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Travel planning : if you are driving to Wikimania and would like to rideshare, note where you are coming from and the route you plan to take. If you are planning a trip around Wikimania, and would like company, note your general route and timeline. If you are interested in sharing a rental car, note where you are coming from.

And if you live near Cambridge and can put up visitors around the conference dates, note this and what languages your household knows, if appropriate :)

How to Get to the Conference

See Getting to and around Cambridge!


Harvard Law School has decent driving directions. For those of you bringing cars, be aware that parking is not readily available around Harvard Square. Street parking is often very difficult to find. Most of it is limited to 2 hours, metered, or requires a Cambridge parking permit. Parking garages are available near the square, but they can be expensive.

Another option is to park at one of the MBTA park and ride garages and take the subway from there. These often fill up on weekday mornings but are generally available over the weekend and cost $5 per day. The one at Alewife station is particularly convenient. It is just three stops on the Red Line from Harvard station (take Inbound). From the Massachusetts Turnpike, take I-95 north to the Route 2 east exit and follow Route 2 to exit 61.

For those of you staying near Harvard, it might be better to take public transportation or to walk to the university than to try to drive.

To learn more about traveling around Cambridge, please visit Getting to and around Cambridge.

Ride sharing

Please list departure locations, departure dates from home, and departure dates from Wikimania, below when offering or asking for a ride.

Rides available

  • m:User:Robhoitt Rob, N1FSK - I live in Southern, NH... may be able to lend a ride down for someone who'd need it.
  • Alkivar, 2hr drive from Maine (any Mainiacs south of Lewiston I can give you a lift.)
  • Daniel Mayer - not sure if I'll fly or drive, if I drive from Atlanta, I'll be able to bring 2 people.
  • CBDunkerson Will be driving up from NJ through CT and MA and could give a lift along roughly this route. Current plan is to drive up the afternoon of 8/3 and back the morning of 8/7.
  • Turns out I'll be driving from Pittsburgh. I can take at least two more, possibly three. Plan is to leave morning of the third and drive back on the seventh. Laura Scudder 02:06, 28 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • TimBits will be driving from Greater Toronto Area (namely en:Mississauga) to Niagara Falls to Buffalo to Cambridge, MA. I will follow this route when going. I'll leave on Thursday, August 3, early in the morning. Driving back, I plan following Cambrige-Montreal-Toronto route. I'll leave early on Monday, August 7. So, I can offer anyone in GTA a ride or anyone on my routes a one way ride. TimBits 20:22, 30 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Rides needed

  • User:Twoblackeyes : coming from NYC. Will take the Chinatown bus probably but would love to hitch a ride with a fellow wikipedian. Twoblackeyes 17:40, 26 July 2006
dunno when u r planning to return to NYC and how, but I'm planning to take the Chinatown bus on 7th morning to NYC. Pls. feel free to join me. --Srinivas Gunta
  • User:Space : coming from Montréal (Quebec / Canada) to Boston. Looking for a ride with someone by car who is driving from or along Montréal/South-East Canada/North-East USA or other arrangements from and to Canadian-American region on friday 4 Aug., saturday 5 Aug. and/or back on monday 7 Aug./tuesday 8 Aug. Space 19:06, 21 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • User:Space : going back from Boston to Toronto (Ontario / Canada). Looking for a ride with someone by car who is driving from or along Boston/North-East USA to Toronto or area or other arrangements from and to Canadian-American region on monday-evening 7 Aug. or tuesday 8 Aug. Space 19:36, 31 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • m:User:Improv : coming from Pittsburgh. If anyone is going my way, that'd be cool Arrangements have been made. --Improv
That's where User:Piotrus is based, fwiw. Cormaggio 09:51, 24 April 2006 (UTC)[reply]
Yes - I actually met Improv before :) And on that note, I could use a ride from Pitt to Wikimania, too :) --Piotrus 16:48, 18 June 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • User:Piotrus - from Pittsburgh, could use a ride to Wikimania. Two notes here: 1) I will not need a ride back as I will by going to Poland afterwards and 2) I will have a one big travel bag with me.--Piotrus 16:48, 18 June 2006 (UTC) Getting late, booked a plane. See you there :) --Piotrus 22:35, 26 July 2006 (UTC)[reply]
dunno when u r planning to return to NYC and how, but I'm planning to take the Chinatown bus on 7th morning to NYC. Pls. feel free to join me. --Srinivas Gunta
  • User:UnknownQ - I need a ride from Rochester in the upstate New York area if anyone is coming from that direction. Just broke down and got a greyhound ticket.
  • If anyone is going early (for the hacking days), Angela Beesley and Tim Starling need a lift from New York on August 1st (since flying to NY was $1800 cheaper than flying to Boston).
    • If you can't find somone to give you a ride, try the Chinatown buses that connect the two Chinatowns (http://www.staticleap.com/chinatownbus/). $15/each way, get to them by public transportation on each side.
  • yurik - I live in New York (Mnh), and can really use a ride. Thanks!

