Downtown San Jose

FanimeCon is set against the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose. Surrounding the Convention Center are a number of hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Whether you’re looking for a good time or an educational experience, we hope these directional links help you as you try to acquaint yourself with FanimeCon and the surrounding area.


Hotel registration is now open for those that registered to attend FanimeCon before 12:00 pm on January 7, 2020. If you lost your email, you can get a hotel room through this link.


Food is absolutely essential to enjoying FanimeCon. You can’t have fun on an empty stomach! Luckily, there’s plenty in and around the convention area to keep you full and energized. There are food stands within the convention center; restaurants and cafes in the hotels; and a plethora of restaurants and different cuisines in downtown San Jose. For more information about dining options, please use the dining guide from San Jose Convention and Cultural Affairs.


For a comprehensive list of ways to get to the convention, please visit the Convention Center website. This list includes driving directions from different areas (including northbound and southbound directions) and will help you find your way.


Between the Convention Center, the hotels, and the surrounding area, there are many places to stow your car around downtown San Jose. Many of these places charge for parking or have a fee for a valet, so make sure you have some extra cash handy just in case! For a list of places to park, please see San Jose’s website.

Shuttle Bus

Looking for the Shuttle Bus pickup locations? Please see our Maps Page for more information!

Shuttle Bus Routes

Route Path
Route A Doubletree – Convention Center – Fairmont
Route B Holiday Inn – Four Points – Convention Center – Fairmont
Route C Fairfield Inn & Suites – Convention Center – Fairmont
Route D SpringHill Inn & Suites – Convention Center – Fairmont

Daily Schedule for All Routes: Frequencies
Peak = approximately every 20 to 25 minutes
Off Peak = approximately every 30 to 45 minutes
Hourly = approximately every hour

Date Times Frequency
Thursday 5/21 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Off Peak
Friday 5/22 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Off Peak
2:00 pm to 9:00 pm Peak
9:00 pm to 2:00 am Peak
Saturday 5/23 2:00 am to 8:00 am Hourly
8:00 am to 2:00 pm Off Peak
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Peak
10:00 pm to 2:00 am Off Peak
Sunday 5/24 2:00 am to 8:00 am Hourly
8:00 am to 2:00 pm Off Peak
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Peak
10:00 pm to 2:00 am Off Peak
Monday 5/25 12:30 am to 8:00 am Hourly
8:00 am to 2:00 pm Off Peak
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Hourly

Bus schedules may change slightly to accommodate long lines. Our goal is to keep the lines as short as possible, given the number of buses available!

Please note: Bikes are not allowed on any FanimeCon shuttle.

Public Transit

Concerned about the earth? Simply don’t want to drive? Then take public transit! The bus lines, light rail, and trains all have stops near the Convention Center. Check out the links below to view routes, timetables, and to help you plan your trip:

  • For CalTrain information: CalTrain
  • For the DASH route (which runs on business days only): DASH

Trying to find the best route for the different public transit systems can be challenging, so Transit511 has a trip planner and a list of other public transportation websites.