How do I get to Penn State?

The Penn State University Park campus is located in State College, Pennsylvania.  I know that’s confusing.  “University Park” is not a real municipality, it’s just the place name associated with Penn State’s main campus.  The campus mostly resides in the borough of State College, in Centre County.

Air travel:  Penn State is served by University Airport (SCE), and is served by Delta (via Detroit), United (via Chicago-O’Hare and Washington-Dulles) and American (via Philadelphia) airlines.  The airport is an easy <10 minute drive from campus, and Hertz/Avis/National rental car is available at the airport.  Enterprise car rental offers airport service from a facility close to campus, adjacent to the Quality Inn, across the road from Sleep Inn/Comfort Suites. The closest other airports in the region are Harrisburg (~90 minute by car), Pittsburgh (~2.5 hr), Baltimore-Washington (BWI; ~3 hr); the latter two are served by Southwest and other discount airlines.

Bus travel:  Megabus offers service to/from State College and New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.  Pickup and drop-off is at the Wal-Mart on North Atherton Street in State College, approximately 1.5 miles from campus.

Taxi and shuttle service:  Unreserved taxi/shuttle service from State College airport or elsewhere can be slow and unreliable; I recommend reserving ahead of time, or using Uber.

Parking on campus: If possible and you are up for a walk, I recommend staying within walking distance (see “Accommodations” post) and leaving your car at your hotel. There are two Penn State parking garages, the Eisenhower Parking Deck and HUB Parking Deck, within a ten minute walk from Buckhout Laboratory, the main venue for the conference on Saturday, April 23rd.  Parking is likely going to be free in those facilities that day, but if there is an event there may be a charge and they may fill up.  There are also parking garages in downtown State College, a ~10 minute walk from Buckhout.  Please inform us ahead of time if you have any accessibility needs and we should be able to take care of them.

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