Planning Your Trip FAQ

Planning Your Trip

In what time zone is Baltimore, MD located?

Baltimore is located in the Eastern Time Zone.

Where is the hotel? Do I have to stay there? 

The hotel is the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, and it’s located right next to Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor at 300 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21202You are not required to stay at the hotel; however, staying at the hotel at the special discounted AAFCS conference rate helps ensure that AAFCS is not assessed fees by the hotel. Attendees not staying at the Hyatt who are not based within a 25-mile radius of the hotel will be assessed a $25 fee, once a full rooming audit has been completed in July 2020*. There are so many benefits to staying in the conference hotel—book at our special rate and learn more here. Don't miss out!

*Attendees registered as students are exempt from this fee.

How do I get to the hotel?

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood  Marshall Airport (BWI)  is just 10 miles and 20 minutes from the Hyatt. It offers flights on 13 airlines and has nonstop service to more than 90 domestic and international destinations. Information regarding transportation from BWI can be found here.

While BWI is the closest airport to the hotel, there are several other airports serving the area--take a look at your options before booking, and check back soon for more information on discounted shuttles, rental cars, and more! 

Dulles International Airport (IAD)  60 miles/1 hour and 15 minutes from the Hyatt
Reagan National Airport (DCA) 43 miles/1 hour 10 minutes from the Hyatt

How to get to the hotel and parking: 
Coming by train?
 Baltimore has two Amtrak stations--one at the airport, 10 miles/20 minutes from the Hyatt, and one at Pennsylvania Station, just 2 miles from the hotel. 

Flying in? Take the Light Raillink from the airport to Pratt St. Station/Convention Center for a fare of just $1.90!  The stop is less than a half mile from the hotel.

Shuttle service has been discontinued at BWI at this time; however, the hotel is a short taxi or rideshare ride away if you prefer not to take the light rail. 

Driving? Baltimore is easy to reach by car! I-95, I-83, and I-70 all get you to the city. More information coming soon about parking! 

Where will the conference be held?

All conference meetings, sessions, and meals will occur at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor.
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