Air Travel

Logo of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International AirportKalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) is served by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Detroit and Minneapolis (Delta) and Chicago (American) are the major hubs offering air connections.

Some Congress attendees find it convenient to fly to Grand Rapids, South Bend, Detroit, or Chicago and rent a car. Driving time from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (Grand Rapids) and from South Bend Regional Airport is less than two hours. Driving time from Detroit Metro Airport is about two-and-a-half hours, from O’Hare (Chicago) at least three hours. Kalamazoo (Eastern Time) is always one hour ahead of Chicago (Central Time). Metro Cars (1-800-456-1701) offers taxis from Detroit Metro Airport to Kalamazoo (ca. $335.00; advance reservation strongly recommended).

Ground Transportation from the Airport

Image of Congress attendees preparing to board a Medieval Institute shuttle busMedieval Institute buses meet all incoming flights at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport on Wednesday and Thursday and transport passengers to Congress registration (Eldridge-Fox lobby of the Goldsworth Valley III dormitory complex). On Sunday, bus transportation to the airport is provided from 4:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (The Medieval Institute no longer provides shuttle service to the airport on Friday, Saturday, or Monday.)

The Radisson Plaza Hotel, the main off-campus site, Four Points by Sheraton, and the Holiday Inn–West provide shuttle service to and from the airport, which will be the most convenient option for Congress attendees staying at those hotels.

Taxi service is also available at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. Kalamazoo Metro Transit offers very limited service between the airport and the Downtown Transportation Center (bus #12 - Duke).


Train and Bus Travel

Image of an Amtrak trainAmtrak trains (Chicago-Detroit-Pontiac and Chicago-East Lansing-Port Huron routes), as well as Greyhound and Indian Trails buses, serve Kalamazoo daily, arriving at the Kalamazoo Downtown Transportation Center.

On Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and on Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until midday, Medieval Institute shuttle buses travel between Congress locations on the Western Michigan University campus and the Radisson Plaza Hotel, a three-block walk on Rose Street from the Downtown Transportation Center. Taxi service is also available at the transportation center, and the Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus #16 - Lovell (departing from the transportation center) stops near Congress registration (no Sunday service).


Driving to WMU

Kalamazoo is located at the crossroads of Interstate-94 and US Route 131 in Southwest Michigan, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Chicago or Detroit.

Map of the Kalamazoo area

Driving from I-94 to Congress registration

In order to avoid construction delays and ramp closures in 2015, take exit 74B onto US-131 north. Travel on US-131 to exit 38A (M-43/West Main Street). Take West Main Street east 1.9 miles to Solon Street. Turn right onto Solon Street and travel 0.6 mile (through two traffic circles) to South Howard Street. Continue on South Howard Street 0.2 mile to Valley Drive. Turn left onto Valley Drive into the WMU campus and follow the signs to Congress registration.



Parking near the Goldsworth Valley residence halls promises to be more challenging in 2016 than it was in 2015. Parking for Congress attendees is available in Goldsworth Valley I, II, III parking lots and at selected other parking lots on campus. Parking permits ($10.00 in 2015) are available at registration. Please do not park in prohibited areas.



  • Congress attendees preparing to board a Medieval Institute shuttle bus
  • An Amtrak locomotive

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