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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walk or Take Bus or Van – The village has most of the things needed, but if you need more, there is a weekend van ride that Pitzer offers to the mall or Target. Or you can just take the bus.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Pitzer College has a very small campus, therefore the need for transportation is not that great. Pitzer also provides shuttle services to the airport as well as the nearest Target and mall. The public transportation around Claremont is great! It is extremely easy to get to and from Los Angeles as well as any of the surrounding cities.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bike It – The Green Bike Program is great you can rent bikes for the semester for free. Pretty much people get around via bike or car. Public transport is limited to a limited bus system and the train into LA. You cant have a car as a 1st year.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The train is the easiest mode of transportation when it comes to going into LA. Getting around town is pretty easy by foot, but Claremont can be pretty boring so you might want to bring a car.

3 College Senior

Transportation: I Don't Like the Metrolink – If you're trying to get to LA, the Metrolink is kind of a pain. However, there is really no need for transportation to hang out in the Village. Everything is within walking distance.

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Because Claremont is a fairly small town, most everything is within walking distance from Pitzer. "The Village" has a lot of what college students need, so it is very convenient in location. When you stray from the Village, however, that's when things can get tricky. Los Angeles is probably the most frequented city by Pitzer students, but getting there can be a bit of a hassle. The Metrolink station is conveniently located in The Village, so students can hop on one and it will take them right to Union Station in LA. Once there, you will have to figure out the somewhat confusing bus and subway schedules. Make sure you have a place to sleep if you're planning on staying late, though—the Metrolink trains stop running a little earlier than most night owls would like.

Having a car would be a wise choice for those who are weary of becoming claustrophobic in the "Claremont Bubble." Take into consideration, however, the steep gas prices and ever-present LA traffic. Some students at Pitzer survive every year without a car, but a good deal of them wish they had one. There is so much to explore in Los Angeles County, so whatever you decide (car or not), be sure to take advantage of all that Southern California has to offer!

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • On foot
  • By bike
  • By car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A taxi to Ontario costs $20 to $30, depending on traffic.
  • Get a ride with Super Shuttle: (310) 222-5500 ext. 144.
Local Taxi Services
Claremont Taxi Cabs has discount cabs and rides to the airport.
Did You Know?
  • Bikes are very useful on campus, and Pitzer has what is called the Green Bike Program, which lends bikes through a raffle to more than a hundred students each semester. The Green Bike Program will also help you with all your other bike needs.
  • On campus, there are Zipcars that can be rented by the hour or for the day. All of the cars are fuel-efficient and come with a full tank of gas.
  • Pitzer owns multiple vans that can be reserved by a group of students, and students with a clean driving record can apply to be a certified van driver.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Shuttle Service

Airport shuttle services are available to 5Cs and nearby hotels. The cost is approximately $25 between ONT and Pitzer College, and $60 to $100 between LAX and Pitzer College.

(800) 427-7483 - Express Shuttle

(909) 467-9600 - Supershuttle

Public TransitWhat's This?


Metrolink is a regional rail system in and around Los Angeles with price breaks for students.

(800) 371-LINK (5465)

One Gateway Plaza, 12th floor, Los Angeles

Foothill Transit System

Foothill is a public bus system for the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.


100 S. Vincent Ave., Suite 200, West Covina

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is about 51 miles from the Colleges, approximately an hour-long drive.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

LA/Ontario International Airport

It is about five miles east on I-10. The drive takes about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

1923 E. Avion St., Ontario

(909) 937-2700

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus station is located a few miles from the Colleges.

888 S. Indian Hill Blvd.

(909) 624-4564

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


In addition to this Claremont station, there's also one in Pomona.

200 W. First St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 9% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 21% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 51% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 27% 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.
  • 45% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 16% 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 24 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 24 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 24 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 43 responses

  • 40% Very easy.
  • 44% Fairly easy.
  • 16% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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