There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to Big Sur by plane, bus, shuttle, train, taxi or car

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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Fly to Monterey, bus  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Monterey (MRY) SAN - MRY
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn

$77 - $308

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Bus via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station  •  13 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, 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

$54 - $149

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Fly to San Jose, bus  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$125 - $394

Fly to San Francisco, bus  •  8 h 11 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO
  2. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn

$120 - $374

Fly to Oakland, shuttle, bus  •  9 h 41 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - 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

$146 - $434

Train, taxi  •  13 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take a taxi from Salinas Amtrak to Big Sur

$228 - $414

Bus  •  14 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Salinas, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Del Monte / Conference Center to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$84 - $173

Drive  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Big Sur 431.3 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Big Sur is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 8 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Big Sur is to fly and bus which costs $75 - $310 and takes 5 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Big Sur. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Highway 1 / River Inn via Los Angeles, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 19 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Big Sur is 363 miles. The road distance is 431.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Big Sur without a car is to train and taxi which takes 13 h 22 min and costs $220 - $420.

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It takes approximately 5 h 56 min to get from San Diego to Big Sur, including transfers.

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San Diego to Big Sur bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 24 min.

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San Diego 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 San Diego to Big Sur is 431 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 6 min to drive from San Diego to Big Sur.

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  • Distance: 363 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 56 min

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Big Sur via Los Angeles, Ca, Gilroy, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl in around 13 h 19 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
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
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
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
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 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
Monterey Bus
Website
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
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 San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Gilroy, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$65 - $90
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
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. offers flights from San Diego Airport to Monterey Airport.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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