Getting There — Grand Rapids

Travel to Grand Rapids

The # 1 Airport in North America

Grand Rapids provides easy accessibility and convenience. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Our Gerald R. Ford International Airport was ranked first in the category “Best Airports by Size and Region – North America (2-5 million passengers per year)” in 2016.

It’s gotten even better since, with a $45-million renovation that has upgraded everything from security checkpoints to food and dining options.

Air travel to and from Grand Rapids is quick, cost-effective and oh-so-convenient:

  • 140+ daily nonstop flights to 30+ popular destinations
  • Complimentary Business Center, Wi-Fi and charging stations
  • Roaming customer service ambassadors answering questions
  • On-site MI Tap Room serving local craft beers
  • Just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids

 

Driving from in state

Driving to Grand Rapids is a snap. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from Michigan’s major population areas.

Lansing: 68 miles
Ann Arbor: 132 miles
Traverse City: 142 miles
Detroit: 154 miles

To get to downtown:

From the north or south
US 131 to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

From the east
I-96 to I-196/Downtown (slight left) to exit 77C (Ottawa Ave.)

From the west
1-96 to US 131 south to exit 85B (Pearl Street)   

 

Driving from out of state

Driving to Grand Rapids is an easy trip from anywhere in the upper Midwest. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from many major population areas.

Chicago: 175 miles
Indianapolis: 290 miles
Milwaukee: 264 miles
St. Louis: 442 miles


Train

Amtrak provides daily rail service between Chicago and Grand Rapids.

Public Transportation

Grand Rapids has one of the nation's best transportation systems!

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Nonstop Flight Service:

Atlanta
Baltimore/Washington DC
Charlotte
Chicago-O’Hare
Chicago-Midway
Dallas/Fort Worth
Denver
Detroit
Fort Lauderdale (seasonal)
Fort Myers (seasonal)
Houston
Jacksonville (seasonal)
Las Vegas
 Miami (seasonal)
Milwaukee
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Nashville (seasonal)
New Orleans (seasonal)
New York-LaGuardia
New York-Newark
Orlando International (seasonal)
Orlando-Sanford
Philadelphia
Phoenix-Mesa
Phoenix-Sky Harbor Intl. (seasonal)
Punta Gorda
Sarasota/Bradenton
Savannah/Hilton Head
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
Tampa International (seasonal)
Washington DC-Dulles
Washington DC-Reagan


Thanks to Experience Grand Rapids for providing content for these pages.

Contact Us
For any questions contact the IAEM Conference Manager, Julie Husk at jhusk@iaem.com or 703-538-1795 x 1789.
201 Park Washington Ct,
Falls Church, VA 22046
703.538.1795
Dates and Locations

Dates and Locations of Future IAEM Annual Conferences:

 Oct. 15-22, 2021*
Grand Rapids, Michigan 

 Nov. 11-18, 2022*
 Savannah, Georgia

 Nov. 3-10, 2023*
 Long Beach, California

*The core program dates are Sunday-Wednesday, with additional Friday-Saturday and Thursday-Friday pre- and post-conference training and other options.

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