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  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Gilroy, Ca 6853 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55

$20 - $56

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

  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

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Caltrain, bus  •  5 h 2 min

  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

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

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

$11 - $17

Fly, line 2 bus  •  4 h 12 min

  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  •  5 h 34 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

$49 - $65

Uber  •  2 h 5 min

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

$180 - $230

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 46 min.

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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 4 h 46 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 46 min 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 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 Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl station.

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

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

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There are 254+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $104 USD per night.

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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: 4 h 46 min

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 Gilroy, Ca, Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler in around 4 h 46 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
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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 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 Munras / Soledad Drive to 6th / Mission Street
Ave. Duration
9 min
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
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
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$180 - $230
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$180 - $230
UberX
$180 - $230
WAV
$180 - $230
UberXL
$270 - $340
Select
$380 - $480
Black
$500 - $650
Black SUV
$550 - $750

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