Philadelphia is located 10 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport. In addition, it is served by Amtrak, and for VAFs many east-coast members, it is easily accessible by automobile.


Uber from Philadelphia International Airport ranges between $15-20.

Taxis from Philadelphia International Airport will cost about $25.00.

It is also an option to take a 16 minute Septa train from the airport to the University of Pennsylvania. Take the Purple Airport Line to the University City stop.  You can then walk 10 minutes up Spruce Street to campus or get a taxi/uber. See SEPTA section below for details.


Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is located at 30th and Market Streets.  It is an easy walk to Penn’s campus if you are traveling lightly.

Travelers can also ride Septa’s Trolley service from 30th Street Station.  Exit the Amtrak station and go into the SEPTA portal at 30th and Market. Travel to Penn’s campus, getting off at either the 36th or 37th street stops.

Uber from the Amtrak station ranges between $6-8.

Taxis from the Amtrak station are about $10.


Trolley and Train Service are available from the airport and train station to downtown and Penn’s campus. Use for exact route and fare information.

Conference Lodging

Conference housing is available through the University of Pennsylvania, which offers attendees a variety of room types in high rise dorms, including single rooms, single apartments, doubles, triples and quads.  All room types have a private bath, and more than half have their own kitchen.  The Hamilton Village high rise dorms are an easy walk to the plenary, paper sessions, and banquet. They are also close to Septa portals transportation downtown for Friday’s tours. Dorms were chosen for conference housing as West Philadelphia hotel rooms were quoted at $250 plus tax +  for this week in May.

Dorm pricing is being finalized with the University of Pennsylvania at this time.

If you prefer to stay at a hotel, the following are an easy walk to the plenary, paper sessions, and banquet.

The Inn at Penn: a Hilton Hotel

The Study at University City

Sheraton Philadelphia University City

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