Housing and Travel

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Hotel Information

NAFSA’s housing block for the 2018 Annual Conference is now open. View the list of available hotels.

Traveling to Philadelphia

Airport Information

There are more than 525 daily nonstop flights to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Once you’re here, it’s a 25-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 10-minute ride in a taxi to cover the seven miles from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75 when you purchase a Quick Trip from the Fare Kiosk on the platform. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. Click here or call the Airport Ground Transportation Hotline at 215-937-6958 for information on other ground transportation options.


Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass.

Need a place to park? The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) has garage parking available to all visitors and guests of any event or business in the downtown area.

Train Information

Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.

Traveling to Philadelphia from Abroad

If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident you may require a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the U.S. temporarily. To request a letter of invitation for NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo, please submit your request here.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has created several travel resources specifically for their international visitors. Check out the PHL CVB International Travelers website to start planning your American adventure to NAFSA 2018!

Transportation Within Philadelphia

NAFSA Conference Shuttle

A complimentary shuttle service will be offered between designated conference hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC). Wheelchair accessible transportation is available during the hours of operation. Please call 1.800.523.4046 to schedule pickup from your hotel or Pennsylvania Convention Center (allow 30 minutes). Please check back for shuttle route information, and times of operation.

Public Transportation

The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. It is easily accessible by car, train, regional rail the SEPTA Jefferson Station, and bus. For more information on the local public transit system, please visit the SEPTA website.

Get around Philadelphia in a PHLASH! The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. Check out the Getting Around Philly brochure, or visit The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ website for more information.

Looking for more ways to see the city? Check out the PHL CVB Visitor Basics and Transportation page for city maps, transit routes, and more.

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