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Advance travel planning and early visa application are strongly encouraged for non-US citizens traveling to the United States. Visit the US Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
web site for more information regarding the procedure for obtaining a visa or information regarding the ESTA application. Note:
Citizens of a Visa Waiver Program country travelling to the USA must now possess a machine readable passport and an ESTA approval card. ESTA applications may be submitted any time prior to travel and generally remain valid for two years.
Public and Private Transportation
- Amtrak Downeaster (Phone: 800-872-7245)
Amtrak provides train service from Boston, MA - North Station to Portland, ME. The journey is approximately 2.5 hours and costs around $25. Additional car or shuttle service is required from the Portland Transportation Center to the conference site (a 90-minute trip).
- Concord Coach Lines (Phone: 800-639-3317)
Concord Coach Lines provides transportation from Logan Airport in Boston to the Portland Transportation Center in Portland, Maine. Schedules and fares can be found on their web page. Additional car or shuttle service is required from the Maine Transportation Center to the conference site (a 90-minute trip).
- Custom Coach and Limousine (Phone: 800-585-3589)
Custom Coach and Limousine operates a fleet of 8- and 10-passenger limousines, executive sedans, 14-passenger corporate vans, 29-passenger mini coaches and 49- and 57-passenger European styled motor coaches. They can pick up at Logan Airport in Boston, Manchester Airport in New Hampshire, and the Portland Jetport and the Portland Transportation Center (Amtrak and Concord Coach Lines Terminal) in Maine. Please call for more information.
- Stagecoach Shuttle Service (Phone: 207-357-5783)
Stagecoach Shuttle Service provides convenient and affordable transportation for individuals and small groups from the Portland Transportation Center, Portland Jetport, Boston or Manchester. They will provide a friendly and knowledgeable professional driver to meet you and provide safe transportation to Sunday River. Reservations are recommended at least 2 weeks in advance. Please call to make a reservation.
Airlines and Airports
- Logan Airport (BOS)
Logan Airport is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Most major domestic and international airlines fly to BOS. Visit the Airport’s web site for a complete list of airlines. GRC provides a Chartered Bus service to our New England sites for conferees arriving here on Sundays (reservations are required).
- Portland International Jetport (PWM)
The Portland International Jetport is one of New England's fastest growing airports serving Maine and northern New Hampshire. The airport offers nonstop flights to over a dozen cities across the U.S. and Canada as well as worldwide connections.
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car (Phone: 800-261-7331)
Enterprise offers discounted rates on auto rentals for Gordon Research Conferences attendees. Click here to make reservations online at this special GRC rate. If you are a member of the Emerald Club, you are eligible for a free upgrade when you book a midsize car.
- National Car Rental (Phone: 800-227-7368)
National Car Rental offers discounted rates on auto rentals for Gordon Research Conferences attendees. Click here to make reservations online at this special GRC rate. If you are a member of the Emerald Club, you are eligible for a free upgrade when you book a midsize car.
Special Accommodations for Before or After the Meeting
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston at Logan Airport (Phone: 617-567-5000 | Fax: 617-567-5999)
If you need to stay overnight in Boston before or after the meeting, the Embassy Suites Boston at Logan Airport (207 Porter Street, Boston, MA) offers a discounted rate for GRC participants. The hotel is located half a mile from Logan Airport and offers a complimentary shuttle. Reservations can be made directly on the hotel’s web site using one of the following special links for GRC attendees (select the date range in which you will be staying):
- June 2, 2017 - June 24, 2017
- June 30, 2017 - July 29, 2017
- August 4, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Or, you can call 617-567-5000 and ask for the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) rate. The hotel recommends that GRC attendees make reservations as soon as possible because summer weekends sell out quickly.