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If You Take Amtrak to OSW

Getting to the hotel is somewhat complicated by the number of ways you can come into the San Francisco Bay Area by train.

You can come in from the north on the Coast Starlight. You can come in from the east on the California Zephyr. You can come in from Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight; perhaps continuing on from another train that terminated in Los Angeles.

Things are further complicated by train arrival schedules. You should be prepared to alter your plans if your train is late. Be sure to bring with you schedules for connecting trains such the Capitol Corridor and VTA Light Rail so that you can adjust to an adverse arrival time.

From the Southbound Starlight or Westbound California Zephyr

What you want to do is get to the Amtrak Great America station in Santa Clara, station code GAC, which is about 3/4 mile from the Hyatt Regency.

At this time the Coast Starlight does not stop at the Great America station. Trains known as the Capitol Corridor trains do stop there, so you will need to transfer to a Capitol Corridor train. This can be done as early as Sacramento, or at Emeryville.

The California Zephyr terminates at Emeryville (Oakland). You will want to catch a Capitol Corridor train there.

To get a better idea of the Great America station's location relative to the Hyatt Regency, go to Amtrak.
Then click on California in the drop down menu under Destinations. On the next page there will be a map labelled California Train Routes. Click on View stations map. Zoom in using the "+" sign in the lower right corner of the map. You will have to move the map horizontally and vertically in order to keep San Jose on the map. Go directly north from the center of San Jose and move above the Santa Clara station which is not the one you want. The first landmark near the Great America station is Levi's Stadium. Continue zooming, with perhaps the need to keep the GAC station on the map, until you can see the intersection of Tasman Drive and Great America Parkway due West of the station. The Hyatt Regency is at the Northeast corner of this intersection.

When you get off the train at GAC you are about 3/4 mile from the Hyatt Regency. Your choices from this point are to walk if the weather and the weight of your luggage work for you, or call the hotel and have them send a cab to pick you up (the hotel does not have a shuttle); the hotel's switchboard number is 1-408-200-1234. Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing services will be convenient.

Note that ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are very popular and convenient in the Bay Area, and you will find it easy to substitute one of those services for any of the above links in getting to OSW.

From the Northbound Starlight

This train does not stop at the Great America station. Your best bet is to terminate your ticket at San Jose. From there you can board a Northbound Capital Corridor train and exit at the next station Great America (GAC).

From the GAC station it is about a 3/4 mile easy walk to the hotel: walk in the direction the train was traveling until you see a driveway going up to Tasman Drive. Go up the driveway and turn right. You will pass Levi's Stadium across the street, then a parking structure on your right, cross a creek on a bridge then arrive at the Santa Clara Convention Center on your right. Enter the Convention Center through the main entrance and proceed to the left past the escalators. When you arrive at some double doors, the O Scale West registration desk will be on your right if you arrive during the hours when it is open. Pass through the doors and you are in the Hyatt Regency. Keep walking until you reach the registration desk.

If you continue on the sidewalk past the Convention Center, when you reach the intersection of Tasman Drive and Great America Parkway, the Hyatt hotel is on your right.

Alternatively, you can get off at San Jose, locate the VTA light rail Diridon Station (down the walkway tunnel from platforms, go in the direction away from the depot building), get on a VTA light rail car with the destination Mountain View. Get off the Light Rail train at the stop named Great America Parkway; the Hyatt Regency will be to your right as you face the direction in which the train was traveling. This option takes you straight to the hotel without additional transfers. Amtrak staff in the station should be able to provide directions for this. The Light Rail in the area of the Hyatt Regency runs down Tasman (see From the Southbound Starlight above for directions on how to view a map of the area). For more information on VTA including maps and a VTA trip planning tool, please visit VTA Light Rail info.

Note that ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are very popular and convenient in the Bay Area, and you will find it easy to substitute one of those services for any of the above links in getting to OSW.

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