SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101.
With the countless number of things to see, do, taste and experience in San Diego, determining how to get around is as important as planning your itinerary. San Diego offers plenty of options for public transportation, be it by trolley, train, bus, taxi, ferry, or even a limousine. The easiest option is to rent a car, so you can roam freely through the vast and various San Diego regions. But if you’re looking to save a buck or be eco-friendly, plan to make the most of San Diego’s convenient and easy public transport options.
Learn more from San Diego Tourism Authority
Flying to San Diego
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is conveniently located three miles northwest of downtown San Diego.
Taxi service from the San Diego Airport to the downtown hotels is approximately $12 - $16 depending on traffic.
SPIE Optics + Photonics attendees will receive a discount of $1 off one way, or $2 off roundtrip when booking SuperShuttle with an advance reservation. Make a reservation online or call 1-800-258-3826. Refer to the group code SPIE to receive the discount. If you do not provide the group code to the phone agent, you will not receive the discount. You do not have to make an advance reservation to ride SuperShuttle, but without a reservation, you will pay the full rate at the ticket counter.
Ground Transportation Instructions for SuperShuttle:
Arriving in Terminal 1 - Follow the signs to Ground Transportation Sky Bridge. Proceed to the 'Shuttle for Hire Island' and ask the Transportation Coordinator for a Supershuttle van.
Arriving in Terminal 2 - Exit the Terminal 2 doors; cross the street uising the cross walk to the 'Shuttle for Hire Island' and ask the Transportation Coordinator for a Supershuttle van.
Complimentary Shuttle for guests at the Westin Hotel
Westin Hotel guests receive complimentary shuttle to/from SAN. On arrival, at baggage claim, call the hotel from the Westin Kiosk or dial 619-239-4500. The shuttle will arrive within 20 minutes. Departing guests should sign up with the front desk bellman one day prior to departure. Shuttle leaves every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the hour from 6:00 am.
Bayfront Shuttle - $3 to ride all day - Hop on the Big Bay Shuttle to visit the numerous hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants along the scenic San Diego bay. Shuttle route includes Hilton Bayfront, Marriott Marquis & Marina, Seaport Village, Broadway/Navy Pier, Maritime Museum, Sheraton Hotel & Marina.
San Diego Trolley - Metropolitan Transit System
Trolley cars are red and travel above ground on light rail lines every 15 minutes. If guests purchase Day Tripper Passes from the Transit e-store (on-line), before their arrival date, they can then use Bus 992 from the airport to the America Plaza Trolley Station to your hotel and to and from the convention center for unlimited rides at that one flat rate. Or you can purchase a day pass for $5 (subject to change) when you board the 992 bus at the airport from any Terminal. Get off at Broadway & Kettner Blvd. and walk to the America Plaza Trolley Station. From there, take the Orange Line with signage 'Downtown/Convention Center' to your hotel or to the convention center.
List of Trolley Stops
Convention Center - Convention Center Stop
Marriott Marquis - Convention Center Stop
Omni Hotel - Convention Center Stop
Sofia Hotel - Between 2nd & 3rd on C. Street, Civic Center Stop
CY by Marriott - 5th Ave. Stop
Hilton Bayfront - 5th Street Stop
Hilton Gaslamp Quarter - Convention Center Stop
Embassy Suites - Seaport Village Stop
Westin Hotel - American Plaza Stop
Hotel Solamar - Park & Market Street Stop
Westgate Hotel - Civic Center Stop
For additional information call 619-233-3004 for Customer Service
Shopping in San Diego
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Driving and Parking
Use Parking Panda to reserve parking at the lots and garages surrounding the San Diego Convention Center. Click here to reserve your space for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 conference. Use the promo code "SPIEOP" for an additional 10% off your first purchase.
Hertz Car Rental is the official car rental agency for SPIE Optics + Photonics. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 029B0021. When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV029B0021.
Reserve a car online
Contact Hertz via phone:
||In the United States call 1-800-654-2240
||In Canada call 1-800-263-0600, or 1-416-620-9620 in Toronto
||In Europe and Asia call a Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent
||Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434