There are 3 ways to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur by bus, taxi or car

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Bus  •  49 min

  1. Take the bus from San Carlos / 7th to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$2 - $12

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  39 min

  1. Take a taxi from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur 26.6 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  39 min

  1. Drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur 26.6 miles

$2 - $4

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The cheapest way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur is to drive which costs $2 - $4 and takes 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur is to taxi which costs $80 - $100 and takes 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Carlos / 7th and arriving at Highway 1 / River Inn. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 49 min.

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The distance between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur is 21 miles. The road distance is 26.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur without a car is to bus which takes 49 min and costs $2 - $12.

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The bus from San Carlos / 7th to Highway 1 / River Inn takes 49 min including transfers and departs four times a week.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from San Carlos / 7th station.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Highway 1 / River Inn station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur is 27 miles. It takes approximately 39 min to drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur.

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There are 10+ hotels available in Big Sur. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur.
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  • Distance: 20.8 miles
  • Duration: 49 min

What companies run services between Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA and Big Sur, CA, USA?

Monterey-Salinas Transit operates a bus from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur 4 times a week. Tickets cost $2 - $12 and the journey takes 49 min.

Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from San Carlos / 7th to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Other operators
Taxi from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-424-1234
Website
yellowcab1234.com
Sal's Salinas Taxi Co
Phone
+1 831-422-7276

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