Braids 2025 Travel Information 

Travel to Cleveland, Ohio

The accommodation is on campus at Case Western Reserve University (see Accommodation)

Cleveland International Airport (CLE)

Cleveland has a robust public transportation system that includes rapid transit trains as well as city buses. From the airport, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) operates the Red Line rapid transit rail service https://www.riderta.com/routes/redline

Among its stops are Tower City Center in central downtown Cleveland, where you can change trains AND the Little Italy and Cedar Avenue stations just outside campus.

RTA rail service travel time is approximately 40 minutes from CLE airport to the East 105th and Cedar station. Frequency is about every 20 minutes on weekdays, 30 to 60 minutes on weekends and holidays when there are no major events downtown or around the city.

RTA’s station at CLE is located on the lower level of the main terminal. To reach the RTA station, travelers should use the elevators or escalators located in the center of the ticketing and baggage claim levels.

For schedules and information, check RTA or call the RTAnswerline at 216.621.9500.

Travelling by Train in USA

The railway that runs to Cleveland, Ohio is Amtrak, https://www.amtrak.com/home.html

The station is at 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44114

There are a number of buses that you can take from the station to CWRU.

Transportation by bus

Bus transportation from city to city is available from Greyhound and Megabus.

  • Greyhound provides comprehensive service to cities and towns throughout North America. Cleveland’s Greyhound terminal is located a few miles west of CWRU in downtown Cleveland. It’s at 1465 Chester Avenue, just north of Playhouse Square and northwest of Cleveland State University. This station is a walkable distance from the high-frequency RTA Healthline bus route running from CWRU.
  • Megabusprovides service from downtown Cleveland to 12 regional cities. The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center — between East 21 and 22nd Streets on Prospect Avenue — serves as the pickup and drop-off point in downtown Cleveland.

Travelling by Car

There is parking near the accommodation with a weekly parking pass.   The cost of the pass will be added here when it is available.

There is no facility to park outside the workshop buildings although it is possible to stop for unloading.

If attendees require transport to the Tinkham Vale building, please let us know when you register.   The housing is about 10-15 minute walk from the workshop buildings.

Taking Money to USA

The Currency in the USA is US$.

For travellers from the UK or Europe, you can use your card anywhere but there may be a charge from your bank.  In UK the post office has a card, Mastercard, for travelling, you can have lots of different currencies in the same card and there is no fees at all. Very easy to use.  Travellers checks are no longer used.

How it works depends a lot on your country of origin and your bank. It is true that some UK banks charge for every foreign card transaction. Check if there is a cash withdrawal fee.  There are banks that have fee-less cards in general.

There are a number of ATM machines on campus including in the Tinkham Vale building.   ATM rates of exchange tend to be lower than foreign exchange bureaus.

You can use cards in most retail places but they may charge foreign exchange fees so check your cards before you leave home to make sure you are not paying large charges before you travel.   You can also use Apple Pay and Google Pay in most places.

You may need to inform your bank that you are travelling to the USA to avoid any issues on arrival.  You may want to buy some US$ before you travel.

Insurance

It is advisable that anyone travelling from outside the USA gets travel insurance, particularly to cover any medical costs.   These can be very high in the USA.   It is also advisable to buy it when you book the travel so that you are covered if you need to cancel.