There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea by plane, bus, shuttle, train 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Monterey  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Monterey (MRY) SAN - MRY

$76 - $308

Cheapest option

Bus via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station  •  11 h 54 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

$53 - $149

6 alternative options

Fly to San Jose, line 24 bus  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  2. Take the line 24 bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler to 6th / Mission Street

$124 - $394

Fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO) SAN - SFO

$119 - $374

Fly to Oakland, shuttle  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey

$145 - $434

Bus  •  13 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles Tijuana-Reynosa / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6766 / ...

$83 - $173

Train  •  14 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak Coast Starlight

$93 - $258

Drive  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea 447.3 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 7 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to fly which costs $75 - $310 and takes 4 h 22 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 381 miles. The road distance is 447.3 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to get from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Los Angeles, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 54 min.

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What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA?

Alaska Airlines, Inc. flies from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Carmel-by-the-Sea via Los Angeles, Ca, Gilroy, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler in around 11 h 54 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 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 Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak 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 Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler to 6th / Mission Street
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $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
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
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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

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