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San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, California 95113
United States






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San Jose is 45-minutes south of San Francisco and an hour north of the gorgeous Monterey Bay. The city is fast becoming northern California’s transportation hub, with Mineta San Jose International Airport increasing their international flight selections, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) extending to San Jose, and the California bullet train project to begin construction soon.

San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport and is located less than 4 miles from downtown San Jose. serving nearly 4 million people and averaging 170+ daily flights, 40+ nonstop destinations and 15 domestic and international carriers, you’re sure to find a flight. If not, no worries, San Francisco and Oakland international airports are a short drive. Find more information on SJC HERE.

From San Francisco, hop on Caltrain which connects you directly to San Jose Diridon station as your downtown stop.

From Oakland, you can take Bart to Millbrae where you can catch the Caltrain to San Jose. For a shorter route, you can hop on Bart to the city of Fremont followed by a car service or public bus to San Jose.


You’ll find it easy to get around San Jose and the neighboring cities on our extensive light rail system (VTA).

Click for a downloadable/printable version of the map.

Get traffic updates and plan your walk, ride, drive or trip on San Jose public transportation at

VTA Light Rail and Bus: Light Rail gets you quickly and inexpensively through the city, including the Alum Rock, Almaden and Santa Teresa areas of San Jose, plus neighboring Mountain View and Campbell. The extensive bus routes are easy to navigate throughout all of Silicon Valley.

Caltrain: Easy access to San Francisco (including AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants) as well as access to shopping at the Gilroy Outlets is as easy as hopping on a train. Trains run daily with fares starting at $3 and increase based on zones traveled in and over what period of time.

Dash (Downtown Area Shuttle) Shuttle: Take advantage of the free shuttle which hits key areas of Downtown. Shuttles run Monday to Friday, from approximately 6:30am to 9:15pm.


  • Eco City Cycles operates a pedicab service which is a fast, fun and green way to see the city. Cycles operate Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 2am during good weather.
  • Rent a bike for a day or more in San Jose and beyond with the Bay Area Bike Share program
  • For all your biking resources in one place check out our Bike San Jose page.
  • Rent a Zip Car if you feel like exploring on your own for just a few hours • Regular long term rental cars can of course be easily arranged for pick up and drop at off any of the major Silicon Valley airports
  • Cesar Chavez Park (near the Fairmont San Jose) as well as the San Pedro Square Market are both areas you can find a variety of regular taxi cab services day and night

To adventure beyond the immediate region try, Bart (Bay Area Rapid Transit)Greyhound Bus LinesAce (Altamont Corridor Express) TrainCapitol Corridor Train and Amtrack California and National Train Service.

Typical west coast winter weather awaits you in San Jose, CA. Temperatures in the past have averaged a low of 42°F up to a high of 60°F with wet precipitation always remaining a possibility. It is advisable to pack a sweater or light jacket as meeting rooms tend to be cold.

ARO wishes to take steps that are required to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the American with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this course please contact ARO Meetings Department at [email protected], via telephone at 856-423-0041, option 2 or write to ARO Meetings Department, 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ 08061