Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 18.3 miles
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Bob Hope Airport (BUR) - 14.1 miles
2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Long Beach Airport  (LGB) - 25.4 miles
4100 Donald Douglas Dr. Long Beach, CA 90808


Flyaway Bus From LAX to Union Station in Downtown
$8.00 one way (about 30-50 minutes depending on traffic)
1-866-iFLYLAX (1-866-435-9529)
No reservations required.
Drops passengers off at LAX at each terminal
Once at Union Station either take a cab to Colburn or take the METRO subway to 1st Street and Hill. Colburn is one large block southwest of this stop (corner of 2nd Street and Olive)
Bus departs Union station once every half hour for LAX.

Super Shuttle
$16.00 one way (about 30-50 minutes depending on traffic)

$64.00 one way (about 20-40 minutes depending on traffic). Cabs are lined up outside of the airport.

Car Rental
There are many car rental options at the airport.

Uber is often difficult to use from LAX to downtown. However, taking Uber from downtown to LAX works well.

Physical Address: 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012
Main Number: 213.621.2200
Colburn Security/Parking: 213.621.4500

From all freeways leading into downtown, take the 110 S/N (towards downtown LA). Exit 4th Street (exiting 4th Street either from the North or South shoots you onto 4th street heading East). Make a left on to Olive. Make a left on Kosciuszko. "Colburn Parking 2" will be immediately on your right. This building is known as The Olive Building. The main level of the Olive Building is level 3. Parking Passes will need to be purchased to park at the Colburn School.




Cab (approx. $5.00 one way)
Destination: 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012

Metro Subway (approx. $1.25 one way)
Red Line on the Metro subway to Civic Center (Hill/1st Street) exit.
Walk one large block southwest of this exit to Olive/2nd Street.


The DASH bus system travels throughout downtown Los Angeles and is only $0.25 a ride. Bus stops are frequent and can be a nice alternative to walking up and down Bunker Hill.

The MTA Bus System is a low-stress way to get around town and it eliminate the issues of finding directions and parking. They do make frequent stops so be sure to plan enough time. Fares start at $1.25 but daily, weekly, and monthly passes are also available. or 1-800-COMMUTE.

Trains and Subways
The Metro Rail is comprised of the Blue, Green, Red, Purple, Exposition, and Gold lines. The Red and Purple are subway trains while the others run above ground. The Red Line has convenient stations at Olive and 5th (Pershing Square) and 1st and Hope (Civic Center), and services popular locations like Hollywood & Highland and Universal Studios. or 1-800-COMMUTE.

Metrolink (not to be confused with Metro Rail) is a commuter train system that links the greater Southern California area including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernadino, Riverside, and Ventura counties. The closest stop is at Union Station at 800 N. Alameda st. Los Angeles, CA. 90028

Amtrak is a passenger rail service that travels throughout the country. It is a great alternative to car and air travel. Amtrak offers discounts for students and AAA members.

Burbank/Bob Hope Airport (BUR) is a smaller and generally less crowded alternative to LAX. It services most domestic carriers including Jet Blue and Southwest and is 20-30 minutes from downtown.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is Los Angeles’ main airport. It services most domestic and international carriers and is 30-40 minutes from downtown.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is a small domestic airport about 30-45 minutes from downtown.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a full service airport connecting to most major U.S. cities. It is in the Inland Empire about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles.

Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the only airport in Orange county and services many U.S. cities. It is about 35 minutes south of Los Angeles.


Taxis can be found lining Grand Avenue outside of Colburn during the workweek. Fares are displayed on the door of the cab and are calculated by meter. Be sure to look for the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal. These drivers are trained, insured, and regularly inspected.

Travel Resources

Being a student has many advantages, including discounts on travel and entertainment events. Many companies offer student discount cards with savings of 10-20%

STA Travel offers an array of student discounts from airfare to all-inclusive vacation packages. Signing up for an International Student Identity Card or International Youth Travel Card can save you money on travel, accomodations, entertainment, museums, and food.

A Student Advantage card can save you money on Amtrak tickets, movie tickets, and even clothing. 


METRO (Buses & Rail) 

Los Angeles Department of Transportation Services (DASH bus)

Metrolink (Commuter Train)

Los Angeles Airport Flyaway

So Cal Transit

Amtrak (Passenger Train)

Angels Flight (Incline Railway Car)