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

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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Caltrain, train, taxi  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take a taxi from Salinas Amtrak to Big Sur

$176 - $247

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Caltrain, bus  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55
  3. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$17 - $36

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Bus  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Gilroy, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55
  3. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn 22

$21 - $56

Line 292 bus, shuttle, bus  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the line 292 bus from Mission St & 9th St to SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level 292 / ...
  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 22

$50 - $65

Drive  •  2 h 43 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur 142.5 miles

$14 - $21

Fly, bus  •  5 h 49 min

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

$151 - $494

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Big Sur. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Highway 1 / River Inn via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 12 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Big Sur is 110 miles. The road distance is 142.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Big Sur without a car is to Caltrain and train and taxi which takes 5 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 21 min to get from San Francisco to Big Sur, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 58 min.

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San Francisco 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 Francisco to Big Sur is 142 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 43 min to drive from San Francisco to Big Sur.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco 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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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Big Sur.
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  • Distance: 109.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 21 min

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Big Sur via Gilroy, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl in around 6 h 12 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Monterey
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
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 Jose Diridon Station to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Bus operators
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 Francisco, Ca to Gilroy, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
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
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 Cahill / Diridon Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
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
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 9th St to SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
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
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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