Flights, travel dates

If interested in connecting with other travellers, please note below when and from where you are travelling; including prehaps what flight you are taking, from what city, at what time.

Within the US

From outside the US

Local Airports

Logan International Airport is the airport in Boston. It is the closest airport to Cambridge. Logan's airport code is BOS. International flights can land at Logan.

The Manchester Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, and T.F. Green in Providence, Rhode Island, are airports within about an hour's drive of Boston and Cambridge. Many inexpensive airlines serve Providence and Manchester. It is possible to get from downtown Providence to Boston via commuter rail. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, about 20 minutes away from Cambridge, has flights to and from Trenton, New Jersey.

To learn more about traveling from Logan to Cambridge, please visit Getting to and around Cambridge.

Local Train Stations

Amtrak, the major American rail company, serves several stations in the Boston area. South Station is one of the area's major transit hubs. It is also on the Red Line, the subway line that goes to Cambridge. Amtrak also arrives at North Station, which is on the Green Line, and Back Bay station on the Orange Line.

To learn more about traveling from any of these train stations to Cambridge, please visit Getting to and around Cambridge.

Bus Lines

do u like desert,oasis,ancient cities [1] Many major bus lines serve Boston. Most arrive at and depart from South Station, which is also a stop on the Red Line, the subway line that goes through Cambridge.

Several inexpensive buses travel from New York City to South Station, like the Fung Wah bus and Lucky Star. They usually cost about $15. It's one of the cheapest ways to travel between New York and Boston. They usually leave almost every hour. It's about a 4 hour trip by bus or car from New York to Boston. Many people recommend traveling that way.

For those of you hoping for a luxurious way to travel between New York and Boston, there's LimoLiner Bus. It offers television, reclining seats, and Internet access.

Dahlia Bus, which is slightly more expensive than the Chinatown buses, offers service directly to Harvard Square. It has a limited schedule, though.

The Greyhound Bus is sometimes more expensive, but also offers pretty comprehensive coverage of the US. Its trips from New York CIty's Port Authority station to Boston's South Station are comparable in price to the Chinatown buses, especially if purchased in advance on the internet.

To learn more about traveling from South Station to Cambridge, please visit Getting to and around Cambridge.

It's probably not wise to travel by bus or car out of New York City north between 4 and 7 pm on the weekdays because rush hour is rather intense and continues into Connecticut.

Trips around Wikimania

If you are planning a [road]trip around Wikimania, and wouldn't mind company for part of it (or meeting up with wikipedians elsewhere along your journey), please note your general route and schedule.

Passports, Visas, and other travel issues

Please, please, please check your passport to make sure it's valid for travel to the United States. If you have any doubts, checking with the nearest American embassy might help. The U.S. Department of State might have some useful information.

Please list any special issues, needs, or offers here. General visa information is available; if you have experience with the specific process in your country, please add details to that page.

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