Lehigh University’s Location
Our campus is in the Lehigh Valley, which is comprised of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, and the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. More adventures are also within driving distance, including the 1½-hour trip to New York City and both the 1-hour trips to Philadelphia or the Pocono Mountains.
For maps and directions, visit Lehigh University’s main website.
Traveling to Bethlehem
- Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE): conveniently located about 7 miles North-West of Bethlehem, this airport provides connections to several cities in the US.
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Circa 73 miles East of Bethlehem, with limited bus service to Bethlehem.
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). 83 miles from Bethlehem. Bus service to Bethlehem is available at the 30th Street Station.
- LaGuardia International Airport (LGA). 94 miles from Bethlehem.
- J.F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). 103 miles from Bethlehem.
Bethlehem is serviced by Trans-Bridge Lines. There is a direct bus connection from New York City (Port Authority Bus Station), Newark Liberty Airport, and JFK airport (via PABT). The Bethlehem bus terminal is located in Northside of Bethlehem. Therefore you would then need to take a taxi or Uber to Lehigh University.
- From Route 22: Take Route 378 exit in Bethlehem. Route 378 heads only south; continue for 3.6 miles and when you cross the bridge over the Lehigh River, stay in the left-turn lane, marked “Third Street.” Bear left at the traffic light for Third Street at the south end of the bridge; continue one block to the traffic light at Brodhead Avenue, and turn right.
- From Route I-78 East or West: Take the Hellertown/Bethlehem exit 67.
- From Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: Take the Northeast Extension (Route 476) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike north.
Public transportation in Bethlehem
Public transportation in Bethlehem is run by Lanta. There are buses connecting North Bethlehem to Lehigh University. However for convenience we suggest taking an Uber or taxi.
There are many inexpensive hotels and Airbnb accommodations in Bethlehem and its surrounding area. There are no hotels however, within walking distance of the conference venue. Below we list some of the more convenient hotels for your stay during the workshop/conference.
Please refer to the specific workshop webpage for details of any special arrangements that have been made for participants.
- Comfort Suites
120 W. Third Street, Bethlehem PA 18015
Located in Southside Bethlehem.
- Hyatt Place Hotel
45 West North Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Located in downtown Bethlehem.
- Historic Hotel Bethlehem
427 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
Located in the historic downtown of Bethlehem
- Sands Casino Hotel
901 Daly Avenue, Bethlehem PA 18015
Located adjacent to Sands Casino, Southside Bethlehem..
- Sayre Mansion Inn
250 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem PA 18015
A Bed & Breakfast with 19 antique filled rooms close to Lehigh’s main campus.
Things to do in Bethlehem
Arts & Entertainment
The arts are alive in Bethlehem, where you won’t have to look far to find exciting seasonal events, nationally recognized musical acts, comedy, art and more. The city boasts three performing arts centers on the SouthSide alone, and the Banana Factory, a dynamic cultural arts center, is located just steps from Lehigh’s campus. Known as the “City of Festivals,” Bethlehem hosts more than 20 major festivals and over 150 mini-festivals each year.
Restaurants in Bethlehem
Nearly every world cuisine imaginable is available in Bethlehem. The city boasts a wealth of restaurants serving up Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Italian, Thai, Mexican and more. With more than 80 restaurants in downtown alone, local foodies can find everything from high-end dining to pizza shops.
Fun things to do in the Lehigh Valley
Beyond the city of Bethlehem itself, the Lehigh Valley is home to several top-notch entertainment centers, shopping malls and award-winning restaurants. Simple day or weekend trips can be taken to New York City, Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains and the New Jersey and Delaware beaches. Sports fans, meanwhile, can follow the region’s local minor league teams—the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team and Bethlehem Steel FC, which plays its matches at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium.