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Keck Institute for Space Studies

Physical Address:
Keck Center and the Tolman/Bacher House
345 S. Michigan Avenue,
Pasadena, California 91125

Mailing Address:
California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard, MC C1-127
Pasadena, California 91125

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Getting to Caltech


Parking

Purchase a parking pass from the kiosk in the open air lot directly north of the Institute location. Make sure you park in one of the open spots (without a name in it) or in one of the COMMUTER spots and have your hang tag/permit visible. The purchased permits are not Carpool passes - so do not park in a Carpool space, even if there are more than two of you in a car.

JPLers: The JPL hang tag used by employees with on-Lab parking privileges is the only permit required for campus parking.  Employees without on-Lab parking privileges can obtain a free pass created for this purpose from JPL parking coordinator Robert Kennedy (818-354-4586, Building 310-125, 9/80 schedule).

General Driving Directions

Caltech is easily accessible from both the 110 (Harbor) Freeway (southwest of campus) and the 210 (Foothill) Freeway (north of campus).

If you're taking the 110 freeway, follow the freeway north until it ends (where it becomes the Arroyo Parkway). Take Arroyo Parkway straight ahead (north); turn right (east) on Del Mar Blvd. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

If you're taking the 210 freeway, exit at Hill Avenue; turn south on Hill. Take Hill south to Del Mar Blvd and make a right (west). Turn left (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Driving Directions: Take Sepulveda Blvd. south to the Glenn Anderson Fwy (105) east to the Harbor Fwy (110) north to the Pasadena Fwy, which becomes the Arroyo Parkway.

OR

Take the San Diego Fwy (405) north to the Santa Monica Fwy (10) east to the Harbor Fwy (110) north to the Pasadena Fwy, which becomes the Arroyo Parkway.

THEN

Take Arroyo Parkway straight ahead (north); turn right (east) on Del Mar Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

Shuttle service: To get a shuttle, exit the baggage claim area and look for the ORANGE overhead "SHARED RIDE VANS" sign. Tell the driver you are going to Caltech; if you are asked for an address or intersection, Del Mar Blvd. and Michigan Avenue.

Public Transportation from Downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena: The MTA 401 Express bus can be boarded on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, approximately three blocks west of Union Station. Exit in Pasadena at Colorado and Wilson; Caltech is approximately three blocks south.

The MTA 485 bus boards at the Busway off of Alameda, in front of Union Station. Exit at Lake and California in Pasadena and walk east to Caltech.

For more information on detailed bus and rail itineraries for the entire Los Angeles area, please visit the Bus and Rail Trip Planner.

From Bob Hope Airport in Burbank

Driving Directions: Take the Golden State Fwy (Interstate 5) south to the Ventura Fwy (134) east to the Foothill Fwy (210) east. Exit at Hill Avenue. Turn right (south) onto Hill. Take Hill south to Del Mar Blvd and make a right (west). Turn left (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

Shuttle service: To get a shuttle, exit the baggage claim area and look for the ORANGE overhead "SHARED RIDE VANS" sign. Tell the driver you are going to Caltech; if you are asked for an address or intersection, Del Mar Blvd. and Michigan Avenue.

Public Transportation: The Metro 794 bus (toward Downtown LA - Hill - Venice) can be boarded at Hollywood Way and Thorton. Take that to the Los Feliz/San Fernando stop and board the Metro 780 bus (toward Pasadena City College). Get off at the Colorado/Lake stop. Here you have an option to walk to the Keck Center at Caltech or board the Pasadena ARTS 20cw bus (toward Lake and Fair Oaks). Exit at the California Blvd. and Lake Ave. stop and walk to Caltech.

For more information on detailed bus and rail itineraries for the entire Los Angeles area, please visit the Bus and Rail Trip Planner.

From Ontario Airport

Driving Directions: If you are driving, take the San Bernardino Fwy (10) west to Orange Freeway (57) north to the Foothill Fwy (210); take the 210 west to Pasadena. Exit at Hill Ave; turn left (south) on Hill. Take Hill south to Del Mar Blvd and make a right (west). Turn left (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS. JPLers may use their JPL hang tag for parking or request a special parking hangtag from the JPL parking office.

Shuttle service: To get a shuttle, exit the baggage claim area and look for the ORANGE overhead "SHARED RIDE VANS" sign. Tell the driver you are going to Caltech; if you are asked for an address or intersection, Del Mar Blvd. and Michigan Avenue.

From Caltech to JPL

Public Transportation: Board the westbound MTA 177 bus on California Blvd. Discounted monthly and weekly bus passes, as well as student passes, are available through both Foothill Transit and MTA. Bus and transit maps are not available in bookshops or other local businesses, but may be picked up at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza (behind Union Station) in Los Angeles or in the Keith Spalding Building on the Caltech campus.