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Travel

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Air

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport/Staunton, VA (SHD) is the closest commercial service airport to Harrisonburg. It offers daily flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) with Contour Airlines/American Airlines.  Flights can be booked from around the world on American and American’s One World partners with connections in Charlotte to fly seamlessly into the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is located about 20 minutes from the James Madison University campus. The airport is providing free shuttle service for conference attendees to and from conference accommodation locations. To book the shuttle, contact the airport’s Shuttle Coordinator, Debbie McAllister, at shdshuttle at flyshd dot com or call (540) 234-8304 x5 and let Ms. McAllister know you are attending the IECA’s conference at JMU.

Heather Ream, Dir. of Marketing and Communications for the airport, has graciously agreed to assist conference attendees if they need help researching flights into Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. Heather Ream can be reached at: hream at flyshd dot com.

While Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) is by far the most convenient way to attend COCE 2023 by air, there are several other options attendees may want to consider. However, we recommend waiting until February to compare flight costs. We also encourage attendees to remember that while flights to Shenandoah may be slightly more expensive than other options, we have made every effort to keep lodging and food costs as affordable as possible and we believe the convenience of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) may be worth the extra expense.

Dulles International Airport/Washington DC (IAD): Dulles International Airport is located about 2 hours by bus or automobile from Harrisonburg. The Virginia Breeze Bus makes two (2) round trips a day from Dulles International Airport to Harrisonburg. The Valley Flyer leaves Dulles International Airport at 10:40AM and arrives on JMU campus at 12:50PM and the Highlands Rhythm leaves Dulles International Airport at 1:55PM and arrives on JMU campus at 4:00PM. If your flight arrives later than these departure times there are several relatively inexpensive hotels near Dulles International Airport that offer free shuttle service to and from the airport.

The Virginia Breeze Bus departs JMU’s campus at 10:45AM and 3:40PM for Dulles International Airport daily.

The conference will also offer a shuttle bus from Washington Dulles International Airport to the JMU campus on Sunday, June 4.  The shuttle will depart Washington Dulles at 8:00PM on Sunday, June 4.  The cost of conference shuttle is $25.00 per person. You may book a seat on this conference shuttle using the link at the bottom of this page. If you don't see the link, please login. Those who use this service should use the Virginia Breeze Bus to return to Washington Dulles.

There are several other airports that attendees might want to consider. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is about one hour from Harrisonburg and Richmond International Airport (RIC) is about 2 hours from Harrisonburg. Both are good options for those planning to rent a vehicle. Reagan National International Airport/Washington DC (DCA) is about 2.5 hours from Harrisonburg and is a good option for those planning to rent a vehicle and/or planning to stay in Washington DC before the conference.  Attendees who stay in DC before the conference could access the Virginia Breeze Bus at Union Station, which makes two round trips a day to Harrisonburg.

Car:

Your favorite maps application should do the trick for driving to and around Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg has taxi service as well as UBER, and Lyft ride hailing services.

For information about parking at JMU, visit the accommodations conference page, which provides parking instructions for the Grace Street Apartments (28 West Grace St., JMU, Harrisonburg, VA.) and Hotel Madison.

Train:

Union Station in Washington DC is located about 2.5-3 hours from Harrisonburg by bus or automobile. The Virginia Breeze Bus makes two (2) round trips a day from Union Station to Harrisonburg. The Valley Flyer leaves Union Station at 9:35AM and arrives on JMU campus at 12:50PM and the Highlands Rhythm leaves Union Station at 12:50PM and arrives on JMU campus at 4:00PM. Union Station is served by Amtrak as well as the Washington DC Metro and MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service).

Coach Bus:

Harrisonburg and the JMU campus are served by the Virginia Breeze Bus, which makes two round trips a day from Washington DC to Harrisonburg. This may be an ideal option for those attendees wishing to spend a few days in Washington DC before or after the conference.

Bicycle/Pedestrian:

Harrisonburg is a relatively small college town. Most parts of the campus and city that conference attendees will be interested in are bike/pedestrian-friendly. We are currently attempting to arrange bicycle rental options for attendees, although this has proven to be more difficult that we had hoped as the local bicycle shops sold most their rental stock due to supply shortages caused by the pandemic. We will keep you updated.

Public Transportation:

Harrisonburg’s public bus system is seasonal based on the rhythms of campus life. As soon as the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) releases its summer 2023 bus schedule we will make those details available to conference attendees.

 
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