You may enter the U.S. a maximum of 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. We recommend that you arrive at least 1-2 days before the beginning of orientation so that you have time to get settled and rested.

International Student Services provides free transportation to Vermillion from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota or Sioux City, Iowa airports. We will offer transportation to Vermillion from both airports on the following arrival dates only: December 29, 2016, January 2, 3 and 4 2017.  We will have a pickup in the late morning/early afternoon and one in the evening from each airport, but students should be advised that they may have to wait a few hours for the USD shuttle.  Once you have made your airfare reservations, please complete sign-up form.  

Student Travel Arrangement Sign-Up

Please note that students arriving on days other than those listed above will need to make alternate arrangements for their transportation to Vermillion.

Flight Delays or Late Arrivals

If your flight is delayed or canceled, you may miss the last pick up of the day, in which case you will need to stay in a hotel.   The following hotels are located near the two airports and provide free transportation to and from the airport to the hotel.

Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • AeroStay Hotel (Connected to the Sioux Falls Airport) 605-610-2790

Sioux City, Iowa

Alternative Arrival Assistance

If you are arriving at an airport other than Sioux Falls or Sioux City and/or are arriving on a date on which we do not offer a pickup, there are several alternatives available to you. First, Jefferson Bus Lines stops in Vermillion daily on its way to and from Sioux Falls, S.D. and Sioux City, Iowa (as well as Omaha, Nebraska). The number of daily departures varies and tickets costs about $30. However, students would need to arrange to take a cab from the airport to the bus terminal. A list of taxi providers is available on the airport’s web pages. To book tickets on Jefferson Lines, please visit the Jefferson Lines website, Jefferson Bus Lines.  Students could take a cab from either airport to Vermillion, though these can be costly – around $100. If you will arrive the day before a scheduled International Student Services pick up, you can stay in a hotel overnight and the International Student Services Office will pick you up the next day as long as you fill out the arrival form above.

Hotels in Vermillion

If you do not secure Vermillion housing before your arrival, please make arrangements to stay at one of the local hotels.

Map of Vermillion Hotels

  • Best Western Inn
    701 W Cherry St.
    Vermillion, SD 57069
    605-624-8333

  • Holiday Inn Express
    1200 N. Dakota St.
    Vermillion, SD 57069
    605-624-7600

  • Prairie Inn
    916 N. Dakota St.
    Vermillion, SD 57069
    605-624-2824

  • Red Roof Inn
    1208 E. Cherry St.
    Vermillion, SD 57069
    605-624-8005