There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to Monterey by plane, shuttle, bus, train, night bus 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 4 min

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

$74 - $296

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  14 h 27 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak

$3 - $12

6 alternative options

Fly to San Jose  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC

$122 - $382

Fly to San Francisco  •  6 h

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

$117 - $362

Fly to Oakland, shuttle  •  7 h 30 min

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

$143 - $422

Bus  •  11 h 9 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 Tyler / Franklin 55

$51 - $137

Train  •  13 h 34 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

$91 - $246

Drive  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Monterey 444.3 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Monterey is to night bus and bus which costs $3 - $12 and takes 14 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Monterey is to fly which costs $70 - $300 and takes 4 h 4 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Monterey is 382 miles. The road distance is 444.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 4 min to get from San Diego to Monterey, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Monterey. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Tyler / Franklin via Los Angeles, Ca and Monterey / Gilroy Train Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 9 min.

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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 Monterey bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Bakersfield Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Monterey.
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  • Distance: 382.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 4 min

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

Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines fly from San Diego to Monterey twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Monterey via Los Angeles, Ca, Gilroy, Ca, and Monterey / Gilroy Train Station in around 11 h 9 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
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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 29 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
Train operators
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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 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
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com

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