How to Reach Carmel-by-the-sea


  • By Plane: Monterey Airport is the closest to the city of Carmel. From there you can reach Carmel by hailing a taxi or by riding on a bus.
  • By Train: Carmel by the sea is not directly served by trains. You can make use of Amtrak's coast starlight and get down at Salinas which is closer to Carmel. From the station, you can use Amtrak bus service to reach Carmel.
  • By Bus: Again there are no direct buses to Carmel. Get on the bus that operates from Monterey to Salinas.
  • By Car: You can reach Carmel by sea on the road by either using Highway 1 or through Big Sur.


The town of Carmel can be easily explored on foot but if you want to explore the place completely, you can rent a car. Additionally, you can make use of the local buses available (which are few) and rent a bicycle.

Route Distance Time
Los gatos to Carmel-by-the-sea 40.26 km 40 mins
San jose to Carmel-by-the-sea 45.81 km 45 mins
Palo alto to Carmel-by-the-sea 57.69 km 57 mins
Fremont to Carmel-by-the-sea 58.86 km 58 mins
Hayward to Carmel-by-the-sea 67.88 km 1 hour 7 mins
San leandro to Carmel-by-the-sea 73.66 km 1 hour 13 mins
San mateo to Carmel-by-the-sea 74.46 km 1 hour 14 mins
Oakland to Carmel-by-the-sea 83.31 km 1 hour 23 mins
Monterey to Carmel-by-the-sea 84.98 km 1 hour 24 mins
San francisco to Carmel-by-the-sea 90.8 km 1 hour 30 mins