Hotel and travel information for San Francisco

Providing useful information for planning your travel and hotel accommodations
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Join us in San Francisco

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. With the famous icon of the Golden Gate Bridge, the city takes pride in its unrivaled attractions and its unique neighborhoods which are treasures of its own. Discover the variety of sites, shops, and restaurants that reflect the city's great ethnic and cultural diversity. You will find tips for traveling to and around the city, as well as the many hotel options available to conference attendees.


The Moscone Center West
800 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94103

Make your hotel reservations

Hotel information

We are now accepting hotel reservations for SPIE Photonics West and SPIE AR | VR | MR 2023. Reserve your hotel room with Conference Direct—the official housing agent—where attendees receive discounted convention rates.

For a list of hotel names with distances and room rates, download this PDF.

For any housing questions please contact the SPIE Photonics West official housing bureau
Toll-Free: 1-888-408-8195 Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET
International: 1-801-512-2163 Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET

Exhibitor sub-block request (10+ rooms)

Exhibitors seeking 10 or more hotel rooms should request a sub-block.


Important dates

Deadline to submit a hotel sub-block request 26 October 2022
Deadline to assign rooms with names 16 November 2022
Last day to cancel rooms without penalty 9 December 2022
Processing fee of $20 begins for each reservation cancelled  10 December 2022


Reserve your sub-block

Make your travel plans early

Travel to San Francisco

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. Discover the variety the city has to offer, from the Golden Gate Bridge to unique neighborhoods. Look below for further details on the following:

  • Airport information
  • Shuttle and public transit services
  • Parking

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Travel information

Airport information

San Francisco is serviced by two international airports:

Transportation from the airport 

Shuttles and public transportation

  • Super Shuttle provides shared rides from SFO or OAK; book at least 24 hours in advance and prepay with a valid credit card
  • Airport Express Van Service offers SFO and OAK airport shuttle service
  • Clipper Card allows you to pay for all Bay Area transit-bus, rail, ferry and train
  • BART is the Bay Area Rapid Transit offers low-cost, fast, and reliable transportation to downtown, nearby airports, surrounding communities and more
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency runs a network of fuel-efficient Muni buses, light rail Metro trains, and historic streetcars
  • Caltrain's Baby Bullet Express Service makes it possible to travel between San Francisco and San Jose in less than an hour, stopping at a few popular stations


Parking rates at Photonics West Hotels range from $30 (self) to $60 (valet), rates subject to change. Please check with your individual hotel for specific parking rates during the conference week.

  • SpotHero provides reserved parking spaces throughout San Francisco
  • Parkopedia lists all the publicly available parking lots, garages, and information about street parking
  • Best Parkinglists parking options in San Francisco
  • Union Square Parking provides parking garage information in the Union Square shopping district

Restaurant and city information

Find restaurant options and information about popular attractions that could help you get around. Visit the San Francisco Visitor's Guide

Don't forget your visa

Be sure to plan ahead and apply to get a visa if it is needed.