Getting to Philadelphia
Philadelphia is at the center of it all! Easy and affordable to get there, Philadelphia is only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, D.C.
There are more than 1,200 daily nonstop flights to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Once you arrive, it’s a 25-minute ride by SEPTA mass transit or a 10-minute ride in a taxi to cover the eight miles from PHL to Center City.
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. Check the Amtrak website for daily discounts.
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. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit or purchase a reloadable Smart Card. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.
Getting Around Philadelphia
Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.
Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.
World-class dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites, and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.
Base cash fare for the SEPTA bus, trolley, and subway system is $2.25; transfers are $1.00. The best travel value is the Individual Independence Pass for $13 or a Family Independence Pass (good for one family of up to 5 people traveling together) for $30. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.
There are more than 1,600 licensed and trained taxis in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.
Check out Wheel Fun Rentals for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 70 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.
Checking Out Philadelphia
Philadelphia has something for everyone. It’s fun, wild, quirky, historic, contemplative, and inspirational all at once. It’s the metropolis that brought the world everything from the Declaration of Independence to The Roots and beyond.
Take some time during your visit to explore the off-the-beaten-path side of the city. See the parks and trails in what was ranked one of the nation’s most walkable and bikeable cities. Tour through the nation’s only helicopter museum. Marvel at the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. Stay at the prison that held Al Capone. Taste the best cheesesteaks you’ll ever eat. And then keep going. There’s so much more.
To learn more about Philadelphia including its attractions, dining, events, shopping, nightlife, and more, visit the Philadelphia Welcomes Public Library Association microsite, provided by the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Visitors From Abroad
International Travel Information
The IFAC-ACE 2019 welcomes visitors from around the world. Below are resources we have compiled to help make your travel and show experience as convenient and successful as possible.
Letter of Invitation
A letter of invitation is provided only after you have completed registration for the conference and paid the conference registration fee. Such a letter may be needed to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting. If you require an invitation letter please contact the conference organizers via email. The letter will be provided by email.
The Conference cannot contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office abroad on your behalf so please begin your visa application process as soon as you determine that you wish to attend IFAC ACE 2019. Please provide as much information as possible to avoid delays in receiving your letter. You must register for the conference and pay in full before requesting an invitation letter.