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


Parking Instructions:

For Visitors: From the Arroyo Parkway, 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 Wilson Avenue.

Please park in Parking Structure #1 (primary), Parking Structure #2 (secondary) or Parking Structure #3 (overflow lot).

Purchase a parking permit at the pay stations identified on the map in Structures 1 and 3 (JPLers may use their JPL hang tag) and display it on your dashboard. Note: there is no pay station in Structure 2.

Invited Visitors: Use parking code sent via email to purchase a parking permit at the Pay Station.

For Structures 1 and 2, please park in any unnamed spaces.
For Structure 3, park on the B2 (commuter) or B3 (student) levels in any unnamed spaces.


Getting to Caltech

General Driving Directions
From Los Angeles International Airport (28 miles)
From Hollywood Burbank Airport (17 miles)
From Ontario Airport (37 miles)

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

If you are taking the 110 freeway to Pasadena, follow the freeway north until it ends (where it becomes the Arroyo Parkway). Take Arroyo Parkway straight ahead (north); turn right (east) on California Blvd. Proceed approximately 1.1 miles. Turn left onto S. Wilson Ave and proceed to Caltech's Parking Structure #1 or Parking Structure #2. Please park in a commuter spot. The overflow parking is located in Parking Structure #3 (under the softball field) on California Blvd (next to the tennis courts). Purchase a parking permit at the kiosk inside the Parking Structures #1 or #3 and display it on your dashboard. JPLers may use their JPL hang tag.

If you are taking the 210 freeway, use exit 27 at Hill Avenue. Turn south onto Hill (this is a right from Burbank) and drive south to E Del Mar Blvd. Turn right onto E Del Mar Blvd and drive for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto S Wilson Ave and proceed to Caltech's Parking Structure #1 or Parking Structure #2. Please park in a commuter spot. The overflow parking is located in Parking Structure #3 (under the softball field) on California Blvd (next to the tennis courts). Purchase a parking permit at the kiosk inside the Parking Structures #1 or #3 and display it on your dashboard. JPLers may use their JPL hang tag.

By Shuttle

From LAX, Hollywood Burbank Airport, or Ontario airport, shuttle door-to-door service is available from a multitude of companies. 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, Holliston Ave. and Del Mar Blvd. is near the southeast corner of campus (see the campus map for other streets). FYI, the campus SuperShuttle stops (for when you order your ride back to the airport) are:

  • Stop 1 - Holliston/San Pasqual - 1300 San Pasqual St., Pasadena, CA 91106
  • Stop 2 - Del Mar/Chester - 286 S. Chester Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
  • Stop 3 - San Pasqual/Wilson - 382 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 - This is the closest stop to the Keck Center
  • Stop 4 - California Blvd./S. Arms Lab - 1201 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

Please visit SuperShuttle website for more details.

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 California Blvd. Proceed approximately 1.1 miles. Turn left onto S. Wilson Ave and proceed to Caltech's Parking Structure #1 or Parking Structure #2. Please park in a commuter spot. The overflow parking is located in Parking Structure #3 (under the softball field) on California Blvd (next to the tennis courts). Purchase a parking permit at the kiosk inside the Parking Structures #1 or #3 and display it on your dashboard. JPLers may use their JPL hang tag.

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, the Beckman Institute is located at 400 S. Wilson Ave. (Between Del Mar and California). Alternatively, you can provide the driver with the Super Shuttle Drop-off Location Stop #3 San Pasqual/Wilson. Please visitSuperShuttle Los Angeles (LAX) Airport Shuttle Servicefor more details.

Public Transportation from LAX to Pasadena:

(Please note that the trip will take about 2.5 hours)

  1. FlyAway buses pick up at every LAX terminal on the Arrival/Lower level under the green signs indicating "FlyAway, Buses and Long-Distance Vans." Get on a FlyAway bus going to Union Station.
  2. Once arriving at Union Station, disembark the bus and walk to the Gold Line, located at Tracks 1 and 2.
  3. Board the Gold Line with direction to Pasadena.
  4. Exit at Lake St. station, which is a 10-15 minute walk from campus. (The Del Mar station is closest to the Sheraton and Hilton, the Lake station is closest to Vagabond Inn, and the Allen station station is closest to Saga Motor Hotel and Athenaeum). Once in Pasadena, there are LA Metro buses that run within Pasadena, or you could walk. There is also a separate bus system just for Pasadena called ARTS that you can use once in Pasadena, but it only stops every 25 minutes, and it closes before 8:00 pm. 

    (Read more about public transportation in Pasadena >>)

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

Driving Directions: Take the Golden State Fwy (Interstate 5) south to the Ventura Fwy (134) east to the Foothill Fwy (210) east. Use exit 27 at Hill Avenue. Turn south onto Hill (this is a right from Burbank) and drive south to E Del Mar Blvd. Turn right onto E Del Mar Blvd and drive for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto S Wilson Ave and proceed to Caltech's Parking Structure #1 or Parking Structure #2. Please park in a commuter spot. The overflow parking is located in Parking Structure #3 (under the softball field) on California Blvd (next to the tennis courts). Purchase a parking permit at the kiosk inside the Parking Structures #1 or #3 and display it on your dashboard. JPLers may use their JPL hang tag.

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. Tell the driver you are going to Caltech. If you are asked for an address, the Beckman Institute is located at 400 S. Wilson Ave. (Between Del Mar and California). Alternatively, you can provide the driver with the Super Shuttle Drop-off Location Stop #3 San Pasqual/Wilson. Please visitSuperShuttle Burbank (BUR) Airport Shuttle Service for more details.

Public Transportation: 
(Please note that the trip will take between 1.5 and 2 hours)
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.

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. Use exit 27 at Hill Avenue. Turn south onto Hill (left) and drive south to E Del Mar Blvd. Turn right onto E Del Mar Blvd and drive for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto S Wilson Ave and proceed to Caltech's Parking Structure #1 or Parking Structure #2. Please park in a commuter spot. The overflow parking is located in Parking Structure #3 (under the softball field) on California Blvd (next to the tennis courts). Purchase a parking permit at the kiosk inside the Parking Structures #1 or #3 and display it on your dashboard. JPLers may use their JPL hang tag.

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, the Beckman Institute is located at 400 S. Wilson Ave. (Between Del Mar and California). Alternatively, you can provide the driver with the Super Shuttle Drop-off Location Stop #3 San Pasqual/Wilson. Please visit SuperShuttle Ontario (ONT) Airport Shuttle Service for more details.

Public Transportation: It is not advised to take public transportation from Ontario to Pasadena.