Getting Here by Air

Most international and many domestic travelers will fly into Los Angeles International (LAX), one of the world's major airports, with service by most airlines or their network partners. For domestic flights, the much closer Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) should also be considered. It is served by Alaska, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Southwest.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) has several direct flights in the JetBlue system and to hubs in the Delta, US Airways, and Alaska/Horizon systems.

The two other airports with scheduled commercial service in the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Ontario (ONT), are both about 50 miles (80 km) from Pasadena.

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To and From the Airports

Door-to-door shuttles, usually reserved online or by telephone, cost significantly less than taxicabs. They usually request one day's notice for reservations so that they can plot an efficient route for their multiple passengers. These are the best balance of cost and convenience (especially for someone with a week's worth of luggage).

Taxicabs are available at all the airports but can be expensive.

Mass transit between LAX and Pasadena is possible; if you prefer that option, we recommend the FlyAway Bus plus the Gold Line Train. Most business travelers would not consider mass transit between Pasadena and the other airports.

Rental cars from the usual agencies are available at all the airports. Parking at the Sheraton Pasadena and the Pasadena Hilton is $15-20 per day; somewhat less expensive public parking garages are within walking distance. Parking details will be posted as the conference draws closer. The Old Pasadena Inn has free guest parking.

From LAX

Mass transit between LAX and Pasadena is possible; if you prefer that option, we recommend the FlyAway Bus plus the Gold Line Train. Most business travelers would not consider mass transit between Pasadena and the other airports.

LAX via Door-to-Door Shuttle

Options from LAX include Prime Time, Road Runner, and SuperShuttle. Prices are on the order of $30 each way, not including tip. You can book online using a credit card.

LAX via Taxi

An un-shared taxicab ride from LAX to the Convention Center area is approximately $100, not including tip, and can be higher in heavy traffic.

LAX via the FlyAway Bus and then the Gold Line Train

This is the cheapest ($10 each way) logistically reasonable way to get from LAX to Pasadena. (Public-transit options based on other combinations of buses and trains exist, but are of largely theoretical interest due to the time they take and the difficulty of managing a suitcase.)

The Gold Line (light rail) connects Pasadena to Union Station, which is a major ground-transit hub. To get from LAX to Union Station, first, take the FlyAway bus ($7 round trip; 30-50 minutes depending on traffic). It leaves on the half-hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At Union Station, catch the northbound Gold Line train ($1.50 each way, 25 minutes duration). A train leaves every several minutes from 4 a.m. until midnight weekdays, every 20 minutes on weekends and holidays (with special trains after midnight Saturday night until 2 a.m. Sunday.) Your destination is the Lake Street station in Pasadena.

The Lake Street station is about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the NA-PAC'13 conference hotels near the Convention Center. Our hotels have free shuttle service within a radius that includes this station.

From BUR

Door-to-door shuttles and taxicabs are the usual ways of getting between BUR and the Convention Center without a rental car.

BUR via Door-to-Door Shuttle

Shuttle options from BUR include Prime Time and SuperShuttle. Prices are on the order of $25 each way, not including tip. You can book online using a credit card.

BUR via Taxi

An un-shared taxicab ride from BUR to the Convention Center area is approximately $45, not including tip.

From Other Airports

If you prefer the Long Beach (LGA), Ontario (ONT), or Orange County (SNA) airports, a door-to-door shuttle, with one-way fares in the $50-60 range, is the most efficient and cost-effective option.

Pasadena By Amtrak and then the Gold Line

Do you prefer traveling by train? Amtrak's Sunset Limited, Southwest Chief, and Coast Starlight all go to Union Station in Los Angeles. At Union Station, take the northbound Gold Line, as described above.

Weather

On average, expect daytime highs at least in the mid 80° F. (30° C.) range, with overnight lows dipping to 60° F. (6° C.). Rain is very unlikely in this season. As NA-PAC'13 draws near, we will update this page with forecasts.