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.