Located in San Jose in Northern California, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a stone's throw from the world-leading technology headquarters of Google, Cisco, Apple Computer, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe, eBay and Hewlett Packard, and is only two miles from downtown San Jose. The city's status as a tech capital will become clear before you leave the airport – arrivals at Terminal B are greeted by Space Observer, a 26-foot white-and-chrome mechanised sculpture.
Facilities at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International
San Jose International has two terminals and free WiFi is available in all public areas of the airport. If you've got time before your flight, you can tinkle the ivories at the upright piano in Terminal A or relieve your aching joints on one of the massage chairs. There are a small range of shops at the airport, including a souvenir shop, a bookshop, a news-stand, a sunglasses boutique and an electronics shop.
If you’re feeling peckish, there are a clutch of restaurants and cafes in which to refuel, including several sandwich shops and a Mexican restaurant. You can also purchase a day pass to the airport's VIP lounge, which offers complimentary snacks and drinks, high speed WiFi, newspapers, magazines, TVs and shower facilities. Its business facilities include a conference room and workstations with PCs and printers.
San Jose International Transport and Accommodation
The VTA Route #10 Airport Flyer bus connects SJC to the Metro Light Rail Station, the Santa Clara Station for Caltrain and ACE commuter rail services as well as local buses. Door-to-door shuttles are also available, as are rental cars, limousines and taxis.
If you’re looking for accommodation near Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, there are plenty of options, including convenient airport hotels and affordable motels on nearby highways. For a wider range, look in central San Jose and the wider Silicon Valley area, where you’ll find everything from friendly B&Bs and inns to grand historic hotels.
Attractions Near SJC
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is just a few miles from downtown San Jose, California's third largest city. The tech capital is crammed full of cultural attractions, including San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Museum of Innovation, where technology is brought to life via a series of interactive exhibits. If you like to live the high life, Silicon Valley's thriving economy means there's no shortage of luxury shops and fine dining restaurants.
For a break from the tech scene, visit Silicon Valley's oddest attraction: Winchester Mystery House, a 160-room mansion that was built by Sarah Winchester, wife of the founder of the Winchester firearm company. Built on the instructions of a medium, it features doors that open onto blank walls and a stairway that leads into a ceiling.
Beyond San Jose are the San Francisco Bay Area’s dreamy Californian beaches, waterfront towns and famous wine regions, including Napa and Sonoma. Further south is California's Central Coast, characterised by pretty coastal towns, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, historic Monterey and charming Santa Barbara.