Lincoln (Nebraska)

Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska in the USA.


Lincoln was founded in 1859 as the village of Lancaster. Renamed and made Nebraska's state capital in 1867, it's second-largest city in the state. As such, it's the state's center of government and higher education and is a regional transportation center. Even with a population of 240,000, it retains a friendly, "small town" feel.

There are several threads running through Lincoln's cultural composition. The university and state government have attracted many rural Nebraskans to the city over the years, reinforcing its small town feel. Its position as a college town also helps shape the city's political culture, which is somewhat more liberal than most of the rest of the state. Once a very ethnically homogeneous city, it has become more diverse over the past 30 years, welcoming immigrants and refugees from various parts of the globe.

There is a long-standing friendly rivalry with Omaha, 57 mi (92 km) to the northeast.

Indoor work sites are smoke-free in Lincoln, so you'll be able to enjoy smoke-free restaurants and bars.

Get in

By car

The primary route into the city is I-80, with I-180 serving as a downtown connector. US Highways 6, 34, 77 and Nebraska Hwy 2 also run through Lincoln.

By plane

Lincoln Municipal Airport (IATA: LNK), 4 mi (7 km) northwest of downtown, offers (United) flights to Denver and Chicago and (Delta) flights Minneapolis, Detroit. The airport is located just off I-80 Exit 399. It is often cheaper to fly into Eppley Airfield Airport (IATA: OMA) in Omaha, and hop onto a shuttle from there to Lincoln where it makes stops at some of the major hotels. For shuttle information see #By shuttle.

By train

Amtrak serves Lincoln on its daily California Zephyr route between Chicago and the West Coast. Westbound train stops around midnight; eastbound train stops around 3:30AM. Trains no longer arrive at the historical railway station in Haymarket district, instead they now call at the much less grandiose   Lincoln Amtrak station on 277 Pinnacle Arena Drive. Downtown is within walking distance, just a few blocks to the west.

By bus

Two bus companies serve Lincoln: Arrow Stage Lines and Burlington Trailways. Lincoln's intercity bus station is southeast of 11th St and Cornhusker Hwy.

By shuttle

Get around

Getting around Lincoln is a mixed-bag proposition. If you are planning on staying near the center of town, you probably won't need a rental. All major necessities except groceries are available in or near downtown.

By car Lincoln does not have any crosstown freeways or expressways. The city is laid out in a grid pattern; a handful of diagonal streets exist. Major through streets are generally located once per mile; there are generally 14 streets to the mile. Traffic can be heavy on major streets and in downtown during rush hour and on football Saturdays.

By Bus StarTran service runs on weekdays and Saturdays (but only until 6:30PM). Individual fares are $1.75 (have exact change)/seniors $0.85/trips in the downtown zone or on the Star Shuttle are $0.25. Monthly passes are $45; various discounts are available. Passes can be purchased at many businesses around town (primarily grocery stores and banks).

By bicycle Lincoln's trail system extends throughout the city. A cyclist can travel across the city in an hour or less. Bike rentals at Monkeywrench Cycles, downtown (1225 P St) For a map of bike trails visit .



Music, Art and Theater Lincoln Arts Council. Lied Center for Performing Arts, The Haymarket Theatre, or the UNL schools of Music, Theatre, and Film have performances year-round. Some of the best classical music performances can be heard at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. During the summer, see the Flatwater Shakespeare Company at Wyuka cemetery, musicals at the Pinewood Bowl,classical performances at the Meadowlark Music Festival, professional theater at Nebraska Repertory Theatre, or Jazz in June. Music groups that perform all year long include the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Nebraska Jazz orchestra. For Art, the Sheldon is the largest gallery in town, but to get a look at the work of local artists, be sure to check out the downtown art galleries. By far the most fun time to do this is the evening of the first Friday of every month, when the galleries put up new work. New art is usually accompanied by food, drinks, and sometimes live music.


Lincoln offers a wide variety of shopping experiences. The Downtown Lincoln Association webpage includes a listing of just a few.


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Largely due to the university, there is much night life to be found (bars now can close at 2AM). O Street is just a few blocks away from popular student housing and is also one of the longest main streets in the U.S. with a portion covered by local drinking establishments, most in the downtown areas between 12th and 16th Sts. The local music scene is also expansive with live bands playing at many bars in the downtown area.



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Lincoln is surrounded by numerous lakes and state recreation areas.

Routes through Lincoln

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