Wide-field InfraRed Surveys: Science and Techniques


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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 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 "Flyaway 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 5 am. You pay when you get to Union station. ($8.00). The Flyaway bus no longer accepts cash, only credit cards.

      Union Station is designed in a unique blend of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles. The main building is lovely, and well worth a quick look. The Flyaway bus runs out of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of the train tracks, and the main building is on the west side (Union Station Map).

      At Union Station - go to the Gold Line light rail platform and catch the train towards Pasadena, and get off at Del Mar station. ($1.75). Click here for the Gold Line schedule

      From here you can walk the 0.5 miles, or take the #10 ARTS bus  (Fare: $0.75)

      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). More info at these sites:
      Super Shuttle - Blue Vans
      Prime Time Shuttle - Red Vans

      Other Ground Transportation Choices:

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

    * these price estimates may be out of date