Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Mattoon Illinois, located just 10 miles west of Charleston, connects the area with bus service to Chicago, Carbondale, and New Orleans. Mattoon also connects the area with rail service to Chicago, Carbondale, and New Orleans. Williard Airport in Urbana provides connecting flights to Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis. Shuttle bus service to locations around town.
Driving Instructions to Campus
Eastern Illinois University can be accessed through exit 190A on Interstate 57. From I-57, follow Route 16 east for approximately 7 miles. Route 16 becomes Lincoln Avenue when you reach Charleston. You will find EIU on Lincoln Avenue where you will see Old Main, which is the northern most point of campus. Visitors to campus can turn right on 7th Street and enter the circle drive on the east end of Old Main. Parking permits are available in the Office of Admissions, located at 1230 Old Main. Parking is available in the X lot located on the west side of 7th Street.
The Charleston/Mattoon area offers a variety of Hotels close to the Eastern Illinois University campus. Below is a listing of accommodations for you to choose from. The information listed is provided as a service and is not intended as an individual endorsement. When making your reservation, inquire about possible discounts for prospective EIU students. The U Hotel (920 W. Lincoln, Charleston, 217-348-8161); Comfort Suites (Rt. 16 & I-57, Mattoon, 217-235-6745); Days Inn (810 W. Lincoln, Charleston, 217-345-7689); Days Inn (300 Broadway Ave East, Mattoon, 217-234-8600); McGrady Inn (803 6th St, Charleston, 217-348-8258/217-348-8259); Baymont Inn & Suites (Rt. 16 East, Mattoon, 217-234-2355); Super 8 Motel (Rt. 16 East, Mattoon, 217-234-4267); Holiday Inn Express (121 Swords Dr., Mattoon, 217-235-2060); Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center (4922 Paradise Rd., Mattoon, 217-235-0222); The Osage Inn, Log Home Bed and Breakfast (13444 E. Co. Rd. 720 N., Charleston, 217-345-2622); Queen Anne's on Seventh Street, Bed and Breakfast (899 7th St., Charleston, 217-345-1288); Bethany House, Bed and Breakfast (13975 E. Co. Rd. 720 N., Charleston, 217-345-5005); Greenup Inn (400 S. Huaghton Hwy, Greenup, 217-923-5512); Arcola Flower Patch & Diamond House, Bed and Breakfast (225 & 229 E Jefferson, Arcola, 217-268-4876).