American Language & Culture Institute at CSU, Chico

Transportation - Getting To and Around Chico

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When you are making arrangements to travel to Chico, we recommend you fly into Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and utilize the North Valley Shuttle 530-891-1219 as ground transport to Chico (90 miles - 145 kilometers). The North Valley Shuttle has limited service (three round trips per day). A shuttle reservation with drop off service to your housing address in Chico (+$10) is recommended. Commercial air service to Chico Municipal Airport (CIC) was recently discontinued.

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.

If you choose to drive in California you are strongly encouraged to obtain a California Driver’s License. Make sure you review the laws associated with driving in California at the Department of Motor Vehicles website before you drive. Financial responsibility (commonly known as insurance) is required on all vehicles operated or parked on California roadways and you must have a California Driver’s License to obtain insurance.

Questions? Be sure to ask our staff.

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: