Friends General Conference

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The University of Toledo (UT) main campus is located in Toledo, Ohio.

When to Arrive

The first Gathering event is dinner on Sunday, July 1. All Friends are welcome to arrive June 30 if they wish (additional charges will apply.) Some Friends will arrive Friday June 29 to participate in pre-Gathering events.

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

  • Explore the Great Lakes region
  • Attend a pre-Gathering event.
  • Attend the mandatory training for Junior Gathering staff (starts Sunday 8:30 AM) OR the mandatory training for High School staff (starts Saturday 8AM).

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

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We will be using the Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Toledo Express (TOL) airports. Book shuttle service by June 17. 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 (with discount)

We have arranged an Amtrak discount to the Toledo (TOL) train station. The Toledo station is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, the main passenger rail and intercity bus station in downtown Toledo, about 4 miles from campus. See the public transportation section below for details on how to from the train station to campus (or learn more about Amtrak Transportation if you're arriving outside of the hours of the Toledo bus system. Several trains arrive quite early in the morning.)

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Toledo, OH (TOL) between June 26, 2018 – July 10, 2018.   Please note that no additional discount applies. People over 61 or with AARP memberships should ask whether the senior discount is a better price.

To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. FGC discount tickets cannot be booked online. You need to purchase your ticket by phone or in person to receive the Gathering discount. Download a flyer you can hand to a ticket agent.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X76G-981 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, including the 4th of July.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

The sooner you buy your ticket, the cheaper it is likely to be.

Luggage limitations. There is checked baggage service at the Toledo station. Only select train stations and routes permit checked luggage. Each passenger is limited to two pieces of carry on luggage (up to 50 lbs each) plus personal items. Amtrak might consider strollers, diaper bags, and car seats as "personal items" permitted in addition to your luggage allowance, but it is not clear if they do.  We recommend reading Amtrak Carry-on Baggage and Amtrak Special Items (scroll down to Baby Items) or contacting Amtrak if you have questions. 

Times: View timetables for the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited Amtrak trains that stop in Toledo.


Greyhound stops at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown Toledo, about 4 miles from campus. (This is the same location as the Toledo Amtrak Station.) Megabus stops at the Scott Park University of Toledo campus, about 2 miles from the main UT campus. Baron's Bus also stops Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza. 

If you need transportation from Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, see our transportation services webpage for a shuttle to campus, or see public transportation info below.

Public Transportation

TARTA is Toledo’s bus system, and has several lines that stop on the main University of Toledo campus. Bus fare is $1.25 one-way, which does not include transferring lines.

If you are arriving at the Toledo Amtrak Station at martin Luther King Jr. Plaza outside of public transit hours, see alternative options for travel from the train & bus station to campus.


The University of Toledo (UT) main campus is located in Toledo, Ohio, about sixty miles / ninety-seven kilometers south of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. Check-in Saturday & Sunday will be at Horton International House. Here are GoogleMap directions. Once on campus, look for the FGC signs for parking direction. The street address of Horton International House is 1730 W Rocket Dr, Toledo, OH 43606.


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.

There will be a section of the Carpool form for Amtrak and bus travelers, to help arrange for group travel to campus.

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.

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