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There are 7 ways to get from Monterey to San Francisco by bus, train, car, plane, shuttle or towncar

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Bus, Caltrain  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Tyler / Franklin to Cahill / Diridon Station 55
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$14 - $24

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Bus  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Tyler / Franklin to Cahill / Diridon Station 55
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, CA

$12 - $29

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Line 20 bus, train, Caltrain  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 20 / ...
  2. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

$38 - $79

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Monterey to San Francisco 114.4 miles

$11 - $17

Fly  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to San Francisco (SFO) MRY - SFO

$148 - $482

Shuttle, line 292 bus  •  3 h 22 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Monterey to San Francisco International Airport
  2. Take the line 292 bus from SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level to Mission St & 9th St 292 / ...

$47 - $53

Uber  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take an Uber from Monterey to San Francisco 114.4 miles

$170 - $220

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The cheapest way to get from Monterey to San Francisco is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Monterey to San Francisco is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Monterey to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Tyler / Franklin and arriving at San Francisco, CA via San Jose, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 29 min.

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The distance between Monterey and San Francisco is 87 miles. The road distance is 114.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Monterey to San Francisco without a car is to bus and Caltrain which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $13 - $24.

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It takes approximately 4 h 5 min to get from Monterey to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Monterey to San Francisco bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from Tyler / Franklin station.

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The best way to get from Monterey to San Francisco is to bus which takes 4 h 29 min and costs $11 - $29. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $140 - $490 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The quickest flight from Monterey Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Monterey to San Francisco bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at San Francisco, CA station.

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Map of how to get from Monterey to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 86.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 5 min

What companies run services between Monterey, CA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Monterey to San Francisco via Cahill / Diridon Station and San Jose, CA in around 4 h 29 min. Alternatively, United Airlines flies from Monterey to San Francisco twice daily.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Tyler / Franklin to Cahill / Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from Monterey to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level to Mission St & 9th St
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Monterey to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$170 - $220
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UberPool
$140 - $190
Assist
$170 - $220
UberX
$170 - $220
WAV
$170 - $220
UberXL
$260 - $330
Select
$370 - $470
Black
$500 - $650
Black SUV
$550 - $700

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Yes, the driving distance between Monterey to San Francisco is 114 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 5 min to drive from Monterey to San Francisco.

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United Airlines offers flights from Monterey Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 613+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Monterey to Monterey Airport is to line 56 bus which takes 11 min and costs $2 - $4.

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