SSC Reionization to Exoplanets:
Spitzer's Growing Legacy
26-28 October 2009, Pasadena, CA
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  • Los Angeles's award-winning public transportation system
  • Pasadena's local public transportation system
  • Burbank Airport to Pasadena:

    Public Transportation:

    The smaller Burbank Airport is recommended for its efficiency and proximity to Pasadena. Travel time by car, shared ride vans, or taxi is typically half of that from LAX. Shared ride vans offer the same services as described below for LAX, at about the same cost (but generally faster pickup and delivery to Pasadena, and vice versa). Taxi rides will run about $35-45 one way.

    LAX Airport to Pasadena:

    Public Transportation:

    Recently, Los Angeles Airport and Metro introduced the Fly Away bus service. Now you can get from the Airport to Pasadena in about an hour (max hour and a half)! Not only is the system punctual, efficient, safe and even luxurious, but it is also relatively inexpensive. We recommend this route if you are arriving at a reasonable hour and don't have heavy bags.

    At the airport go to the Green sign which says "Fly Away Bus". Catch the bus to Union Station. It runs every half hour between 5:00 am to 1:00 am, and hourly from 1 am to 5am. You pay when you get to Union station. ($7.00)

    At Union Station - go to the Gold Line station and catch the Metro to Del Mar station. ($1.25). Click here for the Gold Line schedule

    From here you can walk the 0.7 miles to the Pasadena Hilton, or take the #10 ARTS bus which runs 6am - 8pm weekdays, 11am - 8pm Saturdays, and 11am - 5pm on Sundays). (Fare: $0.50)

    Shared Ride Vans:

    There are basically two companies that operate between LAX (or Burbank Airport; see above) and Pasadena. This ride will take you anywhere between 45 minutes (if you are lucky and get on a full shuttle that is ready to leave the airport) and up to 1.5 to 2 hrs if you are really unlucky (since the vans tend to orbit the gates until they are full). You don't need to make reservations ahead of time but you can. More info at these sites:

  • Super Shuttle - Blue Vans ($25.00 to downtown Pasadena hotels)
  • Prime Time Shuttle - Red Vans ($19.00 to downtown Pasadena hotels)
  • Other Ground Transportation Choices

    LAX website's grand transportation page. Note that a taxi to Pasadena will cost you about $80 one way.