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There are 11 ways to get from Irvine to Big Sur by train, taxi, bus, car, plane or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, taxi  •  11 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take a taxi from Salinas Amtrak to Big Sur

$203 - $351

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Bus Megabus  •  14 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to San Jose, CA
  2. Take the bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55
  3. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$39 - $81

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  13 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Gilroy, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55
  4. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$48 - $138

Train, bus  •  15 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Irvine Transportation Center to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$86 - $236

Drive  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Irvine to Big Sur 353.5 miles

$30 - $50

Fly Santa Ana to San Jose, shuttle, bus  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Jose (SJC) SNA - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$110 - $306

Fly Santa Ana to San Francisco, shuttle, bus  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$140 - $346

Train to Los Angeles, fly to Monterey, bus  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Monterey (MRY) LAX - MRY
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn

$104 - $315

Fly Santa Ana to Oakland, shuttle, bus  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$161 - $686

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose, shuttle, bus  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey
  4. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$116 - $380

Fly Long Beach to San Jose, shuttle, bus  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$101 - $330

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The cheapest way to get from Irvine to Big Sur is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from Irvine to Big Sur is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6 h 46 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Irvine to Big Sur. However, there are services departing from University-Ent 3773 Mariposa Villa and arriving at Highway 1 / River Inn via Santa Ana, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 53 min.

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The distance between Irvine and Big Sur is 290 miles. The road distance is 353.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Irvine to Big Sur without a car is to train and taxi which takes 11 h 38 min and costs $200 - $360.

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It takes approximately 11 h 38 min to get from Irvine to Big Sur, including transfers.

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Irvine to Big Sur bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Ana, Ca station.

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The quickest flight from Santa Ana Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Irvine 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 Irvine to Big Sur is 354 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 46 min to drive from Irvine to Big Sur.

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  • Distance: 290 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 38 min

What companies run services between Irvine, CA, USA and Big Sur, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Irvine to Big Sur via The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3, Santa Ana, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, Gilroy, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl in around 13 h 53 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Train from Irvine Transportation Center to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Gilroy, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Jose International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Other operators
Taxi from Salinas Amtrak to Big Sur
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-424-1234
Website
yellowcab1234.com
Sal's Salinas Taxi Co
Phone
+1 831-422-7276

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Santa Ana Airport to San Jose Airport.

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