Getting to Claremont

Arranging Transportation to NISSO

Students who register for NISSO must arrive on the arrival date assigned to their session. If you are a new student, please check the NISSO schedule to make sure that you know which day you are supposed to arrive.

Nearby Airports

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Ontario International Airport (ONT) are the closest airports to Claremont.

LAX is located about 50 miles/80 km from Claremont. (view driving directions)
ONT is a small airport located about 10 miles/16 km from Claremont. (view driving directions)

Transportation Options

There are several ways to travel from LAX or ONT airports to International Place, which is located in the city of Claremont at 390 E. 9th Street, Claremont, CA 91711.

Option 1: Airport Pickup Service by International Place

Option 2: Shared Shuttle Services

Option 3: Rideshare Apps

Option 4: Taxi/Cab


*Note: Students traveling to Claremont on their own or with family who will be moving into their residence hall must arrive in Claremont by 8:00 PM on their assigned arrival day.

Airport Pickup Service by International Place

International Place offers an optional, complimentary airport pickup service from the airport to Claremont for new students who will be attending NISSO. Students who are interested in using this service must request it in their NISSO Registration form.

  • Students will be welcomed by our representatives at LAX and ONT Airports
  • Complimentary ride from the airport to International Place

Airport Pickup Schedule 

  • Graduate Students (CGU, KGI): Monday, August 13 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Undergraduate Students (CMC, HMC, PIT, POM, SCR): Tuesday, August 21 | 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Guidelines for Complimentary Airport Pickup Service

  • Due to the high volume of students arriving to NISSO, International Place can only accommodate students who:
    • Register for NISSO before the July 9 deadline
    • Will arrive on their assigned arrival day during the time frame listed above
    • Submit their flight itinerary to International Place by the deadline
  • For international flights to LAX: Please allow 1-2 hours from your flight arrival time to make it through customs and baggage claim
  • Students who cannot make it to the airport arrival terminal during the time scheduled for their assigned arrival date should be prepared to arrange their own transportation to Claremont.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot provide airport pickup service to family members who are traveling students. Students traveling with others should use one of the other transportation options listed below.

Signing up for Airport Pickup Service

To use International Place’s a complimentary airport pickup service, please make the request in the NISSO Registration form.

Note: All requests are reviewed by International Place before the airport pickup service is confirmed via email. Requesting a pickup does not mean that the service is finalized.

View NISSO Registration Page

Other Transportation Options

Shared Shuttle Services

Generally, the shared ride van services (Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle) are very convenient; they are safe, fairly inexpensive, and provide door-to-door service to and from the airport. 

Rideshare Apps

Rideshare companies, such as Lyft or Uber, offer affordable and convenient transportation services from the airport to Claremont. Download the applications to your mobile electronic device to create an account and reserve your transportation service.


Each airport has a “Ground Transportation” area where taxis are available for hire. While this option is a more expensive one, it is a good idea to have as a backup option in case your travel plans change unexpectedly.