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.

Recommended option

Caltrain, train, taxi  •  4 h 48 min

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

$175 - $246

Cheapest option

Caltrain, bus  •  6 h 16 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

$16 - $35

4 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  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

$19 - $49

Line 292 bus, shuttle, bus  •  6 h 30 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 48 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

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Big Sur is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Big Sur is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 43 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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It takes approximately 4 h 48 min to get from San Francisco to Big Sur, including transfers.

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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 Cahill / Diridon Station and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 14 min.

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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 San Jose, Ca, Cahill / Diridon Station, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl in around 6 h 14 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak 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
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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 San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
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 Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Del Monte Center / Gate 2 to Highway 1 / River Inn
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
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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