Hotel and Travel Information


Venue
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, One Dock Street (2nd and Walnut Streets), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA. The hotel can be reached by telephone at (215) 238-6000. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at a discounted rate. Visit the hotel’s web page for IAMRA 2010 Conference attendees to make hotel reservations at the discounted rate. The group rate (US$ 189) is offered until September 3, 2010, subject to availability. (Please note that the early registration deadline for the conference is July 1, 2010. Click here for other important dates.)

The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is located in the historic Society Hill section of Philadelphia. The hotel is a short walk from many of Philadelphia’s most significant attractions, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, as well as the National Constitution Center, site of the IAMRA 2010 event, An Evening at the National Constitution Center, on Tuesday, September 28. Society Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods feature many of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

About Philadelphia
Located 95 miles (153 kilometers) from New York City and 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation and offers many historic and cultural attractions. For information on Philadelphia, visit the following:

Visitor Website for Greater Philadelphia www.visitphilly.com

Official Convention and Visitors site for Philadelphia

www.philadelphiausa.travel
Independence Visitor Center www.independencevisitorcenter.com

Local representatives will be available at the hotel during the conference to answer questions you may have about the city and its attractions.

Arriving in Philadelphia
By Air
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located eight miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia. For information, contact the Philadelphia International Airport at (215) 937-6937, or visit its website at www.phl.org. For current information regarding airline arrivals and departures, as well as gate assignments, visit the website or call (800) 745-4283.

The SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line (R1 train) connects the airport with Market East Station, which is approximately 10 blocks from the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. For information on Regional Rail service, visit www.septa.org.

Shuttle services and taxis are also available from the airport.

Lady Liberty Shuttle Service

(215) 724-8888
Shuttle service between the airport and Sheraton Society Hill Hotel costs approximately US$ 11.00 per person.


Liberty Cab Company (215) 389-8000
Olde City Taxi Coach Association (215) 338-0838
PHL Taxi (215) 232-2000
Quaker City Cab (215) 728-8000
Yellow Cab (215) 333-3333
Taxi service between the Philadelphia airport and downtown Philadelphia is a flat fare of US$ 28.50.

The John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), located in New York City, is approximately 108 miles (174 kilometers) from downtown Philadelphia. Information is available on the JFK Airport website at www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk.html.

The Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), located in Newark, New Jersey, is approximately 80 miles (129 kilometers) from downtown Philadelphia. Information is available on the Newark Liberty Airport website at www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html

By Bus
Inter-city bus service is excellent, with daily arrivals from all parts of the country. The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is approximately 10 blocks from the bus terminals, both of which are located at 10th and Filbert Streets.

Greyhound Lines, Inc. (800) 231-2222
Peter Pan Trailways  (800) 343-9999

By Train
Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is served by Amtrak, which operates rail service along the Northeast Corridor from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from 30th Street Station, and the fare is approximately US$ 10.00. From 30th Street Station you can also take the SEPTA Market-Frankford subway line eastbound to 2nd Street. Cash fare is US$ 2.00 (exact change required). The hotel is approximately three blocks from the 2nd Street subway stop.

Amtrak  (800) 872-7245

By Car
The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is located at One Dock Street (2nd and Walnut Streets), Philadelphia. Driving directions are available on the hotelís website.

There are several car rental companies at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Alamo  (800) 462-5266
Avis  (800) 230-4898
Budget (800) 527-0700
Dollar (800) 800-3665
Hertz  (800) 654-3131
National  (800) 227-7368

Valet parking at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is available at a rate of US$ 34.80 per night.

Public Transportation
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers rail service throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Two major subway lines divide the city: the Market-Frankford line runs east-west; the Broad Street line runs north-south. The two lines intersect at City Hall at 15th and Market Streets, where you can make a free transfer from one line to the other. The SEPTA Market-Frankford subway line stops at 2nd and Market Streets, three blocks from the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. You can make connections between SEPTA trains, including the SEPTA Airport Rail Line (R1 train), and Amtrak trains at 30th Street Station. SEPTA also operates buses and trolleys throughout the city, with concentrated service in the downtown (Center City) area.

Cash fare on most SEPTA bus and subway routes is US$ 2.00 (exact change required). Discounted tokens and passes are available at SEPTA sales offices and at commercial sales outlets.

SEPTA  (215) 580-7800

The Philly Phlash trolley runs in a loop between Pennís Landing and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, connecting the cityís historic attractions and cultural institutions. Phlash fare is US$ 2.00 for a one-way trip; an all-day pass is available for US$ 5.00. There is a Phlash stop at 3rd and Market Streets, approximately four blocks from the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel.

Public Transportation for Individuals With Disabilities
All SEPTA bus routes are operated with accessible buses equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp. All of SEPTA's main rail hubs (Market East, Suburban Station, 30th Street Station) are accessible. A complete list of accessible SEPTA facilities is available at www.septa.org.

Customized Community Transportation (CCT) Customer Service (215) 580-7145

Visas
Foreign nationals who plan to attend the IAMRA conference may be required to obtain a visa to enter the United States. Review the information on immigration requirements for Temporary Visitors to the U.S. available on the website of the U.S. Department of State (DOS). For information on the requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. embassies and consulates regarding issuance of visas and travel to and from the United States, visit the DHS website and the DOS website.

If you will require a visa to enter the United States to attend the conference, you may request a letter from the conference hosts that may assist during the process of applying for the visa. The letter will indicate that you are registered for the IAMRA 9th Biennial Conference on Medical Regulation, to take place September 26-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. You can request this letter when you register for the conference.

Weather
The weather in Philadelphia in September ranges from an average high of 78°F/26°C to an average low of 58°F/14°C.

Time Zone
Philadelphia is in the Eastern time zone of the United States.

Currency Exchange
There are Travelex locations in the Philadelphia International Airport terminals and in downtown Philadelphia where you can make currency exchange transactions from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Airport (215) 365-8350
1800 John F. Kennedy Boulevard (215) 563-7348

ATM machines are available throughout Philadelphia International Airport.

Sales Tax
Sales tax rates vary throughout the United States. Within the city of Philadelphia, the sales tax is 8%. Sales tax is typically not included in the price of items. Sales tax applies to most items, with exceptions for clothing, footwear, and some foods and toiletries.

Tipping
It is recommended to tip waitresses, waiters, and other service personnel a minimum of 15%.

Metric Conversion
One mile is equal to 1.6 kilometers.

 


Updated: May 19, 2010