San José International Airport
Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, known locally as simple San José International Airport, is a busy facility located 2.5 miles (4km) northwest of central San Jose. Home to Silicon Valley, San José is less a tourist destination and more of a business travel hub; the airport is also conveniently situated as an alternative to airports in Oakland and San Francisco, both 35 miles (56km) away.
Previously known for its poor facilities, San José International Airport opened a new terminal in 2010 that is earning rave reviews from passengers for its smooth processing and good facilities.
Flights to San José International Airport come in from destinations all over North America, including cities like Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Denver, Houston, Honolulu, Portland, San Jose de Cabo, Guadalajara, and Phoenix.
The airport is located two miles (3km) north of central San José.
Getting to the city
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) operates a special Free Airport Flyer service, on Route 10, which links the airport to the Metro Light Rail Station and the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. It runs every 15-30 minutes between 5am and 11.30pm. There are two Route 10 bus stops, one is located at the Ground Transportation Island across from Terminal B, while the other is located at the Ground Transportation Center across from the International Arrivals Building. There are also limousines and taxis available, and several hotels offer door-to-door shuttles for their guests.
GMT -8 (GMT -7 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Tel: +1 (408) 392 3600.
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, Thrifty and Zipcar.
Both on-demand and pre-arranged taxi services are available from San Jose airport, from both terminals. 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. Anticipate to pay anywhere between $15 and $18 to get to downtown San Jose, or $140 to $150 to downtown San Francisco.
Transfer between terminals
A courtesy shuttle connects Terminals A and B and the parkings lots, running every 10-15 minutes, 24 hours a day.
Facilities at the airport include several restaurants and cafés, wifi access, a gift shop, ATMs, bureaux de change, lounges, massage chairs and phones. Facilities for the disabled are good.
Short-term parking at San José International Airport starts at $2 per half hour and goes up to $30 per day. Daily parking has a flat rate of $22 per 24 hours, and Economy Lot 1 has a daily rate of $15.
Flights to San José International Airport are available via Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and Volaris.
The airport offers free wifi in both terminals.
There are charging points for laptops and cell phones in Terminal B, while Terminal A is home to the American Airlines lounge, offering internet-ready workstations, refreshments, telephones, printing, fax, copy machines, newspapers and a message service; the lounge also has three meeting rooms for up to eight people.
San Jose International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.