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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 via San Jose  •  3h 53m

  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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Line 20 bus, bus  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 20
  2. Take the bus from Salinas Amtrak Station to San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Bus, Caltrain  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Tyler / Franklin to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station 55
  2. Take the Caltrain from Gilroy Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Limited

$16 - $29

Drive  •  2h 5m

  1. Drive from Monterey to San Francisco 114.4 miles

$11 - $17

Fly  •  2h 58m

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

$148 - $482

Shuttle, line 292 bus  •  3h 23m

  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 / ...

$51 - $58

Uber  •  2h 5m

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

$150 - $180

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

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

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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 Transbay Temporary Terminal via Salinas Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 2m.

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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 via San Jose which takes 3h 53m and costs $13 - $24.

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It takes approximately 3h 53m 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 line 20 bus and bus which takes 4h 2m and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $140 - $490 and takes 2h 58m.

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The quickest flight from Monterey Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 45m.

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Monterey to San Francisco bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Monterey to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 86.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 53m

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

You can take a bus from Monterey to San Francisco via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Salinas Amtrak Station in around 4h 2m. 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
49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Gilroy Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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
1h 59m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Tyler / Franklin to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
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
Bus from Salinas Amtrak Station to San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from Monterey to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Online Discount
$50
Standard Rate
$55
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level to Mission St & 9th St
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Monterey to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$150 - $180
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UberPool
$150 - $170
Assist
$150 - $180
UberX
$150 - $180
WAV
$150 - $180
Comfort
$210 - $240
UberXL
$250 - $290
Select
$340 - $380
Black
$450 - $500
Black SUV
$500 - $600

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Yes, the driving distance between Monterey to San Francisco is 114 miles. It takes approximately 2h 5m 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 624+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $108 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Monterey to Monterey Airport is to line 93 bus which takes 35m and costs $2 - $4.

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