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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 7 February 2019
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Travel Information for SPIE Photonics West 2019

Plan your Travel to SPIE Photonics West 2019

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. San Francisco Visitor Information

A Day in the Life: San Francisco (YouTube video)

San Francisco Restaurants (Open Table)

Event Location

The Moscone Center
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, California
94103, USA


San Francisco is serviced by two international airports:

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located approximately 15 miles from San Francisco downtown hotels (30-60 minute drive).

Oakland International Airport (OAK) is approximately 20 miles from San Francisco downtown hotels (30-50 minute drive).


 • To & from Oakland International Airport
 • To & from San Francisco International Airport
 • Airport and Hotel Shuttles 
 • Clipper Card - All-in-one Transit Card for the Bay Area
 • BART - fast, low-cost travel from airports to your hotel

Go Green - Airport to Hotel

SPIE recommends taking BART's direct trains from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). They are convenient, fast, cost less and the ecological way to get to and from the airports to San Francisco. Taking BART keeps 20 lbs. of emissions out of the air per round trip. Get your BART ticket to SPIE and spare the air!  

SFO BART/SPIE Advance Purchase Voucher

BART is the fast, easy, low cost way to get a roundtrip ride from SFO to your SPIE conference hotels. If you're arriving at SFO, purchase and print this voucher for $21 and take it with you to exchange at SFO for your BART ticket. It's so easy and there's no waiting in line at the station. Please read the voucher for directions where to exchange it for your ticket, as you must redeem the voucher for a ticket before going to the BART station.  

Take the New BART train from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Go to the new BART station across from Terminal 1 and board the train to the Coliseum station. When you arrive there, purchase a $10.20 ticket to get out of the fare gate to the main train platform. Then go down to the right side of the platform and take any San Francisco bound train to the station closest to your hotel. The total trip downtown takes 40 minutes. The ticket has enough value for your ride back to OAK.  

BART Schedules by Station   

  • Civic Center Station - Upper Market hotels
  • Powell St. Station - Union Square, Moscone West hotels
  • Montgomery St. Station - Financial District, Moscone North & South hotels 
  • Embarcadero Station - Lower Market hotels  

Plan your trip with the BART Quick Planner

Airport and Hotel Shuttles


Super Shuttle - Book a reservation online and receive a 10% round trip discount for shared rides from SFO, or OAK, booked at least 24 hours in advance and prepaid with a valid credit card. Print airport pick up instructions and maps.

You may also call 1-800-258-3826 and refer to Photonics West 2019 or group code QBCYT.

 • Go Lorrie's Airport Shuttle
 • Airport Express Van Service

Train from San Jose to San Francisco

 • Caltrain's Baby Bullet Express Service makes it possible to travel between San Francisco and San Jose only in less than an hour stopping at a few popular stations. Caltrain offers 22 weekday commute-hour bullet trains. Fares are based on the number of zones that are partially or wholly traveled through by the passenger. For Caltrain Customer Service call 1-800-660-4287.
 • Baby Bullet Fares
 • Baby Bullet Weekday Timetable

Getting Around in San Francisco

SFMTA - San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 
runs a network of fuel-efficient Muni buses, light rail Metro trains and historic streetcars which cover all corners of the city. It's an affordable, easy way to see the all sights. Plan your route with their Trip Planner!

BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit is a subway and rail line that runs throughout San Francisco and connects you cities across the bay.

Uber - an on demand car service is also an easy way to get around the city.

Taxi stands are also located throughout the city - view the map and directory.


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 over PW18.

Car Rental
Hertz Car Rental is the official car rental agency for this event. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a Photonics West Conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 029B0024. Discount rates apply for roundtrip rentals up to one week prior through one week after the conference dates. (Some one-way rentals qualify for the discount rates based on their pick-up and drop-off locations. Vehicles rented in Northern California can be returned to any corporate Hertz location within Northern California and vehicles rented in Southern California can be returned to any corporate Hertz location within Southern California). Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV029B0024.

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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

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