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Incoming: Arrival


Air Travel

Sacramento – SMF – is the closest 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 three-hour drive north.

Recommendation: We strongly suggest that you fly into Sacramento, SMF.

  • Private Airport Shuttle - there are several private airport shuttles with service between Sacramento Airport and Chico. Reservations are needed and there is often a pre-determined schedule for pickup and drop off.

  • Greyhound Bus to Chico - There is no regional bus station in the Sacramento Airport.
  • Amtrak Train to Chico - There is no regional train station in the Sacramento Airport.
  • Rent a car - The most common method for transportation to and from the airport is a personal car.  There are many rental companies, though you must consider which will allow a one-way rental.  Also, consider that anyone under 25 may be charged additional fees or may be ineligible to rent.

Local Transit Once in Chico

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(opens in new window)
(530)342-0221, Extension #3
(800)822-8145, Extension #3

Temporary Housing

Hotels close to campus

Hotels a few miles to campus

*** We STRONGLY recommend that you have your housing accommodation for your time at CSU, Chico taken care of BEFORE you arrive in Chico. 


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.


Click on the following links for maps of the area:

NSE Contact

Coordinator: Katie Daywalker,(opens in new window)
Telephone: +1-530-898-5415
Student Service Center 440