Travel:

*FAQs     *Helpful Links      *Local Advice/Information

 

 FAQs

Q: Where is the closest airport and what is it called?

A: The closest airport is located at 7062 Elm Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21240 (15.7 miles / 25 minutes drive time from hotel) and it’s called Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport  (English: www.bwiairport.com Spanish: http://www.bwiairport.com/es/home )

Q: Where are the alternate airports and what are they called?

A:  The alternate airports are:

1. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (48 miles/1.1 hrs from hotel), located at 1 Aviation Circle, Washington, DC 20001-6000 (http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/reagan.htm )

2. Dulles International Airport (64 mi/1.25 hrs from hotel), located at 1 Saarinen Circle, Dulles, VA 20166 (http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/dulles.htm )

Q: What is travel like in Baltimore? Is there a bus system in Baltimore? What is it called and what does it cost?

A: There is a bus system in Baltimore called Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), and it contains light rail, buses and subway lines. It costs 1.60 each way (per ride) and 3.50 for a day pass.  There is a single line subway from Johns Hopkins hospital (mostly used by commuters).

Q: Where is the train and/or bus station?

A: The Train Station is called Penn Station and it is located at 1500 North Charles St in Baltimore: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=BAL

The Baltimore Greyhound Station is located at 2110 Haines St.

Q: What is the average cost of bus & train tickets from nearby cities?

A:                                 Amtrak             Greyhound

Washington DC          Train: 16$        Bus: 11$

New York City            Train: 71$         Bus: 35$

Philadelphia               Train: $66        Bus: $22

Use Amtrak.com and Greyhound.com to find other cities! See also: http://baltimore.org/transportation

Q: Where is the conference?

A: Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore, 4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland, 21218-2306. T: 1-410-235-5400

Q: What is the hotel booking discount link again?
A: Oooh, sorry — that expired on July 17. Please use this link to the hotel to book at a regular rate, or read on below for some ideas on alternate places to stay: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maryland/inn-at-the-colonnade-baltimore-a-doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-BWICUDT/index.html

Helpful Links

WikiTravel: Baltimore:  http://wikitravel.org/en/Baltimore

MTA Visitors:   http://mta.maryland.gov/content/visitors

Hotel Website:   http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/BWICUDT-Inn-at-The-Colonnade-Baltimore-A-DoubleTree-by-Hilton-Hotel-Maryland/index.do

 

Local Advice/Information

Julie, a femme Baltimorean on the Fundraising Team, and her local experts (“Helpful Local Source” 1, 2, & 3), gave the Media Team some great local info that is sure to be helpful.  Here it is in a nutshell.

On Local Buses:

1. Charm City Circulator: http://www.charmcitycirculator.com

“It doesn’t go up to the hotel since its purpose is to mainly go around the downtown areas, but could still be useful if people are trying to get around some of the hotspots.”

2. Chinatown Bus: http://www.chinatown-bus.org/

Julie says this “is a northeast regional bus system that’s much cheaper than greyhound. People traveling regionally from New York, Boston, DC, etc. don’t tend to take Greyhound. They tend to take the bolt bus (which goes right to Baltimore Penn station) or Chinatown Bus. Sometimes they use Megabus, but like (Helpful Local Source 2) said, that one doesn’t come downtown so it’s kind of a pain if you don’t have a ride.”

3. Bolt bus (and the other similar companies): https://www.boltbus.com/.  Helpful Local Source 1 says this is the “cheapest way to get here from out of town.”

4. “(The) Greyhound station is out of the way, and that if they (conference attendees) it, people will definitely have to get a ride, a taxi, or a bus to get anywhere they might be staying.” (Helpful Local Source 1)

5. “Penn Station hosts both Amtrak and the MTA trains, and that Amtrak is significantly more expensive. I’d double check all of those train and bus prices–Amtrak from NYC costs more like $100 now, depending on which train and when.” (Helpful Local Source 1)

6. “The Megabus drops folks off at white mall and it is…an hour bus ride to get into the city from that bus stop,” so it can be a huge hassle. (Helpful Local Source 2)

7. The Inn at the Colonnade is on Rt. 22, 3, and 11. All buses are handicap accessible. The 3 and 11 go to the hotel from downtown. (Helpful Local Source 3)

 

On Airports:

1. “BWI is a thousand times superior to the other “area” airports, and that getting here from Dulles or Reagan by public transportation–or any transportation–can be a major, hours-long hassle.” (Helpful Local Source 1, and seconded by Julie)

 

On Low-Cost Accommodations:

1. CouchSurfing.org: http://www.couchsurfing.org/ (the Facebook of couchsurfing)

a. “To use this you make a profile with details about yourself, upload a picture (no one will host you if you don’t have a pic up there), and then utilize the “Couch Search” interface to find people you message and ask to stay with!” The website will prompt you to donate, but you do not need to in order to use the service. “The idea with asking someone to stay with them is to seem friendly, flexible, and non-creepy when seeking a host.” (Helpful Local Source 2)

b. To Search Couching Surfing:

i. “Do a general search of a the city you want to stay in and will look through peoples’ profiles.”

ii. “limit (your) search within a specific city to only people who are in some “Groups” that (you are) also a member of.”

(Helpful Local Source 2)

2. Air BNB.com: http://www.airbnb.com/

“This isn’t as cool as couchsurfing.org, but it can be way cheaper than hotels. This is another site were people have profiles like you would a facebook profile, but here people are renting out sleeping spaces/rooms in their private homes. Some people overcharge… some people will give you a space to sleep and share their home with a person for $10/night…Baltimore looks like most people are overcharging a ton. But again, is probably cheaper than a hotel.” (Helpful Local Source 2)

3. Trans Housing Network: http://www.transhousingnetwork.com/

“Only a week old, for trans folks only (it looks like there’s only one person from Baltimore offering to host, btw).”  (Helpful Local Source 2)

4. https://www.tripping.com

“Another general couchsurfing network. Like couchsurfing.org, I believe, except I’ve never used it so I don’t know what it’s really like.” (Helpful Local Source 2)

 

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