. You may phone us for additional lodging or campground information or contact the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 586, Salina, KS 67402-0586, phone 785-827-9301, website: For accommodations in the surrounding area, contact the Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce (about 18 miles) at 785-227-3706, website:; or the City of Abilene (about 30 miles) at 785-263-2550, website:

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The city population is about 45,000. It serves north central Kansas as a center for shopping, health care, and services. The Land Institute is about 8 miles from the original downtown, 5 miles from the regional shopping mall, and 4 miles from the city limits, and about 5 miles from the Salina Airport.


The Land Institute is in a rural area, on a gravel road, with some suburban homes nearby mixed with farmlands, yet close to town. The Institute is in the Smoky Hill Uplands, gently rolling land a little elevated over the flat Smoky Hill Valley and Salina. The Land Institute comprises about 650 acres of land including 92 acres of farmland on both banks of the Smoky Hill River, about 90 acres of upland farmland, land devoted to plant nursery plots, and more than 200 acres of hilly native and restored prairie, all within 2 miles of the office.


Prairie Festival camping facilities at The Land Institute are primitive. You are welcome to camp on our grounds on Friday or Saturday nights during Prairie Festival. For the safety of campers and a good night's sleep for all, please try to arrive before dark. Camping at The Land Institute is on a first-come first-served basis. Most campers will sleep in tents in the bison pasture north of Water Well Road (the bison will be moved for the weekend!) or in sleeping bags under the open Kansas sky. A few brave souls may sleep in their cars (oh, my aching back) or pickup truck - under a tarp or camper shell. For our friends who will be traveling across country in motor homes, travel trailers or fifth wheels, we have listed the two campground-RV parks in Salina. There are no electrical or water hookups here, and very few level places to park. We also offer one solar shower near the camping and parking area. It is also quite primitive! Musical instruments are welcome, please leave your pets at home.



The two nearest major airports are located in Wichita, KS (about 90 minutes south of Salina on interstate I-135), and Kansas City International Airport (about 3 hours east of Salina on I-70). The regional airport in Manhattan, KS (about 70 miles east of Salina on I-70) has several flights to major hubs, such as Chicago and Dallas. The prices are often comparable or beat those of Wichita.

  • Click here for information about the Wichita Airport (ICT).
  • Click here for info regarding the Kansas City International Airport (MCI).
  • Click here for info regarding the Manhattan, KS airport. (MHK).

Bus Service

Greyhound Bus Service McDonald's, 125 E. Diamond Dr., Salina, KS 67401 Telephone:  785-376-1777. Online ticket information: Hours of operation subject to change. Please call to verify hours before making travel arrangements.

Station Monday-Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Greyhound Package Express Monday-Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Ticketing Monday-Sunday: 10am - 7pm

Airport Shuttle Service

In a Rush Shuttle Service LLC - 104 W. Avenue C, McPherson, Kansas, (620) 245-7116.

Public Transportation

Salina now offers a fixed route public transportation system called CityGo. The fleet of six handicapped accessible buses serves more than 65 percent of the city with more than 115 bus stops throughout town. The 3 routes serve different sections of the city; four transfer points allow you to change easily from one to another. Hours of service are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, no service on Sunday. During weekday peak hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) the service runs at 30 minute intervals; non-peak times and all day Saturday it runs hourly. Fees are $1 per trip, $2 one-day pass. For a detailed map of service areas and stops please visit their website for a printable schedule.

Rental Cars

Hertz Rent-A-Car, 785-827-7237 or 1-800-654-3131. Hours 7:30 - 6:00 weekdays, 8:00-2:00 weekends.

Enterprise Car Rental,  785-825-1100 or 1-800-261-7331.  Hours 7:30 - 6:00 weekdays, 8:30-12:00 noon Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Yellow Cab, 827-4646 and 

All-Radio Cab Co., 825-4646, 7 am - 10 pm. (same company)

Sunflower, 826-1881, 24 hours

A-One Taxi & Courier Service, 827-7433, 24 hours

For further listings:


Hotels - Motels

A more complete listing of Salina's available accommodations can be found here. The following motels have accessible rooms and are within 3 miles of the Land Institute. They are also within 2 miles of grocery stores, restaurants, and malls.

Baymont Inn & Suites
745 W. Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-493-9800

Candlewood Suites  (special Prairie Festival rates)
2650 Planet Avenue, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-823-6939 or 1-888-226-3539

Comfort Suites
715 W. Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-404-6944

Country Inn & Suites (special Land Institute/Prairie Festival rates)
2760 S. Ninth, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-827-1271

Courtyard By Marriott
3020 Riffel Dr, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-309-1300

Hampton Inn
410 W. Schilling, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-823-9800

Holiday Inn Salina
3145 S. Ninth, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-404-6767

Sleep Inn & Suites
3932 S. Ninth, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-404-6777

Super 8
705 W. Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401
PH 785-376-4101

There are several B&B's in the area – none are within a 3 mile radius of The Land Institute.  For a more complete listing, please visit Kansas Bed and Breakfast Association.

Bed & Breakfasts

C & W Ranch, LTD.
4000 S. Halstead Rd Smolan, KS 67456
Phone 785-668-2352 (5.70 miles)

Seasons of the Fox Bed & Breakfast
505 N. Second St Lindsborg, KS 67456
800-756-3696 (17.25 miles)

Studio Apartment/Vacation Home

(Swedish for "the tree house"), a luxurious studio apartment in downtown Lindsborg, KS. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom w/ large shower, washer & dryer. Sleeps 4. Reservations: 1-855-872-3487 (toll free).  

Campgrounds & RV Parks

KOA of Salina – 1109 W Diamond Dr, Salina, KS 67401. Ph 785-827-3182, or 1-800-562-3126. Open year-round. Office hours 8 am - 8 pm.

Sundowner West Camper & Recreational Park – 2745 N Hedville Rd, Salina, KS 67401, PH 785-823-8335. Open all year. Good Sam and AAA discounts available. Laundry, grocery store, restaurant. Office hrs: Approx. 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Located 13 miles from The Land Institute.

Kanopolis State Park – PH 785-546-2565. Rates: Daily vehicle permits and camping permits, senior and handicapped discounts available. For detailed rate information visit Web site. From Salina take highway K140 west and K141 south or US81 (9th St) to Lindsborg, K104 west to K141, then north 5 miles. Located 33 miles southwest of Salina at 200 Horse Thief Road. Office hours 8:00 - 4:30.  

Driving Directions to The Land Institute

Click here for driving directions.