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, maybe, will take the Southern or Northern route. We should mention that some students have driven literally all over the country and had tremendous fun!


Air Travel

Sacramento – SMF – is the closet airport to Chico. This is approximately 90 miles, an hour and a half drive. San Francisco Airport is about 200 miles and over a three-hour drive north. Oakland is 180 miles and close to a three-hour drive north.

Recommendation: We strongly suggest that you fly into Sacramento, SMF, and then take the North Valley Shuttle to Chico.

North Valley Shuttle – The Sacramento Connection
891-1219 or Toll Free (ca. only) 1-800-832-4223

We regret that we cannot make pick-up arrangements from any of the popular destination including San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angles or Oakland. 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.

Amtrak this is a possibility but it is definitely complicated with a number of transfers on the way.

Greyhound Express but traveling from San Francisco to Chico will need careful planning. If you land at San Francisco International Airport (SFR) or Oakland International Airport (OAK), you will have to get yourself to the Greyhound Express terminal in San Francisco at:
200 Folsom Street, San Francisco.  Your destination in Chico will be
450 Orange St, Chico, CA 95928
Telephone: (530) 343-8266, 1  (800) 231-2222 We do not recommend this mode of transportation to Chico.

Shuttle Services

Super Shuttle (1- 800) 258-3826 The Supper Shuttle is a very convenient and efficient option. However, given that Chico is 3 hours away from San Francisco and Oakland, and nearly two hours from Sacramento, it would be exceptionally expensive. We do not recommend this or any other form of Taxi to Chico.

Local Transit

Due to the shortage of available parking on campus and in downtown Chico, we encourage you to use alternative methods of transportation including the free local transportation system, cycling, and walking.

B-Line Butte Regional Transit
(530)342-0221, Extension #3
(800)822-8145, Extension #3

Temporary Housing

Hotels close to campus
Heritage Inn Express: 725 Broadway, 530-343-4527,
Vagabond Inn: 630 Main Street, 530-895-1323,
Days Inn: 740 Broadway, 530-343-3286,

Hotels a few miles to campus
Best Western: 25 Heritage Lane, 530-894-8600,
Oxford Suites: 2035 Business Lane, 530-899-9090,
Courtyard Marriott: 2481 Carmichael Drive, 530-894-6699,


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 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.


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