Getting to Pullman
(See also lodging information)
June 1, 2014 Update: If you are flying into Spokane and are signed up for a shuttle, you should have received a shuttle schedule. If you’re taking the Wheatland Shuttle, be sure to make a reservation at http://www.wheatlandexpress.com/ariportexpres/. If you are on a WSU Van, meet your driver in the Terminal AB (main terminal) baggage claim area 15 minutes before the shuttle departure time. Use the link you have received in order to pay for the van shuttle and guarantee your seat. Or use the C&W ride share board at http://siteslab.org/cwcon/2014/rideshare to get a ride with someone driving a car. Finally, Spokane Airport also hosts the major rental car companies, and College Cab (Pullman) serves Spokane Airport. A cab to or from Spokane Airport costs $179, but that cost is split among all riders. Attendees might arrange for a minivan, which would hold 5 passengers and 6 pieces of luggage. For more information on transport, contact Bill Condon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before booking your flight, remember that Thursday (6/5) hosts the Graduate Research Network as well as a number of workshops and the opening reception. Keynotes and concurrent sessions begin Friday (6/6) morning and run through Sunday (6/8) afternoon. The final panel will conclude by 1pm on Sunday, followed by a 4pm BBQ with the conference organizers.
If you live in our neck of the country, it's a beautiful drive from every direction! We are approximately 1.5 hours by car from Spokane, 5 from Seattle, 6 from Portland, 5 from Boise, and 4 from Missoula. All roads are guaranteed to be amazingly scenic.
If you're flying, we have three options:
- Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW): Pullman shares a regional airport with Moscow, Idaho (just a few miles down the road). We are serviced by Alaska/Horizon who partner quite nicely with Delta. We have four flights into Pullman each day, and all flights go through Seattle. If it's a clear day, you get a beautiful view of the Cascades on your way over. You also get to enjoy a free local beer or wine during this short flight. If you can afford it, this is the easiest bet!
- Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS): 35 miles south of Pullman are the towns of Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA (Lewis & Clark stories abound!). It's a bit of a curvy road down, so allow for an hour drive. They are serviced by Alaska/Horizon and Delta. A number of the flights actually go to LWS after deplaning in Pullman, but sometimes one is much cheaper than the other. If a lot of people end up flying to LWS, we will run a few pickup vans, but otherwise your best bet would be to rent a car.
- Spokane International Airport (GEG): Spokane hosts most major airlines, including Southwest and Frontier. It is 75 miles north of Pullman. We will be running shuttles every 3-4 hours from Spokane on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday. There is also a regional shuttle that you can take. More information on shuttles coming soon! Also, they have every major rental car agency and the drive is fairly painless.
Wheatland Shuttle. The Wheatland Shuttle is a WSU standard and very reliable. It leaves the Spokane Airport every day at 2pm and drops off on WSU's campus at 3:40pm (The Holiday Inn and Residence Inn have shuttles that will pick you up from the busstop and bring you to the hotel. If you're dorming it, it's a doable walk). It leaves WSU for the airport every day at 9:55am and arrives at the Spokane Airport at 11:30am. IF YOU ARRIVE IN SPOKANE BETWEEN 11:45am-1:45pm, OR DEPART BETWEEN 12:45pm and 3pm, this is your best option. You can book directly through their site. $38/way.
WSU Vans. If you cannot take the Wheatland given your arrival or departure time, you will book a WSU van ride. Details coming soon, but to ensure that we are taking your arrival and departure times into account, please fill out this Google form as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee a ride for requests made after May 15. The rate will be similar to the Wheatland Shuttle so as to cover our costs of rental, gas, and drivers.