Monterey Bus Tour with Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Departure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, year-round.
  • Pick Up Location(s)• Departs at 7:40 AM: 478 Post St. (Union Square Area)
    • Departs at 8:00 AM: 2805 Leavenworth St. (Fisherman's Wharf Area)
  • Duration 11 hours
  • TransportationComfortable Motorcoach

Exceptional Monterey and Carmel tours from San Francisco

On our Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea tours, take a trip down the rugged California coast in a luxury motor coach to the seaside towns. Drive down the famous Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) and take in one breathtaking view after another. Keep your eyes open for surfers and sea otters!

Walk the renowned Cannery Row on our Monterey day trips, made famous by the American author John Steinbeck. Don’t forget to stop at one of the many local seafood restaurants and shopping options during the Monterey part of this trip.

Optionally, explore the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium for an additional fee.

A Monterey excursion to remember…

Continuing down the coast, take in the cliff-side outlooks of Pacific Grove, 17 Mile Scenic Drive, and even enjoy the views from the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Then wander the streets and art galleries on our Carmel-by-the-Sea tours.

Looking for an even more incredible adventure? We offer private tours to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco.


Wednesday & Saturday year-round between 7:40am – 8:00am 

Monterey tours from San Francisco highlights

  • Monterey
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Mission Carmel
  • Cannery Row
  • Pacific Grove
  • Scenic 17-Mile Drive
  • Pebble Beach, Seal Rock and Lone Cypress
  • Monterey Aquarium (optional)

Monterey tours from San Francisco price includes

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from two San Francisco locations
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Scenic 17 Mile Drive entrance fee
  • Transportation to/from Monterey & Carmel by Motorcoach

Price Excludes

  • Meals(stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket (see to reserve)
  • Guide Gratuity(customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

Why We Love This Tour

“California’s Highway 1 is such a scenic drive! Stopping for photos along the rugged coastline and seeing the stunning blue waters make for a breathtaking journey. The quaint seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea are perfect stops along the way!”

Laura Skelton
Sales and Product Manager

Itinerary | Tour of Monterey & Carmel from San Francisco

While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with our tours of Monterey and Carmel and their highlights (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. Depending on passenger numbers and guest needs, your tour may be moved to a larger vehicle or operated by a preferred partner company. In this case, there may be slight differences in the itinerary and times. We will communicate the exact details to you in your confirmation.

8:00 – 9:00am:

We will pick you up from either 478 Post St. (Union Square Area) – Departs at 7:40 AM
or 2805 Leavenworth St. (Fisherman’s Wharf Area) – Departs at 8:00 AM.

10:00am – 12:30pm:

This Carmel-by-the-Sea day trip begins before your first stop as you wind your way between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1, perhaps the most famous and breathtaking highway in the United States.

We’ll stop for a bite to eat before arriving at Monterey’s Cannery Row, once the center of the local fishing industry and now a charming walking district full of restaurants, boutiques, and cafes.

12:30 – 2:30pm:

You can spend your time here at the beach, taking in the sights and sounds of the town, or at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the nation’s top-rated family attractions.

Note: Once you have booked your tour please contact us so we can advise you about booking your ticket for the Monterey Bay Aquarium on one of our Monterey day trips. Please check out their website for their prices and Covid policies.

2:30 – 4:30pm:

 The 17-Mile Drive takes you by The Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, through the towns of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, then on to Carmel!

4:30 – 5:30pm:

Stop at the Carmel Plaza, long known for attracting artists like Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Mary Austin, and Ansel Adams.

Nowadays, the beautiful location and internationally-known golf courses of this upscale community draw celebrities and the jet-set crowd ⁠— Clint Eastwood even served as mayor for a term!

5:30 – 8:00pm:

Leaving the enchanted coastline behind, fast forward through time as you travel through Silicon Valley, the high-tech capital of the world. You’ll be back in San Francisco full of memories of California’s playground at the edge of the world.

Book Our Monterey Bus Tour with Carmel-by-the-Sea as a private tour

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know.

While we love the ease of travel and the new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted our Monterey and Carmel tours from San Francisco to give customers more options when booking.

Both our Carmel-by-the-Sea day trip and Monterey day trips are now available to book as private excursions for up to 22 guests.

You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for any custom journey that you can enjoy anywhere in the 50 states.

Reserve your Tours of Monterey and Carmel as private excursions now!

Our rates are based on group size. After clicking below and choosing an available date on our Monterey and Carmel tours from San Francisco, elect how many travelers will be in your group.

Private tour for 1–13 guests: $1749
Private tour for 14–22 guests: $2409


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