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11 - 15 August 2019
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Travel to San Diego

Travel to San Diego

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101.

Information about San Diego and the Venue
 • Hotel Information  | booking information available April 2019 
 • San Diego Convention + Visitors Bureau website
Explore San Diego - Top Things To Do
 • San Diego Convention Center Attendee Information

Welcome to San Diego

With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, near-perfect weather year-round, and a variety of magnificent settings countywide, San Diego offers a fun and inexpensive getaway, for kids and adults, any time of year. No stay in San Diego is complete without a trip to the waterfront. San Diego Bay is bustling with activity, as it serves as the homeport for Navy ships, a large sport fishing fleet, thousands of pleasure craft, and the USS Midway Museum is a retired aircraft carrier that now serves as a fascinating interactive floating museum. The largest urban cultural park in the United States, Balboa Park is often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West." Its 1,200 lush acres are home to 85 cultural attractions, including 15 museums, eight gardens and the San Diego Zoo.

Learn more from San Diego Tourism & Transportation 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.

Additional transportation information will be posted online in spring 2019. 


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 SS15 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

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
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.

Driving Directions and Parking

 • Driving Directions (PDF) to the San Diego Convention Center and Hotels
 • San Diego Convention Center Parking, Exhibitor Set-Up and Hotel Parking Rates (PDF)
 • Parking in the vicinity of the San Diego Convention Center

Parking Panda

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 conference. 

Car Rental

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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# 029B0023. When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV029B0023.

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

Important dates

Abstracts Due
30 January 2019

Author Notification
8 April 2019

Manuscripts due
17 July 2019 

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