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Austin Convention Center
Austin, Texas, United States
10 - 15 June 2018
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Travel Information for SPIE Astro 2018

Travel Information for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

We look forward to seeing you in Austin, Texas
for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2018. Everyone who visits Austin these days leaves with something great to say. They can't stop talking about our legendary live music, burgeoning restaurant scene, unique culture, vibrant and welcoming community, as well as a list of other things that you just have to experience for yourself to truly understand what makes Austin so Austin.

Conference location

Austin Convention Center 
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas, United States

Things to know and see before you go

'Visit Austin' website: the insiders guide to local restaurants, live music, events and more.
Food and Drink
Austin Insider Guide (magazine)
Watch a YouTube video on Austin

Transportation Information 


Austin-Bergstrom Intercontinental Airport - (AUS) 7 miles southeast from Austin Convention Center

Ground Transportation

From the Airport

Getting around in Austin

Capital MetroRail - $1-1.50 per trip

Car Rental

Hertz Logo Book Hertz Online
In the United States call 1-800-654-2240
In Canada call 1-800-263-0600, or 1-416-620-9620 in Toronto
In Europe and Asia call a Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent
Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434

Hertz Car Rental is the official car rental agency for this event. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation Conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 029B0023. Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV029B0023.

Visa Information

If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now. Strict security requirements may cause delays in visa processing. It is strongly encouraged travelers to apply for their visas as early as possible (at least 3 to 4 months before the visa is needed). 

Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas to present their papers may access information and the form on the Visa Information and Invitation Requests page.