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There are 6 ways to get from Monterey to San Francisco by bus, train, car, plane or shuttle

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Line 20 bus, bus

  1. Take the line 20 bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7
  2. Take the bus from Salinas to San Francisco

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Line 20 bus, train, Caltrain

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

Amtrak Thruway, Caltrain

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Seaside, CA to San Jose, CA – Amtrak
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain

Drive

  1. Drive from Monterey to San Francisco

Fly

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

Shuttle, line 292 bus

  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

Monterey to San Francisco by bus

The bus journey time between Monterey and San Francisco is around 3h 47m and covers a distance of around 130 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 32 min. The fastest bus normally takes 3h 39m. Operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit and Amtrak, the Monterey to San Francisco bus service departs from Tyler / Franklin and arrives in San Francisco. Typically seven buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average bus journey times

Time on bus:
3h 15m
Layover time:
32 min
Total time:
3h 47m

Bus route information

Fastest bus time:
3h 39m
Bus distance:
130 miles
Buses per week:
7
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
25 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
15:16
Last bus departs at:
15:46

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Monterey to San Francisco bus schedules

Monterey → San Francisco
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in San Francisco is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in San Francisco is recommended.

The social distance requirement in San Francisco is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 22 Sep 2021
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The most affordable way to get from Monterey to San Francisco is to drive, which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Monterey to San Francisco is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 4m.

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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 via Salinas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 17m.

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The distance between Monterey and San Francisco is 87 miles. The road distance is 114.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Monterey to San Francisco without a car is to line 20 bus and bus which takes 4h 17m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 17m 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 17m and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $140 - $400 and takes 2h 46m.

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The quickest flight from Monterey Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 44 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Monterey to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 86.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 17m

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 in around 4h 17m. 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
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
One-way Senior / Disabled / Youth / Medicare Cardholder
$4 - $6
One-way Adult
$9 - $12
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 to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Tyler / Franklin to Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
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 to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Seaside, CA to San Jose, CA – Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Monterey Airbus
Phone
831-373-7777
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from Monterey to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
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
56 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Monterey to San Francisco is 114 miles. It takes approximately 2h 4m 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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The best way to get from Monterey to Monterey Airport is to line 94 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $4.

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