Hotel and travel information for San Diego

Providing the most up-to-date information to make your travel and onsite experience the best possible
San Diego skyline at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Welcome to beautiful San Diego

Come enjoy one of the West Coast's favorite oceanside cities, San Diego. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, near-perfect weather year-round, and a variety of magnificent settings countywide, San Diego offers a fun and inexpensive getaway, for kids and adults. You will find tips for traveling to and around the city, as well as the many hotel options available to conference attendees.

The Marriott Marquis Hotel

Welcome to the headquarters hotel for SPIE Optics + Photonics adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and right on the waterfront. It offers a great location within easy walking distance to downtown, great food, and many popular tourist attractions.


Housing for the 2022 meeting will open in May.

SPIE Optics + Photonics conference hotel, Marriott Marquis, San Diego

Travel to San Diego

Enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery of San Diego, the perfect home for a summer meeting. Check out the information below for:

  • airport information
  • shuttle service
  • public transit services
  • driving directions and parking
  • local attractions
San Diego Travel Guide

Visa information

Transportation information

Airport information

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is conveniently located three miles northwest of downtown San Diego.

Transportation from the airport 

  • Taxi service from the San Diego Airport to the downtown hotels is approximately $15 - 25 depending on traffic.
  • Uber or Lyft from the San Diego Airport to the downtown hotels is approximately $6 - 8 (shared ride) or $12 - 17.

Shuttles and public transportation

Bayfront Shuttle 
Hop on the Big Bay Shuttle — $3 to ride all day — to visit the numerous hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants along the scenic San Diego bay. Shuttle route includes Hilton Bayfront, Marriott Marquis & Marina, Seaport Village, Broadway/Navy Pier, Maritime Museum, Sheraton Hotel & Marina.

Trolley cars are red and travel above ground on light rail lines every 15 minutes. If guests purchase Day Tripper Passes from the Transit e-store (on-line), before their arrival date, they can then use Bus 992 from the airport to the America Plaza Trolley Station to your hotel and to and from the convention center for unlimited rides at that one flat rate. Or you can purchase a day pass for $5 (subject to change) when you board the 992 bus at the airport from any terminal. Get off at Broadway & Kettner Blvd. and walk to the America Plaza Trolley Station. From there, take the Orange Line with signage 'Downtown/Convention Center' to your hotel or to the convention center.

Car rental 

Hertz Car Rental 
Hertz is the official car rental agency for this event. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a SPIE Optics + Photonics conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 022Q9638. Discount rates apply for roundtrip rentals up to one week prior through one week after the conference dates. (Some one-way rentals qualify for the discount rates based on their pick-up and drop-off locations. Vehicles rented in Northern California can be returned to any corporate Hertz location within Northern California and vehicles rented in Southern California can be returned to any corporate Hertz location within Southern California).

Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be entered with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV022Q9638.

Contact Hertz:
 • In the United States call 1-800-654-2240
 • In Canada call 1-800-263-0600, or 1-416-620-9620 in Toronto
 • In Europe and Asia call a Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent
 • Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434

Driving directions and parking 

Things to do  

No stay in San Diego is complete without a trip to the waterfront. San Diego Bay is bustling with activity and a long maritime and military history. The city is also home to the largest urban cultural park in the United States, Balboa Park is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.” Its 1,200 lush acres are home to 85 cultural attractions, including 15 museums, eight gardens and the San Diego Zoo. There is always somewhere worth exploring in this seaside city and surrounding area — whether driving, biking, boating, or walking.

  • Explore Coronado Island
  • Visit the many beaches
  • Cruise the harbor
  • Visit the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, or Sea World
  • Visit the many museums
  • Ride the trolley to Old Town
  • Find fun at Belmont Park

It's even easier with a digital pass; combine favorite attractions and save money.
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