Where to find the best bites
From the hottest brunch spots to the best places to grab a coffee, the finest dining and the city’s prime food trucks, Lucille Howe points you in the right direction for San Jose’s foodie finds.
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Welcome to San Jose
Flight time from London
10 hrs 55 mins
Cheapest return flight
Distance from London
While it might be known as the capital of Silicon Valley, you’ll find much more to San Jose than business and technology. From arts and culture, to an exciting burgeoning foodie scene, it makes a great holiday or stopover spot.
So whether you’re booking a California holiday or buying flights to San Jose, we can help from planning your trip, to getting you safely to your destination. Our cabin crew are renowned for their expert service and when you book a flight to San Jose with us, you can be sure of a comfortable and pleasurable flight experience.
Whether you are travelling for business, on holiday with a few friends, or planning a big trip with the family in tow, our direct daily flights to San Jose from London Heathrow, will have you soaking up the San Jose lifestyle in no time.
Check out our San Jose articles for more great inspiration on what to do once you land.
San Jose is increasingly popular with tourists. Unsurprisingly, summer is the most popular time, when the average temperatures can reach up to 24°C (75°F) but this is a popular spot all year round, especially with the creative and business crowds. The months of June, July and August are particularly busy times for visitors to San Jose, so fares can be higher during that period. To find our cheapest flights to San Jose, use our lowest fare finder.
From London Heathrow (LHR) to San Jose (SJC) you can expect a flight time of around ten and a half hours.
San Jose International Airport is situated less than five kilometres north of downtown San Jose and has access to the highway and Freeways 101 and 880. Car hire is a great idea if you’re planning to explore outside the city, as well as for trips in town.
Taxis are easily available outside the terminal building and cost a minimum of $15 for the trip to downtown San Jose, and $3 per mile after that. Don’t forget there’s a $1.50 airport tax on cab fares.
Many hotels offer courtesy shuttle buses to and from the airport too, so check with your hotel. Or take the Airbus if you are transferring to San Francisco Airport. Alternatively there are plenty of shuttle buses that you can pre-book to take you to your location of choice.
Why not book your airport transfers when you book your San Jose holiday or flights with us? Simply, choose the best option for you on the booking pages.
For more tips and advice on travelling in and around San Jose, check out our articles.
If you’re travelling on a British passport, there’s no need to get a visa in advance – but you do need to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel. There is a $14 fee for registration and, once approved, your ESTA is valid for multiple journeys for two years or until your passport expires.
Which cabins can I book when I fly to San Jose?
Our economy cabins are great value for those looking for cheap flights to San Jose. You can book your seats in advance for an extra fee. Alternatively, free seat selection is available 24 hours in advance when online check-in opens*. Not good with turbulence? Choose a seat over the wing, it’ll reduce the intensity.
Premium economy gives you more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin.
*Free seat selection 24 hours in advance is not available if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare.
Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. There is an additional baggage allowances for those travelling in World Traveller Plus (two 23kg bags), Club World (two bags at 32kg each) and First (three bags at 32kg each). If you have any additional baggage requirements, check our baggage guide for more details.
Where to stay
Wherever you want to stay in the San Jose area, from refined sophistication in the heart of downtown to urban modernity, comfort for all the family, or a place you can kick back and relax but is within easy reach of Silicon Valley, our carefully curated San Jose hotels will suit every budget.Book a San Jose hotel
Things to do
While you’re in San Jose, why not take advantage of its location by taking a road trip or two – the surrounding area has plenty to see and places to visit. In less than three hours you can drive to Big Sur on the Pacific coast, or go surfing in nearby Santa Cruz, or hike in the hills of Rancho San Antonio.Road trips from San Jose
What to eat
San Jose has a burgeoning foodie scene, food trucks have well and truly arrived, there are many fantastic farmers’ markets, great coffee shops for brunch and lots of restaurants popping up all the time – sometimes you just need a little help to find them.Where to eat in San Jose
Our handy suggestions for San Jose will leave you feeling like a local in no time
Tipping is typical everywhere in the USA, in fact it is considered part of their pay, and bar tenders, hotel staff and doormen usually expect around $1-$2. Add 15-20 per cent to restaurant bills and cab rides.
Rent a car at the airport or take cabs, there are several you can pre-book and you’ll find taxi apps including Lyft, Wingz and the Yellow Checker Cab Company – where you also pre-book cabs. There are also local buses and trains run by BART.
Visit the Japantown Farmers Market in Jackson Street every Sunday, smell the roses in the Municipal Rose Garden, wander inside the Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph or see the rock formations while you hike in Alum Rock Park.