Native St. Louisians understand that St. Louis city is just a small part of the greater St. Louis area. Traveling well in St. Louis includes knowing the four interconnected interstates, the major roads to travel through the greater St. Louis area and how to use the transit system to your best advantage. Whether you are leaving town for the holidays or planning the easiest routes to holiday events and entertainment, this holiday travel guide will help you avoid traffic, get to your destination more quickly and take some of the stress out of holiday travel.
Highway Driving in St. Louis
Understanding the highways in St. Louis can make all the difference when planning holiday travel. There are literally three to five ways to arrive at any given destination in the greater St. Louis area.
- Highway 70 and Highway 55 are the same interstate. Highway 70 enters St. Louis from the west and changes to Highway 55 underneath the Arch. Don’t stress over alternate outer roads to reach either highway. If you live north of St. Louis city, use Highway 70 to reach Highway 55 and vice versa.
- Highway 270 enters the St Louis area in the far north county at the Chain of Rocks Bridge and exits the St Louis area in far south county, where it becomes Highway 255. Highway 270 connects to Highway 70, Highway 64/40 and Highway 44.
- Highway 64 and Highway 40 are the same interstate. Most St. Louisians only refer to this as Highway 40.
- Highway 170 began as a small stretch of highway connecting Page Avenue to the Clayton area and ending at Highway 40/64. Highway 170 now connects the far north county with Highway 40/64.
The major streets in St. Louis can help you avoid traffic on the highways.
Lindberg Boulevard begins (or ends, if you are traveling north) at Highway 367 and travels southward 30 miles through the St. Louis area. The trick is that Lindberg Boulevard becomes Kirkwood Road and then changes back to South Lindbergh Boulevard. Lindberg Boulevard intersects with Highway 70, Highway 64/40 and Highway 270.
Dorsett Road changes into Midland Avenue as you head east. Midland Avenue ends at Delmar Avenue. You can use Delmar to pick up Big Bend and continue south through the greater St. Louis area. Dorsett intersects with Highway 270, Midland intersects with satellite streets leading to Highway 170 and Big Bend intersects with Highway 64/40.
Google mobile has excellent apps for phones and ipads to help navigate through the connecting highways and streets in St. Louis. MapQuest live traffic guide enables you check on traffic conditions before you leave home. The MapQuest live traffic guide includes on-site cameras to view road conditions. Alternatively, you can use St. Louis traffic to check for road closures on your computer, download mobile apps or sign up for traffic alerts.
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One of the simplest ways to avoid parking is to use the MetroLink. These MetroLink schedules list stations closest to your home. Depending on your location, MetroLink starts early and finishes late. For example, the first train arrival to St. Louis airport is 4:16 a.m. from Grand Station red line leaving at 3:47 a.m. The last train leaves the airport at 12:57 a.m., arriving at the last stop at Civic Center station at 1:27 a.m. Arranging a ride to a MetroLink station is simpler than trying to find a lift to the airport.
Parking at the airport
If you need to park, iFly offers a helpful map of the available parking at Lambert Airport and also offers discounts on parking around Lambert Airport.
Parking Rates at STL Airport:
- Lot A / Terminal 2 Express parking: $13 daily
- Lot B parking: $10 daily
- Lot C parking: $9 open / $11 covered daily
- Lot D parking: $7 daily
- Terminal 1 / Terminal 2 Garage parking: $2.50 hourly; $21 daily