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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Take about an hour to get to Los Angeles, there is nothing to do around Claremont

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: People generally don't have to ever leave campus if they don't want to. If you do however, you can easily take a train into Union Station in LA. Other than that, you better have your own car...

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus, so there are very little options for transportation, especially for long trips. At the same time, there isn't really a need to go very far off campus; the Claremont Village is about a 10 minute walk and has almost everything you could need. There is a Target and Trader Joe's about 2 miles away, and you could get an upperclassman with a car to take you, or ride a bike (CMC has free bike rentals on campus). If you plan to take a trip to LA or the beach, there's the metrolink station in the village, and zip car is always an option, which could be the least expensive if you can split the cost between friends.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation at Claremont McKenna college is very convenient for going to downtown or around the city because there is a local Metrolink station, as well as public busing systems.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's Alright – The train will get you places but is a pain. Find friends with cars. You can walk to the village or target, and the school gets busses for a lot of events.


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CMC fits its SoCal location—having a car is part of the culture. While it is possible to live on campus without a car, it’s difficult to get beyond the necessities without a car. Walking to class (on CMC’s campus or any other 5C) is a breeze. Some students use other methods of transportation such as bikes or skateboards, but the majority of students walk. The longest walk on campus is usually 15 minutes. To go out to dinner or to a movie in the Village, it's about a 25-minute walk to the Village, or an easy 5-minute bike ride.

Getting out of Claremont without a car is a lot more difficult. It is possible to catch a Foothill Transit bus in the Village, but they are somewhat unreliable. There are taxi services, as well, but they are pricey. Freshmen aren’t allowed to have cars, but most upperclassmen do, and they are generous with rides. Both LA and the beach are about 45 minutes away by car.

CMC also offers a ZipCar service, where students can rent cars for a few hours/days. Most students going home fly out of Ontario airport, a small local airport. Some people also use Long Beach Airport or John Wayne Airport, but they are a bit further away. LAX is definitely more difficult to get to, but they do have more flight variety. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bum a ride
  • Comfy flip-flops (rainbows are worth the price)
  • MetroLink to LA
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Distances in the Inland Empire are generally far, and cabs are prohibitively expensive; however, SuperShuttle can be a good way to get to the airport; call (909) 467-9600. A shuttle ride costs $21 to Ontario International, $61 to Long Beach International, and $44 to Los Angeles International.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Occasional Shuttle

To local shopping centers

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transit Authority

(800) 266-6883


Foothill Transit

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Ontario International Airport is 10 miles and a 15-minute drive from campus.

(909) 937-2700

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles is 50 miles and at least an hour from campus.

(310) 646-5252

Long Beach International Airport (LGB)

Long Beach International is 42 miles and a 45-minute drive from campus.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Pasadena Terminal

The closest Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is located in Pasadena, 28 miles from Claremont McKenna.

645 E. Walnut St.

(626) 792-5116

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Claremont Station (CLM)

Amtrak offers very limited service from the train station in the Village, less than a mile from campus.

200 W. 1st St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 8% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 24% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 8% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 60% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 19% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 11% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 52% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 19% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 15 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 14 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 14 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 27 responses

  • 52% Very easy.
  • 41% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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