Getting to Claremont

Arranging Transportation to NISSO

If you are a new student registering for NISSO, please check the NISSO schedule to make sure that you plan to arrive on the correct arrival day.

International Place is located at 390 E. Ninth Street, Claremont, CA 91711, on the Claremont McKenna College campus. There are several transportation options to International Place. Below you will find information on these different options.

*Note: Students traveling to Claremont on their own, or with family, who will be moving into their residence hall on Tuesday, August 21, must arrive at International Place on August 21 between 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM PST.

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)


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 make the request in the NISSO Registration Form. Please be mindful of the guidelines and schedule below.

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

Airport Pickup Service Schedule 

  • Graduate Students and Scholars
    • Claremont Graduate University
      • Monday, August 13 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      • International flights must be scheduled to land by 2:00 PM.  Domestic flights must be scheduled to land by 3:00 PM.
    • Keck Graduate Institute
      • Friday, August 17 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      • International flights must be scheduled to land by 2:00 PM.  Domestic flights must be scheduled to land by 3:00 PM.
  • Undergraduate Students and Scholars
    • Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College
      • Tuesday, August 21 | 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
      • International flights must be scheduled to land at LAX by 4:00 PM.  Domestic flights must be scheduled to land by 5:00 PM.
    • Exchange Students (PIT)
      • Saturday, August 25 |  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      • International flights must be scheduled to land by 2:00 PM.  Domestic flights must be scheduled to land by 3:00 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
  • Note: International arrivals should anticipate needing two hours to claim baggage and clear U.S.  immigration and customs.  Domestic arrivals should anticipate needing one hour to claim baggage.
  • Students arriving outside of the Airport Pickup Service dates and times listed above should be prepared to arrange their own transportation to Claremont.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot provide the Airport Pickup Service to family members who are traveling with 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 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

There are several ways to travel from LAX or ONT airports to International Place, in addition to the International Place Airport Pickup Service.

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.