Friends General Conference

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Travel

When to Arrive

The first Gathering event is dinner on Sunday, June 28. All Friends are welcome to arrive Saturday, June 27 if they wish (additional charges will apply.) Some Friends will arrive Friday, June 26 to participate in pre-Gathering events or to serve in particular volunteer roles.

Before you finalize your travel plans consider reasons to arrive Saturday.

  • Explore the New River Valley
  • Attend a pre-Gathering event.
  • Attend the mandatory training for Junior Gathering staff (starts Sunday at 10am) OR the mandatory training for High School staff (starts Saturday 9AM).

Not all clusters may be available when you select early housing. Friday night housing is available only for pre-Gathering attenders and invited volunteers.

Airplane

We will be using the Roanoke-Blacksburg (ROA) regional airport. Roanoke/Blacksburg Airport Transportation can provide transportation to and from campus. Contact them via email (preferred) at [email protected] or phone 540-345-7710 to book — say you are coming for the FGC Gathering. Make your reservations by Monday, June 8. See our transportation services webpage for more information.

Buy your airline tickets early! We expect prices to increase as we near the Gathering.

Amtrak Train

For the train to Gathering, we will be using the Roanoke, VA Amtrak Station. Roanoke is served by one train per day coming from the north, and is the end of a spur line. Roanoke/Blacksburg Airport Transportation can provide transportation to and from campus. Make your reservations by Monday, June 8. Learn more about Amtrak Transportation.

Luggage limitations. We recommend reading Amtrak Carry-on Baggage and Amtrak Special Items (scroll down to Baby Items) or contacting Amtrak if you have questions about luggage limitations. 

Times: View timetables for the Northeast Regional Amtrak train that stops in Roanoke.

Bus

Megabus stops at the Christiansburg, VA Park n Ride, about 14 miles from Radford. To get from Christiansburg to Radford, we suggest using a rideshare service (listed below.) The line that stops in Christiansburg runs between Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. To search schedules and purchase a ticket, visit the Megabus website.

Public Transportation

There is not public transit that serves Radford in the summer, aside from an in-town bus. Both Lyft and Uber operate in Radford and the surrounding area. Roanoke Yellow Cab is a taxi service that operates in Roanoke. Text-a-Cab operates in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, VA. 

Car

The Radford University campus is located in Radford, Virginia, about 40 miles southwest of Roanoke, VA. View driving directions to Radford University. An email will be sent about a week before the Gathering with details on where to arrive on campus for Check-In.

Carpools

Be green and arrive at the Gathering with a full car! Indicate your interest in carpooling when you register, and FGC will tell you how to contact other carpoolers.

After you have registered, to view the carpool list, you must have the registration confirmation number listed in the e-mail instructions. Once you get to your Registration Summary page, click on upper INFORMATION tab at the top (just under the Gathering logo) and then click on CARPOOL LIST tab on the next line down.



Found a ride or have a full car? Learn how to take your name off the carpool list.

Travel Grant Opportunities

Are you 35 or younger and need help getting to the Gathering? See our financial aid pages for information on western travel grants and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting travel grants.

Friends of Color can apply to the Bayard Rustin Fund for travel grants to the Gathering. 

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