By Plane -- Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, 5401 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. (tel. 806/775-2044; www.flylia.com), sees 70 arrivals and departures daily. Three airlines serve the airport: American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300), Continental (tel. 800/525-0280), and Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792).
All the major car-rental agencies, including Avis and Hertz, have desks at the airport. Royal Coach Towne Car Service (tel. 806/795-3888) offers airport transportation in Lincoln Town Cars into the city for $14 to $24.
By Car -- Lubbock sits at the intersection of three major highways on the "Port to Plains" route; I-27 enters the city from the north and becomes U.S. 87 south of Lubbock. Cutting down from Clovis, New Mexico, northwest of the city, U.S. 84 continues southeast to I-20 near Abilene. U.S. 62/82 is the third major highway that runs through Lubbock, entering town from the southwest, where it is the primary route to and from Carlsbad and Roswell, New Mexico, and continuing through the plains to the east.
Getting around Lubbock is fairly stress free: It is laid out on a standard grid with few anomalies, with I-27 bisecting the city north-south and Loop 289, a major highway, circling it. Downtown is located just west of I-27, accessible via either exit 3 (19th St.) or exit 4 (4th St.). The east-west streets in central Lubbock are numbered, beginning with 1st in the north, and the north-south streets surrounding I-27 are arranged alphabetically, from Avenue A on the east side of the highway and continuing to Avenue X on the west side of I-27.
CitiBus (tel. 806/712-2000; www.citibus.com), Lubbock's mass transit system, operates 11 routes Monday through Friday from 5:45am to 7:15pm and Saturday from 7:15am to 7:35pm. No service is offered on Sunday. The main downtown transfer station is located at the intersection of Broadway and Buddy Holly Avenue (the equivalent of Ave. H). Fares are $1.50 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, 75¢ for seniors and those with disabilities, and free for children 5 and under. A $3 day pass allows for unlimited rides.
Taxi service is offered by City Cab (tel. 806/765-7474) and Yellow Cab (tel. 806/765-7777).
Visit Lubbock, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1500 Broadway, 6th floor (tel. 800/692-4035 or 806/747-5232; www.visitlubbock.com), can provide visitors with local maps and information on lodging, dining, and attractions.
Fast Facts -- The University Medical Center, 602 Indiana Ave. (tel. 806/775-8200; www.umchealthsystem.com), operates 24-hour emergency rooms. The main post office is located downtown at 411 Ave. L and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.