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Getting Around in San Jose
 
 
 

By Public Transit

The Metro Light Rail System features almost 29 miles of track with 33 stops. Trains attend each station every 10 minutes on weekdays, every 15 minutes on weekends, and every 30 minutes during evenings.

San Jose's historic trolley car service operates from early April through early October. It features nine popular downtown stops such as the Civic Center, the San Jose Convention Center and Japantown.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, or locally known as VTA, stands as San Jose's main source for public transit. Its fleet of 520 buses services all of downtown and the surrounding area with connections to other bus lines that link with Santa Cruz and San Francisco.

DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) is a free service that wanders through downtown, Mondays-Fridays 6:15 am-7 pm. Stops include the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose State University, and the Children's Discovery Museum.

By Taxi

Taxis are available around the convention centre and major hotels as well as at the airport. But generally, if you want a taxi in San Jose, you'll need to phone ahead to reserve one. Several companies operate 24 hours.

By Car

Driving in San Jose can be a tedious process if unfamiliar with its mesh of one-way streets. Parking and then using the Downtown Area Shuttle to maneuver through San Jose is strongly recommended. The Interstates, especially the Bayshore Freeway, would frighten most experienced drivers during morning and afternoon rush hours. When not jammed with traffic, most cars zoom along at terrific speeds and harbour no patience for out-of-town drivers cautiously seeking their mapped out exit.

Expect congestion, particularly along interstates, though traffic tends to be lighter in the summer when school is out. The heaviest traffic is usually on Interstate 880 and Highways 101 and 680.

Travel within San Jose is fairly easy and parking is usually available. Many of San Jose's downtown parking garages are free or inexpensive after 6 pm to promote easy access to area restaurants and bars.

 

 
 

 



 


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