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There are 9 ways to get from San Diego to Monterey by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Fly San Diego to Monterey  •  4 h 6 min

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

$74 - $296

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  13 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to San Jose FlixBus
  2. Take the bus from E San Fernando / 1st Street to Tyler / Franklin 55

$24 - $48

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Fly San Diego to San Jose, shuttle  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC) SAN - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey

$122 - $382

Fly San Diego to San Francisco, shuttle  •  5 h 54 min

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

$117 - $362

Train to Carlsbad, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Encinitas Station
  2. Fly from Carlsbad (CLD) to San Jose (SJC) CLD - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to Monterey

$79 - $284

Fly San Diego to Oakland, shuttle  •  7 h 24 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 Greyhound USA  •  12 h 27 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 - $138

Train  •  13 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot 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

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Monterey is to bus which costs $24 - $50 and takes 13 h 18 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 6 min.

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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 12 h 27 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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The best way to get from San Diego to Monterey without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 27 min and costs $50 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4 h 6 min to get from San Diego to Monterey, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to Monterey is to fly which takes 4 h 6 min and costs $70 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $140 and takes 12 h 27 min, you could also train, which costs $90 - $250 and takes 13 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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San Diego to Monterey bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Tyler / Franklin 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 6 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 12 h 27 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from San Diego to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $600
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
California Pacific Airlines
Website
mycpair.com
Flights from Carlsbad to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Encinitas Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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 Jose International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
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
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Gilroy, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
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
Bus from E San Fernando / 1st Street to Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Monterey is 444 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 37 min to drive from San Diego to Monterey.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 266+ hotels available in Monterey. Prices start at $89 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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