Hotel and travel information for San Francisco

Providing information to help make your travel and onsite experience the best possible
The Bay Bridge in the foreground with San Francisco city lights and a colorful California sunset in the background

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

The links provided here are the only ones authorized for making reservations and you will never be contacted by email or phone unless you explicitly requestIf you book your hotel room from another source, you may be subject to fraud or identity theft. 

Hotel information

The housing bureau is closed for new reservations for SPIE Photonics West, SPIE AR | VR | MR, and the SPIE Global Business Forum 2024, but there are still some options available on the housing website. If you need to confirm or change reservations, please contact the hotel directly. Contact information is also available at the link below.

Make your travel plans

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

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 services.
  • Clipper Card allows you to pay for all Bay Area transit, including bus, rail, ferry, and train.
  • BART is the Bay Area Rapid Transit, which 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.

Car Rental

Hertz Car Rental
To receive 20% off the retail rate, enter CDP 2188961 under the ‘add a discount code’ section when making an online reservation.

Contact Hertz:
• 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


Parking rates at AR | VR | MR 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 and garages as well as information about street parking.
  • Best Parking lists 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 to learn more.

Download this list of restaurants near the Moscone Center that are open for business, provided by the San Francisco Travel Association.

Family care while attending the meeting

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia. SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an SPIE meeting, either in person or virtually. See hotel details in the reservation system to find hotels that offer onsite childcare. Find information and apply for an SPIE Family Care Grant

Don't forget to secure your VIsa

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