Center for International Studies

Transportation in Macomb

Around town:

Go West Bus

WIU has a great bus system called "Go West" that started in 1999. Go West Transit is in operation to provide quality fixed route public transportation services that enhance and improve quality of life for all people in Macomb.

The Go West bus system runs 17 bus routes around campus and Macomb. It offers great services to all students for free. Go West buses transport students to and from their residences, classes, around campus, and to local businesses. Go West operates seven days a week. Check the website to learn more about the times and the routes:   To check a bus schedule, you may also call (309) 298-3353.


Rocky Bikes

Rocky Bikes is a bike share program that provides a free 48-hour rental of a bike to any faculty, staff or student. Decrease your carbon footprint - bike more, drive less! Registration is quick & simple. Visit Rocky Bikes to enroll.

Once you have reserved a bike on the website, you will receive an email with the lock code, and will be able to pick up your bike at the bike rack on the northwest side of the University Union.


S&G Taxi

Hours of Service:

Sunday - Wednesday:  5:30am - 11pm

Thursday:  5:30am - 1:30am

Friday - Saturday:  5:30am - 2:30am

Cost: $8 per trip in Macomb, $5 for second passenger. Children under 12 years old ‐ free. Outside Macomb: $1.65 per mile

Phone: (309) 318-9815



If you HAVE a Social Security number, you can apply for a driver's license here in Macomb:

Driver's License Exam Station

466 South Deer Road

Macomb, IL 61455

(309) 833-566


If you DO NOT have a Social Security number, you should go to Springfield, IL to get your driver's permit or license.

Springfield/Dirksen Parkway

2701 S. Dirksen Parkway

Springfield, IL 62723

(217) 782-6030


Car Insurance

Driving without insurance is illegal in Illinois and you can get a $$$ ticket if you do not have insurance. There are many insurance companies in Macomb, but these are the most popular ones that international students deal with.


28 W Side Sq

Macomb, IL 61455

(309) 837-3233



Citizens Insurance Services

127 S Side Sq

Macomb, IL 61455

(309) 837-0609



Country Financial Agency

100 N Side Sq

Macomb, IL 61455

(309) 836-2885



Car Rental

Connect by Hertz is a car share company that offers hourly rental of cars to WIU faculty, staff and students. There are three cars located at various, convenient locations on campus. Prices start at $8/hour, which includes gas, insurance and all fees. International licenses and drivers 18 and older are accepted.

To enroll:

Visit Connect by Hertz (

Choose Western Illinois University and Faculty Staff code: 50919 or Student code: 1869612.

For website difficulty or questions with enrollment contact: (877) 654-4400.

Outside of Macomb

Amtrak Train

Amtrak connects Macomb with Chicago's Union Station. Amtrak offers round trip service twice daily from Macomb to Chicago with intermittent stops along the way. Reservations are encouraged two weeks in advance for the best rate. Senior citizens, children (ages 2-15), military, state travel, AAA, and Student Advantage discounted rates are available.

A full service location offering ticketing and reservations is also available in the University Union Concourse from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday- Friday. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, travelers checks, money orders, and personal checks are accepted. For more information, contact Amtrak.

Contact Macomb Travel Center for immediate ticketing.

120 East Calhoun Street

Macomb, IL 61455


Macomb Travel Center

(309) 833-5531 or (800) 932-5531



Peoria Charter Coach Bus Service

This bus provide services from Macomb to O'Hare & Midway Airport.  You can buy a bus ticket from the University Union:

You also can buy tickets online:

2600 N.E. Adams St.

Peoria, IL 61603

(309) 688-9523



There are different main airports that students can fly from/to:

Greater Peoria Regional Airport, Peoria, IL

Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL

Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports, Chicago, IL

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, St. Louis, MO