TDWG 2006 - Travel

International Travel

The main airport at St. Louis (STL), situated 13 miles (21 Km) north-west of the city centre, is served by all the main US domestic carriers, including members of both the oneworld and Star Alliance airline groups.

There is abundant information, including details of exiting from and getting to the airport, car rental, bus, taxi and van services, on the airport web site at

Unless you are arriving on a low-cost or charter airline you will arrive at the Main Terminal (low-cost and charter airlines use the East Terminal - there is good transportation between terminals).

Time Zone

St. Louis is located in International Time Zone GMT - 6, but GMT - 5 for the entire duration of the TDWG Meeting (daylight saving time from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).

Travel from the Airport to the Recommended Hotel

It is normally easy to get a taxi at the Airport - go to Exit MT14 (Yellow Level parking) - at a cost of approximately 20 $US for the ride to St. Louis downtown. Alternatively, take the public Metro (3.25 $US to Union Station), located on the Upper Level of the Main Terminal near Exit MT1. The Metro operates from 05:00 to 24:00 daily.

By MetroLink

Proceed after customs to the MetroLink stop located at the end of the Main Terminal upper concourse. For arrivals at the East Terminal the MetroLink stop is located outside the terminal across the parking lot in front. The MetroLink schedule can be found here. MetroLink fares are listed here. Ticket vending machines are located at each stop and accept cash only - $1, $5, $10 bills or coins.

To reach the hotel, get off at the Union Station stop and ascend the stairs. You will see the Union Station complex to the right. You may either enter Union Station at the south entrance directly ahead and walk all the way through the mall and through the arched opening labelled Hotel and ascend the stairs to the lobby area. Or, from the metro stop angle right to the sidewalk, walk along the mall building, turn left at Market Street and enter the hotel through the main entrance where there is a doorman. This is a map of the hotel area.

By Taxi/Limo

Taxis and limo services are available in the lower level of the airport near the domestic baggage claim area.

By Rental Car

  Discount car rental is available from Enterprise Rent-a-Car, using a special web link and PIN shown on the Registration site. This is the only way to obtain the discount.

Organized bus transport

We are investigating the possibility of low-cost transportation between STL and the Recommended Hotel. If it proves feasible it is most likely to be provided to meet specific popular arriving flights, but it may be possible to arrange a more general special Meeting Discount with a ground transportation operator. Further details will be posted here as they become available.

Travel between the Recommended Hotel and the Meeting Venue (Missouri Botanical Garden)

Bus transportation between the Recommended Hotel and the MBG will be provided at certain times (which will be advertised at the meeting venue and on this web site) in the morning (hotels to MBG) and late afternoon (MBG to hotels). We anticipate that the cost will be included in the Registration Fee.

  Last Modified: 28 June 2006
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