Getting In and Around Chico for NSE

Getting Here

You may laugh, but the first time I tried to look for Chico I really had to look. But you are more savvy than I am. Right? Notwithstanding, if you are riding a horse or bicycle, get started; if you are driving, it is easy. To get to Chico, California, most of you will head west and others, may be, will take the Southern or Northern route. We should mention that some students have driven literally all over the country and had tremendous fun!

On the other hand, if you fly, our only regret is that we cannot pick you up from any of the following logical destinations: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Reno, or Sacramento. These cities are a bit away from Chico and it would be impractical to attempt pickups. This might be a good time to look at the map of the Golden State - California.

In addition to about thirty NSE folks, there will be another 150 or so international students arriving from as far away as Beijing and Sao Paulo.

Getting in, around, and out of Chico Streets and Avenues!

This is worth paying attention to. All the streets in Chico are on the north side of the city and the avenues are to the south side. The Esplanade, also called Highway 99, Broadway, Park Avenue and Midway, divides the city into east and west. At least for the first few days, take note of whether you on an avenue or street and if you are on the east or west side! Not difficult but one could end up doing a lot of added exercising.

Transportation

Airlines

United Express, a commuter, flies into Chico from San Francisco. Chico is roughly 200 miles from San Francisco International Airport which is about 14 miles from downtown San Francisco. The city by the bay is very exciting but traveling from there to Chico either by Greyhound or Amtrak would be somewhat inconvenient.
1-800-241-6522

Major domestic airlines serve the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport. Any local travel agent would be pleased to assist you with travel plans. Sacramento airport is about 100 miles away.

Shuttle Services

Shuttle services are provided between Sacramento International Airport and Chico.

North Valley Shuttle
(530) 891-1219 
(800) 832-4223

Super Shuttle
(800) 258-3826 option #3

Train Service

Amtrak
West 5th and Orange Streets
(800) 872-7245

Bus Services

Greyhound
West 5th and Orange Streets
(530)343-8266
(800)231-2222

Local Transit

Due to the shortage of available parking on campus and in downtown Chico, we encourage you to use the free local transportation system, ride a bike or walk instead of driving to campus. The university encourages the use of alternative methods of transportation.

Chico Area Transit Service (CATS) and Butte County Transit (BCT)
FREE WITH YOUR STUDENT ID CARD!
(530)342-0221, Extension #3
(800)822-8145, Extension #3

Taxi Cab

American Taxi
(530)342-2929

Liberty Cab
(530)898-1776

Yellow Cab
(530)893-4444

Downtown Bicycle Rentals

Chico is a very bicycle friendly town! Chico is a convenient community for bicycling, as it is relatively flat and there are ample bike parking locations as well as bike lanes and paths throughout the community. Virtually everything in town is within biking distance (within 5 miles, but mostly within 2 miles). Although bicycle riding through the core of the University campus is prohibited, there are convenient bicycle parking locations around the entire campus. If you didn’t bring your bike with you, you can always rent one! Wearing a bicycling helmet is highly advised for your safety! Helmets are required in the Bidwell Park.

North Rim Adventure Sports
East 2nd Street
(530)345-2453

Campus Bicycles
4th and Main Streets
(530)345-2081

Ride Board

Ask at the Information Desk in Bell Memorial Union (BMU) for the location of the Ride Board. This is for anyone who wishes to exchange information about transportation, people needing rides, offering rides, sharing costs for gas, etc. Complete the card provided, and give all the necessary details. It is your responsibility to ascertain the reliability of whomever you decide to take a ride with for your own safety. Our general recommendation is that you do not ride with strangers.

Car Rentals

Car rental agencies are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone book. Look carefully for the most favorable terms. You will need to furnish the following: (a) proof that you are 21 years of age, (b) a valid driver's license, (c) a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, etc.) or, (d) a cash deposit for the rental period.

Directions

From Interstate 5 Driving North or South

Turn east on Hwy. 32 in Orland. Continue on Hwy. 32 into Chico to West 2nd Street. Turn left on West 2nd Street and continue east toward the University.

From Highway 99 Going North to Chico

Stay on Hwy. 99 North to Chico. Exit Hwy. 99 at Hwy. 32, turning left onto East 8th Street towards downtown Chico. Continue west to Chestnut Street. Turn right on Chestnut Street and continue north for 6 blocks to W. 2nd Street and the University.

From Highway 99 Going South to Chico

Take the East 1st Avenue exit and turn right. Continue west down East 1st Avenue. Make a left on Esplanade into downtown Chico and onto Broadway Street. Turn right on 2nd Street and go 3 blocks toward the University.

From Chico Airport

Exit the Chico Airport on Airpark Blvd to Cohasset. Make a right on Cohasset, heading toward Hwy. 99. Take Hwy. 99 South towards Yuba City. Take the East 1st Avenue exit and turn right. Head west and turn left onto the Esplanade into downtown Chico and onto Broadway Street. Turn right on 2nd St. and go 3 blocks toward the University.

From Sacramento Airport

Follow the signs to I-5 south toward Sacramento. Approximately two miles from the airport, follow signs to Hwy. 99 north and 70 going to Marysville and Chico. Where the road divides, follow the signs to Hwy. 99 north to Chico. Once in Chico, exit Hwy. 99 at Hwy. 32 turning left onto East 8th Street. Continue west to Chestnut Street. Turn right on Chestnut St. and continue north for 6 blocks to West 2nd Street and the University.

From San Francisco Airport

Exit the airport, following the signs to US 101 North. Merge on to I-80 East toward Bay Bridge/Oakland. Continue on I-80 East to Sacramento/Vallejo. Merge onto I-505 North toward Redding/Winters. Follow the signs to I-5 North. Turn east on Hwy. 32 into Chico to West 2nd Street. Turn left on West 2nd Street and head east toward the University.

Maps

Click on the following links for maps of the area: