Travel Tips and Parking

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On this page: Getting to San Jose, parking, travel options from SJC to FC, and accessible travel options

Getting to San Jose

By plane:  San Jose has its own airport, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport, shortened often to SJC. This is the closest of the 3 Bay Area airports to the convention, and is served by a large number of airlines. If you cannot find a flight into SJC, you may have luck with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), or Oakland International Airport (OAK). These airports are both approximately 45 minutes to an hour from the convention by car, and slightly longer via public transit.

By train: The nearest Amtrak station to the convention is the San Jose Diridon station. This station is a major transit hub, with many options available to get from there to the convention. For those wishing to continue on public transit, there are VTA light rail and bus lines between Diridon and the San Jose Convention Center. Rideshares are also popular in our area, making them a good option as well. We recommend using a mapping app with public transit routing built in, such as Google Maps or Apple Maps, to plan your public transit travel ahead of time.

By automobile: The San Jose Convention Center is near several major freeways, including 101, 280, 87, and 880. The addresses of our four hotels are:

San Jose Marriott Hilton San Jose Hyatt Place Downtown Pacific Motor Inn
301 S Market St
San Jose, CA 95113
300 Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA 95110
282 Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA 95113
455 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95113

We recommend using a mapping service or app to plan your travel details in advance.

Parking

The San Jose Convention Center and our hotels are located in downtown San Jose. As such, there are a wide range of parking options:

  • San Jose Convention Center garage rate is TBD for FC2019:  We are working to secure similar or improved rates for our next event. For reference, the rate for our 2018 event was $20 a day with multi day savings:
    • 2 days for $30, saved $10
    • 3 days for $45, saved $15
    • 4 days for $60, saved $20
    • 5 days for $70, saved $30
    • In and out was included as long as you pre-paid at the parking office on the Marriott side before leaving the lot
  • The San Jose Marriott offers valet parking only for a limited number of vehicles. The cost for 2019 is $20/day for overnight valet parking with in/out privileges.
  • The Hilton San Jose offers self-parking for $20 a night with in/out privileges.
  • The Hyatt Place San Jose offers self-parking for hotel guests at $26 per night with in/out included.
  • The Pacific Motor Inn offers FREE parking for hotel guests, as space is available in the hotel’s private lot.

There are other options for parking in downtown, including the open-air Almaden-Woz lot across from the Hilton (price TBA) and the open-air First Street & I-280 lot (price TBA). For more information on the parking options, we strongly recommend visiting the San Jose Downtown Parking website. A map of parking lots located in the immediate vicinity of the convention center has been included below for reference. This map is from our 2018 event, and is currently included on this page for reference. A new map will be available soon!

Getting to the convention from the airport (SJC)

There are no free shuttles between the San Jose Airport and the convention hotels. We recommend these options:

Rideshare Services:
Uber and Lyft are easily accessible from the Ground Transportation area at San Jose Airport. This is the fastest option from the airport to the Convention Center and hotels.

Public Transit:
From the San Jose Airport:
Note: refer to the official Ground Transportation page on the SJC airport site.

VTA


To save a bit of money and use public transport, a quick combination of bus and light-rail will take you to and from the airport for $2.25. Note that this may not be the best option if you have many bags/fursuit bins/etc.

Taxis:
Taxis are available from the ground transportation area of SJC. All trips from SJC are a minimum of $15, which includes the first 3 miles of travel and a $1.50 airport fee. Beyond 3 miles, the fares are charged by meter at $3.00 per mile. In our experience, getting to the Convention Center will cost around $25.

Shuttle Service:
In lieu of hiring a taxi, paid shuttle services are available:

  • SuperShuttle: 1-800-258-3826
  • VIP Airport Shuttle: 1-408-986-6000
  • S&E Bay Airport Shuttle: 1-800-548-4664 / 1.408.225.4444

Getting to the convention from SFO (San Francisco International):
Public transit from SFO to downtown San Jose involves a combination of BART, Caltrain, and VTA services. BART connects SFO to the Caltrain rail system at the Millbrae Station. Trains operate between Millbrae and San Jose until 12AM. Upon arriving at the San Jose Diridon station, a short bus ride will take you to the San Jose Convention Center (see below).

Getting to the convention from San Jose Diridon Station (Caltrain/Amtrak):
San Jose Diridon transit center is located on the edge of downtown San Jose. It is approximately a 20 minute walk to the Convention Center, which is fine if you aren’t carrying multiple bags or fursuit bins. Fortunately, multiple bus lines connect the train station to SJCC: 64, 68, 22, and Light Rail (going towards Mountain View).


The VTA DASH is a FREE weekday shuttle from San Jose Diridon that loops around downtown, including a stop across from the Convention Center. This shuttle runs Monday to Friday from 6:00AM to 9:00PM.

Accessible Travel Information

For our attendees with mobility limitations, additional information on accommodations, travel and more can be found below!

Airports
SJC Accessibility Services
SFO Amenities and Accessibility Services

VTA (Light Rail / Buses / Paratransit)
VTA Accessibility

Caltrain
Accessibility on CalTrain

BART
BART Accessibility Page