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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea by bus, train, car, plane, shuttle or towncar

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Bus  •  4h 8m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal to Salinas Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler 20 / ...

$5 - $24

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Caltrain, bus  •  5h 2m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain Limited / ...
  2. Take the bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55

$19 - $41

Caltrain, bus via Cahill / Diridon Station  •  5h 23m

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

$16 - $36

Drive  •  2h 5m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea 116.9 miles

$11 - $17

Fly, line 2 bus  •  4h 4m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Monterey (MRY) SFO - MRY
  2. Take the line 2 bus from Munras / Soledad Drive to 6th / Mission Street

$150 - $494

Line 292 bus, shuttle  •  5h 23m

  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

$49 - $65

Uber  •  2h 5m

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea 116.9 miles

$130 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 8m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 89 miles. The road distance is 116.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea without a car is to bus which takes 4h 8m and costs $5 - $24.

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It takes approximately 4h 8m to get from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal station.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea is 117 miles. It takes approximately 2h 5m to drive from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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  • Distance: 89.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 8m

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea via Salinas Amtrak Station, Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler in around 4h 8m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Monterey
Ave. Duration
52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Francisco Transbay Temporary Terminal to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler
Ave. Duration
56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Munras / Soledad Drive to 6th / Mission Street
Ave. Duration
9m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 9th St to SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Francisco International Airport to Monterey
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$100 - $130
Assist
$130 - $170
UberX
$130 - $170
WAV
$130 - $170
UberXL
$220 - $280
Select
$340 - $430
Black
$450 - $600
Black SUV
$480 - $600

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 252+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28m and costs $6 - $9.

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