Table of Contents
- How To Ride the Route 60 Airport Flyer Bus
- At the Airport (SJC)
- Milpitas BART Station
- Santa Clara Transit Center
- Westfield Valley Fair / Santana Row
- Winchester Light Rail Station
- San Jose Diridon Station
- Additional Airport Travel Tips
The purpose of this guide is to provide information on public bus service to and from SJC. Another purpose of this guide is to show you how to use this shuttle bus as alternate to the costs of driving, parking, and ride-hailing at or near SJC.
Few people in Silicon Valley are aware that there has always been public bus service to and from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). That is, until now.
Currently known as the Route 60 Airport Flyer run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), this bus line runs in both directions between several key destinations. Specifically, this bus line runs between Winchester light rail station in Campbell, Santa Clara Transit Center, Mineta San Jose International Airport, and the Milpitas BART station.
Up until 1991, the 10 bus line from Santa Clara County Transit directly served downtown San Jose to San Jose Diridion Station via North First Street. It even ended at Franklin Mall in Santa Clara. In fact, bus service to San Jose’s airport can be traced back to the 1940’s with the number 6 bus line run by San Jose City Lines.
As part of VTA’s bus service overhaul in December 2019, the original 10 Airport shuttle was merged with the 60 bus line running from Winchester to Great America. The result is the current 60 bus line running between Milpitas BART and Winchester light rail station in Campbell.
This guide is NOT affiliated with Mineta San Jose International Airport, the City of San Jose, nor the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in any way whatsoever. Like all of our transit guides written, it is intended to be a public service. We are not responsible for personal safety and/or property damage as a result of the use of this guide.
How To Ride the Route 60 Airport Flyer Bus
Is this your first time ever riding a VTA bus or light rail train? Read up on how to do so here.
Before boarding, make sure to have exact fare or a Clipper Card ready to use. Get and store money for your transit ride on your Clipper Card via your smartphone, or ticket vending machines at any VTA light rail station, or at select retail outlets.
VTA uses several dedicated buses just for the 60 Airport Flyer bus line. These buses resemble the bus featured at the top of this page. These buses have top and bottom luggage racks in the center of the bus. As with most of VTA’s bus fleet, the buses have wide-opening rear doors to help you exit (alight) the bus with any luggage you have. When boarding these buses, use the luggage racks for your bags, and sit near where you can see your bag(s).
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Sometimes, VTA will use a 60 Airport flyer bus without a luggage rack in the back. When riding such a bus, place your luggage underneath your seat. Do not block the aisle with your luggage. This helps others safely board and exit the bus as needed.
When riding the 60 Airport Flyer bus thru the Airport property, listen carefully for announcements for your terminal and airline you are flying. Signs within the 60 Airport Flyer bus also remind you which terminal serves which airline.
Below are key transfer stops for the Route 60 Airport Flyer. First, we’ll start at SJC airport itself. Then, the guide will discuss key transfer points to and from the 60 bus from its northern terminus (Milpitas BART), Santa Clara Transit Center, and its southern terminus (Winchester light rail station in Campbell).
At the Airport (SJC)
Before boarding VTA’s 60 Airport Flyer bus at the airport, know where you are going, and know which 60 bus goes where. This will prevent you from getting lost or stranded.
VTA’s Route 60 Airport Flyer bus makes two (2) stops within the airport – Terminal A and Terminal B. Both stops serve the 60 bus for both destinations – Winchester (Campbell) light rail station and Milpitas BART station. From the airport, the 60 bus is a FREE fare. Fare is charged only when boarding the VTA’s 60 bus line from outside the Airport.
The sections below show you where VTA’s 60 bus stops at both terminals.
VTA’s bus stop for the 60 at the Stop 7 shelter at the Ground Transportation area in front of Terminal A. Ask airport uniformed staff and look for signs if you are not sure where this bus stop is located.
Here’s a map with information on airlines and other services available at Terminal A.
VTA’s bus stop for the 60 is at the Stop 5 shelter at the Ground Transportation area in front of Terminal B. Ask airport uniformed staff or look for signage if you are not sure where this bus stop is located.
Here’s a map with information on airlines and other services available at Terminal B.
Boarding the 60 Bus At the Airport
The 60 bus is FREE to board, as long as it’s at either Terminal A or Terminal B. When you see the 60 bus approaching the stop, look for digital signs at the top front of the bus telling you where the bus is going. If you are not sure where the 60 bus is going, ask the bus driver first before you board. This way, you don’t end up on the wrong bus.
If you are going to
- Downtown San Jose
- North San Jose
- East San Jose
- Milpitas neighborhoods
- Milpitas BART station for BART trains north to the East Bay, Oakland, or San Francisco
Take the bus marked “60 MILPITAS BART VIA AIRPORT.” Links in the bullet points above detail how to transfer to other transit services for your final destination.
If you are going to
- Santa Clara’s Transit Center for
- Downtown San Jose
- East San Jose
- Santa Clara University
- Santa Clara (neighborhoods)
- Valley Fair Mall and Santana Row
- West San Jose
- Winchester light rail station, for connecting VTA buses to South San Jose and Los Gatos
Take the bus marked “60 WINCHESTER LR STATION VIA AIRPORT.” Links in the bullet points above detail how to transfer to other transit services for your final destination.
Milpitas BART Station
The Milpitas BART station is the northern terminus for VTA’s 60 Airport Flyer bus. The Milpitas BART station is served by these VTA bus lines (as of November 2021):
The Milpitas BART station is also served by AC Transit’s 217 local bus to and from Fremont BART station.
