Travel and general information

Hotel and Venue

Venue: Hilton Pasadena

168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Tel: +1 626 577 1000 (local) | 800 HILTONS (toll-free, U.S.)


Note Feb 19, 2016:
The preferred rate of $157/night is no longer available. Reservations at the Hilton Hotel are now done on an as-available basis at a regular rate.

Additional rooms have been arranged at Sheraton Pasadena (see below) at $157/night (+ 12% tax). Sheraton Pasadena is within a 0.2-mi (0.3-km) walk from Hilton Pasadena.

Hilton Pasadena

Sheraton Pasadena

303 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Tel: +1 626 449 4000 (local) | 888 627 8670 (national reservations, toll-free in U.S.)

Rate: USD 157.00 (+ 12% tax)
Book your room at Sheraton Pasadena


Getting to Greater Los Angeles

Greater Los Angeles area is served by several major airports: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), and LA/Ontario Airport (ONT). Of these, LAX has the most flights; it is also best accessible by public transit. A non-stop international flight is most likely to fly in and out of LAX. For domestic flights, BUR is a somewhat more convenient alternative.

Getting to Pasadena

1. SuperShuttle

SuperShuttle is a door-to-door shared-ride van shuttle service available at all greater Los Angeles airports. A ride from LAX to a Pasadena address will cost about USD 30.00 for 1st passenger in the party, and USD 9.00 for each additional passenger. A ride from BUR will cost about USD 23.00 for 1st passenger in the party, and USD 9.00 for each additional passenger. The other airports are not well connected by mass transit, and are only a feasible option for those renting a car. In addition to the fare, it's customary in the U.S. to tip the driver a few dollars, especially for handling heavy luggage.

Online SuperShuttle reservations or call +1 800 BLUE VAN (258 3826) (toll-free in the U.S.).

Caltech has negotiated a rate discount for SuperShuttle rides between LAX and Caltech campus. Disounted rates, discount code, locations, reservation information

2. Public transit

From LAX:

1. Take the FlyAway bus to Union Station/Downtown LA. Fare: USD 8.00. Buses depart every 30 min. Schedule | Buy tickets

2. From Union Station, transfer to light-rail Metro Gold Line train to Pasadena.

To get to the Hilton, exit the Gold Line train at either Del Mar station or Memorial Park station. The Hilton hotel is within ~0.5 mi (~0.8 km) walking distance from Del Mar station, and ~0.7 mi (~1.0 km) walking distance from Memorial Park station. Exiting at Memorial Park will put you to Old Town.

Gold Line fares are USD 1.75 for one ride (transfers extra), or USD 7.00 for a 1-day pass (unlimited rides and transfers, including ground Metro buses). Note that you cannot pay fare with cash onboard while riding light rail. You'll need to purchase a fare card (called "TAP card") at the fare payment machine at the station before boarding, then load your fare to it using cash or credit card. The TAP card itself costs USD 1.00 and is re-chargeable. See Paying Your Fare at the Metro website.

From BUR:

1. (Mon - Fri only) Take a Metrolink train to Union Station/Downtown LA (about once an hour early morning through evening -- see schedule). See Metrolink website on how to buy tickets, fares, and schedules.
Or take an Amtrak train to Union Station/Downtown LA (from USD 9.00, several trains a day). See Amtrak website on how to buy tickets, fares, and schedules.

2. From Union Station, transfer to light-rail Metro Gold Line train to Pasadena. See above on getting to Pasadena by Gold Line.

Metro Trip Planner.

3. Driving from SoCal airports to Pasadena

Area airports are within 30-45 mi (50-60 km) distance from Pasadena. Traffic congestion in Southern California is a major consideration at all hours. During peak hours it can add as much as 2 hours to your trip.

Live traffic map of Southern California with major airports marked.
Driving directions to Hilton from LAX and BUR.

Getting to Caltech campus

Driving directions from major airports to Caltech campus.
Walking directions: Hilton to Caltech (1 mi/1.6 km) to Caltech (1.8 mi/~2.5 km).
Caltech campus maps.

Getting around Pasadena

Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (Pasadena ARTS) is a local bus service.
ARTS bus maps, schedules, fares.

Travel Security

U.S. Transportation Security Administration's air travel security rules remain in effect.

Meals and Dinner

Meeting dinner
Date/time/location TBA
Menu TBA

For special dietary requirements, contact us in advance.

Places to eat/restaurants

1. Near Hilton Pasadena
Nearby restaurants: Yelp list and Gogobot list. See also Paseo Colorado dining and Old Town dining.

2. Near/on Caltech campus
South Lake Avenue food/dining. Caltech campus food/dining.

Where is the nearest...

Bank/ATM: Bank of America, Los Robles Ave at Colorado Blvd.
Gas/petrol station: AmPm, Los Robles Ave at Walnut Ave.
Pharmacy/chemist's: Target, Oak Knoll Ave at Colorado Blvd (over-the-counter and prescriptions).
Coffeehouse: Starbucks, Hilton hotel lobby; also at Paseo Colorado
Place(s) to eat: Many places at Paseo Colorado and Old Town (also see restaurant listings above).
Grocery store: Trader Joe's, Lake Ave at Del Mar Blvd; also California Blvd at Arroyo Pkwy. Target (above) also carries groceries.
General store: Target (above).
Post office: U.S. Postal Service, Colorado Blvd at Garfield Ave.
Emergency room/A&E: Huntington Memorial Hospital, California Blvd at Fair Oaks Ave.

As anywhere in the U.S., emergency services (medical, police, fire) can be reached by calling 911.

SpaceX Visit and Reception

When: Wednesday, March 16, 3:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Bus pickup and drop off at Hilton
List of attendees
Questions/help: Julie Hiroto (, Ph: 626-395-3064)

Things to Do

These locations are within walking distance or a short drive.

1. Near Hilton

Paseo Colorado is an outdoor dining/shopping/entertaining mall. It's a ~0.3 mi (~0.5 km) walk from Hilton hotel.

Old Town Pasadena is a historic Old Town with many shops, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. It's a 0.7 mi (~1 km) walk from Hilton .

Norton Simon Museum houses one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Seven centuries of European Art from Renaissance to the 20th century, from Raphael, Botticelli, Goya, Rubens, Monet, Degas, to Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, and Warhol. An outstanding collection of Asian art from India to Southeast Asia spanning 2,000 years. The museum is a ~1.2 mi (~2 km) walk from Hilton , through Old Town.

Pacific Asia Museum is a museum of Asian art designed in the style of an imperial Chinese palace. It houses some 15,000 rare and representative examples of art from throughout Asia and Pacific Islands. It's a ~0.3 mi (~0.5 km) walk from Hilton hotel.

2. Near Caltech campus

South Lake Avenue Business District is a stretch of South Lake Avenue with many restaurants and shops, several coffeehouses, three grocery markets, ATMs, a gas station, a pharmacy, and an urgent care medical clinic. It's a ~0.4 mi (~0.6 km) walk from Caltech campus.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts including a Gutenberg Bible, the first two quartos of Hamlet, a manuscript of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, John James Audubon's "Birds of America"; a collection of English portraits and French 18th century furniture; and a 120-acre botanical garden with rare plants from around the world, as well as traditional Japanese and Chinese gardens. It's a ~1 mi (~1.6 km) walk from Caltech campus.


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