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There are 4 ways to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea by bus, train, car or towncar

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

Bus  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from E San Fernando / 1st Street to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55

$7 - $24

3 alternative options

Train, line 21 bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Salinas Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the line 21 bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 9 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 21

$30 - $76

Drive  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea 76.1 miles

$7 - $11

Uber  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea 76.1 miles

$110 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 19 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from E San Fernando / 1st Street and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 46 min.

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The distance between San Jose and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 55 miles. The road distance is 76.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 46 min and costs $6 - $24.

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It takes approximately 2 h 46 min to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from E San Fernando / 1st Street station.

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San Jose 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 Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea is 76 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 19 min to drive from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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There are 248+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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  • Distance: 54.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 46 min

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

Monterey-Salinas Transit operates a bus from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea twice daily. Tickets cost $4 - $12 and the journey takes 2 h 3 min.

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
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
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from E San Fernando / 1st Street to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 9 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$95 - $130
Assist
$110 - $150
UberX
$110 - $150
WAV
$110 - $150
UberXL
$170 - $220
Select
$250 - $310
Black
$330 - $420
Black SUV
$370 - $460

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