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Public Transportation

Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Pasadena

Please see U.S. Airport Arrival section.

Public Transportation 

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.

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.

Cab Company


Authorized Taxicab Supervision (ATS)- taxicab management and dispatch services

9468 Alverstone Avenue

Bell Cab Company

13030 Cerise Ave

Beverly Hills Cab Company

6102 Venice Blvd.

City Cab

7955 San Fernando Road

Independent Taxi

700 N. Virgil Ave.

LA Checker Cab

11003 South Hawthorne Blvd

United Checker Cab

2129 W. Rosecrans Ave

United Independent Taxi Drivers (UITD)

900 N. Alavarado St

United Taxi of San Fernando Valley (UTSFV)

900 N. Alavarado St

Yellow Cab

2129 W. Rosecrans

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.

Shuttles Agreements with Caltech

DISCLAIMER:  The information provided on this website is for general information only.  Caltech does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.