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Travel & Transportation

Currency Exchange

ReadyStation is a self-service kiosk that converts US currency into payment network branded, non-reloadable debit cards for passenger/public use.  Kiosks are located in the South Terminal A Ticket Lobby at the San Jose International Airport to the right of the luggage scale, next to the ticketing kiosks, and in the North Terminal A Ticket Lobby just inside the automatic doors located at the south end of the ticket lobby. 

Average San Jose Temperatures


Time Zone
 

California is in the Pacific Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus 8 hours). The state observes daylight saving time from early March to early November


Taxes

The state sales tax is 7.5%. Local taxes may be add up to 1.5% to your total bill.


Directory Assistance

For local numbers, dial 411; for long distance, dial 1 plus the area code plus 555-1212; for toll-free numbers, call (800) 555-1212.


Emergencies

You can call 911 toll-free from any public telephone to obtain emergency police, fire, or medical assistance.


Liquor/Tobacco Laws

Alcohol is sold throughout California to people age 21 and older. The legal drinking age is 21.

You must be age 18 or older to purchase tobacco products in the state. Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings (including restaurants, bars, and casinos) and enclosed spaces throughout California. It is illegal to smoke within 20 feet of doorways or windows of government buildings. Most large hotels have designated smoking rooms; if you smoke, request one—most hotels will fine guests who smoke inside a nonsmoking room. Many cities in California have passed ordinances prohibiting smoking in public areas, and smoking is prohibited in some national and state park buildings and areas.

Traveling with Disabilities

Visitors who have physical or other challenges can still have a fantastic time in California. Special services are widely available, and access to trails, buildings, and attractions is continually being improved. 

Wheelchair Access

The Americans with Disabilities Act states that all public buildings must be wheelchair accessible and have accessible restrooms. Most hotels and attractions are now outfitted with wide doorways and wheelchair ramps. City streets now feature a growing number of sidewalk corners with dropped curbs, and some public transit vehicles are equipped with lifts. Many state and national parks now have fully accessible ADA trails. 

Help for Hearing & Memory impaired

If you have limitations seeing, hearing, speaking, remembering, or moving which affects your ability to make or receive phone calls, dial 711 to have a specially trained communications assistant relay telephone conversations for all of your calls while you are in California.

Many movie theaters and performance spaces have special headsets to help you hear; ask when you purchase or pick up your tickets.


Directions & Transit

San Jose is 45-minutes south of San Francisco and an hour north of the gorgeous Monterey Bay. The city is fast becoming northern California’s transportation hub, with Mineta San Jose International Airport increasing their international flight selections, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) extending to San Jose, and the California bullet train project to begin construction soon.

Fly In

San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport and is located less than 4 miles from downtown San Jose. serving nearly 4 million people and averaging 170+ daily flights, 40+ nonstop destinations and 15 domestic and international carriers, you’re sure to find a flight. If not, no worries, San Francisco and Oakland international airports are a short drive. Find more information on SJC HERE.

Rail In

From San Francisco, hop on Caltrain which connects you directly to San Jose Diridon station as your downtown stop.

From Oakland, you can take Bart to Millbrae where you can catch the Caltrain to San Jose. For a shorter route, you can hop on Bart to the city of Fremont followed by a car service or public bus to San Jose.

 

Transportation

FAST FACTS

  • Safe, compact, walkable and bike-friendly
  • Downtown Plentiful parking

LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

VTA Light Rail and Bus: Light Rail gets you quickly and inexpensively through the city, including the Alum Rock, Almaden and Santa Teresa areas of San Jose, plus neighboring Mountain View and Campbell. The extensive bus routes are easy to navigate throughout all of Silicon Valley.

Caltrain: Easy access to San Francisco (including AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants) as well as access to shopping at the Gilroy Outlets is as easy as hopping on a train. Trains run daily with fares starting at $3 and increase based on zones traveled in and over what period of time.

Dash (Downtown Area Shuttle) Shuttle: Take advantage of the free shuttle which hits key areas of Downtown. Shuttles run Monday to Friday, from approximately 6:30am to 9:15pm.

ALTERNATE PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

  • Eco City Cycles operates a pedicab service which is a fast, fun and green way to see the city. Cycles operate Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 2am during good weather.
  • Rent a bike for a day or more in San Jose and beyond with the Bay Area Bike Share program
  • For all your biking resources in one place check out our Bike San Jose page.
  • Rent a Zip Car if you feel like exploring on your own for just a few hours • Regular long term rental cars can of course be easily arranged for pick up and drop at off any of the major Silicon Valley airports
  • Cesar Chavez Park (near the Fairmont San Jose) as well as the San Pedro Square Market are both areas you can find a variety of regular taxi cab services day and night


BEYOND SILICON VALLEY

To adventure beyond the immediate region try, Bart (Bay Area Rapid Transit)Greyhound Bus LinesAce (Altamont Corridor Express) TrainCapitol Corridor Train and Amtrack California and National Train Service.


THINGS TO DO: SAN JOSE, CA

ATTRACTIONS & AMUSEMENT


SHOPPING

For more information on things to do in San Jose, please visit this website https://www.sanjose.org/things-to-do