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Travel Visas

Attention: 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.

Map

Driving Directions

Bates College is located in central Maine, 35 miles north of Portland and 140 miles north of Boston.

Northbound travelers: Take I95 south to exit 80. Turn left onto Alfred A. Plourde Parkway at the stop sign at the end of the off ramp then follow directions below.

Southbound travelers: Take I95 north to exit 80 and bear right onto Alfred A. Plourde Parkway then follow directions below.

To Registration Site:

  • Continue on Alfred A. Plourde Parkway to stoplight at intersection of Alfred A. Plourde Parkway and Pleasant St- Ramada Inn will be on your left.
  • Continue on Alfred A. Plourde Parkway .6 miles to stoplight at Webster St.
  • Turn left onto Webster
  • Turn right at second intersection/stoplight onto Farwell St.
  • Stay on Farwell St. though the intersection to Russell St.
  • Continue straight on Russell Street thought next two intersections/stoplights.
  • Take a left at the third intersection/ stoplight onto College St.
  • Park next to 280 College Street.

On-Site Parking

  • Continue on Alfred A. Plourde Parkway to stoplight at intersection of Alfred A. Plourde Parkway and Pleasant St - Ramada Inn will be on your left.
  • Continue on Alfred A. Plourde Parkway .6 miles to stoplight at Webster St.
  • Turn left onto Webster and
  • Turn right at second intersection/ stoplight onto Farwell St.
  • Stay on Farwell St. though the intersection to Russell St.
  • Continue straight on Russell Street thought next two intersections/stoplights.
  • Take a left at the third intersection/ stoplight onto College St.
  • Take left onto Campus Ave.
  • Turn right onto Franklin St.- parking lot is on the right.

Public and Private Transportation

Local Taxi Service

  • Jetport Cab
    Phone: 207-807-9797
  • City Cab Co
    29 Avon Street, Lewiston, ME
    Phone :207-784-4521
  • Tri Town Taxi
    571 Sabattus Street, #14, Lewiston, ME
    Phone: 207-777-5777
  • Celebrity Cab
    242 Main Street, Lewiston, ME
    Phone: 207-784-3271

Shuttle Service To and From Airport

  • Northeast Charter
    235 Goddward Road, Lewiston, ME
    Phone: 207-784-3159
  • Sarah Jeanne Limousine Service
    77 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME
    Phone: 207-795-6778
  • Star Livery Inc
    58 Lisbon Street, Lisbon, ME
    Phone: 207-353-5244
  • Portland Limo
    110 Richville Road, Standish, ME 04084
    Phone: 207-797-2478
  • Airport Limo
    Phone: 1-877-278-5466
  • Amtrak Downeaster (Phone: 800-872-7245)
    Amtrak provides train service from Boston, MA - North Station to Portland, ME or Brunswick, ME. The journey is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Ground transportation is available from either Portland or Brunswick to Lewiston.
  • 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 ground transportation is available to Lewiston.
  • Mermaid Transportation (Phone: 207-885-5630)
    Mermaid Transportation provides transportation from Portland Jetport to Bates College. Please call or check their web site for schedules and pricing.
  • Portland Jetport: Ground Transportation
    The Portland Jetport web site provides a list of ground transportation providers that serve the airport.
  • Zipcar
    Zipcars are available on campus for use by those have a Zipcar membership. Individuals who do not have have a membership, but wish to acquire one may do so by going to Zipcar.com. Click here for additional information.

Airlines and Airports

  • Logan Airport (BOS)
    Logan Airport is located in Boston, Massachusetts and is 140 miles from Bates College. 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)
    Portland International Jetport, located in Portland, Maine, is only 40 miles from Bates College. It is the preferred airport for domestic flights for conferences at Bates College. Many major airlines (including AirTran, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Northwest, United, and USAir) fly to PWM. Visit the airport’s web site for a complete list of airlines.

Car Rentals

  • 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.

Helpful Links

For additional information about the area, please check out this link with local information.
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