The Milpitas BART station is also served by VTA light rail’s ORANGE line. The light rail station was originally named Montague station before the BART station opened in 2020.
For travel to Mineta SJ International Airport from the Milpitas BART station, the 60 Airport Flyer bus boards for the Airport and Winchester at Bay #6.
Santa Clara Transit Center
Located near Santa Clara University on Railroad Ave. (south of El Camino Real), the Santa Clara Transit Center is a transfer point for VTA buses, as well as
- Caltrain to Peninsula cities and San Francisco
- Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains to Oakland, the East Bay, and Sacramento
- Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) trains to Livermore and Stockton (weekday rush hour periods only)
Tickets for these train services can be purchased on the railroad island passenger platform. You can walk to that island platform from the pedestrian tunnel at the train station.
Please purchase tickets before you board; otherwise you will be cited and asked to leave the train.
VTA Buses Serving the Train Station
In addition to the 60 Airport Flyer bus, the following VTA bus lines serve the Santa Clara Transit Center (as of November 2021):
The 22 and 522 Rapid bus lines run from Palo Alto via El Camino Real, thru the Transit Center, then via the Alameda, and W. Santa Clara Street to downtown San Jose and into East San Jose. The 22 bus stop for downtown San Jose and East San Jose is across the street; the bus stop for the 522 Rapid bus is the first bus stop around the corner of Railroad Ave. and Franklin St.
Going up the Peninsula along El Camino Real up to Palo Alto? Board the VTA’s 22 local or 522 Rapid bus lines at the bus stop across the Transit Center parking lot, on El Camino Real.
Paying VTA Bus Fare
Before boarding any of these VTA bus lines, it is strongly suggested you purchase a Clipper Card for your travel. Or, download the Clipper Card app for your Android or Apple smart phone first from your phone’s “app store” and load with cash first. It will simplify paying for your VTA bus or light rail fare. It will also simplify transfers between VTA or other transit services, in case you need to transfer to reach your destination. Note that VTA transfers are free, as long as you ride within the first two hours. VTA’s current fare chart has information on transit fares, depending on age and ability.
Never taken VTA buses (or light rail) before? Learn more about riding and paying fare on VTA buses thru our First Time Transit Riders’ Guide.
In Santa Clara, you can buy a Clipper Card at any of the Caltrain ticket vending machines at the train station. One such machine is 50 feet away from the 60 bus stop on the southbound platform. Follow the instructions for purchasing a Clipper Card and load it with the cash you need for your travel.
To Mineta SJ Int’l Airport from Santa Clara
For travel to Mineta SJ International Airport from the Santa Clara Transit Center: the 60 Airport Flyer bus boards at the bus stop behind the southbound Caltrain railroad platform, next to the Railroad Museum shed on Railroad Avenue. From that stop take the 60 bus marked “60 MILPTAS BART via AIRPORT” for the 5-10 minute ride to the Airport terminals.
Westfield Valley Fair / Santana Row
Going to West San Jose or Cupertino? VTA bus transfers for the 60 Airport Flyer bus to/from West San Jose and Cupertino are further discussed in that section of our Shopping Centers transit guide.
For travel to Mineta SJ International Airport from Santana Row or Valley Fair, board any Milpitas BART-bound 60 Airport Flyer bus at either Winchester/Olin (in front of Santana Row) or Winchester/Forest (next to Goodyear tire shop).
Winchester Light Rail Station
Winchester Transit Center is the southern terminus of VTA’s Green Line light rail starting at Old Ironsides station. In addition to the 60 bus, these bus lines also serve Winchester:
The 27 bus also serves downtown Los Gatos, in addition to South San Jose. The 37 bus serves Saratoga and West Valley College on weekdays only.
For travel to Mineta San Jose International Airport from Winchester, board and ride any 60 Airport Flyer bus going to Milpitas BART station.
San Jose Diridon Station
The other intercity transit venue in San Jose, besides the Airport, is San Jose Diridon Station. In addition to VTA bus and light rail service, Diridon Station is served by Greyhound buses, as well as Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train and Thruway buses.
To reach the Airport from Diridon Station:
Walk two minutes to and then cross W. Santa Clara St. and take VTA’s 22 or 522 Rapid bus lines to Santa Clara Transit Center. Get off the bus, then walk across the parking lot and cross the street to the bus shelter. There, ride any Milpitas-bound 60 bus to the Airport terminals.
Additional Airport Travel Tips
Before departing for the airport: Check in to your airline online in advance and print your boarding pass, if at all possible. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airlines departing SJC accept mobile boarding passes, but having a printed pass can be helpful if a mobile device experiences power or connectivity issues.
- Even with a boarding pass, reconfirm airline flight status before leaving for the airport. Flight schedules may change due to inclement weather at the connecting or arriving city, or other factors.
- Review the TSA’s tips for packing your bags. If traveling with holiday food, beverages and gifts, leave packages unwrapped as they may need added screening.
- Arrive at the airport early. SJC suggests arriving 90 minutes before domestic flight boarding time and two (2) hours prior to boarding international flights.
- Be patient if delays occur. Aviation professionals around the globe are working together to get travelers to their destinations safely and on time.
For more Information Before Traveling through SJC, contact the airport at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-392-3600. Airport staff is here to serve you.
Tips courtesy of the office of former San Jose City Councilmember (and VTA Board Of Directors’ member) Johnny Khamis.
We hope this guide helped you with public transit options to and from Mineta San Jose International Airport. Please inform our group if you see any information on this page that needs to be corrected.
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