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Getting to Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is located about 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. Most visitors to the region arrive by car-usually from the San Francisco or Los Angeles area although a healthy percentage also arrive by air through the Monterey Peninsula Airport. To a lesser extent many arrive via tour bus-usually from San Francisco.

By Car

Monterey Bay lies along Highway 1, the famous coastal route that connects San Francisco and Los Angeles. Convenience wise in terms of not having to follow too many complicated directions, this is the best way to travel by car to Monterey from either San Francisco or Los Angeles. However it will add double the time it takes to get to Monterey rather than following the more complicated but quicker routes.

From San Francisco

Monterey Bay is located about 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. Most visitors to the region arrive by car-usually from the San Francisco or Los Angeles area although a healthy percentage also arrive by air through the Monterey Peninsula Airport. To a lesser extent many arrive via tour bus-usually from San Francisco.

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From Los Angeles
The easiest route to Monterey from Los Angeles is to follow Interstate 101. This highway stays close to the coast and provides amazing views as well as easy access to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.

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Flying into Monterey Bay

The Monterey Peninsula airport is the primary arrival point for those flying into the region. The airport is served by United Express, American Eagle and US Airways Express. All three airlines provide frequent enough air service that flying in is most convenient for those in a time crunch.
United Express
United Express serves Monterey with daily nonstop flights from San Francisco (SF0) and Los Angeles (LAX). The San Francisco flights are operated by 25 year old twin engine prop planes (Embraer 120 Brasilia) while flights to Los Angeles are on 50 seat commuter jets manufactured by Bombardier. As San Francisco is a large hub for United, connections through SFO are better and more convenient than connecting through LAX.

American Eagle
American Eagle (the commuter affiliate to American Airlines) serves Monterey with daily 50 seat commuter jet flights from Los Angeles (LAX). Like United Express, these jets are on Bombardier manufactured aircraft and flight time is around 45 to 50 minutes. American maintains a large operation at LAX making connections efficient and easy. On a side note flights from Monterey arriving into LAX deplane in a separate terminal away from all the other terminals at LAX. Passengers are then boarded onto commuter buses that transport to terminal 4. The bus ride is about 10 minutes and travels along taxiways shared by arriving and departing flights.

US Airways Express
US Airways Express serves Monterey from its hub in Phoenix. The flight time is about 2 hours and is operated on a 70 seat Bombardier commuter jets. From Phoenix it is fairly easy to connect to points throughout the US and world.

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