When looking for a location to host a meeting, professional meeting planners understand that accessibility is one of the key deciding factors. Sure a mountain escapade sounds great in theory, but is it practical?
Centrally located on California’s coast and just three miles from the Monterey Regional Airport, there is no question that traveling to Monterey County is a breeze. Rugged coastlines and vast farmlands are sure to spark creativity, even in the biggest city enthusiast. Let the journey to the meeting be just as inspiring as the meeting itself and allow your attendees to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Flying with Monterey Regional Airport
Providing over 500 direct and one-stop flights from most major U.S. and international cities, meeting attendees will have no problem finding a flight that fit their schedules. Guests can fly direct to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) via international and domestic connecting routes on Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Travel Company, American Airlines and United Airlines.
Attendees can also fly direct from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), San Diego (SAN), Phoenix (PHX) and Las Vegas (LAS). The convenient Monterey Regional Airport, which has short and hassle-free security lines, is located just 10 minutes from downtown Monterey, 15 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea, 25 minutes from the Salinas City Center and 45 minutes from Big Sur Village.
Traveling by Shuttle, Bus or Train
Monterey Airbus and Main Event Transportation offer regularly scheduled shuttles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located 2 hours from downtown Monterey, and San Jose International Airport (SJC), located 90 minutes from downtown Monterey. These shuttles are affordable and offer convenient door-to-door services designed to fit your group’s specific needs when traveling from nearby cities and airports.
Another option is Amtrak's Coast Starlight train, which cruises through Salinas each day on its route between Seattle and Los Angeles. Providing attendees with a leisurely and scenic way to travel, there are packages to fit every budget. Once reaching the Salinas stop, a free bus service is available from Salinas to downtown Monterey, a 30-minute ride. There is also a Greyhound station in Salinas with a connecting service to Monterey.
Driving to Monterey County
For meeting attendees planning on driving, there are multiple routes to Monterey County depending on which direction you are coming from. Iconic Highway 1, which runs from north of San Francisco to Big Sur (currently closed at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge), offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline and has often been called the top road trip in America. Scenic Highway 101 runs through the central valley corridor of California and allows motorists an opportunity to see the rich land that has made the Salinas Valley "the Salad Bowl of the World”.
Coming from the South, the fastest route is Highway 101 North (to Salinas), then travel west on Highway 68 for approximately 25 miles to Highway 1. Allow 6 hours from Los Angeles, which is roughly 350 miles.
Coming from the North, the quickest way to reach Monterey County is 101 South to 156 West (near Prunedale), over to Highway 1 South. This route is about 120 miles and takes roughly two hours from San Francisco.
Whether it is by plane, train, bus or car, the scenery is sure to be the perfect start to a productive meeting. For more information on planning meetings in Monterey, download our meetings brochure to learn the highlights of what the MCCVB and our beautiful destination have to offer.