Travel & Accommodations

Travel to Baltimore

Baltimore is easily accessible by most major airlines and Amtrak.

Commissioners, advisory delegates, and others whose GA expenses are covered by the Office of the General Assembly (OGA), the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) or the Administrative Services Group/A Corp (ASC) will receive an email with instructions and a link for booking airline reservations through Concur (an on-line booking tool) and Balboa, the assembly travel agency, so that the fare is charged to the appropriate GA budget. Please wait to receive this email to book travel. 

The Baltimore airport (BWI) is located about ten miles from downtown.

Baltimore is on several Amtrak ( routes and the MARC train route that runs through Baltimore, Washington DC and West Virginia. The Amtrak/MARC station is the Baltimore Penn Station, located in downtown Baltimore, about 1.5 miles from the convention center.

The assembly will provide shuttle service between the airport and the seven assembly hotels on the peak arrival days (Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19) and between the convention center and the airport on the peak departure date (Saturday, June 27).

For those arriving at other days/times, options include:

  • MTA light rail  $1.80 one-way
  • Taxi – about $40 one-way between the airport and downtown.  Cabs are readily available at the airport and the hotels. 
  • Uber and Lyft

More information about these arrangements and options will be provided well in advance.

Assembly Accommodations

Rooms are blocked at seven hotels in downtown Baltimore, all within a few blocks walk of the Baltimore Convention Center (BCC). The Hilton Inner Harbor is connected by skywalk to the BCC and will house many of the optional meals and receptions sponsored by a variety of groups and organizations that take place before and throughout the assembly.

Discounted rates at these assembly hotels are available to all participants, including observers, who register in advance through the GA Meeting Service. As the OGA guarantees all reservations made in this way with the hotels, GA guests do not have to provide a deposit or other guarantee themselves. While it may be possible to find less expensive accommodations in the area, all participants – including those paying their own expenses – are urged to stay in one of these official assembly hotels using the GA registration process. Your assembly experience will be enriched by the casual interactions with other attendees in the hotel lobby and restaurant and by walking back and forth with them to the meetings. Furthermore, rebates built into these discounted rates help to offset the convention center rent and other expenses, and every nights’ stay helps us meet our contractual obligations to fill a certain number of rooms (and avoid fees for not doing so). What may seem like a few dollars savings could contribute to costly consequences for the assembly budget.  

For a reservation, complete your registration as early as possible, and not later than May 8.

Reservations for rooms in these assembly hotels are made only through the G.A. registration process. Do not call the hotels for a reservation or book through their on-line reservation process.

Taxes totaling 17.5% are in addition to these rates listed below.

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