American Language & Culture Institute at CSU, Chico

Transportation - Getting To and Around Chico

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Getting to California State University, Chico

The easiest way to reach Chico is to fly directly into Chico Municipal Airport (airport code CIC). You may find cheaper flights that arrive in San Francisco or Sacramento. Bus, train, and shuttle services are available from those airports, but you should plan ahead.

ALCI provides free airport pick-up service to new students who arrive in Chico between 8am and 8pm (Pacific Time) during orientation week. All you need to do is fill out and return the airport pickup request form. If you are arriving at another time, ALCI will pick you up for a fee. Taxis are readily available at a reasonable cost.

Traveling in Chico

It’s easy to get around Chico. Walking and bicycling are the most popular ways to get around for students who live near campus.

You will find shopping, restaurants, gyms, and entertainment all near campus. The huge city park and a swimming area are also nearby.

Chico is known as a “bike town.” New and used bicycles are readily available and there are many great bike shops. You can buy a simple bicycle for about $150-$200.

Chico has special bike lanes on many of the main roads. If you bring your bike to campus you should register it with the University Police.

No license is required for riding a bicycle in California, but rules do apply. We recommend that you wear a bike helmet for safety. You can find bicycling rules at the DMV.

The Chico Velo Cycling Club site contains many useful resources for local cyclists.

Students can ride the bus for free during the school year. CATS (Chico Area Transit System) is the bus system in Chico. Rates, maps and routes are available at Butte Regional Transit.

You don’t need a car to get around Chico. If you choose to get a car, you will first need to get a driver’s license. The Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses.

Traveling in California & the United States

ALCI advisors for can help you plan for travel within the United States. Students post ride-sharing possibilities on a bulletin board in the Bell Memorial Union.  Popular travel destinations include: