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San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
23 - 27 August 2020
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Travel to San Diego

Travel to San Diego

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2020 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101.

Welcome to 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, any time of year.

Information about San Diego and the Venue
 • Hotel Information  | booking information now available
 • San Diego Convention Center Attendee Information 
San Diego Convention + Visitors Bureau website

San Diego: Traveling To and Around the City

Flying to San Diego

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

Arriving in Terminal 1
 - Follow the signs to Ground Transportation Sky Bridge. Proceed to the 'Shuttle for Hire Island' and ask the Transportation Coordinator for a Supershuttle van. 

Arriving in Terminal 2 - Exit the Terminal 2 doors; cross the street using the cross walk to the 'Shuttle for Hire Island' and ask the Transportation Coordinator for a Supershuttle van. 

Bayfront Shuttle - $3 to ride all day - Hop on the Big Bay Shuttle 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.

San Diego Trolley - Metropolitan Transit System
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. 

Driving Directions and Parking

Driving Directions to San Diego Convention Center and Hotels

San Diego Convention Center Parking, Exhibitor Set-Up and Hotel Parking Rates

Use Parking Panda to reserve parking at the lots and garages surrounding the San Diego Convention Center.
Click here to reserve your space for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019 conference. 


Car Rental

Hertz Car Rental is the official car rental agency for this event. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a SPIE Optics + Photonics attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 029B0024. 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. CV029B0024. 

  • 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 the nearest Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent.
  • Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434
  • Book Hertz Online

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Important Author Dates

Abstracts Due
12 February 2020

Acceptance Notification
Email to Contact Author

20 April 2020

Manuscripts Due
29 July 2020

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