About San Jose
The Cathedral Basilica
of Saint Joseph is located near the San Jose McEnery Convention
Learn more about our host city.
For more information, visit the Team
San Jose website.
With access via three interstates, multiple airports, and three commuter
rail lines, San Jose is easily accessible by car, plane, and train.
To and From the Norman Y. Mineta San
Jose International Airport
The San Jose International Airport is less than five miles from downtown
- The Terminal B bus stop is located at the Ground Transportation
Island across from Terminal B.
- The Terminal A bus stop is located at the Ground Transportation
Center across from the International Arrivals Building.
- A new shuttle departs each designated stopping point approximately
every 15 to 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Take the "Metro Airport LRT Station" to the Metro Airport VTA Light Rail Station.
Shuttle, Limousine, and Taxi Services
Airbus provides service from the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
- To travel by car from the airport to the San Jose Marriott Hotel,
follow these directions:
- Merge onto CA-87 S via the ramp to I-280/Downtown.
- Take exit 6A for Park Avenue toward San Carlos Street/CA-82.
- Turn left onto Park Avenue.
- Take the first right onto Woz Way, then turn left onto W. San
- Turn right onto S. Market Street.
- Arrive at the San Jose Marriott Hotel, 301 South Market Street.
car rental companies are located at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose
To and From the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Train
Arrivals at the San Jose Diridon Caltrain train station can take the DASH free shuttle
to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays,
or pay $2 to ride the light rail trolley towards Mountain View (a five to
six minute ride) from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. any day of the week.
Alternatively, taxis are readily available outside the station. The same
options are available for traveling back to the station from the San Jose McEnery
To and From San Francisco, California
- Commuter Rail
- Caltrain's San
Francisco/Gilroy commuter rail line provides service between
San Francisco and San Jose. To access the commuter rail, travelers
arriving at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can take
Area Rapid Transit (BART) train from the airport to Caltrain's
Milbrae light rail station. An adult one-way BART fare from SFO
to Milbrae costs $4 and takes approximately 12 minutes, including
a transfer at San Bruno. The commuter rail from Milbrae station
to the San Jose Diridon station takes approximately 50 minutes and
costs $6.75 (a three-zone fare).
- To access SFO's BART station, travelers can take the free AirTrain
from their terminal to the Garage B/BART station stop in the airport.
- Caltrain operates trains from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays,
and trains depart approximately every half hour. On weekends,
Caltrain service runs from 7 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and
from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays.
- A taxi from the airport to the Milbrae light rail station will
cost approximately $13. A $2 exit fee is charged to all passengers departing
from the airport.
- The San Jose Diridon Caltrain station is less than 1.5 miles from
the San Jose Marriott. Taxis are readily
available outside the station and cost approximately $10 each way.
- Amtrak's Capitol
Corridor and Coast
Starlight lines run through the San Jose Diridon Caltrain station to points
north, south, and east. However, non-stop Amtrak train service from San Jose to
San Francisco is not available. Instead, Amtrak offers Thruway bus
connections from San Jose to various stops in San Francisco, including
the Ferry Building, Financial District, Moscone Center, Shopping
Center, Civic Center, and Fisherman's Wharf.
- The San Jose Diridon Amtrak station is located less than 1.5 miles
from the San Jose Marriott. Taxis are
readily available outside the station and cost approximately $10
- Taxis are available at SFO. A taxi from the airport to San Jose
will cost approximately $134.
- Note that a $2 exit fee is charged to all passengers departing
from the airport, and once a taxi has traveled more than 15 miles
from SFO, the passenger is charged at 150 percent of the metered
are available by advance reservation only. Passengers can arrange
to be picked up from any terminal.
provides service from SFO to San Jose. The fare is approximately
$10, and trips take between one hour (no stops) and two hours (multiple stops), depending on the route and time of day.
- Driving from SFO to the San Jose Marriott will take approximately
- Follow signs for US-101 South
- Take US-201 South (toward San Jose) for 32 miles
- Merge onto CA-87 South (continue for 3.6 miles)
- Take exit 6A (Park Avenue) to merge onto CA-82 /San Carlos Street
- Stay straight to continue on Delmas Avenue
- Take the first left onto W. San Carlos Street/CA-82 South and
go 0.5 miles
- Take a right onto S. Market Street/CA-82 South
- Arrive at San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market Street (on the right).
Currently, nine rental car companies operate at SFO. They include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise,
Fox, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. All of these companies are located
on the fourth floor of the SFO Rental Car Center. In addition, ACE
Rent-A-Car and Payless operate offsite and are served by free shuttles
departing from the SFO Rental Car Center upon customer request.
To access the SFO Rental Car Center from the airport terminals, travelers
can take the AirTrain
Blue Line. The AirTrain is free and operates 24 hours per day.
