Getting Around San Jose Near the Convention Center

The San Jose Convention Center offers visitors a number of methods to arrive at the center. Visitors can use the train, bus, light rail car, or simply drive to the center.

The Convention Center is built over a parking garage. While this garage may not accommodate every one for a big event, visitors arriving early in the day should have little trouble finding a place to park. If not, there are some other city garages and street parking in walking distance that may have space. Drivers coming from the direction of the San Jose Airport should take Highway 101 North from Guadelupe Parkway. Exit at the Great American Parkway and follow the signs to the Convention Center parking lot. (The Convention Center is across the street from Great America Amusement Park.) If a visitor is coming from the San Francisco Airport or area, take Highway 101 South to the Great American Parkway Exit and follow the signs. If driving from the Oakland Airport or from the East Bay, take Highway 880 south to Highway 237 and exit again at the Great American Parkway Exit.

Public transportation is available on the local bus line or Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus 59, which travels throughout the Great American Parkway Area. Another option if you are coming from downtown San Jose is to take the light rail train marked Mountain View North. This can be caught at several stops on major streets including Tasman Avenue. Exit at the Great America Stop. If coming from the San Jose Airport, take the Airport Flyer 10 to the 1st Metro Stop. The light rail train can be boarded from this stop.

Visitors can also ride the Cal Train commuter train between San Francisco and San Jose to the Mountain View stop. Then board the light rail train for the rest of the ride to the San Jose Convention Center. Sometimes this train does not operate on the weekends.

If you want to take public transportation from California's central valley, the ACE train is option. This train runs from Stockton to San Jose. The train's Santa Clara stop is about three blocks from the Convention Center. This train only runs on Monday through Friday. There are four trains in the morning and four at night so keep the schedule in mind.

One more train option is Amtrak. Amtrak runs seven days a week at scheduled times in the AM and PM. The local Amtrak line runs from south of the Bay Area to Sacramento and is called the Capital Corridor route. There are stops throughout the Bay Area that will bring visitors to the Center. The station to exit at is the Santa Clara station, which is in walking distance of the center.