Updated: May 21, 2015
San Jose International Airport - SJC:Flying in and out of the Bay Area is fairly easy since you have 3 major airports to choose from: San Jose, Oakland, and SFO (San Francisco). I lived near San Jose International Airport for almost 30 years so I had plenty of experience with arrivals and departures from there. The airport is split into 2 distinct terminals - A and B. Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines dominate the Terminal B area with dozens of outbound and inbound flights daily. The airport itself is located right off of Highway 280 or you can enter via the 101 side of things (see below for directions). The main, or official, website for San Jose International Airport is located online at http://www.flysanjose.com/fl. The website has information on arrivals and departures so you can track a flight and not waste time sitting at the airport waiting for friends and family.
Driving Directions to Mineta San Jose International Airport:There are several ways to get into the San Jose Airport which definitely helps ease some of the congestion that can cause traffic on major holidays and busy travel days. The map below will give you a general idea of where the airport is located in regards to each of the major freeways that wind around the airport. If you are approaching from Hwy 87 North, exit at Skyport Drive. From Hwy 101 southbound, take the hwy 87 exit and follow it to the Skyport Drive exit. From 101 Northbound, take the Brokaw Road/First Stree exit and turn left onto Brokaw Road and keep going straight until you reach the airport entrance. I always entered the airport off of Interstate 880 from the Coleman Avenue exit. Take Coleman Avenue north which will lead you to Airport Blvd (take a right).
If you need more detailed driving directions from San Francisco to San Jose Airport or from Oakland coming down 880 to SJC, then go HERE. The site lists precise driving instructions from SF, Fremont, Oakland, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Concord and Richmond to the San Jose Airport. Traffic on the 101 and even 880 at commute time can be bumper to bumper so give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport.
San Jose Airport Terminals - Airlines Served:Terminal B is what you first come to when approaching off of Highway 280. The airport has been redone in the last 10 years or so with a new road that eliminates cutting straight into where the older terminal used to be. Now you must drive in a complete oval shape all around the airport (see the map above). Nevertheless traffic does flow pretty good, but it will take a little longer to get to your destination. There are just 2 terminals at San Jose Airport which should make things easy and you can see maps of the terminals with gates included HERE and HERE. The pages show you where you can find ATMS, service counters, restaurants, currency exchange, elevators, mail drops, restrooms, security, and waiting areas. The gates at SJC tend to get pretty crowded as the airport was built before the Silicon Valley became so populous. Be prepared to stand at your gate if you arrive late as seating is a premium. We have tried to give you gate and terminal information for each airline below:
Terminal A and International Gates - Gates 1-16 - Airline Served are American Airlines, United, US Airways, Volaris, Delta, Hawaiian, and JetBlue
Terminal B - Gates 17-28 - Airlines served are Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines
Parking - Short Term vs Long Term:As like all other airports, San Jose airport tries to deter people from using short term parking for their long term needs by pricing it extremely high. The daily maximum for parking is $30/day and $2/ per 30 minutes. The long term parking (economy lot) at San Jose airport is $15/day and they have shuttle service throughout the airport that will take you back and forth from the remote lots. You can get a good idea of where the parking lots are located on the parking maps HERE. Off airport parking is even cheaper and there are plenty of choices as you drive in off of Hwy 101 or Hwy 880.
Airport Shuttles, Rental Cars, Taxi, and Limousines:
Rental Cars - If you plan on renting a car in San Jose Airport, you will need to get on the Rental Car Shuttle which stops at each Terminal. It runs daily from 4AM to 12:30AM. Rental Car companies located at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty. You can get websites and phone #'s for each rental car company HERE.
Limousines - There are dozens of limousine companies that service San Jose airport and they must all be pre-arranged. You can find a complete list of limousines service HERE.
Taxis - Looking for a cab to take you to or from the San Jose Airport? Prices vary from $14-$20 to downtown San Jose up to $90 to downtown San Francisco. More details on taxi fees is available HERE.
Door to Door Shuttles - Airport Shuttles are a convenient way to get to and from the airport and they are usually cheaper than a taxi. Some of the more popular San Jose Airport Shuttle companies are Bayporter and SuperShuttle. You can find sample fares and phone #'s for all the shuttle services at the airport HERE
Hotels near San Jose Airport:There are quite a few quality hotels to choose from near or around the Mineta San Jose International Airport. We have listed the top 5 below with names, addresses, phone numbers, and website addresses for your convenience. Rooms are priced from $100-$200 night.
- Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport - 1355 North Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone # (800)838-4913. 1 Mile from airport. You can find them online HERE
- Radisson Hotel - 1471 North Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone # (408)452-0200, Website located HERE
- Holiday Inn - 1350 North First St, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone # (408)453-6200, Website located HERE
- Hilton San Jose - 300 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110, Phone # (408)287-2100, Website located HERE
- Courtyard San Jose Airport - 1727 Technology Drive, San Jose, CA 95110, Phone # (408)441-6111, Website located HERE