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City Guide

Basic Information:

  • Population: 1,026,908 (according to 2016 data).
  • Area Codes: 408, 669.
  • Tax: 8.25% on General Retail Sales, and 14-14.25% on Hotel Occupancy.
  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time PST – November to March. Pacific Daylight – April to October.
  • Credit Cards and Charge Cards are widely accepted. ATM machines can be found in many major downtown department stores, hotels, and the Convention Center.

Tipping Guidelines:

  • Hotel Personnel/Porterage: $2.00-$3.00 per parcel or bag of luggage.
  • Restaurants: 15%-20% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb for tipping.
  • Hotel Valet: $3.00-$4.00 to attendant.
  • Housekeeping Services: $3.00 per day.
  • Concierge Services: $5.00 +.
  • Taxi: 15% of total.
San Jose is well served by a number of easily accessible airports. Options include:

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
This is the closest airport, which is 3 miles from the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Get more information on ground transportation options from SJC to downtown San Jose.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
The distance from SFO to downtown San Jose is 36 miles. Get more information on ground transportation from SFO.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)
The distance from OAK to downtown San Jose is 36 miles. Get more information on ground transportation from OAK.

Get map and driving directions to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

The San Jose McEnery Convention Center has an underground parking garage with entrances on both Market and South Almaden Boulevard. Additional parking garages are located throughout the downtown area. For the best priced parking option see information on the Almaden/Woz lot located one block from the McEnery Convention Center.

Come in the weekend before or stay a few days after to experience all that the Bay Area has to offer, including the beautiful city of San Francisco, the world-renowned wine country of Napa, and the incomparable natural beauty of the Monterey coast.