city in Phelps County, Missouri, United States

Rolla is a city in the Central Missouri region of Missouri on historic Route 66. It is home to Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly University of Missouri at Rolla) campus.



Rolla is a beautiful town located along I-44, with a population of about 20,000.

Get in

Map of Rolla (Missouri)

By car


Rolla is about 1 hour and 45 minutes to both Springfield to the west and St. Louis to the east along Interstate 44. Columbia, MO is 1 hour and 45 minutes North of Rolla. You can take US 63 from Columbia.

By plane


The closest large commercial airport is Lambert St. Louis International Airport which is served by most US carriers. The airport is about 1 hour and 45 minutes from the city. Greyhound and USA Express have shuttles from the airport to Rolla and back or you can rent a car at the airport.

For private aircraft Rolla National Airport is about a 15 minute drive north of the city.

You can fly into Waynesville - St. Robert Regional Airport from St Louis.

By bus


Rolla is served by Greyhound. The bus station is Burger King at 1022 Kingshighway. You cannot buy bus tickets here.

By train


The nearest train station is the Jefferson City Amtrak Station. From there you can rent a car. You can also take a train to St. Louis Gateway station.

Get around


No public transportation exists in Rolla and a car is almost a necessity to get around. However, bicycling is a viable alternative and the town is small enough walking could be facilitated if necessary. There are a couple of taxi cab companies in town also.

You can take an Uber but there is usually only one or two available.

  • Tourism Office, 1311 Kingshighway, +1 573 364-3577, toll-free: +1-888-809-3817, fax: +1 573 364-5222, . M-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa 9AM-2PM, Su (Mar-Sep) 1PM-4PM, Su (Oct-Feb) closed..
  • Ozark Actors Theatre, 701 N Cedar St, +1 573-364-9523. Provides professional summer stock theater and winter productions.
  • Leach Theater, +1 573-341-4219. Castleman Hall at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Many varied events and performances at this University theater.
  • Stubby Stonehenge. See this half-size "replica" of Stonehenge on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). But, don't expect to use it as they've built buildings all around it so the horizon is no longer visible at solstice. Ooops. Free.
Stubby Stonehenge
  • Parks. Have pools, tennis courts, lakes, a recreation center, and activities.
  • Mule Trading Post, US Route 66 (I-44 exit 189), +1 573 364-4711. Antiques and Route 66 souvenirs.





Go next

Routes through Rolla
SpringfieldSt. Robert  W   E  St. JamesSt. Louis
Jefferson CityVienna  N   S  LickingJonesboro
SpringfieldSt. Robert  W   E  St. JamesSt. Louis

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