Make your plans to attend
Vaccination required

Hotel and travel information for San Francisco

Providing the most up-to-date information to make your travel and onsite experience the best possible
The Bay Bridge in the foreground with San Francisco city lights lining a colorful California sunset

Join us in San Francisco

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. With the famous icon of the Golden Gate Bridge, the city takes pride in its unrivaled attractions and its unique neighborhoods which are treasures of its own. Discover the variety of sites, shops, and restaurants that reflect the city's great ethnic and cultural diversity. You will find tips for traveling to and around the city, as well as the many hotel options available to conference attendees.


The Moscone Center
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94103

Travel to the United States

In November 2021, the United States government plans to ease travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated foreign nationals. Fully vaccinated individuals may enter the United States with proof of vaccination and a negative pre-departure COVID test. Fully vaccinated individuals will not be subject to any quarantine mandates upon arrival in the US. Consult your preferred airline for further information and details regarding return flights. SPIE plans to partner with a testing service that can provide, for a fee, viral tests, such as PCR or rapid test, for the convenience of our attendees.

As an international traveler to a US-based SPIE event, you should check:

US travel restrictions: Look for current restrictions on entering the US from different regions. Visit the CDC for updated information 

Visa requirements: Depending on your country of departure, you may need to apply for a National Interest Exception for travel to the U.S. 

Your country of departure's restrictions and quarantine requirements: Your country may have its own vaccination or testing policies for departure or return. Check your local government agencies for any vaccination, testing, or quarantine requirements.

Your airline carrier's policies: Check with your airline to make sure you understand their policies and requirements.

SPIE health and safety information: Size and location of the event can dictate different requirements for participation. Please check the event health and safety page for details.

Make your hotel reservations

Hotel information

We are now accepting hotel reservations for SPIE Photonics West and SPIE AR | VR | MR 2022. Reserve your hotel room with Conference Direct—the official housing agent—where attendees receive discounted convention rates.

For any housing questions please contact the SPIE Photonics West 2022 official housing bureau
Toll-Free: 1-888-408-8195 Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET
International: 1-801-512-2163 Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET

Exhibitor sub-block request (10+ rooms)

Exhibitors seeking 10 or more hotel rooms should request a sub-block.


Important dates

Deadline to submit a hotel sub-block request 16 October 2021
Deadline to assign rooms with names 10 November 2021
Last day to cancel rooms without penalty 3 December 2021
Processing fee of $20 for each reservation cancelled begins 4 December 2021


Reserve your sub-block

Make your travel plans early

Travel to San Francisco

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. Discover the variety the city has to offer, from the Golden Gate Bridge to unique neighborhoods. Look below for further details on the following:

  • Airport information
  • Shuttle and public transit services
  • Parking
A Day in the Life: San Francisco (YouTube video)
San Francisco Restaurants (Open Table)

Under an evening sky, a San Francisco resturaunt is light up and a red streak out front shows the tail lights of a passing car

Travel information

Airport information

San Francisco is serviced by two international airports:

Transportation from the airport 

Shuttles and public transportation

  • Super Shuttle provides shared rides from SFO or OAK; book at least 24 hours in advance and prepay with a valid credit card
  • Airport Express Van Service offers SFO and OAK airport shuttle service
  • Clipper Card allows you to pay for all Bay Area transit-bus, rail, ferry and train
  • BART is the Bay Area Rapid Transit offers low-cost, fast, and reliable transportation to downtown, nearby airports, surrounding communities and more
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency runs a network of fuel-efficient Muni buses, light rail Metro trains, and historic streetcars
  • Caltrain's Baby Bullet Express Service makes it possible to travel between San Francisco and San Jose in less than an hour, stopping at a few popular stations


Parking rates at Photonics West Hotels range from $30 (self) to $60 (valet), rates subject to change. Please check with your individual hotel for specific parking rates during the conference week.

  • SpotHero provides reserved parking spaces throughout San Francisco
  • Parkopedia lists all the publicly available parking lots, garages, and information about street parking
  • Best Parkinglists parking options in San Francisco
  • Union Square Parking provides parking garage information in the Union Square shopping district

Don't forget your visa

Be sure to plan ahead and apply to get a visa if it is needed.