San Jose is one of those cities that has a little bit of everything nestled into one community. Whether you have been here before or you are new to San Jose, you will find that you have plenty of attractions here in the heart of the Bay Area. When considering the best time to visit San Jose, you are in luck; because, California boasts favourable weather year-round. However, Northern California is known for its rainier months. To avoid rain on your holiday, come in the fall from September – November. Fall has pleasant temperatures and the city is less crowded as children return to school. You can tour the attractions and enjoy the city without having to deal with long line ups and steep prices.
The month of January is, on average, the cheapest month to fly to San Jose from Canada, with most prices found around 397 C$. If you are unable to visit San Jose during the month of January, then departing from Canada during the month September is also very affordable. Most momondo users find prices during this month for around 467 C$.
You are more likely to see cheaper flights to San Jose from Canada when booking 60 days ahead of your departure date. In general, you can expect to find flights to San Jose for around 499 C$ when searching 60 days out. Keep in mind that you might be able to find cheaper flights to San Jose at any time. In fact, our users found flights for as low as 273 C$ in the past 72 hours.
The cheapest day to depart from Canada to San Jose is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as 466 C$. Flights from Canada to San Jose on a Sunday will generally be more expensive and average around 631 C$. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.
Flying to San Jose from Canada in the evening is the least expensive time of day to depart. momondo users have found prices as low as 452 C$ when looking at flights departing in the evening. Flights in the afternoon are often more expensive with an average ticket price of 501 C$.
Locals of San Jose and tourists both agree that Mammoth Mountain is a great place to go for a hike and to take in the scenery the area has to offer. Hiking in the area is often enjoyed most when the weather begins warming up and the chance for rain is low. Considering this, it would be recommended to fly to San Jose during February and March to take advantage of the warmer weather and go for a hike. Hikers looking for a more family-friendly day in the great outdoors would be best suited to plan their flight to San Jose for February, March, and April, when they can visit Los Angeles State Historic Park and enjoy all that the park has to offer.
For direct international flights to San Jose from Canada, you have Air Canada. Other flights that travel to San Jose, but include layovers, are United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, WestJet Airlines, Alaska Airlines and British Airways. For cheap flights to San Jose, look for tickets on Alaska Airlines or WestJet Airlines, but be prepared for multiple layovers.
As a major international airport, SJC offers you a few ways to get from the airport into city centre as well as the heart of Silicon Valley.
The fastest way to city centre is by taxi. Taxis are stationed at the airport and offer on-demand services. You can find them at Terminal A, Stop 2 as well as Terminal B, Stop 1. The estimated taxi rate as of July 2017 is $15 USD for the first 3 miles of travel and a $1.50 USD airport service fee. After 3 miles, the fare is charged on the meter at $3 USD per mile. If you are over the age of 65 or have passengers with disabilities, you can receive a 15% discount.
Uber and Lyft both operate in San Jose. You must schedule your pick-up on their smartphone app. Then, you can find the vehicles for your pick-up at Terminal A, Stop 1 or Terminal B, Stops 8 and 9. The cost depends on the time of the day and vehicle selected.
The VTA Airport Flyer goes from the airport all the way to Santa Clara Caltrain Station. You can take the ACE train once you are at the station. Take the free Airport Flyer Bus#10 to Metro/Airport Light Rail station. Then take the Mtn View-Winchester LRT to San Jose Diridon Station. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes and costs $2 USD per person.
The Rental Car Center is located directly across from Terminal B. You can also book early and find affordable car rentals with momondo.
San Jose is an outdoors city. Therefore, you may find that transportation options become confusing after you leave the city centre. Luckily, you do not have to worry that you will not have a way to get around town. San Jose transportation is plentiful, and once you familiarize yourself with the options, it might be easier to find your way to attractions and nearby cities.
VTA Light Rail and Bus
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) offers bus lines and light rails throughout San Jose and Silicon Valley. VTA offers regular bus services as well as an express line. Express lines travel solely between cities, such as Express 102 running from South San Jose to Palo Alto. The single ride adult fare is $2 USD for regular and $4 USD for express lines. Children ages 5-18 ride for $1.75 USD regardless of which line they board.
Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)
The DASH line runs throughout the city centre and hits most downtown attractions, including the Tech Museum, the Center for the Performing Arts, and the SOFA District. Fares for the DASH are the same as the VTA bus and light rail.
Bike rentals are offered throughout San Jose, and the city is quite cycling friendly. Bike share services cost $3 USD per trip for one-way or you can get a day pass for $9.95 USD per person and enjoy unlimited 30-minute rides from Ford GoBike.
Eco City Cycles in San Jose is the pedicab service of the city. If you are an eco-friendly traveler, you will enjoy ECC for tours and transportation around the city. For shuttles, you can flag a rider down on the street or call and make a reservation 20 minutes ahead of time. Pricing depends on how far you ride and the time of the day along with passenger count. You can ask the rider what your estimated price is before boarding.
Canadian citizens can enter the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, which lets them visit for 90 days or less without requiring a travel visa. A passport is required, and travellers must have an Electronic System for Travel Authorization approval. For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.
Whether you are visiting Silicon Valley on business or you have brought the family over to San Jose to enjoy California, you will not be short of attractions to check out. From the San Pedro Square Market to the museums, galleries, and more, you will love everything you find here in San Jose.
The museums of San Jose are quite diverse and plentiful. If you are short on time, make sure you go to the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum first.
If you are a lover of the arts, head over to the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies or visit the San Jose Museum of Art.
The parks of San Jose each have something unique to boast about. Take the Chinese Cultural Garden, for example, located in Overfelt Gardens Park Ranger which has a sundial and a 15-ton black marble stone that was shipped from Taiwan. You also have Alum Rock Park, which is the oldest municipal park in the state. Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park is the largest skate park in California, while the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a place to see protected animal species.
Sports are a big draw in California. Catch a game featuring the San Jose Earthquakes (professional soccer team) or the San Jose Giants, which are the minor league baseball team of the area. If you prefer hockey, like most Canadians do, then catch a game featuring the San Jose Sharks.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with options, there are top attractions that you can put first in line on your list, like the San Jose Adobe Semaphore (the giant puzzle) or the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Fill your day with thrills and roller coaster rides by going to California’s Great America or stroll in the 172 acres at Kelley Park. If you are here in the summer and want a great way to entertain the kids, while still staying cool, head over to Raging Waters San Jose, an exciting waterpark.
San Jose is an IT and industrial hub and sees numerous business travellers throughout the year. Try travelling on the weekends, because during the week you are competing with business professionals headed into Silicon Valley. San Jose’s culinary scene is impressive, so take advantage of the local food fare and try different restaurants every night (if your budget permits, of course). Also, while you are here, explore the historic barrios of the city where you will find tree-lined streets, century-old homes, and boutique-style hotels. San Jose is a great place to shop for souvenirs. You can find ceramics, textiles, and coffee inspired by Costa Rica.