Fly


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport was ranked as the #1 Airport in North America by size by Airports Council International in 2015. The airport is only 15-20 minutes from the Calvin College campus and our partner hotels, and air service is provided by six airlines:

  • Allegiant
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • United

From the Gerald R. Ford International Airport:

When exiting the airport, drive straight through the first traffic light. You will be on 44th Street going west for about 1 mile. Turn right going north on Broadmoor* for about 3 miles. Exit to the right (after the Bridge Walkway) for Calvin College and follow the signs to the Prince Conference Center for Festival registration. Approximate travel time: 15 minutes.

*Note: Broadmoor Avenue turns into the East Beltline at 28th Street.

Drive


From the North (Cadillac/Big Rapids Area):

Take US 131 South to I-96. Take I-96 East toward Lansing to the East Beltline (Exit# 38). The exit will immediately be after I-196 merges with I-96. Take a right at the traffic light and go south on the East Beltline for 3 miles (4 traffic lights). Exit to the right onto Calvin College 's campus (just before the Bridge Walkway). Follow the signs to the Prince Conference Center for Festival registration.

From the Northwest (Muskegon Area):

Take I-96 East toward Lansing to the East Beltline (Exit# 38). The exit will immediately be after I-196 merges with I-96. Take a right at the traffic light and go south on the East Beltline for 3 miles (4 traffic lights). Exit to the right onto Calvin College 's campus (just before the Bridge Walkway). Follow the signs to the Prince Conference Center for Festival registration.

From the West (Holland/South Haven Area):

Take I-196 East toward Grand Rapids to the East Beltline (Exit# 38). The exit will immediately be after I-196 merges with I-96. Take a right at the traffic light and go south on the East Beltline for 3 miles (4 traffic lights). Exit to the right onto Calvin College 's campus (just before the Bridge Walkway). Follow the signs to the Prince Conference Center for Festival registration.

From The South (Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Area):

Take US131 North to Burton Street (Exit# 82). Go east on Burton Street about 4 miles to just before the East Beltline (10 traffic lights from the Expressway). You will see the Calvin College entrance sign on your left. Follow the signs to the Prince Conference Center for Festival registration.

From the East (Lansing/Detroit Area):

Take I-96 west to the 28th Street (Exit# 43A). Go west on 28th Street about 3 miles to the East Beltline . Take a right on the East Beltline and go north about a mile (4 traffic lights). Exit to the right (after the Bridge Walkway) for Calvin College and follow the signs to the Prince Conference Center for Festival registration.

Parking

There will be limited parking available on campus with overflow parking one mile from campus (and an on-call shuttle available for the overflow lot). We also provide off-campus shuttle service to and from designated hotels and the overflow parking lot.

Ridesharing Services

If you are driving to the Festival, please consider offering rides to other Festival attendees you meet. Alternatively, both Lyft and Uber operate in Grand Rapids and are quick options. 

Taxis and Other Transportation

If you wish to call a taxi, you may encounter a wait of 30 to 45 minutes. The Prince Conference Center is located at 1800 East Beltline Avenue SE.

Calder City Taxi: 616.454.8080

Yellow Cab: 616.459.4646

Estimated Distances & Driving Times

Other Cities

Approx. Miles

Estimated Time

Chicago

184

3 hrs

Cincinnati

352

6 hrs

Cleveland

301

5 hrs

Columbus

331

5.5 hrs

Detroit

160

2.5 hrs

Indianapolis

296

5 hrs

Holland

30

30 mins

Lansing

63

1 hr

Mackinaw City

238

5 hrs

Milwaukee

279

5 hrs

Minneapolis

590

8.5 hrs

Pittsburgh

426

7 hrs

Toledo

185

3 hrs

Toronto

379

6.5 hrs

Train


The Amtrak Pere Marquette line runs between Grand Rapids and Chicago, round-trip, seven days a week. Riders on the Pere Marquette line travel along the coast of Lake Michigan in relaxed comfort. More details are available here.