Travel and Directions and Visa Waiver Program

Visa Information:

International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travelers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization. Go to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Web Site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/. In addition, please be aware that certain travel documents must contain a “biometric identifier” in order to gain entry into the United States.  

When applying for a visa, the United States Consulate will require a letter of invitation from ISPPP 2017. Therefore, we kindly ask that you email your request for us to send you the official letter of invitation with the text that the letter should contain. The official letter of invitation should be requested several months in advance of the meeting, as it may take up to 6 months to get the visa processed. If you intend to submit an abstract to the meeting, we encourage you to submit the abstract prior to requesting the official letter of invitation.

 

 

Train -- Amtrak provides extensive service to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station (30th and Market Streets) the largest existing and second most active railway station in America. From the train station, it is recommended to take a taxi to the Loews Hotel at a cost of approximately $10.00. For schedules and fares, contact Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL or www.amtrak.com

Plane -- The Philadelphia International Airport is located eight miles from the Loews Hotel in downtown Center City. For approximately $10.00, you can take the SEPTA (regional rail) from the airport to the hotel using the R1 Line to the Market E Station (located across the street from the Loews Hotel). For approximately $30.00, a taxi will take you from the airport to the Loews Hotel. For more information, contact the Philadelphia International Airport at 215-937-6800 or www.phl.org. For real-time flight departure and arrival information, call 800-PHL-GATE, or visit www.phl.org.

SEPTA: Just about any attraction, historic or cultural site, entertainment venue, hotel, restaurant or event in Center City can be reached by SEPTA (regional rail) services. Most points of interest and popular visitor destinations are within walking distance of SEPTA. You can take a single trip on SEPTA using a token (cash fare of approximately $2.25) or ride all day with a SEPTA One-Day Convenience Pass priced at approximately $8.00. For transportation between the Philadelphia International Airport and the Loews Hotel, take the SEPTA R1 Line between the airport and Market E Station (located across the street from the Loews Hotel) at a cost of approximately $8.00. Visit www.septa.com.

Bus -- Greyhound provides transcontinental bus service through Philadelphia at its terminal at 10th and Filbert Streets. 

Car

I-95 from the North (Trenton, Betsy Ross Bridge)
· Follow 95 South to Exit 22 (Central Philadelphia).
· Follow signs for 676 West.
· Continue on 676 to the Broad Street Exit.
· Make first left onto Vine Street.
· Follow Vine to third light (12th Street) and make a Right.
· Pass the Convention Center.
· Cross Market Street.
· Entrance and Valet Parking on right-hand side.

I-95 from the South (Delaware, Maryland, Philadelphia International Airport):
· Follow 95 North to Exit 22 (Central Philadelphia).
· Follow signs for 676 West.
· Continue on 676 to the Broad Street Exit.
· Continue onto 15th Street.
· Follow 15th Street through seven traffic lights (City Hall on left).
· Continue around City Hall.
· Make right onto Market Street.
· Drive to 12th Street (Loews Hotel is on the right).
· Make right onto 12th Street.
· Entrance and Valet Parking on right-hand side.

From the NJ Turnpike (New York) and Ben Franklin Bridge (Cherry Hill, NJ):
· Follow New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 4 (Camden/Philadelphia).
· Follow 73 North to 38 West to 30 West.
· Follow signs for Ben Franklin Bridge.
· Staying in center lane, follow signs for Vine Street/Local Traffic.
· Follow Vine Street to 12th Street.
· Turn Left onto 12th Street.
· Continue approximately four blocks.
· Pass Convention Center.
· Cross Market Street.
· Entrance and Valet Parking on right-hand side.

From 76 East:
· Follow 76 East to Exit 38 (676 East).
· Continue on 676 to the Broad Street Exit.
· Follow signs for Vine Street/Local Traffic.
· Continue on Vine to the third light (12th Street).
· Turn Right onto 12th Street.
· Pass Convention Center.v · Cross Market Street.
· Entrance and Valet Parking on right-hand side.
 

Day Trips

NEW YORK CITY is located approximately 2 hours north of Philadelphia and is easily accessible by train. Major attractions include the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, United Nations, Broadway theatre productions, museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other tourist attractions including Central Park, Madison Square Gardens, New York Botanical Garden, Washington Square Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo, Coney Island, Yankee Stadium, and luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues. New York City is served by Amtrak train at Pennsylvania Station providing connections between cities such as Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Toronto and Montreal. The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the main intercity bus terminal. The New York City Subway is the rapid transit system. New York's subway is notable because nearly all the system remains open 24 hours per day.

WASHINGTON, DC is located approximately 2-½  hours south of Philadelphia and is easily accessible by train. Major attractions (most free) include the U.S. Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art, National Archives, U.S. Botanical Gardens, Tidal Basin, Smithsonian (16 different museums such as the Natural History Museum, Museum of American History, Air and Space Museum), and so on. Washington, DC is served by Amtrak train at Union Station providing connections between cities such as Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Toronto and Montreal. The subway system, Metro, is inexpensive and easy to use. Many of the popular attractions are clustered along the Mall, a long green park that runs through the center of Washington, so it's easy to walk around.