Public Transportation and Bikes
Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Pasadena
Please see U.S. Airport Arrival section.
Los Angeles (including Pasadena) has an extensive public transportation network.
Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The Metro includes rail and bus lines to get you in and around the Los Angeles area. Metro riders must purchase a re-loadable Transit Access Pass (TAP) card for fare payment. Discount (subsidized) TAP cards are available for purchase at the Caltech Bookstore when you show your Caltech ID.
Pasadena and surrounding areas. Pasadena's public transportation includes the Pasadena Bus (ligne 10 stop at Caltech), the Metro Gold Line, and Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit serves the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. Bus lines link Pasadena to Pomona and Claremont via Arcadia, Azusa, Duarte, and Glendora. Line 501 serves North Hollywood to Pasadena.
For updated information about getting around Pasadena without a car, click this link.
Pasadena Transit is offering the Caltech population free bus transit in Pasadena. To take advantage, you need to get a Try Transit pass added to your TAP card by Kristina Valenzuela.
Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The Caltech Transit Guide provides an on-campus as well as off-campus transportation guide for the Caltech community. More information about public transportation options and subsidies can be found on the Parking website.
Caltech/JPL Shuttle is available for individuals traveling between JPL and Caltech (7 miles). However, this shuttle is for occasional official business trip only, as opposed to daily trips to/back to Pasadena. The schedule is here. A JPL badge or Caltech identification is required and must be shown upon entering the shuttle.
Taxis and Cab Companies
Here is the list of authorized cab companies; we suggest you to be watchful when taking a taxi and be sure there are part of this list.
Carpool and Vanpool
Caltech encourages the use of Vanpool Program (at least six or more Caltech staff/student/ faculty members who live outside of the Caltech boundaries) or Carpool Program (at least two Caltech staff/students/faculty members) as an alternative means to driving alone.
NEW since July 14, 2017. Metro has launched a new bike share system comprising 375 bicycles at 30-plus bike share stations throughout the Pasadena city.
Caltech encourages bicycling for transportation and recreational purposes. Caltech Bike Lab provides information on how to find a cheap bike and Caltech's bike loan programs. The Caltech Bikeshare Program allows Caltech students and scholars to loan a bike for up to 24 hours. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
LA Bike Paths is a good resource for Pasadena bikeway maps, local clubs, and other area bike resources.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is for general information only. Caltech does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.