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Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the only major airport serving one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Owned by the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Airport System (comprised of Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport) is operated by the Department of Commerce's Division of Aviation.

Located seven (7) miles from downtown Philadelphia, the Airport is easily accessible from Interstates 76, 95, and 476. In addition, rail service to the Airport is available on SEPTA'S High Speed Rail Line (R1) train that operates from 5:25 AM until 11:25 PM daily, every 30 minutes, with easy connections to AMTRAK at 30th Street Station and regional rail lines at 30th Street, Suburban and Market East stations.

Ground Transportation:
Taxi services can be picked up at Zone 5 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway.

All Taxi rates are based per trip not per person. Most taxis can accommodate up to 3 passengers. In some cases certain vehicle types can accommodate 4 passengers.

$25.00 Flat Rate from the Airport to the Central Philadelphia Area. This area encompasses: Fairmount Ave (most Northern point), South Street (most Southern point) Delaware River (most eastern point) and University City/ 38th Street(most Western point) Any destination that falls within these boundaries are eligible for the Center City flat rate.

$10.00 minimum fare from the Airport to any destination.

Other fares based on the meter which based upon entry (flag drop) is $2.30 and $2.10 per mile or portion thereof. In addition you will be charged an additional $1.50 Airport fee.

Should you need to pay by credit card please advise the dispatcher upon your arrival to the Taxi area as all companies do not accept credit cards or vouchers as a form of payment.

Sedan, Limousine Services and Shared Ride Van:
Sedan and Limousine services can be picked up at Zone 6 and Shared ride van services can be picked up at Zone 7 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway.

For information regarding transportation please go to the Ground Transportation Information desk which is located in each baggage claim area. The Ground Transportation Information representative can assist you by providing you with a list of transportation providers that are authorized to travel to your desired destination. Please understand that our Ground Transportation representatives can not recommend specific services however they are there to provide you with transportation options. Our representatives will give you instructions on how to contact the provider of your choice. They will also alert you once your provider arrives to pick you up.

You should have your luggage prior to making your reservations.

Ground Transportation Information Hotline:
To speak with a Ground Transportation Information representative regarding any information not addressed previously please call (215) 937-6958.

The two digit contact phone numbers, as listed, will be accessed from the ground transportation desk located inside each baggage claim area.

Driving Directions:
If you plan to drive, use the following link for a map to the hotel: Google map.

From Philadelphia International Airport:

  1. Start out going northeast. Take the I-95 north ramp toward PA-291/Philadelphia/New Jersey.
  2. Take Exit 13 toward I-76 West/Valley Forge/PA-291/Island Avenue.
  3. Merge onto Penrose Avenue/PA-291 East toward I-76 West/Valley Forge.
  4. Turn left onto South 26 th Street/PA-291 East. (South 26th Street/PA-291 East becomes I-76 West.)
  5. Take the Market Street Exit 345 toward 30 th Street Station.
  6. Turn slight left onto ramp, straight onto Schuylkill Avenue/PA-3.
  7. Turn right onto Market Street/PA-3 East.
  8. Turn right onto South 17th Street.
  9. Estimated driving time: 15 minutes; distance: 8.44 miles.

From East:

  1. Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 4.
  2. Proceed on Highway 73 North to Highway 38 West.
  3. Continue to Highway 30 West over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
  4. After crossing the bridge, continue on Vine Street.
  5. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  6. The hotel is one block further on the left.

From Interstate 95 South (North/South):

  1. Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 22.
  2. Proceed on Highway 6786 West to the Broad Street Exist.
  3. This will take you to 15th Street.
  4. Continue 0.5 blocks to Spring Street and turn right.
  5. Proceed one block and turn right onto 16th Street.
  6. The hotel is 0.25 blocks further on the left.

From West:

  1. Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 24.
  2. Proceed on Highway 76 East to Exit 344.
  3. Continue to the Broad Street Central/Philadelphia Exit.
  4. Turn right onto 15th Street and proceed one block to Spring Street.
  5. Turn right onto Spring Street
  6. Continue one block to 16th Street and turn right.
  7. The hotel is 0.25 blocks on the left.

The meeting headquarters hotel is:

Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
17th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 448-2000 (direct to hotel)
(215) 448-2864 (fax)
(800) 325-3535 (toll free reservation number)

Go to hotel Web site

Map to hotel

Hotel Reservation Procedures:

  • You are responsible for arranging all hotel accommodations or cancellations. Rooms at the National Forum rate are limited, so book as early as possible.

  • Please call the Reservations Department directly at the main hotel number above, or National Reservations at 800.325.3535. Ask for the Education Commission of the States room block to ensure you get the group rate of $149 + 14% tax for a single or double room.

  • Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

  • If you would like a confirmation number for your reservation, please ask the hotel reservations department for one when you make your reservation.

  • Reservations will not be accepted without a credit card number or deposit. The Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel requires a one-night deposit by credit card. Your reservation will be guaranteed for late arrival.

  • Reservations must be made with the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel by June 8, 2007 to get the ECS group rate.

  • Reservations made after this date can only be accepted on a space-available basis and not necessarily at the ECS group rate.

  • In the event the room block at the hotel fills up before June 8, 2007, please send an email to

Hotel Room Cancellation Procedures:
  • To cancel your reservation, please call the main hotel number at least 72 hours before arrival.

  • If you fail to cancel your reservation within 72 hours of arrival, you will be charged for one night’s room and tax.

Download Hotel information sheet:
Hotel Info.pdf

Download Philadelphia attractions information sheet:
Philadelphia Area Information.pdf

Links to Additional Hotel and Philadelphia City Information:

Area Attractions:

The nation's fifth-largest city has become a hot destination thanks to stellar art exhibitions, new theaters, exciting nightlife, fantastic festivals and some of the country's finest restaurants. Philadelphia has experienced an explosion of entertainment and nightlife possibilities, as well as what some critics have called a "restaurant renaissance," which The New York Times claims "…has put Philadelphia on the food map." This culturally and ethnically diverse city boasts spectacular five-star restaurants in addition to dozens of outstanding eateries to suit every taste and pocketbook.

There are also big and small pleasures to be found in Philadelphia, including The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the gem of Philadelphia's premier arts district. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in America and offers an impressive collection of art from around the world. During your visit, learn more about Philadelphia's place in history by visiting the Independence Visitor Center, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution was signed, and the National Constitution Center.

Casual business attire is acceptable for most events; please dress comfortably. In July, average temperatures in Philadelphia are around 85-90˚ during the day and 65˚ in the evening. Business attire is requested for the James Bryant Conant Award banquet dinner Wednesday evening. Also, because room temperature and personal comfort zones vary widely, we recommend you bring a sweater or jacket to meeting sessions and outdoor functions.

For questions or assistance, please contact:

Karen Kepler Associate National Forum and Event Manager
or 303.299.3621

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