Getting Around

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) operates an extensive local bus network covering San Jose and surrounding areas, many of which connect to the VTA light rail or Caltrain stations. Rail service to and from San Jose is provided by Amtrak, Caltrain (the best option for getting to San Francisco), ACE, and a light-rail system operated by the VTA. Bike and pedestrian routes are also available throughout the city. Many visitors to San Jose find that the city's sprawling layout is best explored by car, and hire vehicles from one of the companies located in town and at the airport. Ride-hailing taxi services, such as Uber, are available.


San Jose International Airport

The airport is located four miles (6km) northwest of San José.

San Jose International Airport (SJC)


The airport is located four miles (6km) northwest of San José.

Getting to the city

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) operates a special Airport Flyer service that links the airport to the Metro Light Rail Station and the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. It runs every 15 to 30 minutes between 5am and 11.30pm. There are also limousines and taxis available, and several hotels offer door-to-door shuttles for their guests.


GMT -8 (GMT -7 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Car rental

Car rental companies can be found at the Rental Car Centre, which is serviced by a blue shuttle bus from Terminal A, and is within short walking distance from Terminal B. Companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, National, Payless, and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Both on-demand and pre-arranged taxi services are available from San Jose airport, from both terminals. Travellers should expect to pay a minimum fee of $15, which includes the first three miles (5km) and the airport surcharge of $1.50. Beyond that, the metered rate is $3 per mile.

Transfer between terminals

A courtesy shuttle connects Terminals A and B and the parkings lots, running every 7 to 10 minutes from 2.30am to 1am.


Facilities at the airport include several restaurants and cafes, WiFi access, a gift shop, ATMs, bureaux de change, lounges, and massage chairs. Facilities for the disabled are good.


Short-term parking at San José International Airport starts at $2 per 20 minutes and goes up to $30 per day. Daily parking has a flat rate of $30 per 24 hours, and Economy Lot 1 has a flat daily rate of $18.