Pasadena, CA, located just 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast from Los Angeles is a valley known for combining of culture, nature, science and technology.
Founded in the 1770’s, Pasadena grew from the San Gabriel Mission into a city with a population of just under 150,000 people.
Pasadena is known for the Rose Bowl Stadium, home of the oldest bowl game in the United States, as well as being a center for technological and scientific breakthroughs due to being the home of the California Institute of Technology. An institute that since 1923 has garnered 23 Nobel Prizes between their faculty and alumni.
Whether you plan to walk, take the train or even ride a bike, there are many ways to get around Pasadena.
Pasadena is in the midst of implementing a new pedestrian plan to improve the quality of sidewalks, crosswalks and paths to make the city easily walkable.
Named the most bike-friendly city in LA County, Pasadena has more than 50 miles of bike routes making it easy to get around town on two wheels.
The public transit system operates 7 different routes to get around the city whether by bus or metro . To learn more about fares, pass information and trip planners, please click here.
LAX is the International Airport located in Southwest of Pasadena and has seven passenger terminals. The airport has frequent service to destinations throughout North America (including the US, Canada and Mexico), Latin America, the Caribbean, the Mid-Atlantic region (including Bermuda and the Azores), and the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Hollywood Burbank Airport is a domestic airport located closer to Pasadena than LAX, approximately 35 minutes away in light traffic.
When catching a taxi, be sure to look for the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal medallion to ensure a safe and secure ride. Taxi meter rates are per mile, with the first 1/9 mile starting at $2.85. Each 1/9 mile thereafter $0.30. All tolls are additional.
There is a $4.00 surcharge for all trips originating at LAX. The average cost of a taxi from the airport to Pasadena is approximately $85 and takes about 50 – 60 minutes in light traffic.
Like most of the world Pasadena offers Uber as a option for getting around town. The average cost for an Uber from the airport to Caltech is approximately $35-45. For more information about Uber click here and for the Uber fare calculator click here
Pasadena is located in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC -08:00)
The average temperatures in Pasadena in the month of August typically sit around an average high of 90°F and a low of 65°F.
Electricity and Power
Electric power is standardized in all states across the United States. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. Standard electric plugs have two flat blades and some newer plugs have a third round grounding pin.
If you will be travelling internationally to Pasadena, you will need an adaptor to fit the US electrical outlets. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.
The currency used in the United States is the American Dollar.
All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express etc.) are widely accepted throughout Pasadena.
You may exchange money for American dollars at the airport, at banks in the city and at some hotels. However, it is usually recommended to exchange money in your country of origin.
ATMs are available all over Pasadena – but be sure to tell your bank before travelling to the United States to avoid any hassle.
Pasadena offers a what is sometimes called “one of the best shopping districts in the country.” Old Pasadena is the best place to go.
While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service.
Tipping practises vary throughout the US, but typically averages around 15%.
Although Pasadena is typically regarded as a safe US destination, it is a suburb of a major city which requires the use of common sense. Tourist areas are fairly safe, even after dark.
In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.