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If you are planning to travel to San Jose by air, the Mineta San Jose International Airport ( SJC ) makes getting there simple. The airport, located only 2 miles outside of the downtown, is serviced by all major airlines. Ground transportation including rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and limo service is readily available for travelers. As of 2006, however, San Jose International Airport serves no international routes.
San Francisco-bound travelers should know that it is highly inconvenient to use SJC as an alternative airport. Unlike Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Jose Mineta International Airport is not directly served by BART and the existing public transit system does not allow for easy or quick transportation to the city of San Francisco. It can be done, but the time or money invested may negate any savings in airfare.
Public transportation via Valley Transit Authority, or VTA, is easily accessible from the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Visitors can access the light rail system by taking the free and frequent service #10 VTA bus to the AIRPORT/METRO stop. From that point, the light rail can be accessed and travelers can go in several directions, including making thier way quickly to the downtown area. Visitors can also access the CalTrain railroad route to Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Mateo and cities all along the Peninsula to San Francisco by taking the same #10 VTA Bus to the Santa Clara Caltrain train station.
For arrivals by general aviation and private planes, the Reid-Hillview Airport is also available in San Jose. A full list of airports in the area is listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...
If driving into San Jose, rather than flying, maps are available at the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau's website as well as on mapquest.com where driving directions are also available. San Jose is easy to get to, as it is the largest city in northern California, and conveniently located off of Highway 101 and Highway 17 (aka I-880).
For transportation to San Francisco, figure on a minimum of two hours' transit, if all systems' schedules happen to be in alignment at the time of your trip, usually around commute hours. Take the free VTA Flyer, aka, #10 bus to the Santa Clara Caltrain station. Take the Caltrain to San Francisco. From the Caltrain terminal, you can take either a cab to your final destination or a SF Municipal Railway bus or lightrail train, depending on the location. See www.vta.org, www.caltrain.com , www.sfmuni.com for more information on fares and schedules.