There are 5 ways to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea by bus, train, night bus, 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 47 min

  1. 55

$12 - $18

4 alternative options

Train, line 21 bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Coast Starlight
  2. 21

$30 - $60

Night bus, bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. 6739
  2. 20 / ...

$19 - $40

Drive  •  1 h 19 min

  1. 76.1 miles

$7 - $11

Uber  •  1 h 19 min

  1. 76.1 miles

$110 - $150

Questions & Answers

The distance between San Jose and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 87 km. The road distance is 122 km.

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.

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

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 47 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 47 min to get from San Jose to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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 $11 - $16 and the journey takes 2 h 3 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
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
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
$11 - $16
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
$3 - $6
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
mst.org
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from San Jose, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$23 - $30
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
POOL
$85 - $110
ASSIST
$110 - $150
uberX
$110 - $150
WAV
$110 - $150
uberXL
$170 - $220
SELECT
$240 - $300
BLACK
$340 - $420
SUV
$370 - $460

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