The San Jose Marriott offers valet parking for $26 daily with in-and-out
privileges. There is no self-parking at the hotel. Off-site parking is
$3 per hour or $20 daily.
Attendees are encouraged to go green while in San Jose, so plan to walk
or take public transit as much as possible. Great restaurants, Broadway
shows, museums, professional sports, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of
family fun are all within blocks of one other.
In 2011, San Jose was ranked number 19 on Walk Score's list of most
walkable large cities in the United States. Attendees are encouraged
to use the most efficient form of transportation they have and get
some exercise by walking to their destinations! Stop by the San
Jose Visitor Information & Business Center for maps, directions,
restaurant reservations, calendars of events, and general information.
The Visitor Center is located in the San Jose McEnery Convention
Center, which is directly connected to the San Jose Marriott.
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA) operates numerous bus and light
rail routes throughout San Jose. View the VTA system
map and a map of the downtown
area (1.6 MB, 1 pp). The San Jose Marriott is located at the Convention Center
|VTA Light Rail
- VTA fare is $2 per trip, payable in cash only. Alternatively, you
can purchase a day pass for $6.
Visit the hotel concierge to arrange for taxi service.
Team San Jose has an extensive
listing of restaurants, searchable by geographic area or cuisine type,
and a dining
guide map (1.4 MB, 1 pp).
San Jose Meet-and-Greet for Friends of I2SL
Tuesday, October 2
11 a.m. to noon
Friends, family, and significant others of our Labs21 2012 Annual Conference attendees were invited to attend this free, informal welcome for non-conference attendees. A representative from Team San Jose provided an overview of all there is to see and do in San Jose; how to get around; and where to find food, shopping, and other local points of interest.
Non-attendees could use this reception to connect with other non-attendees and hit the town with others who share their interests.
The San Jose Museum of Art
|The Tech Museum
Located within a few blocks of the convention center, the Children's
Discovery Museum offers 150 interactive exhibits and programs in
a family-oriented setting, inviting visitors to explore and understand
the world they live in.
- Within walking distance of the convention center, The
Tech Museum offers visitors of all ages an interactive look at how
technology affects daily life, including exhibits on the Internet and
the human body.
- Located two blocks from the convention center, the San
Jose Museum of Art focuses on modern and contemporary artwork, particularly
by West Coast artists.
Outdoor Activities and Gardens
Rock Park—San Jose's oldest and largest park at 720 acres, located just
a few miles outside of downtown San Jose—offers hiking, horseback
riding, bicycling, picnicking, and more. The Youth Science Institute
within the park has live animals for viewing.
is the oldest Asian estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere and one
of the few authentic Japanese gardens in the United States. In the foothills
of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this tranquil collection of gardens and
waterfalls is located approximately 25 minutes from downtown San Jose.
- For rose lovers, the San
Jose Municipal Rose Garden boasts more than 4,000 rose shrubs representing
nearly 190 varieties. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful display from
April through November.
- Located at the summit of Mt. Hamilton (4200 feet) in the Diablo Range east
of San Jose, Lick
Observatory is a multi-campus research unit of the University of
California. Visitors can explore exhibits, participate in a tour, take
a look at the Great Lick Refractor, or enjoy a breathtaking view of
the Santa Clara Valley.
|The San Jose Repertory
- The San Jose Repertory
Theater presents six annual main-stage shows each year, offering a variety of
contemporary, classic, and new work.
- Ballet San Jose
has a repertoire of more than 120 traditional and modern classical ballets
and features dancers from numerous countries.
Jose maintains several historic buildings throughout the city that
are open to visitors.
||The Winchester Mystery House
Mystery House, on the National Register of Historic Places, is an
oddity in architecture. Contractors built the house 24 hours a day for
38 years until widow Sarah Winchester's death in 1922. This Victorian
home boasts 160 rooms, 47 fireplaces, windows in the floor, staircases
that go nowhere, and other
seemingly random design features that must
be seen to be believed.
Shopping and Movies
is an upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located 4.5 miles from downtown San Jose. The shopping district features 70 retail
shops and boutiques, 20 restaurants, nine spas and salons, and a movie theater.
Explore the San Francisco Bay Area
San Jose is centrally located only 50 miles from San Francisco, 30 miles
from Santa Cruz, and 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Entertainment opportunities,
cultural events, scenic beauty, rich history, and legendary beaches can
be found throughout the region.
Bay Area Rapid Transit
offers metro service throughout the area.
Visit Big Basin Redwoods
State Park, approximately 20 miles to the southwest of San Jose. With more
than 18,000 acres of old growth and recovering forest, 80 miles of trails,
waterfalls, and wildlife, there is something for everyone to see.
In 2012, San Francisco is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden
Gate Bridge, considered one of the top 10 construction achievements
of the 20th century and one of the world's most beautiful bridges.
Surrounding the bridge is the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area, a national park of great interest for
history and nature buffs, as evidenced by its 13 million visitors per