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Last Updated: 3 November 2010

Getting to Pasadena

The Greater Los Angeles area includes five major airports: Los Angeles International, Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena, Long Beach, Ontario, and Orange County John Wayne International (see map below). Pasadena is accessible by freeway from any of these airports; the most convenient is Burbank, just 20 minutes away.

Caltrans (the California Department of Transportation) provides information on freeway conditions in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. An alternate freeway condition site for Los Angeles can be found here. It is a good idea to check this information before travelling, as the traffic in Los Angeles is some of the heaviest in the nation.

Finding Caltech

GPS address:

366 South Chester, Pasadena, California 91125 (this address does not exist but will bring you to the end of Chester just north of the Moore Laboratory.

SuperShuttle- Airport Van - Airports:

1. Los Angeles - (LAX)

2. Ontario (ONT)

3. Bob Hope Airport (Burbank - BUR)

4. Long Beach ( LGB)

5. John Wayne (Orange County, SNA)

SuperShuttle offers door-to-door service from the airport . There are also several drop-off stops at campus. Instructions for people going directly to campus coming from LAX, BUR or ONT can be found here . Instructions for off-campus people or originating from LGB and SNA can be found here. Caltech is located in the San Gabriel Valley.

Campus SuperShuttle stops:

  • S1, located at the south end of the Parking structure (building 66) on 370 S. Holliston Avenue.
  • S2, located just north of Moore Laboratory at the end of Chester Avenue.
  • S3, located in the parking lot near the south-east corner of 450 South Catalina.
  • S4, located in the traffic turnaround off of California Boulevard and south of Arms Laboratory.
  • A map of the Caltech campus can be found here.

Car Driving Instructions

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Caltech. For mapquest directions, click here. By car (45 minutes-1 hour), take Sepulveda Blvd. (1) South and follow the signs to the Glenn Anderson Fwy (105). While on Sepulveda; you go downhill and through a tunnel. Turn right at the end of the tunnel onto the 105 on-ramp. Go east on the 105 to the Harbor Fwy (110). Go north on the 110 - Harbor Freeway, which turns into the Pasadena Fwy (this is still the 110) and drive to the end of the freeway. Keep going north at the end of the freeway as it turns into Arroyo Parkway); turn right (east) on California Blvd. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your left. Turn left (north) at Hill Ave. Turn left (west) at San Pasqual St. Turn right (north) onto Holliston Ave. Proceed to the Holliston Parking Structure on your right at 370 S. Holliston Ave. (Building #66 on the campus map) to register your car and receive instructions on where to park.

From the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport: Follow the signs leaving the airport to the Golden State Freeway (5). Proceed south on the 5 to the Ventura Freeway (134). Go east on the 134 to the Foothill Freeway (210). Continue east on the 210 to Hill Ave.Travel south (right) on Hill Ave. until you reach campus.

From Downtown Los Angeles; Proceed north on the Harbor/Pasadena Freeway (110) until it ends on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. Continue north on Arroyo Parkway to California Blvd. Turn right onto California Blvd, and proceed to Caltech.

From Orange County or the San Gabriel Valley: Travel north on the San Gabriel River Freeway (605) to the Foothill Freeway (210). Go west on the 210 to the Hill Ave. exit. Turn onto Hill Ave. and follow it to campus.


Public Transportation: Buses/Trains

Flyaway bus connects the airport to Union Station so you can catch the Gold Line Metro Rail train to Pasadena.Union Station in Los Angeles to Pasadena, $7.00 one-way. Gold Line Metro Rail, $1.25 one-way.

The Los Angeles County Public Metro Transit System Map in Los Angeles in pdf format can be downloaded here. (885 KB). This map includes all buses and trains in the county.

The Gold Line Metro Rail opened July 2003. For information on the fares and routes, click here. The Gold Line is linked to the Blue, Green and Red lines which cover Los Angeles. The Lake St. station is a 10-15 mimute walk from campus.

Gold Line Metro RailClick on map to download pdf version to print.

A local bus service called the Arts Bus throughout Pasadena. The end of the shuttle line is a five minute walk from Caltech, convenient for students and visitors alike. The cost is 75 cents per ride (35 cents for 60+ years, 50 cents K-12 grades with ID) with free transfers when travelling in the same direction. If you transfer from the Gold Line rail or a regular bus, the cost will be 25 cents.The current ARTS bus map can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here. (148 KB)

The Arts Bus

Parking at Caltech.

Caltech has limited parking located all around the perimeter. PERMITS are required. Use the CALTECH CAMPUS MAP to find the location of the Moore Laboratory, (Electrical Engineering Dept. ), and parking areas. Most street parking is generally limited to 1 or 2 hours during the day. The limits are enforced and you will be ticketed or towed away. On Del Mar Ave, just north of the Moore Laboratory, the purple rectangle below on the map, indicates where you can park on the street, Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM. Do NOT park in spaces with names or "Carpool" marked on it or you will be ticketed. The yellow boxes are the parking structures. The blue boxes are the two connected parking lots just north of the Moore Laboratory.

Visitors are required to display a permit if their vehicle is parked on campus between the hours of 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Permits are available at automated pay stations at the following locations:

1.structure #1 (North Wilson structure B), 2. Parking lot #6 (Tournament Park Lot), 3. Structure #3 (California St. underground structure by the tennis courts- bottom of map below) 4. Structure #4 (Holliston structure A - ticket machine on 3rd level), 5. Parking Lot #12 (Lura St. Lot)

Visitor permits may be purchased at the rate of $2 per hour, $6 per day or $18 per week. A $6 daily permit is valid through the end of the business day (5PM) in which the permit is purchased. The permit machine accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash. .