Plan your visit
Situated in the heart of Pasadena at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Caltech's 124-acre campus is 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and approximately 30 miles from the ocean. The Caltech-managed Jet Propulsion Laboratory is about seven miles away.
Both the Caltech and JPL campuses are readily accessible by car, shuttle, bike, and public transit.
Caltech campus visitors may park in any commuter (unreserved) stall on campus with a daily or weekly permit. Visitor permits are required in all campus lots between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and may be purchased at automated pay stations within the lots. View the campus map for parking locations.
There are numerous hotel and motel options close to campus. Remember to ask whether special rates for Caltech guests and/or shuttle service to campus are available. Travel Services maintains a list of hotels with preferred rates for Caltech visitors.